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Uranus observation
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Author:  mike a feist [ Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:35 am ]
Post subject:  Uranus observation

Sunday 28/7/19, 0330-0350 BST. First sighting this apparition. Easier to locate in larger 7 degree fov of 8x36 Nikon binocular than T50 spotter initially. Uranus now roughly between 19 and Xi Arietis, just to the right of a 7th magnitude star. (Obs.#1390). Last seen on Thursday 8th Nov. 2018. Regards maf.

Author:  PaulB [ Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Uranus observation

I hope now Uranus is visible at a high altitude from British skies, we see more observations of this distant Ice giant.

Author:  mike a feist [ Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Uranus observation

Uranus is pretty easy to find especially in binoculars, although of course it only appears as a star rather than a planetary disc. Once one has sorted out the current fieldstars, one can pick it out even in the town if you are shielded from immediate street lighting. I have however never seen it with the unaided eye. I have been following it for many years, from when it was very low in Sagittarius. For example, one of my earliest sightings (Obs.# 3) 13th July 1993 at 0100 UT, was made using a10x50 binocular records "Slightly brighter than nearby 50 (Sagittarii)....etc".
Anyway saw it again this morning, Monday 29/7/19, 0229 + 0324 BST, using Olivon T50 and Nikon 8x36 binocular, the sky being initially clear with just a trace of cirrus but then deteriorated. (Obs.# 1391). Also on Tuesday morning, 30/7/19 , 0330-0405 BST, same equipment, under s clear sky with cool breeze, with dawning sky. (Obs.#1392).
Somewhat later, at 0417 BST, a lovely Crescent Moon (just 2 days till new) with Earthshine rose over the rooftops and was photographed.
A good start for the day! Regards maf

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