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by SkyBrowser
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Metis - a tricky asteroid for binoculars
Replies: 1
Views: 18

Metis - a tricky asteroid for binoculars

9 Metis is now tracking across Virgo. At mag 9.8 or so, it won't be an easy one for binocular users, other than those with megabins of course :) But it should be easy enough with a small 'scope. Here's a chart in case anybody fancies a go. I've show stars to mag 9.5. And just in case you didn't know...
by SkyBrowser
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 57

Re: Galactic Springtime

Interesting idea, using the concrete blocks to hold the wood. Are the blocks concreted in place? Or just free-standing? What sort of roof are you going for? What have you clad it with? Is it featheredge or 6"x1"? Not cheap I imagine, as the price of wood seems to have risen enormously in t...
by SkyBrowser
Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Tonight

I reckon St George's Day (23rd) is a good time to start looking for Mercury. It'll be setting about 30 minutes after the sun, and will share the same binocular FOV with Venus. Find one and you've found the other! Uranus is also there, sitting between M & V on the 23rd, but it'll be too faint to ...
by SkyBrowser
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 57

Re: Galactic Springtime

I need to get that big scope installed for the galaxy cluster though (I have now half-built its enclosure) What sort of enclosure are you making? I keep pondering a run-off shed, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to make, and in particular how easy it will be to make one that doesn't blow over i...
by SkyBrowser
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 57

Re: Galactic Springtime

michael feist wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:37 am In the early hours , pre-dawn this morning, from the east-facing bedroom window, and using 8x42 monocular I picked-out...M31 the Andromeda Galaxy rising in the North-north-east! regards maf.
Hey, you could do a Messier Marathon from bed! Well, OK, maybe a half-marathon. Quarter?
by SkyBrowser
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Galactic Springtime
Replies: 8
Views: 57

Re: Galactic Springtime

Sinking down below Denebola, it was time to investigate Virgo. It was nice seeing this constellation decently, it being so often pretty much out of sight for me at this northern latitude. I need to get that big scope installed for the galaxy cluster though (I have now half-built its enclosure), all...
by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window

Yes, I get the same thing with my 8x50s. I can always tell it's Saturn. I was just curious to know if a 6x21 was enough to show a discernable disk on Jupiter.
by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window

I assume you can see the Moons. Do you get any hint of a disk?
by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Tonight

Success! At 1918UT I spotted Venus for the first time this apparition with the 8x50s. Held steadily, even though it was in the cloud band that accompanied the setting Sun. Altitude 2°, Sun's altitude -2°. Tried to see it naked-eye, but didn't manage it. However it continued to be easily visible in t...
by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 15th April
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: The SUN - 15th April

Good grief. Just now, 0940UT, I had a look and couldn't see a single spot! I need to get a better telescope :)

Were you projecting or observing "direct" through a filter?
by SkyBrowser
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Tonight

There's a nice thin crescent Moon hanging in the western sky right now. If it stays clear I'm going to haul the 'scope out and have a better look. I'm also going to have a quick look, just after sunset, to see if I can spot Venus. It's now setting 25 minutes after the Sun, so it might be doable, tho...
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Headsup: COMET ATLAS APPROACHES EARTH
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Headsup: COMET ATLAS APPROACHES EARTH

Another comet that *might* become bright, at the end of the year, is C/2021 A1. Maybe, maybe, mag 4 or 5. It'll be in Bootes around mag 5 in December, but it's then heading south into Saggitarius as it brightens a little. So, it's probably another early morning job and at its brightest it'll be down...
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Little sunspot group
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Little sunspot group

I can't see a thing with my setup! A 1960s Prinz 60mm refractor projecting onto a screen. Mind you I haven't looked today yet ...
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window

I had a look around 0500 BST from the bathroom window, but there were too many obstacles in the way, so I saw naught.
by SkyBrowser
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Headsup: COMET ATLAS APPROACHES EARTH
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Headsup: COMET ATLAS APPROACHES EARTH

Here's its track. The JPL magnitudes are somewhat fainter than those reported currently.


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