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by SkyBrowser
Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and its five moons
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Jupiter and its five moons

I do have a good number of Tak eyepieces - I knew the local dealer years ago and he wasn't too far from where I lived. So, he got my money :)

I do like Televue Panoptics and I have a 2" 41mm that I use as a finder eyepiece!
by SkyBrowser
Sat Nov 27, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

Sat Nov 27th 2021, 1515UT. Average seeing, but very windy.

Two groups south, one with 5 spots, one with 7.

I suspect I missed some smaller spots as the wind was rocking the projection screen.
by SkyBrowser
Sat Nov 27, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and its five moons
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Jupiter and its five moons

I can't remember for sure, but I was probably using an LE7.5 and an LE5, which give magnifications of X71 and X106.

The FOA60 is very portable (even for me) and gives extremely sharp views.
by SkyBrowser
Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: ISS Pass through a Dob
Replies: 14
Views: 70

Re: ISS Pass through a Dob

1. Grazing the top of Saturn and Jupiter, passing Saturn at 16:50, maximum elevation 21 degrees. 2. HIgh above the two planets, above Saturn at 18:27, maximum elevation 44 degrees. For me, here in Devon, the 16:50 pass is at 40°. And the 18:27 one at 83°. Max altitude for this second pass is at 18:...
by SkyBrowser
Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

Fri Nov 26th 2021, 1121UT, poor seeing

Not sure what to record today - one group of 8 spots or two groups of 6 and 2?
by SkyBrowser
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: ISS Pass through a Dob
Replies: 14
Views: 70

Re: ISS Pass through a Dob

And the good news is that early evening passes are continuing right into December, at least until the 4th. Checked Heavens Above a few minutes ago, and, bingo!, there was a pass right overhead. Grabbed red torch and rushed to conservatory - cloudy, natch. Another pass just after 7 pm, but not nearl...
by SkyBrowser
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: ISS Pass through a Dob
Replies: 14
Views: 70

Re: ISS Pass through a Dob

Are you using a 2" eyepiece?

You must have very smooth bearings to be able to track the ISS at the speed it moves.
by SkyBrowser
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

Wed Nov 24th 2021, 1525UT. Average seeing. There was a brief clear spell late on, as the Sun was heading rapidly towards the horizon. But the seeing wasn't too bad. All I could see was one group in the south-east with 5 spots. Of the two other groups that have been heading towards the west limb ther...
by SkyBrowser
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sirius into daylight - historical record
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Sirius into daylight - historical record

I think it was me who originally asked the question.

I tried to spot it one March evening before the Sun had set. I got it eight minutes before sunset with 8x50s, but couldn't get it naked-eye until eight minutes after sunset. It was slightly hazy, so it might be doable on a very clear day.
by SkyBrowser
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Large dobsonians
Replies: 30
Views: 229

Re: Large dobsonians

All watched, thanks Jeff.

As you say, the Jupiter image was a bit grainy, but I guess that's because they just stuck a DSLR on the back. It might have been better with the old Mark-I eyeball!
by SkyBrowser
Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Large dobsonians
Replies: 30
Views: 229

Re: Large dobsonians

That's why I couldn't find it then!

Latest episode I assume?
by SkyBrowser
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Large dobsonians
Replies: 30
Views: 229

Re: Large dobsonians

I have the magazine, but I haven't got around to reading it yet! I will do so ASAP. Thanks.
by SkyBrowser
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Evening Lineup
Replies: 20
Views: 187

Re: Evening Lineup

Caught a quick glimpse of Venus in the 60mmm tonight - through the branches and twigs of our big ash tree. A bit jumpy as it was low down, but there was a nice-enough crescent. I guess it's in the waning phase now (so I've missed dichotomy), but at least that means it will get bigger!
by SkyBrowser
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and its five moons
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Jupiter and its five moons

I managed a quick look at Jupiter early this evening with my 60mm refractor. Again it had five moons! Though the 5th was not nearly so obvious this time. I think it's a mag 7.7 star, SAO164647. Ganymede, Callisto and Europa were strung out on one side, with Io on t'other. Callisto was the faintest o...
by SkyBrowser
Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Sun Today
Replies: 191
Views: 5192

Re: The Sun Today

Mon Nov 22nd 2021, 1100UT, poor seeing.

I could only make two single spots, one north, one south.