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by SkyBrowser
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sirius
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Re: Sirius

I was thwarted by clouds as well. I hung around, like you do, and twenty minutes past sunset there was a short break in the clouds and there was Sirius twinkling away. No big deal obviously, despite the sky still being blue.

I'll try again on a clear evening and see how early I can pick it up.
by SkyBrowser
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sirius
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Sirius

Has anybody seen Sirius before sunset?

I plan to have a go tonight. Sunset is around 6 pm, so I'm going to tog up and settle down in a deckchair around 5 pm and see what I can see!
by SkyBrowser
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: National Star-count Week
Replies: 11
Views: 173

Re: National Star-count Week

I had a go last night. With direct vision I could see four stars. With averted vision I finally managed 12. According to the CPRE some people see 30+ though they don't save if that's direct or indirect vision.
by SkyBrowser
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: March a good month for aurorae watching
Replies: 8
Views: 73

Re: March a good month for aurorae watching

jeff.stevens wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:40 pm I'll keep a watch on the skies. I've only ever seen a weak auroral display once from my location.
Ditto. At first I thought there was a fire in a neighbour's garden, then I realised what it was! Pretty underwhelming to be honest.
by SkyBrowser
Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Sun - 1st March
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: The Sun - 1st March

I saw no spots, either yesterday (28th) or today (1st). I did see two on Saturday (27th).
by SkyBrowser
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 61

Re: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021

Yes, fabulous sight isn’t it. It reminded me of when Venus passed not too far from the Pleiades last year. Yes, Venus and M45 was great. From memory I'd have said that Venus ended up in the "bowl" of the Pleiades, but checking back it "only" skirted the eastern edge. Still a spe...
by SkyBrowser
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: National Star-count Week
Replies: 11
Views: 173

Re: National Star-count Week

I had a quick go at the Orion Star Count again tonight, but it wasn't very successful. I was trapped between sunset and moonrise! I was observing about 20 minutes before moonrise, but the western sky was still blue. I managed to see six stars, even though Orion was close to culmination :( Hopefully ...
by SkyBrowser
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 307

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

It'll be interesting to see how far into the year you can follow it. And when you can pick it back up again in the morning skies.

If you can still see it in June you might catch it next to the Trio in Leo (M65 et al). Well, we all can of course!
by SkyBrowser
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 61

Re: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021

The only time I saw it, I switched to other stars and they had it too! My eyepiece was lightly misted over :) But, if it can be seen in small bins, I'll keep an eye open (so to speak) on those rare crystal-clear nights . I was using the Pleiades a couple of weeks ago to try to see how faint I could ...
by SkyBrowser
Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Forum Upgrade - Sunday 7th March 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 56

Re: Forum Upgrade - Saturday 6th March 2021

jeff.stevens wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:46 pm Hi SkyBrowser, it’s next Saturday when I do the upgrade. I wanted to give people time to see the notification.
Oops, so it is! That'll teach me to read what's written rather than what I want to read :oops:
by SkyBrowser
Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Forum Upgrade - Sunday 7th March 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 56

Re: Forum Upgrade - Saturday 6th March 2021

Jeff - I assume the upgrade went well? In which case, chapeau! I've seen so many go pear-shaped :)

You didn't by any chance deal with the nayked-eye "problem" did you?
by SkyBrowser
Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Moon tonight

Jeff, Nigel - good spotting! I was defeated by the weather - I ventured out and saw cloud on the horizon and decided that it was going to cloud over "soon". So I grabbed a deckchair and my binoculars and had a quick look at Luna. I was trying to "bag" more craters for the "o...
by SkyBrowser
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021

I just had a quick look at TiO2 distribution in the maria, and interestingly it's highest in western Procellarum and ... NW Tranquility! Maybe my eyes weren't deceiving me.
by SkyBrowser
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021

I thought I could detect almost a light steel blue colouration to the Sea of Tranquillity, when compared to Serenity. Just had a quick look through 8x50s, through the bathroom window! I thought there might be a bluish tint to the NW part of M. Tranquility, but this could well be averted imagination...
by SkyBrowser
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Moon tonight

If you have clear skies tonight, you might like cast a glance at the Moon as there's a good libration on the western limb. This should bring the rings of Mare Orientale onto the disk. The Cordillera (Montes Cordillera) represent the outer (third) ring of the basin, while the Montes Rooks represent t...