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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:24 am 
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6/11/18. 0635. Fine Lunar Crescent (34 hours to New Moon) seen from the bedroom window using 8x32 binocular between bits and pieces of thin cloud, but soon lost before I could attempt to photograph the scene. But, also, when search for it again but failing to find it, half-an-hour later, at 0705, I located the bright Venusian crescent as a "Morning Star". Crescent phase obvious in the 8x32 binocular and an even better view was had using the 60mm Nikon Spotter, @ 15x magnification, with scope just rested on the window frame. It's back! Low in the south east before sunrise. Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:11 am 
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8/11/18. VENUS seen again under a clearer sky. First located at about 0635 from the bedroom window with the planet just above the southern rooftops but mostly hidden amongst branches of a tree. By 0648 it was well clear of obstructions but still only visible from the upstairs window, so used 60mm Nikon spotter (@ 15x) through the double glazing (opening the window to get a reasonably square-on view). Bright and large, thin crescent was well seen and by resting my camera on the top of the scope, and zooming it up I was just able to get just a couple of Crescent Venus snaps! Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:24 am 
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WILL PEOPLE PLEASE STOP telling us what they can see, all I can see is RAIN :( FOUR weeks and counting

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:13 am 
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Not much rain here in the North West at the moment, but plenty of cloud.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:18 pm 
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LAST December I bought a new 120mm triplet and Celestron 8" Edge HD, it was raining and overcast till April, this August I bought a Daystar Quark Ha and 72mm ED, it is still raining *(&^&(*((*(*&(*&^*

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It's the hurricane season in America. At this time of year, they send us their anticyclonic leftovers.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:03 am 
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It depends on where you live in this small damp island! Also perhaps how quickly you can grab an observation in the limited amount of clear sky between the clouds. If I had to take a large instrument outside, set it up, and located the object of. Interest, choose the best eyepiece etc etc, before I could even start, I guess I would record much less than I do. This morning, Friday, caught a short glimpse of Venus again in a cloud gap in 8x32 my binocular through the bedroom window but it soon disappeared before I could even get the camera out! I may well have succeeded in photographing the scene of Venus + the surrounding clouds had I not taken the memory card out yesterday in readiness for taking it to the chemist to print a few pictures, and being presented with the message "no memory", I so missed the opportunity! Regards maf


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mike a feist wrote:
It depends on where you live in this small damp island! Also perhaps how quickly you can grab an observation in the limited amount of clear sky between the clouds. If I had to take a large instrument outside, set it up, and located the object of. Interest, choose the best eyepiece etc etc, before I could even start, I guess I would record much less than I do. This morning, Friday, caught a short glimpse of Venus again in a cloud gap in 8x32 my binocular through the bedroom window but it soon disappeared before I could even get the camera out! I may well have succeeded in photographing the scene of Venus + the surrounding clouds had I not taken the memory card out yesterday in readiness for taking it to the chemist to print a few pictures, and being presented with the message "no memory", I so missed the opportunity! Regards maf



I agree with you there, until just recently I could not understand why people had "good" quality gear (I have some, thanks to retirement and not smoking etc), and yet having a 4/5/6" refractor wanted a small one classed as grab and go.

Then I got the 72mm and have never looked back, there really is a place for a small scope on a decent camera tripod AND I have just ordered the Baader zoom eyepiece for it.

Chemist !, to print !, decent printers are £60 from Canon DIY and only one memory card ???? :( , done that too, bought a spare DSLR and forgot to switch off work with NO card installed, 50 shots later replay, can't NO card............... never again

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brian livesey wrote:
It's the hurricane season in America. At this time of year, they send us their anticyclonic leftovers.


Wildfires yesterday and this week

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Ideally, I'd like to have my 8-inch Newt permanently set up in the back garden, covered with a weatherproof, easy-to-remove, box.
The snag is that, if I did leave the 'scope outdoors, it would be a target for theft or vandalism.

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brian livesey wrote:
Ideally, I'd like to have my 8-inch Newt permanently set up in the back garden, covered with a weatherproof, easy-to-remove, box.
The snag is that, if I did leave the 'scope outdoors, it would be a target for theft or vandalism.


When I move next I will get an observatory, I did have one where I lived in Cornwall

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