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by The Bat
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Condensation disappointment
Replies: 4
Views: 893

What sort of scope were you using? Perhaps this is a silly question, but did you leave the dust caps on the scope while it was cooling? I don't uncap anything until I am ready to observe. If your scope is a refractor or SCT or Mak, are you using a dew shield? My tips would be: - leave the dust caps ...
by The Bat
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Shooting stars/meteors?
Replies: 3
Views: 2169

I'd say satellites. I normally see a few through my telescope finder when I'm out and occasionally one passes through the scope's field of view.

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Fireball sighting 00.04 am - 10 March
Replies: 0
Views: 992

Fireball sighting 00.04 am - 10 March

I was travelling home from an astronomy outreach activity tonight (or rather from the post-session pub) and witnessed an amazing fireball at 00.04 which shot straight in front of me. I was on a dual carriageway, most inconveniently, but luckily the meteor was on a downward path between the easily vi...
by The Bat
Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 31 March 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1832

Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 31 March 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society Public Stargazing North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public observing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on Saturday 31 March. From 6pm we will have a range of telescopes set up and welcome anybody to come an...
by The Bat
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 20120302 Plato (ASI130MM camera 2nd light)
Replies: 7
Views: 1020

I'm walking on the Moon!! That's impressive!
8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Widely seen fireball : Mar 3 21:45UT (approx)
Replies: 14
Views: 5833

Eight of us were at our club observatory last night and not one of us managed to see this! How disappointing!! :roll:

Was gutted when I saw the news reports coming in this morning!

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Plato and Alpine Valley March 2nd.
Replies: 6
Views: 718

That's a good shot. Well done. 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars 01/03/12
Replies: 2
Views: 762

I had a good look at Mars last night too (it was about all there was to look at as the sky was largely hazy with patchy cloud over 60% of the sky). The north polar cap was prominent, as was the above mentioned dark region surrounding it. Syrtis Major was just appearing round the limb and I could see...
by The Bat
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another Mars from 25/26 Feb
Replies: 8
Views: 858

I wouldn't be disappointed in that, Brian. It's a good shot.

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 25 Feb
Replies: 6
Views: 795

That's good, Brian. Lots of detail there. I haven't tried Mars this year yet.

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Moon and Venus conjunction Feb 25
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Lovely pic, Brian. It was an amazing sight on Saturday. Venus was so bright.

Looked good last night too, with the Moon between Jupiter and Venus.

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Please could someone confirm...
Replies: 4
Views: 2019

Hi Karen

Have you downloaded Stellarium (http://www.stellarium.org) onto your computer? It's free planetarium software and shows you the sky in real time. It's an absolute must and really helpful for finding your way around the sky. :D

Rachel
by The Bat
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My DSO efforts this month
Replies: 6
Views: 1104

Great images, all three. 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 23.2.12 crescent moon
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Lovely shot. It was a beautiful crescent last night. Just a shame I couldn't get my scope on it. 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Absolute beginner, enthusiastic learner!
Replies: 17
Views: 6323

Hi Karen and welcome! You might want to get a planisphere or something similar to help you start learning the sky. The magazines have useful observing guides in each month and will give you some pointers as to what you can observe. Sky at Night has rankings which show you whether something is a bino...