Uranus – August 2, 2005

Observation Notes:

As I was scouting out double stars late into the night, I noticed that the seeing had suddenly settled and become very nice. I swept over to Uranus and got a very smooth view. The edges of the small dot were smooth and gave an excellent impression of a distant, light blue marble. It was so steady, I tried hard to look for Oberon or Titania. Hah! Even if I could, transparency was pretty crummy in that part of the sky. During the observation, what I think was a geosynchronous satellite moved west to east very slowly and passed about 20″ south of Uranus.

Subject Uranus
Classification Planet
Position* Aquarius [RA: 22:47:00 / Dec: -08:36:06]
Size* 3.65″ (Equatorial diameter)
Brightness* 5.74
Date/Time August 2, 2005 – 12:15 AM
(August 2, 2005 – 07:15 UT)
Observing Loc. Flagstaff, AZ – Home
Instrument Orion SVP 6LT Reflector (150 mm dia./1200 mm F/L)
Eyepieces/Mag. 25 mm Sirius Plössl (48X), 10 mm Sirius Plössl+ 2X Barlow (240X)
Conditions Partly Cloudy, calm
Seeing 6/10
Transparency Mag 5.2 NELM
*Sources Orion’s The Sky Astronomy Software