One of the benefits of having a high pressure system move in from the northwest is that it brings some relief from high temperatures and high dew points. The last week or so of hazy skies due to the high humidity has meant no nights with a clear sky – or at least one clear enough to try to take pictures of newly discovered and reported Nova Dephini 2013. Today with the passage of a cold front the morning skies were picture worthy as I posted this morning, and this evening was the same, with cooler temperatures, less humidity, and clear skies.
Below is one of the pictures I took earlier. It is set to transition from a non-labeled picture to one with some objects labeled. It is an 8 second F3.5 picture that shows the summer triangle and two of the smaller constellations nearby. Nova Delphini 2013 is straight off the point of Sagitta the Arrow however it has apparently dimmed enough so that an 8 second time exposure is not enough to capture its light.
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Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.