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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:44 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Tuesday, 5/3/19, Clear early morning, Jupiter bright in the south, and followed into daylight using 15x65 Acuter spotting scope from the back garden. From about 0640 until lost at 0725 UT, when I had to move the tripod when the planet disappeared behind the wall of the house. The Sun was then well up and I was unable to relocate the planet's very pale disc. Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:58 am 
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Low elevation planets have a mysterious, bewitching quality, don't you think?

That said, Mike, I'll be glad when we get some planets at a decent elevation again!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:53 pm 
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Most of my observing is now Crepuscular Astronomy - at dawn or dusk- with binoculars and low power spotting scopes, so low down bright objects near the horizon fit well with that. Objects high up can be a real pain in the neck - actually so - although I am aware that there are various methods of solving this, with low power and bright objects, there is little advantage in that for me. The magic of the half-light adds to it as well. I do make exceptions for binocular comets although really very bright ones near the horizon are to be preferred - I can think of just a few of those!!! Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:14 pm 
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Sounds like you need a reclining chair, Mike! :D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:43 pm 
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I have been known to observe through the bedroom window + from my pillow on the odd occasion!! Regards maf


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