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by michael feist
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 80

Re: The Moon through binoculars

There is nothing to stop you holding a monocular with one hand, and also supporting it with the other. And many do have a thread to fit a tripod or pistol-grip. If you intent to use a tripod it is often a good idea to use an pistol-grip as well to mount one on a tripod. Using a tripod, of course neg...
by michael feist
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Crater in the sky
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Crater in the sky

15th January 2021; Hydra & Crater; By 2 am the clouds had finally cleared so used the Pentax VT 6x21 WT Monocular, on a piston-grip, from the back garden. Cold and clear. Working from Alphard [alpha Hydrae], down to lambda, upsilon 1 and upsilon 2 Hydrae [plus kappa], then to the left, found mu ...
by michael feist
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 80

Re: The Moon through binoculars

Yes. On the 28th December 2012, I bought a Celestron Outland 6x30 roof-prism multi-coated, waterproof-fogproof monocular from Men's gift shop in Worthing. It had a putative 10.5 degree putative fov. I used it in January 2013 to view Venus and it April saw M31 + Comet Panstarr in the same fov. It cos...
by michael feist
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 80

Re: The Moon through binoculars

Jeff, recently bought a new Pentax VM 6x21 WP Monocular, initially as a pocketable instrument when out-walking for birdwatching, but with a fov of 8 degrees is good for scanning constellations etc. It will fit a pistol-grip and thence even a standard tripod. Rather similar to your 8x23. The main pro...
by michael feist
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 80

Re: The Moon through binoculars

In addition, 8x50 binoculars should show much more detail than any opera-glass, especially if properly supported, so do give it a go! regards maf.
by michael feist
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 80

Re: The Moon through binoculars

This came from 'Astronomy with an Opera-Glass' by Garrett Putman Serviss [1851-1929]. Once I had an old copy of that book and used it as a basis to write an article for Popular Astronomy / January-March 2003. page 25-26, under Instruments. At that time did some experiments using opera-glasses and li...
by michael feist
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: American Astronomical Society Reaches Out to Amateurs
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: American Astronomical Society Reaches Out to Amateurs

Obviously the degree and type of observing done is going to be very dependent on ones location, age and interests. And of course available time, type of equipment one can handle and afford, and restrictions as one ages. The 'outreach to amateurs' being discussed here does seem to be aimed at amateur...
by michael feist
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: American Astronomical Society Reaches Out to Amateurs
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: American Astronomical Society Reaches Out to Amateurs

As an aside to the general discussion here, the comment ' perhaps the criterion is that you need to look through an eyepiece occasional' . I often wonder how many members of astronomical clubs / societies at least in Britain, every do this on a regular basis. What percentage of, say the SPA membersh...
by michael feist
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Scottish aurora
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Scottish aurora

...and recently very little Sun, either! maf
by michael feist
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: early morning January 10
Replies: 1
Views: 30

early morning January 10

10th January 2021; Cold, icy/frosty with variable fog. Used 6x21 monocular. At 0650 GMT located Crescent Moon with Earthshine, low in the South. Later at 0750-0805 GMT managed to pick out VENUS at about 2 x fov [ =16 degrees] down to the left of the MOON. Soon fogged-out. regards maf
by michael feist
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 492

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

7th January 2021; JUPITER only again, almost a repeat of yesterday's sighting, with a glimpse of JUPITER at 1625 GMT, and by 1634-1625 GMT used 6x21 monocular, 8x42 monocular and 80mm spotter from the upper west-facing window. By 1655-1656-1657 GMT the planet was seen to creep behind the first pylon...
by michael feist
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observing with 66mm William Optics and 2” Eyepiece
Replies: 9
Views: 89

Re: Observing with 66mm William Optics and 2” Eyepiece

Setting an EQ mount at 90 degrees latitude to convert to an ALTAZ, was something I used when having to use a donated EQ tripod at Foredown Tower. I rather think that EQ tripods can be an addition problem to beginners and to even me, especially when using small-field optics. And impossible if one obs...
by michael feist
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 492

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

6th January 2021, Jupiter still visible; Around sunset the clouds finally parted. Used 8x42 Hawke monocular on as tripod, and then a new 6x21 Pentax monocular and the tripod, at the upper west-facing window. Found JUPITER at 1640 GMT and followed until it set at 1710 GMT behind the silhouette of the...
by michael feist
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Attempt at HU Tauri Occultation 27 Dec 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 81

Re: Attempt at HU Tauri Occultation 27 Dec 2020

Telescopes with large diameter drawtubes; I have, on occasion, come across a spotting scope with a particularly stout eye-end. Having a particularly large nose, I could not get my eye to the centre of the eyepiece. My father and grandfather also had large noses...and now for the joke...they run in t...
by michael feist
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sun Dogs & Spectral Arc
Replies: 10
Views: 89

Re: Sun Dogs & Spectral Arc

The part particularly interesting is the brighter parabola above the Sun. For those not 'au fait' with some of the all the various arcs and spots of atmospheric effects, this arc is, I think, part of a halo that touches the top of the standard 22 degree halo but changes shape as the Sun gets lower i...