Cople Field Observing Report: Jan 21st

Fourteen BAS members and prospective members attended another successful evening at the BGS Cople Field site last night. Despite mist and fog which threatened at times, the area to the South including Orion, Taurus, Gemini and Auriga remained clear.

Six telescopes and a wide field imaging rig were in action. Observers enjoyed some excellent views of the Orion Nebula, particularly when experimenting with an ultra high contrast (UHC) filter. Far more detail could be seen than from the Observatory site.

Open clusters in Auriga and Gemini also showed very well against a darker sky, and the Eskimo nebula in Gemini also responded very well to the UHC filter.

We had hoped to catch comet C/2022 E3 ZTF which would have been due North below Ursa Minor at 7:30pm, but the fog was too thick in this direction low to the horizon.

Despite the cold conditions and ice which covered the telescopes by the end of the session, it was another very enjoyable evening. It was also great to welcome our first visitors from BGS.

The next BAS observing session is scheduled for Wednesday 1st February at the Observatory if clear.

Linton Guise