Astronomical observation in the northern mountains of Madrid

The last star observation organized by the SEK-Ciudalcampo astronomer, José Ripero, for the members of the Astronomy Club, began with some high clouds, but improved throughout the day and the sky was almost clear. The place chosen for night observation was the northern mountains of Madrid. 

On this occasion, the Orion XX14G telescope was used, with an obsidian mount with a 35.6 cm aperture, f/4.6, and a Meade LX200 telescope with a 25 cm aperture, motorized. After setting up the telescopes, a first review of the constellations was carried out and a snack was enjoyed. 

The first observation came with Saturn, which showed off its rings, to continue with Jupiter, which hid Ganymede, a small bright point attached to the Jovian disk. Then it was the turn of the Pleiades, a star cluster made up of young stars. 

Finally, the double cluster of Perseus and other objects such as Aldebaran, the orange giant of Taurus, and the Moon were observed, which, despite being very low, was shown in all its splendor. 

After collecting telescopes and other material, around 10:45 p.m. the 35 attendees (students, parents and family members) returned to Madrid.