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by Paul Freeman
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 24
Views: 1627

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

After six evenings of cloud in the NW I eventually managed to spot Comet Neowise again around 11:05pm last night, although with a certain amount of difficulty. I used the Alt/Az co-ordinates courtesy of Heavens Above and eventually found it to the right and slightly above Coma Berenices. I was using...
by Paul Freeman
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 10/11 July 2020
Replies: 22
Views: 1718

Re: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 10/11 July 2020

Another good sighting of Comet Neowise last night, 17th, around 11:00pm. I managed to catch the ISS as well around 11:15.

Regards,

Paul.
by Paul Freeman
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 10/11 July 2020
Replies: 22
Views: 1718

Re: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 10/11 July 2020

Lovely sight of Comet Neowise this morning (12th). I tried to spot it earlier on around 23:00 but was hampered by dark stubborn low cloud in the NW. I did manage to see Jupiter and Saturn in the SE however. I tried again at 03:05 and spotted the comet below and to the left of Capella. This was from ...
by Paul Freeman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Luna Cognita -Book
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: Luna Cognita -Book

Hi All, I recently ordered the 3 vol book set Luna Cognita for £60 inc p&p from Amazon. I was a bit wary at first especially after your experience Mike of only receiving vol 1 but I reasoned they would not make the same mistake twice! I was somewhat concerned when Amazon confirmed my order showing a...
by Paul Freeman
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon Last Night
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Moon Last Night

Despite slightly hazy conditions last night I managed to spot the earliest 'new' moon I have ever seen. It was an incredibly thin crescent, Az around 300degs, alt about 8degs, (co-ords courtesy of Heavens Above). Around sunset I ventured out to the village green around 9:30pm with my 10X50's and a c...
by Paul Freeman
Sun May 31, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Luna Cognita -Book
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: Luna Cognita -Book

Hi, I've just googled the book Luna Cognita which looks very interesting and well presented. I'll order a copy for myself when I have sufficient funds available! I'm in the middle of doing some mods to an electric guitar at the moment which is proving to be rather expensive but hope to finish it soo...
by Paul Freeman
Mon May 25, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury
Replies: 30
Views: 2902

Re: Mercury

Hi, I also spotted the thin crescent moon around 9:30 pm last night. It was possibly one of the thinnest I have even seen; by my calculations around 51 hours old (or should it be young?). Mercury seen as well to the right although I needed my 10x50's. Venus also, to the right of Mercury and lower. E...
by Paul Freeman
Fri May 22, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury
Replies: 30
Views: 2902

Re: Mercury

Some interesting comments over the last two or three days regarding Mercury. I always try to spot Mercury on the three or four occasions when it is available for viewing throughout the year. I didn't manage last night due to stubborn cloud cover. I thought this evening would be similar but just mana...
by Paul Freeman
Thu May 21, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury
Replies: 30
Views: 2902

Re: Mercury

Mercury spotted last night around 9:30pm with Venus above and slightly to the left. Both planets in same fov with 10x50 'binos.
Regards,
Paul.
by Paul Freeman
Sat May 16, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury
Replies: 30
Views: 2902

Re: Mercury

Mercury spotted a few minutes ago (9:25pm) low and to the right of Venus. Lovely sight.
Regards, Paul.
by Paul Freeman
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Starlink and New Moon
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Re: Starlink and New Moon

Well done Stella, 20hrs seems pretty good to me! I've been on line and apparently the record without optical aid is 15hrs32mins by some guy in the states. Someone else in Iran managed 11hrs40mins with optical aid. However, a photographer in Paris using specialist equipment managed to photograph one ...
by Paul Freeman
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Starlink and New Moon
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Starlink and New Moon

I was out on the village green last night engaging in my daily exercise. I had taken my binos with me and managed to spot the tail end of the chain of Starlink satellites as they progressed into the darker South Eastern sky around 9:00pm. I don't think I would have seen them without the bins. Howeve...
by Paul Freeman
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars, Jupiter & Saturn conjunction
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: Mars, Jupiter & Saturn conjunction

Lovely view of a fine crescent moon, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter 5:15 this morning in the south-east from my front porch. Very clear.
Regards, Paul.
by Paul Freeman
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus & the Pleiades - Conjunction
Replies: 11
Views: 1261

Re: Venus & the Pleiades - Conjunction

Lovely sight of Venus and the Pleiades both last night and this evening. There was some annoying cloud last night until 10:30pm then it cleared but by that time Venus was quit low. I needed bins to see the Pleiades. It was much clearer this evening around 9:00pm. Regards, Paul.
by Paul Freeman
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury returns.
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

Re: Mercury returns.

A lucky break in low stubborn cloud was enough for me to find Mercury around 6:00 this evening. Faint, I would never have seen it without binos. I had been trying for around ten mins and was just about to give up when I spotted it.

Regards,

Paul.