[AZ-Observing] naked eye Milky Way

  • From: stevecoe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: "az-observing@fre" <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 03:57:14 -0400

Howdy all;

I watched some TV tonight and decided to step outside and see what I could
from the Happy Jack RV park once the movie was over.  It certainly was
warmer than last night and the wind has finally slowed down to a light

Once I started to get some dark adaption it was a nice view.  There are
few lights near where I have the RV parked and so the Milky Way stood out
quite well.  Obviously, not as good as the SAC observing site at
Fredericksen Meadow, but it was very enjoyable.  Both Sagittarius and
Scorpius are well above the tree line and M 6 and M 7 were easily naked
eye.  The Rift within the glow of the Milky Way was obvious and had some
detail from the Lagoon to Cygnus.

I stood outside in pretty thin socks and tennis shoes for all I could take
and then needed to get back to the warm confines of the Winnebago.  I
forced the furnace to kick on for a while and got warmed up enough to post
this message.  It is very nice to have Milky Way right outside your door. 
It is one of the nice treats while living in the RV.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe
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