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by RMSteele
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Sun - 16th April
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: The Sun - 16th April

You catch the new group at the f. limb distinctly Cliff. Looked today (17 April at 0852 UT) with 60mm F15 by projection and counted three dark spots and a faint smudgy one there. On the p. hemisphere I could only just make out 2 groups consisting of one very faint, fuzzy spot and a farther preceding...
by RMSteele
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 15th April
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: The SUN - 15th April

sky browser, I project via an old Celestron diagonal. I think your eyepiece end is not good as we’ve mentioned before. Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 15th April
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: The SUN - 15th April

Interesting Cliff. I counted three small groups this morning (16/4/21 at0919 UT) with 60mm - 11 ill-defined little spots. One group is noticeable at the f. limb with a string of darker spots. A very very faint group of a couple of fuzzy spots is just visible near mid-disc. The "old" group ...
by RMSteele
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 14th April
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Re: The SUN - 14th April

Thanks for putting this image on the forum Cliff, I was beginning to think I was the only one to see this little group. It's still there this morning by the way (15/4/21 at 0855 UT I counted 8 spots in excellent seeing with 60mm aperture F15 by projection). Regards, Bob
by RMSteele
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Little sunspot group
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Little sunspot group

The little group of spots that has persisted since at least the 11th of April is still there. I counted 4 dark spots and 4 faint little smudges today at 0855 UT by projection with 60mm aperture. They are arranged in a set-square pattern more or less mid-disc and a little south.
Regards Bob
by RMSteele
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 12
Views: 158

Re: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window

Mike I’m familiar with the phrase “armchair astronomy” but you seem to have invented bedbound astronomy! Kind thoughts, Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

I made an estimate on 2021 April 12 at 2130 UT, 15x63 binoculars, by averted vision. Magnitude 8.3. The reliability I rate as low in the conditions. Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 11th April
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: The SUN - 11th April

Hello Cliff, there was a small group of inconspicuous spots on the preceding side of the disc when I looked in the morning (of the 11th). I counted three. I tried to see them on your white light image but I couldn't make them out. Today, 12th at about 1015 UT, the group was still there, a bit more p...
by RMSteele
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Solar proms
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Solar proms

There were some tiny spots this morning on the Sun, south preceding
Regards Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: Viva Vicky
Replies: 12
Views: 800

Re: Viva Vicky

There was an interesting mention of another possible meteorite fall in the UK on last night’s show (in the viewer comments). See my further post on this topic in the “General” section. Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another possible meteorite fall
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Another possible meteorite fall

...In the south-west. After a fireball was glimpsed on 20 March and sonic booms were heard in daytime it is thought that meteor fragments might have fallen over a stretch of The New Forest from Verwood in Dorset to Romney in Hampshire. Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Skybrowser, This is indeed a tricky one to estimate and I have exactly the same impression as you - at times it glints brighter and then fainter - due to scintillation (lowish altitude seeing). And this makes estimation a problem. Repeated comparison tonight, 3 April at 2145 UT, with the 8.06 mag st...
by RMSteele
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Located again with 15x63 binoculars at 2021 April 02 2150 UT. V difficult estimate with averted vision - I made it about mag 8.3 with low reliability. I'd welcome other estimates, regards Bob
by RMSteele
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Water on Mars imaged 16 years ago- NASA
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Water on Mars imaged 16 years ago- NASA

WHAM! (Water Hope, April 1st, Mars).
by RMSteele
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

Observed tonight, 2021 March 29, 2215 UT with 80mm F5 refractor x18 with erecting prism. I estimated the nova at mag 8.2. Slightly fainter by perhaps 0.2-0.3 of a magnitude than when I first observed it on March 21st. I would add that this is not such an easy star field to track down as might be ima...