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by brian livesey
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Uranus together
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Mars and Uranus together

Mars and Uranus are still close and just two degrees apart and not far from the Moon tonight in the South. See today's www.spaceweather.com .
by brian livesey
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The great deluge ..
Replies: 2
Views: 74

The great deluge ..

It's an absolute deluge in Lancs today. All in all, it wouldn't be surprising if the last twelve months have been the wettest in the North West since records began. There have been so many dreary "twilight" days and the sullen faces that they generate. They seem to get it much better in th...
by brian livesey
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Another Beast from the East?

The Guardian might have meant that, regardless of direction, the weather would be the equivalent of the Beast from the East - severe cold and heavy snowfall.
by brian livesey
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Another Beast from the East?

I'm sure you'll agree Cliff that the British weather puts many people off stargazing. Probably, there are quite a few more people who find indoor astronomy more interesting. I refer to TV and radio science programmes. Over the years there have been, for example, some excellent HORIZON programmes on ...
by brian livesey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Looking for VESTA
Replies: 24
Views: 387

Re: Looking for VESTA

A friend and myself saw Uranus without optical aid in the early '60's and from inside the town. The planet wasn't difficult to see. Mind you, we were young then with better vision, and light pollution was nothing like it is now. Previous to the unaided sighting, we'd been observing Uranus in a homem...
by brian livesey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Why BIG moon rockets?
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Why BIG moon rockets?

The Saturn rockets, as we know, were enormous, but, do moon rockets still need to be big?The ISS ( International Space Station ) was assembled in Earth-orbit from modules. Why not do the same for moon rockets? Instead of launching enormous one-off, fuel-greedy, rockets, the modular parts for moon ta...
by brian livesey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Making a Monocular from a Binocular
Replies: 8
Views: 131

Re: Making a Monocular from a Binocular

What everybody would like to know Jeff, is when did you drop those binoculars? :wink:
by brian livesey
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A nice Christmas Card
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: A nice Christmas Card

Very nice Cliff. The rose-tinted twilight horizon is an added feature that complements the comet.
The best thing I'll be getting this year is the Covid jab tomorrow.
by brian livesey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 206

Re: The Moon through binoculars

I have the Helios, Voyager, zoom 10X-25X42mm monocular. It's very good for general purpose and astronomy. It also functions as a microscope with its minimum focal distance of 25 inches. The Voyager can be attached to a grip or tripod. It's good to see insects, especially butterflies, in intricate de...
by brian livesey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 206

Re: The Moon through binoculars

The man who uttered that was Pascal in 1833 or thereabouts. Ironically, it was at the same time that Fraunhofer was making his first solar observations.
by brian livesey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 206

Re: The Moon through binoculars

When the book was published, it was a Newtonian universe, the galaxies were regarded as clouds of gas in our galaxy, and the Sun was burning like a piece of coal, not nuclear, etc. The author would have been astonished to know what astrophysics has revealed about the Universe since then.
by brian livesey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: The UFO files

I've checked in Webster's Stella and they use the same "Aerial" as in the English dictionary. As you know, some Americanisms are spelt differently. Yes, I know what an Ariel is here.
by brian livesey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: The UFO files

Ariel might be the American ( Webster's ) spelling. In the "Tempest", Ariel is a spirit of the air.
by brian livesey
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 290

The UFO files

The US Congress has ordered the intelligence agencies to reveal all that they know about UFO activities. Congress's directive has given less than 180 days for the Office of Naval Intelligence the Unidentified Ariel Phenomena Task Force and the FBI to give detailed analyses of UFO data that they hold...
by brian livesey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Beast from the East.

If it's any consolation Brian, whatever Nature throws at us, she's equipped us with a brain that, given enough time and resources, can solve or, at least, moderate these problems.