Wycombe Astronomical Society
WAS 25 Binocular Project
The WAS Binocular 25 Project
To encourage new members and young members to view the sky whenever possible, we offer our Binocular 25 project and we hope many of you will join in. We hope that you will find it worthwhile to view all these objects, some that you may not have considered up to now. The range is kept varied although all are within the capabilities of modest size binoculars suitable for astronomical viewing.
The Moon, planets, constellations (that many not usually consider studying), star groups, Messier objects that can be found in binoculars (although good seeing conditions may be necessary) and double stars are all included to add variation.
Most items should be possible from your own home location but for some objects you may need to visit a darker site or visit the Society's observatory location, where you can obtain assistance in finding any particularly difficult subjects and perhaps try other members binoculars that are available at the time.
You will see that the Sun is included but only by projection through binoculars onto a suitable surface. A tripod with a suitable attachment to fit your binoculars would be useful.
If you successfully complete 25 out of 30 items in the itinerary and are a member of the Society, we will award a WAS 25 Binocular certificate to you.
Binocular Viewing Tips
For best results consider the following:
The Object to View
Planets - View and draw as seen (including any stars seen in your field of view)
B5 Jupiter and any Moons seen (First Record)
B6 Jupiter and any Moons seen (Second Record)
B7 Jupiter and any Moons seen (Third Record)
B8 Sun. WARNING: Project the suns disc onto a suitable surface. DO NOT VIEW THE SUN DIRECTLY THROUGH THE BINOCULARS OR YOU MAY BE PERMANENTLY BLINDED!
B9 Sun. WARNING: Project the suns disc onto a suitable surface. DO NOT VIEW THE SUN DIRECTLY THROUGH THE BINOCULARS OR YOU MAY BE PERMANENTLY BLINDED!
B10 Through your binoculars, view and draw the Moon showing its phase and include some nearby stars in your field of view.
Lunar Project - View and drawn as seen (near to a first quarter Moon)
B11 Mare Crisium
B12 Mare Fecunditatis
B13 Mare Tranquilitatis
B14 Mare Sereneitatis
B17 Caucasus/Alpine Mountain area
B18 Apennine Mountains
Constellations - View and draw as much of the detail that you can see in the field of view of you binoculars
B21 Canis Minor
Star Groups - View and draw as much detail as you can comfortably manage
B23 Alpha Perseus and the "tea cup". Can you see the tea cup?
B24 The sword handle and the Double Cluster
B25 The Coathanger
Extra alternative items you can use in place of any of the above to obtain your total of 25 objects seen
B26 M44 Beehive Cluster in Cancer
B27 M31 Andromeda Galaxy
B28 Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 Taurus
B29 Delta 1 and Delta 2 Lyra
B30 Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 Capricorn.
How to record your observations
Your task is to demonstrate to an assessor that you have indeed observed the objects in the list. There are no hard and fast rules about what to record and how. However, you may find using the Observation Log sheet below a useful and consistent way of recording what you have seen
(MS Word format
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