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by michael feist
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Vesta in April
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Vesta in April

11th Apr. MMXXI, 2115-2125 BST; Almost completely clear sky sky and cold. Viewed from the backdoor before bed, using Ultima 65 mm spotter [at x18] with Leo high in the south. Located VESTA, 51 Leonis and 1431-1367 and the 'small triangle' -asterism. [obs.#208] 12th Apr. MMXXI, 0140-0200 BST; Sky sti...
by michael feist
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Jupiter + Saturn from bedroom window

12th April MMXXI, 0525-0600 BST; Viewing from the bedroom window this morning located SATURN above the nearby rooftops at 0525 BST, using Ultima 65mm spotting scope [at 18x] and then JUPITER, rising through the leafless trees at 0530 BST. Sky more or less clear although gradually becoming cloudy and...
by michael feist
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Vesta in April
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Vesta in April

11th April 2021, 0144-0210 BST; Initially only glimpses of VESTA etc in small gaps in cloud using 8x42 monocular. Larger gaps developed, enabling a good view through the downstairs window. In the 8x42 monocular, VESTA, 51 Leonis and 1431-1367 plus 1431-1084 [the brightest star in the 'small triangle...
by michael feist
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: skywatcher as opposed to ?
Replies: 0
Views: 26

skywatcher as opposed to ?

Why do I call myself a Sky-watcher? I suppose that I rather draw a line between 'Astronomy + Space-travel' which cannot be actually seen from the Earth and the personal past-time of Watching the Sky, like Bird-watching, Cloud-watching and various other Nature-watching past-times. For that reason spa...
by michael feist
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Vesta in April
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Vesta in April

8th April, 2310-2320 BST; Wide strips of cirrus-like cloud creeping across the sky but was able to use 80mm scope to view VESTA, 51 Leonis and 1431-1367 a couple of times, although rather fuzzy, and the small triangle nearby also, seen in clear bits. From the garden, until clouded-out. [obs.#205] 9t...
by michael feist
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Elon Musk promotion
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Elon Musk promotion

Be that as it may, but meteorite craters, volcanoes and asteroids are natural phenomena, but whether humanity counts as a natural phenomenon, I cannot say. Still no doubt eventually the Sun will tidy up all the mess. I have watched the various television series concerning Abandoned Engineering and t...
by michael feist
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Elon Musk promotion
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Elon Musk promotion

Humanity had made a mess of planet Earth so now let's go and mess up Mars and pillage the Moon, too. regards maf
by michael feist
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mu Cephei
Replies: 10
Views: 87

Re: Mu Cephei

Estimating LPV stars, which are of reddish hue, I found particularly difficult. I found generally estimating magnitudes of stars problematic anyway. There are so many things to consider, include not looking for too long, the distribution in the fov, and ones own colour-sensitivity. Even different co...
by michael feist
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Vesta in April
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Vesta in April

6th/7th April. MMXXI. Night of; VESTA. [obs.#203] Evening of the 6th.April, 2100 BST. Sky clear, cold, with some light pollution from house-windows. Leo visible from the back-door. Used 8x42 monocular [hand-held / rested] to view VESTA, 51 Leonis and the small triangle of stars nearby. Before bed. [...
by michael feist
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Vesta in April
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Vesta in April

6th April 2021, 0030-0045 BST + 0230-0240 BST; After a gap of 11 days since previously seen, due to moonlight and then poor weather, and getting used to the 'change of the clocks' etc.; Around midnight of the 5th/6th April, found the sky beautifully clear so used the 8x42 monocular [hand-held] from ...
by michael feist
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn
Replies: 14
Views: 427

Re: Jupiter and Saturn

6th.April. 0530 BST- 0630 BST. Set out to see Moon and hopefully the two planets. Bitterly cold, but clear sky. Most unpleasant north wind, once I reached Foredown Ridge. Although body ok as wearing many layers, hands & fingers unbearably cold in fingerless gloves, and after observing the low Cr...
by michael feist
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Which telescope to buy? This may help.
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Which telescope to buy? This may help.

Noticed that Amazon still had a few Celestron Ultima 65mm zoom spotting scopes [18x minimum magnification.] with 45 degree eyepiece. About 11 years ago I did have one of these which was good at the lower magnifications, so sent for one, 'Next day delivery' and used it this morning. It fills the gap ...
by michael feist
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Which telescope to buy? This may help.
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Which telescope to buy? This may help.

Thank you for that. They seem available from Amazon. regards mike
by michael feist
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Which telescope to buy? This may help.
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Which telescope to buy? This may help.

Spotting scopes etc; It would seem that most of the Celestron range are currently 'out of stock' and there does still does seem to be a general shortage of the usual 'scopes' presumably due to distributional problems from China [?], there is a number of other ranges / makes that I have never come ac...
by michael feist
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn
Replies: 14
Views: 427

Re: Jupiter and Saturn

[part 2] 31st March, MMXXI. 0607-0630 BST; Found JUPITER as an obvious pale tiny disc in the hand held but rested 8x42 monocular. From my viewpoint, it was within the fov of this instrument and the red light atop the I-360 [or 'stick and the doughnut'] tower on the distant Brighton seafront. And was...