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by Andyjasper
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Pannstars
Replies: 76
Views: 13728

Re: Comet Pannstars

Skies cleared for once at the right time and I was able to find comet after 10 mins of searching using andromeda as guide.first comet I have seen since the 80's. saw it with telescope aswell as binocs. Very clear evening so did a bit of star hopping once it disappeared.
by Andyjasper
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Pannstars
Replies: 76
Views: 13728

Re: Comet Pannstars

Since the 14th the weather has not been good enough here to see the comet until last night. Scanned the area between Pisces and Andromeda to the NW between 7 and 8 between the breaks in the clouds with 20x50 binoculars. At approx 7.45 I thought I may have spotted it. Panned my binoculars down so I c...
by Andyjasper
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Pannstars
Replies: 76
Views: 13728

Re: Comet Pannstars

Thanks for the reply and yes "just" is not very helpful I must agree. I would say a fist away however I didnt see any brighter stars up to 2 or 3 hand spans away so either I was spotting with my eyes closed or my view was from that other Shropshire on Mars (ie the rest of you were seeing things from...
by Andyjasper
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Pannstars
Replies: 76
Views: 13728

Re: Comet Pannstars

Looked for comet last night in a location in Shropshire with cloudless sky and perfect spot looking west. Using 12x50 binoculars scanned below moon from 18:30 to 19:30 with no success. Colleagues with me and with similar equipment failed also. Very disappointed. I did notice a solitary star just abo...
by Andyjasper
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Disappearance of Garradd on Heavens above
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Thanks Stella

However Elenin has now been replaced by Crommelin which I have never heard of.

Oh well, I confess to being a very Amateur astronomer so I am sure it makes sense to those more knowledgable.

Regards

Andy
by Andyjasper
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Disappearance of Garradd on Heavens above
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Thanks all Looking forward to seeing some comets with my telescope this Autumn aswell as Jupiter. The comet section on this site is really good so thanks for pointing it out. I am still confused however why Garradd it is not on Heavens above anymore though. Oh well, there are a lot more important th...
by Andyjasper
Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:32 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Disappearance of Garradd on Heavens above
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Disappearance of Garradd on Heavens above

I have been keeping my eye on Garradd on Heavens above waiting for it to become bright enough to spot in my telescope. On Friday it was showing as down to 10.1, but this morning its not showing in the comet section as a comet below magnitude 12. Does anyone have an explanation for this or is it just...
by Andyjasper
Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Star viewing gripe
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Can anyone recommend a good green laser pointer which is legal and how do you attach it to a telescope?
by Andyjasper
Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Star viewing gripe
Replies: 7
Views: 998

brian livesey wrote:You could use a laser pen attached to your 'scope as a finder. It makes it easy to lock on to targets overhead without any stooping. :D
Thanks Brian, I knew if I griped someone would come up with a sensible suggestion. Never thought of that :oops: !!

Regards Andy
by Andyjasper
Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Star viewing gripe
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Star viewing gripe

Last week on one clear evening about 11pm, I decided to have a look at Ursa Major and especially take a look at Mizar through my Eq reflector telescope. Usually when looking at the likes of the moon,saturn,orion etc I can get a comfortable viewing position, however Ursa major was so high above my ah...
by Andyjasper
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Early April News...
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: Missing spacecraft

A huge satellite has disappeared from orbit. After 20 years in orbit, the massive craft has mysteriously vanished. It is not known whether it has been kidnapped by a foreign power, such as Iran, Libya or China, or if aliens are responsible for its abduction. This is surely a mission for James Bond ...
by Andyjasper
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Freaked out tonight
Replies: 16
Views: 2520

Mike, I am sure you are right. Unfortunately I didnt have my binoculars with me at the time.
By the way, did anybody see the video of a UFO over Naples last week. It looked suspiciously like Saturn to me. Did anybody else see the video and think the same thing?
Andy
by Andyjasper
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Freaked out tonight
Replies: 16
Views: 2520

Hi David, Definitely not an aircraft however there was a lot of night flying from nearby RAF Shawbury with their Griffin and Squirrel helicopters. I am just wondering if it may have been a training flare from one of their training sites in a nearby field (I am not sure if they use flares like this t...
by Andyjasper
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sky at Night
Replies: 9
Views: 1275

Really enjoyed this months also. It was good to see some of the telescopes being discussed and with the discussions on favourite constellations and current things to see in the sky, it was really interesting. I am glad I Sky +'d it as my 11 yr old son found it a lot easier and more interesting than ...
by Andyjasper
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Freaked out tonight
Replies: 16
Views: 2520

Freaked out tonight

Whilst watching Saturn and its moons tonight at 10.45pm, just happened to look up behind me to see a very bright constant orange light. There was no noise and it wasnt moving. Ran in to call my son out and when he came out it hadnt moved in the 30 secs elapsed. Then it moved very quickly to the Nort...