13 members of the Chennai Astronomy Club set out to Nagalapuram for the winter star party.

The event was attended was many freshers and there was a fine mix of experienced and newbies alike.

We had a wonderful experience 3 telescopes(8 inch, 5 inch and a 4 inch), several binoculars and three astrophotographers.

A few objects that we spotted include(not an exhaustive list):

  1. The flame nebula in Orion
  2. M81, M82
  3. M106
  4. The Leo triplet
  5. M95
  6. M96
  7. M105
  8. C96
  9. The Sombrero galaxy
  10. The Orion Nebula - looked like a photograph from the 8 inch scope in Nagala.

We missed a few objects like the Whirlpool, Pinwheel and Comet Catalina due to the low hanging clouds in north and east.


Star Trails Star Trails Photo Credit: Sidharth Srinivasan

The team The team Photo Credit: Sidharth Srinivasan