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by RMSteele
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 2
Views: 100

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: 552

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: 48

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: 65

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: 763

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: 147

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: 552

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: 552

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: 79

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: 552

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...
by RMSteele
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: Viva Vicky
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: Viva Vicky

Thanks to Vicky for once again lugging all her stuff down to the laundry room and back to bring us The Sky at Anglesey last night, and thanks to all the guests. Last night's show leaves one question unanswered: why is it always clear over Robin's house?
kind thoughts, Bob
by RMSteele
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Nova in Cassiopeia
Replies: 20
Views: 552

Re: Nova in Cassiopeia

I eventually got a glimpse of the nova at 0130 UT this morning, 2021 March 27, after being clouded out with my 80mm/F5 most of the evening before. Conditions however, were awful with town light, moonlight and thin cloud: just intermittent glimpses with averted vision in 15x63 bins out the bedroom wi...
by RMSteele
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Venus

We tend to think of Venus' evening elongations as more welcome than it's appearance as a morning star. But I think that there is more poetry and meaning in the overwhelming dawn: "... to faint in the light that she loves On a bed of daffodil sky, To faint in the light of the sun she loves, To f...
by RMSteele
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: PAL - 26th March 2021
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: PAL - 26th March 2021

I've got a notification so I think we all should. Robin will have been extremely busy with the next issue of Popular Astronomy. Sometimes we forget the amount of work he does for us. Bob
by RMSteele
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: PAL - 26th March 2021
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: PAL - 26th March 2021

John, I was wondering the same thing. If no news is forthcoming I'll tune in at 8.00 anyway. Hope all is ok with Vicky, she's done a heroic job with this show. Regards Bob