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by nigeljoslin
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 59

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: 54

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: 59

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: 13
Views: 179

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: 54

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: 54

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: 54

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: 183

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: 616

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: 616

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: 616

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: 616

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...
by nigeljoslin
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Orion and a Satellite
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Orion and a Satellite

Nice capture, Jeff. I was enjoying the clear sky last night, too. There was a lovely low crescent moon with earthshine.

Skybrowser is right about the how well you've caught the Hyades. They are a very nice group, Aldebaran and those young blue/white `kids'. I love observing them.
by nigeljoslin
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: March a good month for aurorae watching
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: March a good month for aurorae watching

On a good night, I can (just) make out a couple of the Auriga clusters from my garden in west Galloway. We get aurorae quite regularly, but of course they are low and to the north. Although the one in April 2000 was more impressive, as you said Mike. I have seen more impressive displays in Scandinav...
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 303

Re: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021

It was also a good view through the 9x63 binoculars this evening, Jeff, despite the moonlight. No nebulosity visible but what was tantalising was the sea of faint background stars close to the limit of visibility. Thanks for pointing this event out. It was a haunting sight seeing a very red Mars in ...