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by RMSteele
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Sun - 21st January
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: The Sun - 21st January

Nice view of this odd little group Cliff. I finally got the telescope out into the drive this morning at 1030 UT and saw the spot group by projection with a 60mm aperture at f15 and, another little group had emerged in the Sun's northern hemisphere comprising a pair of small spots and an exceedingly...
by RMSteele
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 403

Re: The Moon through binoculars

Thanks Mike, on the basis of your comments it seems worth looking into. I’ve ordered one of these 6x30s today from an interesting bird watching set up in Norfolk called Clayspy, £22.98 with postage. Yes, I’m a bit skeptical of the claimed 10.5 degree fov, but anything approaching that will be intere...
by RMSteele
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 403

Re: The Moon through binoculars

Anyone bought or tried the Celestron 6x30 outlander monocular, 10.5 degree claimed fov, 20mm eye relief, approx £20 ? Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: The UFO files

Perhaps it should be the lunatic fridge at the moment Brian.
by RMSteele
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: The UFO files

Well now, Brian, I await developments with an open mind. Maybe it will make a change from lunatic fringe TV. Thanks for posting this snippet, Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Arecibo Telescope to close.
Replies: 13
Views: 395

Re: Arecibo Telescope to close.

That sounds like a great idea John. I’d kick in £50; if you can cannibalise a decent microwave oven and adapt it with your engineering skills we could upgrade the Lovell. Actually it does sounds like a good idea. I wonder what it would cost, but importantly would the old girl stand the extra weight?...
by RMSteele
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sol today
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Sol today

The only heat problems that I have had with apertures between 80 and 100mm have been the plastics comprising field stops melting in eyepiece barrels. It hasn't happened yet with the 60mm aperture and my 15mm plossl (which has quite a wide field stop). Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observing High-lights of MMXX
Replies: 10
Views: 251

Re: Observing High-lights of MMXX

Stella, what did you use to spot this with? Is it a US spy satellite? Happy New Year. Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observing High-lights of MMXX
Replies: 10
Views: 251

Re: Observing High-lights of MMXX

USA313? A highlight or a spylight? Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sol today
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Sol today

First, Brian makes a good point, but 60mm is small enough to avoid heating probs with the mass of glass in a "cheap" 1.25 15mm plossl (Celestron Omni). I am in Leeds. I project sideways via a 90 degree mirror diagonal onto a card screen shielded in a cardboard hand-held box so I can vary t...
by RMSteele
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sol today
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Sol today

Hello Skybrowser, with 60mm at F15, 15mm plossl eyepiece with a diagonal by projection I counted 5 spots in 2 groups: group 1, single large spot closest to limb; group 2, 4 spots in two clusters of 2 spots each. Conditions: slightly unsteady seeing with reasonably good transparency. Bob PS whereabou...
by RMSteele
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Barnard 33 The Horsehead nebula
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: Barnard 33 The Horsehead nebula

Iconic Ian, shows what YOU can do with a 6 inch reflector! bob
by RMSteele
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Attempt at HU Tauri Occultation 27 Dec 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Attempt at HU Tauri Occultation 27 Dec 2020

Jeff, love the Moon image, it's so atmospheric (literally!). Am v interested how you get on with the refractor - so much more convenient than the dob, no doubt. I really look forward to more of your observations with the refractor. Best wishes Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A Merry Christmas
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Cliff, Jeff, and all. Nice spread of sun spots today. Bob n Les
by RMSteele
Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Solar observation via projection
Replies: 12
Views: 278

Re: Solar observation via projection

Mike I am nominating you for the 2020 Percy Verance award. Bob