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by Cliff
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Early Mars Viewing
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: Early Mars Viewing

Nigel Really nice to know you enjoyed your morning observation of my favourite planet. Why my favourite - not entirely sure why, but has a solid surface fairly safe to stand on, but tricky breathing (needing oxygen a bit like some people use climbing Everest). I enjoyed mild mountaineering when in m...
by Cliff
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars
Replies: 6
Views: 30

Re: Mars

Brian
A fabulous image of probably my favourite planet. Although I don't recall getting any pics of it anything like as good as that.
Best wishes from Cliff
by Cliff
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Not quite so boring Sun !
Replies: 2
Views: 19

Re: Not quite so boring Sun !

Brian
Yes!
I understand this particular sunspot relates to the new Solar Cycle 25.
Just the start to the real fireworks to come - some of us might hope.
Best of luck from Cliff
by Cliff
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Not quite so boring Sun.
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Not quite so boring Sun.

Not so boring, when you can see it. Unfortunately the clouds haven't been very observer friendly here lately. But I managed a little Sun observing on both 6th & 7th August but limited to imaging in White Light using my 88mm refractor, nothing achieved in Hydrogen Alpha using my Ha SolarMax. Even so ...
by Cliff
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Not quite so boring Sun !
Replies: 2
Views: 19

Not quite so boring Sun !

Who said the Sun is always boring these days. That said, unfortunately the clouds round here haven't been very observer friendly recently. However, I managed to make observations of the Sun on 6th & 7th August but only in White Light using my 88mm refractor, no joy using my 60mm SolarMax in Hydrogen...
by Cliff
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 24
Views: 497

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

Jeff I like your sketch of "neowise". I think there is a lot to be said for astronomical observation sketching. I used to sketch quite a lot & still do some very occasional limited sketching. I've only observed this comet twice and I one time made a very very crude sketch of it - best kept secret. B...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Doggy Astronomy !

Stella Thanks for your interest, & very interesting comments. It's only after examining my rainbow image again that (though not glaring out dead easy) both my wife & I think we can detect a very faint second bow above the obvious one. Incidentally one of the best rainbows I ever saw was several year...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Doggy Astronomy !

Bob Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Although I now think my misspelt title might be better than my intended one. Yes, the boring Sun has produced a bit of excitement recently. I missed a few days of the Sunspots initial appearance on the Sun's disc because of thick cloud, being quite surprised t...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Doggy Astronomy !

Jeff Thanks ! I guess I've seen quite a few rainbows over the years , sometimes just taking them for granted. My first view of it was very brief & I have wondered since if I exaggerated the initial impression of the rainbow in my mind afterwards. But having said that it was a fabulous thing to see. ...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 24
Views: 497

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

Nigel
Thanks for your initial interesting post (20th July) about the comet - I just realised didn't previously make any reference to it.
Best wishes from (slow off the mark) Cliff.
by Cliff
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Doggy Astronomy !

Strictly speaking, I think "rainbows" may not really be astronomical, but some astronomers , including me, like a variety of sky phenomena eg noctilucent cloud. 7:15am this morning I awoke it seeming very bright even with closed curtains (especially considering recent weather conditions). So I quick...
by Cliff
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 24
Views: 497

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

Mike I'm pleased you saw the comet again yesterday (26th). Since it is unlikely I'll be observing it any more myself, it is nice to know how the comet's fairing. From what you said about sky your last nights conditions I gather it is difficult to know if the comet itself has recently been fading muc...
by Cliff
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: That boring old Sun again
Replies: 0
Views: 111

That boring old Sun again

Mid-afternoon I observed the Sun - first time for nearly a week. As usual recently the sky was quite cloudy but the cloud thinned occasionally & I got a few glimpses of the Sun through my 88mm refractor. Surprise - surprise, there was a Sunspot, only modest in size but quite obvious even in the medi...
by Cliff
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: We are not alone ...
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: We are not alone ...

Brian
I'm pleased you sorted out your local security light problem satisfactorily.
In my case I now feel weirdly fortunate that having really given up night sky stargazing a few years back, I no longer need to bother about light pollution.
Best wishes from Cliff
by Cliff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: We are not alone ...
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: We are not alone ...

Brian (L) I apologise if I have inadvertently caused offence. However as far as I'm concerned personally concerned, extra-terrestrial civilisations are a total irrelevance. Although if anybody discovers extra terrestrial life in the near future I'll have to eat my words. But I think the chances of a...