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by nigeljoslin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 147

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: 582

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: 582

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: 582

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: 582

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: 176

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: 393

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: 282

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 ...
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021

The nebulosity is beautiful through the 14 inch.... :D
by nigeljoslin
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Moon tonight

Thanks for the top-off, Skybrowser. I had a look with my 4 inch refractor and a double polarising filter at 200x, which was just right for viewing the whole thing. I love seeing lunar geology almost side-on. The two little bumps of Montes Cordillera and Montes Rooks were evident. Distinguishing the ...
by nigeljoslin
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021

I've been popping out into the garden during the recent clear nights, too. Enjoying the moon.

I agree very much with your comment that it is as if you have the world to yourself, Jeff. Though for me it isn't quite to myself. Just me and the yaps of the high-flying geese. A magical time of day.
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: A winter’s saunter.
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: A winter’s saunter.

Indeed Brian, fortunate are we to live amongst so much beauty, terestrially and celestially. :)
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The beehive and M67
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: The beehive and M67

Thanks for your comments. I may well wimp out tonight! :D
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn
Replies: 14
Views: 473

Re: Jupiter and Saturn

I have the horizon and I would, Skybrowser....but during this run of arctic air the bed seems so warm and nurturing!
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The beehive and M67
Replies: 3
Views: 170

The beehive and M67

Ten o'clock last night saw me observing these two. Two targets amongst many other objects during my whistle-stop session of forty five minutes, all I could bear as the temperature sank towards its predicted minus four minimum. I need to build that scope enclosure with its built in star chart perusin...