Monday, September 06, 2004

We're finally observing!

I lost the first two nights of my observing run to bad weather. We had clouds, rain and fog. But now the clouds have parted, and we are working.

So what am I looking at? I am taking pictures of open star clusters. I'm looking for white dwarfs, which are the remains of stars that have burned up all of their fuel. They are very faint, so we need crystal clear, dark skies. Finally we seem to have those conditions, so we're off to the races!