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by RMSteele
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: wake-up call
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: wake-up call

What a charming episode, well expressed Mike. It has been so cloudy here night after night, it's depressing. Just finished a face-time call to my son in Australia. He had his telescope out and I was directing him round the sky from Mars to Jupiter and Saturn in real time, telling him what eyepieces ...
by RMSteele
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Beginners scope ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1349

Re: Beginners scope ?

Don't rush into things. It takes a bit of practice to get used to handling even a basic telescope and seeing what it's capable of showing a beginner (people are often surprised at how small the planets look in even largish telescopes - its a bit like learning to examine an exquisite miniature). Deta...
by RMSteele
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Early Mars Viewing
Replies: 39
Views: 1475

Re: Early Mars Viewing

Nigel, Glimpsing the cloud over Olympus Mons must have been quite uplifting. I doubt if I have much chance of catching it in my little 90mm, but I do look! Kind regards, Bob
by RMSteele
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Weird Sun 8th & 9th October
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Weird Sun 8th & 9th October

Cliff, These are quite hard to see. In fact I only noticed them today 11 Oct at 0840 Ut with 60mm refractor at f15 by projection in good conditions. The “left hand group in your image has expanded into a stream of about 5 faint and tiny spots and penumbras. Best wishes Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Telescope for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Telescope for sale

Skywatcher Startravel 80, F5, 2 eyepieces (x16 and x40), x2 barlow lens (doubles the power of the eyepieces to x32 and x80), star diagonal, on GOTO mount, hand controller (not WIFI version) and tripod. £90, buyer collects, Bob Steele, Leeds, West Yorks.
by RMSteele
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 08 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Mars 08 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch

Mars, 2020 October 08, 2110 UT. New Farnley, Leeds UK. 90mm refractor x165, w15 yellow and w80A blue filters. Seeing unsteady but with intervals of Ant III. Contrast of dark markings exaggerated for clarity. Directions: as you look at the image, North is top, South bottom, Preceding left, Following ...
by RMSteele
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Early Mars Viewing
Replies: 39
Views: 1475

Re: Early Mars Viewing

Hello Nigel, I was observing Mars at the same time as you last night, taking advantage of the clear spell before the cloud rolled in again. My impressions in the 90mm refractor at x165 (with W15 yellow and W80A blue filters) were the same. The seeing was unsteady but short spells of Ant III gave me ...
by RMSteele
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: alignment difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: alignment difficulty

And.... in case anyone suspects me of mixed messages here, I should add that my earlier advice to Kay about NOT observing the Sun at present has not changed. Bob
by RMSteele
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: alignment difficulty
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: alignment difficulty

Actually Brian, I agree. I notice the Orion site advertise a 90mm refractor of 910mm focal length. IF, it is identical with the excellent Skywatcher version it will have a lens cap that has a removable 60mm central aperture that converts it to a 60mm f15 instrument - ideal for double stars and for p...
by RMSteele
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 01 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Mars 01 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch

Thanks for the kind comments chaps, kind thoughts, Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 01 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Mars 01 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch

Mars, 2020 October 01, 2200 UT. New Farnley, Leeds UK. 90mm refractor x165, w15 yellow and w80A blue filters. Seeing Ant III, sky slightly hazy and a bright Moon. Contrast of dark markings exaggerated for clarity. Directions: as you look at the image, North is top, South bottom, Preceding left, Foll...
by RMSteele
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 28 September
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Mars 28 September

Beautiful and detailed image that is not oversaturated with colour. Hellas is quite clear of haze now (hence I found it looked quite vague and muted on the 27th). Regards Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 27 Sept 2020 Eyepiece sketch
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Mars 27 Sept 2020 Eyepiece sketch

Mars, 2020 September 27, 2245 UT. New Farnley, Leeds UK. 90mm refractor x165, w15 yellow and w80A blue filters. Seeing Ant III. Contrast of dark markings exaggerated for clarity. Directions: as you look at the image, North is top, South bottom, Preceding left, Following right, Regards, Bob mars1 (4)...
by RMSteele
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Sun - 24th Sep PART 2
Replies: 7
Views: 312

Re: The Sun - 24th Sep PART 2

Cliff, From what I can tell the powerful solar flare on the afternoon of 24 Sept commenced at 1426 UT and ended at 1446 UT, from which it appears that you might have just missed it according to the time stamps on your images that day. Anyone have any more info on this? Bob
by RMSteele
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars again..
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Mars again..

A lovely classic mars image. Hellas is looking misty, just as I’m seeing it. Best wishes, Bob