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by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 15th April
Replies: 2
Views: 13

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: 0
Views: 13

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: 34

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: 13

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: 6
Views: 130

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: 34

Re: Headsup: COMET ATLAS APPROACHES EARTH

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


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by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lunar observations Wed March 24th 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 111

Lunar observations Wed March 24th 2021

Finally got around to transcribing one set of notes from an evening's lunar observing. The Moon was around 11.5 days old (waxing gibbous) and high in the sky. Just how we like it :) Mare Humorum 2016 UT ===================== 2019 UT. Looked at Mare Humorum again, with the LE7.5 and variable polarise...
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Mu Cephei

Tracie Heywood wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:45 pm due to its strong red colour, it is quite common for some observers to see a range a few tenths of a magnitude brighter and for others to see a range a few tenths fainter.
We all react differently to red???
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Mu Cephei

stella wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:02 pm "Garnett Star"? Do you mean Warren Mitchell?
Would that be the Alfa star?
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Chi Cygni
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Chi Cygni

Was that all done with binoculars? Which comparison chart do you use?
by SkyBrowser
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Mu Cephei

Has anybody noticed any sign of variability?
by SkyBrowser
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Mu Cephei

While looking for the nova last Friday night I took a quick look at Mu Cephei, the Garnet Star. It's certainly red! Much redder than Arcturus for example, though I always see an orangey colour when I look at that. It's a semi-regular variable with a quoted period of 730 days and a range of 3.4 to 5....
by SkyBrowser
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 582

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

At 2345UT, I managed to get the spotting 'scope onto the nova, fairly quickly in fact as I lucked onto Beta Cas, backed off to Alpha Cas to double-check and then slid across to M52. The nova was easily seen, as was the mag 9 star close by. There's a line of four stars between the nova and M52. The t...
by SkyBrowser
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 582

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Managed, at last, at 2057UT, to see the nova - from an upstairs window! It was easy to find. Alpha and Beta Cassiopeia fit nicely into the FOV of my 8x50s. Follow the line joining them, up and to the east one FOV's worth and the nova is on the eastern edge of the FOV. Another half FOV and it's in th...
by SkyBrowser
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 582

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

I'm waiting for the Moon to drop out of the evening skies. I don't know if I'll be able to see it through my 8x50s. If not, I'll try with my spotting 'scope, but then I might struggle to find it! And I have to go walkabout to get a sufficiently good northern horizon.