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by RMSteele
Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore
Replies: 8
Views: 1467

Re: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore

Yes Jeff, as you can see, it squatted in my back garden on the base of a former observing hut that I made for an earlier telescope, an 8.5 inch AE newtonian. I covered it with the tarp that you can see in the background. I used it mainly for Jupiter and Saturn. I made a set of observing steps to obs...
by RMSteele
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore
Replies: 8
Views: 1467

Re: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore

This is the 12-inch Calver nearing the end of restoration
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by RMSteele
Sat Nov 27, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore
Replies: 8
Views: 1467

Re: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore

Interesting article Mike. It's nice to know that it went to a person who appreciated the history of the telescope. The old 12 inch Calver that I borrowed from the BAA many years ago went to a Victorian-style observatory (The Wrottesly-Phillips Observatory) after I passed it on. It had originally bel...
by RMSteele
Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

2021 November 26 at 1200 UT, seeing mediocre but transparency fair to good. 3 groups of 8, 5, and 1 faint spot (In faculae near p. limb) all in south hemisphere. Equipment as before. Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

2021 November 25 at 0930, seeing and transparency mediocre. One straggly group of 11 spots. Equip as before. Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 126
Views: 5079

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Jeff, brilliant observation and images. From a careful look at your image and nearby comparison stars the nova's magnitude does indeed look like 9.0. (the star right next to the nova is visual magnitude 9.12). I am making an assumption here that the camera is rendering 9th mag star images that are c...
by RMSteele
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 126
Views: 5079

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

2021 November 23, 1805 UT, 90mm refractor x41, the nova has faded significantly. I estimate it at magnitude 9.2. Bob
Anyone else making estimates?
by RMSteele
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

2021 November 23 at 1155 UT, seeing and transparency fairly good. 3 groups, consisisting of 1 new group in faculae near the following limb with 1 very faint fuzzy spot, I old northerly dark spot on the preceding hemisphere and 1 smaller spot in the south preceding quarter which, again today, is acco...
by RMSteele
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 21st November
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: The SUN - 21st November

Hello Cliff, good to see an image lately. Would love to see one for today's Sun (22/11/21) because I definitely saw the northerly dark spot as double today. Yesterday's seeing wasn't too good so I didn't see the southerly spot as double then but I did see faint mottling around it on the photosphere ...
by RMSteele
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

2021 November 22 at 1030, seeing and transparency fair to good (better than yesterday). 2 groups of small spots: 4 spots (northerly grp) with the main dark spot appearing double and 2 faint outliers, and 1 spot with faint mottling nearby (southerly grp). Equipment as before. Bob
by RMSteele
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

Brian I was intrigued by your observation so I looked at the SOHO images tonight and I think the filament you describe (and other absorbtion features) are in the region of the southerly spot where I noticed faint mottling in the projected white light image. It's good to see visual H-alpha reports he...
by RMSteele
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

2021 November 21 at 1050 UT, seeing and transparency fair. 2 groups of single tiny spots, with hints of misty mottling on the photosphere near the most southerly one. Equipment as before. Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

2021 November 20 at 1240 UT, seeing and transparency poor with the Sun low. 2 groups of 1 small spot each. 60mm achromatic refractor f15 (90mm refr stopped down) with 15mm plossl by projection via a diagonal in white light. Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Large dobsonians
Replies: 30
Views: 229

Re: Large dobsonians

Skybrowser, I was thinking Bresser 127L f9.4 refractor. Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Large dobsonians
Replies: 30
Views: 229

Re: Large dobsonians

Mike, I agree with absolutely everything you say about outdoor covers because I had exactly the same issues with a 12 inch cast iron and steel Calver some years ago; additionally when it was windy the blooming cover came loose no matter how well roped down it was. The motorcycle type cover that I'm ...