Astronomy Club at UCI
Meeting Notes

The Moon, Jupiter, and Orion Nebula M42
Images of the Moon will be posted soon
Saturn and the starburst galaxy M82
Our images taken with the ST9 CCD:
  1. Saturn
  2. Saturn displayed to show its Moons
  3. M82 - a median of 3 images in the V-band for a total of 6 minutes exposure time


Pleides star cluster and M1, the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant

Our CCD image of M1


Moon, Mars, M57 - Ring Nebula, M45 - Open Cluster, M15 - Globular Cluster, M42 - the Orion Nebula

Our CCD image of M42, the Orion Nebula (60sec exposure time; R-band filter)
We set up telescopes to view Sun spots along the Ring Road during Welcome Week.  Thirty two new students signed up to join the Astronomy Club.

Tonight was exceptionally clear, in addition to a few meteors we had a great time viewing the following objects:

   Mars: Still bright in the sky even after two months.
   Andromeda Galaxy
   Orion Nebula: Unofficially dubbed "Orion's Crotch" by club members. We were able to make out details in the clouds of gas and dust.
   The Pleides: Very impressive when seen through the scope, a cluster of several bright stars.
   Saturn: Extremely clear, looked almost unreal. We were also able to make out Saturn's moon Titan - the only moon the Solar System with it's own atmosphere.
   Cassini Division
   NGC 1977

Gathered round the 12"
We viewed the following objects with the 8" scope:

M4: A globular cluster in the constellation Scorpius, over 7200 light years away.
M80: Another globular cluster roughly 30000 light years away.
Ring Nebulae M57: A star nearing the end of it's life.
Mars: Getting bigger by the day, expect it to peak around Visitor's Night.
M7: An open cluster.
M6: Another open cluster.

(Descriptions provided Yvonne Huynh and the SEDS Mesier Catalog)