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by nigeljoslin
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lyrid Meteor Shower
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower

I raised this new topic but didn't observe the meteors in he end, despite clear sky all night.

Too tired. Yesterday was a nightmare of a day... :shock:
by nigeljoslin
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lyrid Meteor Shower
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower

Yes, the moon occurred to me. However, as you say, we are mad... :P
by nigeljoslin
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lyrid Meteor Shower
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Lyrid Meteor Shower

A reminder that this shower will be peaking in the early hours of Thursday morning, at a predicted twenty per hour or more. And the weather forecast looks good! :)
by nigeljoslin
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Tonight

Thanks for the tip off, Skybrowser. I'll walk up a nearby hill with my binoculars.
by nigeljoslin
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Galactic Springtime

Hello Skybrowser, Yes, I've concreted all of the breeze blocks together. I figure that should be enough weight. You are right about the price of wood, even when like me you live at the edge of the Galloway Forest park! I've just used sarking for the cladding. Cheaper and longer lasting. I used sarki...
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Tonight

I haven't seen it yet, Skybrowser, but I'll be trying soon. I believe Mercury will also be putting in an evening appearance too, around about the end of the month.

I love its mellow hue.

Best wishes,

Nigel
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 14
Views: 188

Re: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window

Interesting observations, Mike.

I yearn for when Saturn rises to a decent elevation in our skies again...2024?

It's been a long absence.

Regards, Nigel
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Galactic Springtime

What sort of enclosure are you making? I keep pondering a run-off shed, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to make, and in particular how easy it will be to make one that doesn't blow over in a gale! I'll be interested to see what sort of view of the Virgo galaxies can be had in a big scope (14&q...
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Galactic Springtime

SkyBrowser wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:00 am
nigeljoslin wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:44 am
M49 is supposed to quite easy to see, maybe even in bins? And I would have thought easy in a 4" refractor, though it's ten or so degrees lower in the sky.
Yes, I think I may have seen one down there.
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Galactic Springtime

Had a nice hour with the 4 inch wide-field refractor last night, from 21:00 UT to 22:00 UT. I started with a few nice sights like the Beehive Cluster, M44, which was looking beautiful with the velvety background effect. Tilting the scope upwards towards the North Galactic pole, I enjoyed M53 globula...
by nigeljoslin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: Mu Cephei

I visit the Garnett Star regularly, too. Its colour through the 14 inch is particularly mesmerising, an indescribable hue of great depth.

A beautiful carbon-star
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 637

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

I gather from the net that nova outbursts can last anywhere from several days to years. I wonder how long this one will last.
by nigeljoslin
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 637

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Yes, great skills, Bob. I wouldn't be able to tell a `.3' in magnitude from a `.4' even if it was `about' and with `low reliability'! :lol:
by nigeljoslin
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 637

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Nova still there yesterday evening at around 21:30 UT. Quicker to locate this time as M52 was visible without the moonlight! The 9x63 binoculars give a perfect FOV for speedy location of M52.
by nigeljoslin
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 637

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Observed it for the first time at 02:45 UT this morning following a short bout of insomnia. I haven't attempted it before midnight due to a badly positioned tree at the end of my garden! I used my 9x63 binoculars. I agree with you, Bob, this field isn't that easy to find, M52 being invisible. I used...