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by RMSteele
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 780

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

The moon made things difficult, but I did a light estimate of Vesta tonight 2021 Feb 25 at 2230 UT with 10x50 binoculars. Comparing Vesta with 85 Leo (mag 5.7) it looked 4 steps fainter and with 90 Leo (mag 6.0) it looked 2 steps fainter. This makes Vesta mag 6.15. Regards, Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 22nd February
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: The SUN - 22nd February

A good splatter of sunspots today Cliff. I counted 10 in the main group and 1 spot forming another group on the disc. 2021 Feb 25 at 1057UT 60mm f15 refractor. Bob
by RMSteele
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Distance of nearest stars
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Distance of nearest stars

Hello Stella, yes I got it was about your age. I got the data from wiki which gives Alioth as 82.52 ly and Alcor as 81.73 ly. so I assumed you were getting younger!
by RMSteele
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Distance of nearest stars
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Distance of nearest stars

Is this a super-relativistic effect in your case Stella? Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Some hi-res lunar - 21 Feb
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: Some hi-res lunar - 21 Feb

Thanks for this lovely tour Brian, right down to the smallest detail (like the intriguing peep into Marth, next to Pitatus). Regards, Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 22nd February
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: The SUN - 22nd February

Nice to see a few spots at last Cliff. Some of them were very tiny, no more than faint, fleeting blurs coming and going in the seeing. I counted 2 in the mid disc group and 7 in the group nearer the limb: 60mm f15 refractor. Regards, Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: Viva Vicky
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Viva Vicky

Friday's show was a triumph. Wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vicky has the Patrick Moore gift of carrying on commentating no matter what. Looking forward to next Friday. Regards Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Chicxulub: asteroid or sungrazer comet?
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Chicxulub: asteroid or sungrazer comet?

Thanks Stella, you left me wondering if Loeb had switched careers to dentistry.
Regards, Bloeb
by RMSteele
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Sun - 15th February
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: The Sun - 15th February

Yes, the Sun seems to have subsided to its bland minimal appearance in white light, but there's bound to be a spot around the corner. Hope you are well Cliff. Covid jabs for the wife and me this week. Kind thoughts, Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: National Star-count Week
Replies: 11
Views: 685

Re: National Star-count Week

Hello Andy, I'll explain the strange query. I recently got back in touch with my oldest pal after losing touch for 50yrs. He lives in Garforth, was/is interested in Astronomy, has a son also in the area whom I know is called Andrew, and the surname begins with F... So, putting it all 4 facts togethe...
by RMSteele
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: National Star-count Week
Replies: 11
Views: 685

Re: National Star-count Week

Andy, It's been poor on the south side of Leeds and I've not been able to do any kind of star count at all. BTW forgive my strange query (for the sake of protecting personal information) but if your surname ends in "...ham", it is quite likely that your father is my oldest friend! Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: Viva Vicky
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Viva Vicky

Friday evening on Youtube is the new Sky at Night. It's spontaneous, live and has its own inimitable presenter and "custom" backdrop just like the old program did. I watch every week. The guests are great sports to do their bit live and liable to be ambushed by Vicky's quizzes and challeng...
by RMSteele
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Counting down the days until....
Replies: 17
Views: 522

Re: Counting down the days until....

When I started observing variables many moons ago we used the Julian date which starts at noon gmt. Bob
They don’t seem to use that these days
by RMSteele
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: A winter’s saunter.
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: A winter’s saunter.

Yes Brian, getting out for a walk is a great restorer even if we do live on a planet where part of the atmosphere freezes! I remember when I was a boy in my duffle coat with the hood up and I would imagine that it was a spacesuit and I was trudging across some moonlet of the outer planets where the ...
by RMSteele
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Missions to the moon - rare documents - see enclosed
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Missions to the moon - rare documents - see enclosed

Very interesting stuff here. It reminds me that I still have a scrapbook of press cuttings I kept of the Apollo Moon shots from about Apollo 8, and I still have my Apollo 11 mission info pack that I sent off for in 1969. Happy browsing.
Kind thoughts, Bob