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masssive fire ball last night.

Out in garden with scope it was 10.56 pm turned round looked up in east and....saw a massive fire ball coming overhead!! very low in sky, it was green with bits of red coming off it, a huge white tail with bits of blue red spewing off it AWESOME site, i dashed in house for camera but missed it has it disappeared west over the houses.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

mak on the moon tonight

nice full moon rising in east,bit of a orange glow,but soon went to white bright has it got higher set up the mak 90mm in back spare bedroom put eos 300 on and shot a few frames, the moon dont half shift and climb, ahh i have a eq1 motor which i put on iv`e had it a while but not used it ,now then getting the speed right was a little tricky, i did wonder if they actually work! and yes it does ! on the note of the new scope evoststar 120 not tried it yet, the Eq5 weighs a ton! hmm i may have to make a pier for it! don`t fancy dragging that pod outside all the time. thinking cap on . the secon image 002 has some object going across face of moon dont know if it was aircraft or progress 47p? has this has been due over, it was 9.30 ish when i took these.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Eclipse on mount Fuji last night.

[ATTACH]323[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]324[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]325[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]326[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]327[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]328[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]329[/ATTACH] Then it clouded over! just for a change.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

first go at sun with filter, iam inpressed!!

made the filter from baddar solar sheet ,a bit of a bodge job, lacking a few materials its a bit rough but works see image of sun. Canon eos 300d on to skywatcher mak 90mm via eos adapter ring, shutter speed 160. [ATTACH][ATTACH]322[/ATTACH][/ATTACH]

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

venus and moon

[ATTACH]318[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]319[/ATTACH] Had a go at Venus again seeing it was bright, Using the eos 300d camera on the mak 90, i know its not brilliant, but still learning the ropes of the camera, also image of the moon last night out the bathroom window with 18-55 lens on, some how i missed moon coming up in south, busy looking at Saturn high up in the west. yours Paul.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Dont forget the transient of VENUS june 5-6

Get your solar filters ready, has this will be the last transient until 2117!! http://transitofvenus.nl/wp/where-when/local-transit-times/ plots your location and times. article on the matter below. http://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-swings-directly-in-front-of-the-sun-on-june-5-and-6

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Another supermoon may 5th

http://earthsky.org/tonight/is-biggest-and-closest-full-moon-on-may-5-2012-a-supermoon not has big has march 19 2011. could be a good photo opportunity.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Trying to get saturn with canon 300d

Hi, all being trying to photograph Saturn,been bit of a night mare, all the gear no idea sort of thing, really disappointed,and frustrated, tried all sorts of shutter speeds, bulb etc with remote trigger, what settings do i use? or do i need a tracking box for the eqi?

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

saturn versus full moon!!

hi, just peeked at Saturn the full moon has blanched it out if thats the right word,it looked really yellow, not sharp at all could see rings but no sharpness on body of planet, even on full power. waited for it to come up above houses. ah well ile, have to wait till moon buzzes off. Although the moon looked really sharp and BRIGHT good detailing.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Exciting Event on Mars!

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Strange-Happenings-on-Mars-143959576.html and again something for the big boys. with big scopes

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Supernova in M95

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Supernova-in-M95-143981746.html for all those with big telescopes have a look at this.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

nice gathering of planets monday tea time.

Out Monday tea time, had a look for mercury, just above houses horizon line, no detail but did look like half moon, Venus very big and out doing Jupiter, and mars is now getting bigger has it climbs high early tea time. Although the moon was nearly full and blanking out the constellations. Orion is swinging well in to west now, shame really soon be loosing it.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

meteror showers last night?

hi, was listening to radio in my shed and they said there was meteor showers last night? they where spectacular according to the person on minster fm in york uk. checked the books nothing till april, whats going on? any one else seen them in yorkshire?

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

itsa funny old game this astronamy lark

HI out last night 25th feb, got the 5 inch dob heritage out, struggling to see the m objects! out with the celestron sky masters 15x70 and.... what a difference, theres something about them lenses in them bins, really crisp and they pull stuff in, i was having to find stuff with bins then guide my scope on to it, there must have been a lot a lot of light pollution because the sirius m objects where not seen. But then again my sky-watcher mak 90mm good for planet viewing and orion neb, and moon is brilliant. but no good for m objects. do i get a bigger scope? hmm theres a thought!!

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

uranus less than 1 degree close to venus

Had a go at this tonight about 6.30-7pm tea time, been on full power with mak 276x still could not see Uranus ( no **** jokes please!!) i suspect Venus is masking it, very cold out tonight freezing temps, could not stand out for long tonight even though i was rapped up!! moon was very big and bright Wednesday, coming up in east. i have now retired to the warm house!!

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

eq1 on my mak 90 setting circles.

been playing with my new scope, now then i have polar aligned it, used Capella has first reference star, dialed it in on ra and dec circles but.... when i try go to say Jupiter the dec is miles out!? it seems to be about 5 degrees out!!! the longitude scale is 60 degrees and i am at 53 degrees north, the scope is deffo on Polaris. Cheap mount or what? don't get much viewing time in!! i am trying to find other stuff with setting circles. Rosette nebular, last 2 nights!! still have not found it between Procyon and Betelgeuse 15 degrees diagonal apart!! tracked all way along nothing. scopes good for detail, but has small aperture feild of veiw. bring out the dob!!!

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

bit of a war going on mak 90 v heritage 130p

Well ive had the full regalia out tonight, sky watcher 90mm mak out , heritage 130p dob,out and sky watcher 15x70 bins out and the revelation eye kit out. Now then the mak has the power but the contrast is poor on high power, say 9mm 1250 focal length, but heritage 130p has good field veiw but you have to use x2 barlow and 15mm ep 650 focal length for Jupiter quite sharp though.. Trouble with heritage dob is that the focuser his screw helix type, and there is a bit of slop in it. Pliedies does not fit in ep even with 32mm projection in mak but heritage 25mm ep does nearly. Went to mizar to split it with mak, easy with 20mm ep in, heritage again x2 barlow and 9mm full power and pushing the dob to limit. oh yeah trying to master the setting circles on mak eq1 what a pain, fumbling around in dark undoing the dec knobs etc, and the ra scale is a mile out only 10 minutes increments!! polar aligned first, scale red 60 degrees, instead of 53 degrees for my long.The dob is easy to move by far, and i can cover a lot of area, i got the mak for the setting circles so i can find other stuff!!

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

its all happening this windy night for now!

ive put the mak 90 on the dob mount has its easier to grab and go, moon very good in cresent, nice detail and sharp, managed to spot Venus!! :) on roof tops, :mad: clouds kept rolling over it, ISS on approach at 4.54pm sw to east. jupiter now high in the sky.

mr saddo

mr saddo

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