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An Unexpected Observation!

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:13 am
by mike a feist
Thursday was grey and miserable and later it rained. The forecast for the night and following morning was bad, so I went to bed early. At about 2am I woke with a start and opening my eyes, I could see a murky Moon shining in my face. Within half-an hour it was much less murky, and I could see Jupiter too, so I ventured into the garden with the MAK70 on a tripod and for a while was able to observe and snap the Moon. Using the Hensoldt 8x30 binocular with its wide fov, found that the Moon and Jupiter just about fitted this fov and down to the left Regulus just fitted in with Jupiter. Then returned to bed. By morning it was pouring with rain!!!!!!!!!!!! ...........exclamation marks or raindrops
regards maf - 14th Nov 2014.

Re: An Unexpected Observation!

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:17 am
by cgdtaylor
Yes - I have noticed a huge variation in the weather overnight here in Scotland as well. one moment it is overcast, half an hour later there are some reasonably clear patches of sky and later still it is pouring with rain. Makes planning to get the scope out a bit fraught and so I think this is 'binocular weather!

Re: An Unexpected Observation!

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:07 pm
by David Frydman
2014 Nov 14 03.41UT

Jupiter and half Moon just within field of 7.7 deg 9x42 binocular.
A lot of cloud but Jupiter to centre Moon about 7.2 degrees.

Should be closer tonight.

regards, David

Re: An Unexpected Observation!

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:02 pm
by trynda1701
Had something like this as well. Early on the 13th, I was heading off to bed late at about 03:00, and looked out the window to see Orion in a large clear patch to the south, although Aldebaran in Taurus was peeking thru clouds. I got the 10x50's out and just scanned Orion for about twenty mins thru the closed windows. It then clouded over!

So little chance observations like this can be fun, just like my chance Mars observation last week.

Mark

Re: An Unexpected Observation!

Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:27 pm
by David Frydman
2014 Nov 18 05.19UT
Thick crescent Moon, good 10x42 binocular.
Saw Mare on earthshine side despite severe light pollution and glare.

Saw Jupiter far away high.

regards, David