That evening started out well, but transparency stayed behind. The Moon had a big halo around it and I soon found out Sahara-dust was responsible for it. It happens from time to time that dust from the Sahara desert in Africa comes into Europe and covers the sky, from France to Scandinavia. Beautiful deep red sunsets and sunrises, but not very favorable for astronomy though.
Because the Moon was up I took my 120 mm Evostar out for a stroll through the skies. The Moon as a first target. Plato was not as impressive as I thought it would be, only one little craterlet within Plato visible. Rima Hadley was better visible and I could easily find the location of the Apollo 15 landingssite. The Moon is always good for a nice long walk along the terminator.
M42 of course, a bit pale, but the small double of Rigel was easy, like the close double of Alnitak. I remembered Sigma Orionis, being a multiple double. With some help from the 300X magnification the small and near companion of Sigma was revealed.
Against my better judgment, I still tried some deepsky objects like M35, NGC2392 and
A small composition of Sigma Orionis hereby. The overall picture at 100X, The separation of Sigma and his smaller companion is exaggerated with 300X, within the 100X picture.
It sure was nice to be out again!
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