TYPES OF OBSERVING

                       Sky Observing offers these types of observing events for the public:

               Daytime Sun and planets observing from locations inside the city.

               Evening Moon and planets observing from locations inside the city.

               Evening sky observing from dark locations outside the city.

               Special event observing - daytime or evening and from locations inside the city or from dark locations outside the city.

               School observing - daytime and evening

               Video astronomy - coming soon!

                     Please read the following to learn more about the above mentioned observing events:

              “Daytime Sun and planets observing” can be only daytime and only from city locations (any location inside the urban municipalities) and we can observe the Sun and all planets which are visible at daytime on the sky and are in good position for observing. Obviously condition is the planet to be relatively high above the horizon, so the trees or any other objects do not block our view. Also other condition is the planet apparent position in the sky to be a bit far from the Sun, because if it is too close to the Sun on the sky it will be lost in the Sun's glare and it is hard to find it. Please note that the Moon during the day is not pretty interesting object for observing because no surface details can be seen.  

             "Evening Moon and planets observing" can be only in the evening and only from city locations and we can observe the Moon if it is visible on the sky in the evening and all planets which are visible on the sky in the evening. Also we can have a look at several celestial objects on the sky which are bright enough to be observed from these light polluted locations inside the cities, and are in good position for observing. The light pollution does not allow the dim celestial objects to be seen on the sky. Here we are limited to several bright stars and double stars and several deep-sky celestial objects because of the light pollution.

              “Evening observing from dark locations outside of the city" can be only in the evening and only from dark locations outside and far from the city and we can observe the planets which are visible on the sky that evening and also because far from the cities the sky is dark a big telescope can reveal the celestial objects which are dim and deep into the universe and impossible to see from the light polluted cities. Dark location can be any private owned location far from the light polluted urban municipalities which is enough dark in the evening to allow observing of hundreds and hundreds of celestial objects through a telescope – interesting bright and dim stars in the various stages of their evolution, size, temperature and color, Sun-like stars, interesting optical and true double and multiple star systems, comets, diffuse, reflection and dark nebulae where the stars are currently forming and being born, planetary nebulae which are the last stage of the star evolution (not all but some of them - depends on their mass), supernova remnants, star clouds in our galaxy, open clusters of stars which are located inside our galaxy and globular star clusters which are located around our galaxy and very close, galaxies and groups of galaxies including our Local Group of galaxies which member is our own Milky Way galaxy. Also we can take a view deep into the heart of the Virgo cluster of galaxies which is about fifty million light years away and contains several thousands of galaxies in a small part of the sky, of which about hundred are visible in big telescope. This part of the sky is so densely populated with galaxies, at one location we can see six or seven galaxies at once in one view through the telescope. And we can try to find some distant quasars which are located half way to the edge of our known universe several billion light years away from our Solar System. If the site is dark enough, we can also see our own galaxy the Milky Way with naked eye on the sky.
               This type of observing is possible only when the Moon is not visible on the sky, because when the Moon is on the sky it makes the sky bright with its light ( same as the cities with its light pollution make the sky to look bright grey and not dark ) and then the celestial objects, especially the so-called deep-sky objects are hard to see with a telescope and they do not look impressive. That means that the time window for observing from dark location is about 10 days in a 28 days period which takes our Moon to rotate once around the Earth.

               Special event observing will be held if something interesting has happened or will happen on the sky – like comet appearance, nova or supernova event, eclipse of the Sun, eclipse of the Moon, transit of a planet in front of the Sun, when Moon passes in front of some planet or star, when two or more planets come apparently on the sky very close to each other and so on.

               School observing – is a separate type of observing – observing within the school held for the kids of particular school interested Sky Observing to visit them. Can be in the afternoon if students are interested for the Sun and planets observing or in the evening if the students are interested for Moon and planets observing, and maybe we could be able to see some of the brightest double and multiple stars and several of the brightest celestial objects, depending of the rate of the light pollution in the area where the school is located.

               Video astronomy is type of observing with special video camera mounted on a telescope for live observing of the sky on a computer monitor. This event can take place in daytime or evening and also from city location or from dark location. The camera has extremely sensitive sensor capable of detecting dim sources of light on the sky which are several hundred times less bright than the sources of light we can see in the actual telescope itself to which the camera is attached. To see that objects directly through the telescope, the telescope should have mirror with ten times bigger diameter. That means if the camera is attached to a telescope with 20-inch mirror and it displays some dim object on the computer monitor, then to see that object directly through a telescope, the telescope should have 200-inch mirror, or mirror with diameter of 5 meters. Millions of objects located deep into the universe can be seen on this way using a special video camera. The camera can display on the monitor all that spectacular images we have seen from Hubble Space Telescope during the last 30 years, and even some of these images will be comparable in size and quality. For example, everyone who likes astronomy know about the one of the most famous Hubble Space Telescope images - the Pillars of Creation inside the Eagle Nebula. You will see the same pillars of creation live on the monitor in front of you and in color!