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by michael feist
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Southern Sky
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: Southern Sky

Jabber, these two planets are near the lowest part of the Ecliptic , rising in the SE, setting in the SW and very low when in the South. It will be a few years until they are high in the South. regards mike [the watcher].
by michael feist
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: R Leonis
Replies: 2
Views: 13

Re: R Leonis

The Hawke 20-60x80 Spotting Scope is very good, usable even almost to maximum magnification of the zoom range. The two faint stars adjacent to R Leonis stood our well when scope zoomed up. Excellent on detail on the Moon. Should be good on the next comet...when ever that will be. When observing M31,...
by michael feist
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: R Leonis
Replies: 2
Views: 13

R Leonis

25th Oct.2020. R Leonis. 0408-0410 GMT. Gaps in racing clouds enabled a quick but good view of 18, 19 and R Leonis [bright] from back garden, in newly acquired Hawke 20-60x80 spotting scope. With its about 310 day period, can someone tell me when the current maximum for R Leonis is expected...seemed...
by michael feist
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: wake-up call
Replies: 2
Views: 33

wake-up call

Wakeup Call Deep asleep but just last night. The cat awoke me with a fright I thank you cat for doing that. For when I opened the garden door I was presented by thick clouds galore But therein was one one huge gap And Taurus , Pleiades, and Mars and Uranus too amongst the stars. Uranus obs. #1501 re...
by michael feist
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury
Replies: 30
Views: 2899

Re: Mercury

Have removed as seemed inappropriate to this Mercury slot. regards mike [the watcher]
by michael feist
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lunar Joy & Detail on Venus
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Lunar Joy & Detail on Venus

15th Oct. MMXX; Had a good view this morning of the even thinner crescent [decrescent] Moon with bright Earthshine, from bedroom window, around 0625-0700 BST. Used Acuter spotter, 15x65. Roughly 38 hrs to New, I think. regards mike [the watcher].
by michael feist
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Beginners scope ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1352

Re: Beginners scope ?

'A half descent view of Mars, at the moment'...telescope for?' Mars as a target is really only close enough, of course, every few years, and I would think it was a bit late for a beginner to think now about going out to buy a suitable 'scope, with no time to get used to using it, before the planet d...
by michael feist
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lunar Joy & Detail on Venus
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Lunar Joy & Detail on Venus

14th October MMXX; 1. 0527-0612 BST. Clouds cleared before dawn. Crescent Moon with prominent Earthshine and large crater [Bailly] near the southern limb, and the southern cusp was broken into a row of peak tops in the darkness. Venus and Moon easily fitted the 8x42 Hawke monocular fov , with Venus ...
by michael feist
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The problem of space junk
Replies: 15
Views: 2688

Re: The problem of space junk

Hmm. Possibly not, then being completely buried under a complete sea of trash, which by then may be spread to the Moon, Mars, Europa and anywhere else humanity goes! Still whatever happens, the Sun may simply tidy-up after us! regards mike [the watcher] ...I will of course not watch that, being long...
by michael feist
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The problem of space junk
Replies: 15
Views: 2688

Re: The problem of space junk

Rather than 'Homo sapiens' , perhaps our species ought to be re-named 'Homo ruderalis'. The adjective 'ruderal' means [in plant naming] growing in waste places, on roadsides or in rubbish. regards mike.
by michael feist
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The romance that was Mars ..
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: The romance that was Mars ..

The basis, Cliff, of the story was that an alien craft landed. Within was a humanoid alien played by Michael Rennie and a vey powerful robot. Humanity was considered to be danger to the rest of the life in the Universe and had to justify its existence or else would be expunged. They just about got a...
by michael feist
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The romance that was Mars ..
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: The romance that was Mars ..

The two early films that you mention, 'War of the Worlds' and 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' I really enjoyed, but the flashy, modern versions I thought were but poor overcooked copies. Although not necessarily about Mars, the three Quatermass stories / tv films concerning, particularly the second ...
by michael feist
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 875

Re: observing from bed

Jeff
You may also like to go to see
www.foredowntowerastronomers.org.uk
Then open 'Archive'
There in you will find yet another article ' A Personal History of Astronomy at the Foredown Tower ' ....by me.
regards mike.
by michael feist
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 875

Re: observing from bed

Jeff, did you find BAA article "Astronomy and the Camera Obscura'? That is in harvard.edu/abs page.mike.
by michael feist
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 875

Re: observing from bed

Jeff, Unfortunately once I retired all my detailed notes in were donated to the Local History Dept of Brighton Reference Library, which was later taken over by THE KEEP. This was when the Foredown Tower was stripped out, but leaving the camera obscura, when taken over. All that I have now is a singl...