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by HARRY WISE
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night

Hi Nigel,

It can be difficult to see the icon for comets, a blue tail, I have found that it is necessary to zoom in on the comet to see it. After updating the comet element I then search for the object which is then shown with a name label. Perhaps the comet icon should be more prominent.
by HARRY WISE
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night

Brian, thank you for your reply which set my mind at rest. By the way what is SGL that you made reference to?
by HARRY WISE
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night

I looked for the comet on the 3rd October with no luck. Cartes du Ciel showed it to be close to beta Pegasi so should have been easy to find, but of course it was actually in Pisces. Has anyone else notice this discrepancy or have I got it wrong?

Harry
by HARRY WISE
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 5658

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

Dear Brian, Thanks for your comments but I have never noticed internal reflections before. I have seen a screen shot of SkyMap showing star HDO 127 which could be a candidate for my sighting, but I will wait until the moons wanes before checking again. I think my best chance of seeing the comet agai...
by HARRY WISE
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 5658

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

Robin With hindsight I would have been using my scope when observing the companion to Regulus, sorry for the confusion. You spoke of star catalogues in Carte du Ciel - I have them all ticked in Setup/Configuration but the star still doesn't show and stars down to at least 10th magnitude are displaye...
by HARRY WISE
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 5658

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

Thank you for your reply Robin, I use Catre Du Ciel. As Regulus is a multiple system perhaps I saw the brightest of Regulus's companion. What do you think?

Harry
by HARRY WISE
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 5658

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

While observing comet Iwamoto, which I found on 10th Feb and 11th with 16x50 and 25x75 binoculars I noticed a faint star just above Regulus in Leo which didn’t appear on my star atlas. Was this a galaxy, UGC 5470? It was very compact and star like even at 170x mag. with a 6” reflector. I caught the ...
by HARRY WISE
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Collimation of Celestron C150-HD reflector
Replies: 1
Views: 2804

Collimation of Celestron C150-HD reflector

I have a Celestron C150-HD with a lens between the primary and secondary mirrors (Bird-Jones design). I was hoping that someone could help me in collimation as the instruction manual is rather sketchy in this area. When I look down the eyepiece hole without a lens I can’t see a reflection of my eye ...
by HARRY WISE
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Celestron 71008 25x70
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

Re: Celestron 71008 25x70

Well, they have arrived and I used them on the first clear night. I had a good look around, viz. M13, the double cluster in Cassiopeia and the Milky way, and must report that I am very pleased with these binoculars (for the price). They gave me the best view yet of the night sky with binoculars, my ...
by HARRY WISE
Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Celestron 71008 25x70
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

Re: Celestron 71008 25x70

Thank you all for your comments, as it happens the binos have been ordered for me before I had completed my research. They should arrive soon and I will let you know my feelings on them after they have been tested.

Harry
by HARRY WISE
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Celestron 71008 25x70
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

Celestron 71008 25x70

Has anyone used these Celestron 25x70 binoculars, I have seen on Amerzon for £69 reduced from £110 which seems very reasonable.

Harry
by HARRY WISE
Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Collimation and Mirror Cleaning
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

Re: Collimation and Mirror Cleaning

Thank you David; I have not yet contacted Intrasite but will do so if necessary. My telescope is 9 years old, has been kept in a garden shed when not in use and always with the tube cover in place. It has not been near the coast. The scope is a Celestron C150-HD, 150mm short tube Newtonian. I have a...
by HARRY WISE
Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Collimation and Mirror Cleaning
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

Collimation and Mirror Cleaning

My Celestron Newtonian is in need of collimation and the mirror looks dirty. As I lack the confidence to do this myself do any members know of a company, preferable in Somerset, that would provide this service. If so what would be the rough price? Would it be worth having the mirror recoated? Thanks...
by HARRY WISE
Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Great Red Spot of Jupiter
Replies: 8
Views: 2467

Great Red Spot of Jupiter

Hi A I tried to split to split Delta Cygni the last clear night here in Somerset but without success. At 2.6 arc seconds this is about at the limit of my instrument, I struggle with the components of epsilon Lyrae which are about the same separation. Alpha Geminorum is easy enough though at 4.3. I w...
by HARRY WISE
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Great Red Spot of Jupiter
Replies: 8
Views: 2467

GRS - Jupiter

Hi Brian

Thanks for the useful data. As usual it has been poor weather of late but I will try again for the GRS asap.

Regards

Harry