Stars, are for all practical purposes, at infinity…

… so it doesn’t matter even if you’re moving rectilinearly, uniformly in a train. Well, even otherwise, you don’t need to struggle too much to observe from a train, which is precisely what I did today, early in the morning. Amar has done this in the past, using 10×50 binoculars – even more daringly – sitting at the train door and observing M81! Well, I have no binoculars, so I did some naked eye observing, and saw…

1. M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)
2. H and Chi Perseii

3. M42 (Orion Nebula)

4. M45 ( Pleiades)

5. M34
6. M35

7. And best of all, a fireball that blazed through the sky. It was orange in colour. It was quite slow, and left a conspicuous trail that remained even after it burnt off completely.

It is ideal to observe while travelling, because in between cities, we get less light-polluted skies – very nice skies in fact!

So next time you go on an outing during the observing season, do carry a pair of binoculars and a star-chart…. will help for sure!

2 Responses to “Stars, are for all practical purposes, at infinity…”

  1. digirak Says:

    Dude this is raelly good enlightenment, by the way I did quite a lot of obsrevation from teh city too, in fact contrary to expectations we do get to see quite a lot of stuff, obviously its not going to be anywhere near that of the experince of Hosahalli, but this morning i got a beutiful glimpse of te entire Orion, Pleides through my bincocs and Lepus again thru my binocs, by that time I guess Lord Indra got a whiff of my observation streak and sent a battalion of clouds to intercept my bliss, well M27 also makes great viewing from the city too
    Happy clear skies mate

  2. The cynic Says:

    I’ve tried it .. With binoculars too.
    Coming back from hassan and sitting at the door…Not because I wanted to…but because there was no space elsewhere =)

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