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Adie

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  1. Me again. I determined to get to the bottom of this. I can say that judging by comments on here it wasn't a star. It was much bigger that 'a point of light' It was about the size, if not slightly larger than Jupiter on 60X magnification on my scope. It was green with a distinct orange corona. It was in the area surrounding Procyon I wasn't the only one to see it! I even showed it to my girlfriend who remarked that it 'looked like a space disco ball' I've not been able to view it again due to cloud. Grr. Stan - Have you a copy of the image to hand?
  2. Thanks Mark.....this is what I wondered. Sadly the Sky is too cloudy tonight to have another look.
  3. Thanks again. Now I'm confused! I've left the scope up ready to see Saturn in around an hour, but I thought I'd go see if I could see what I thought I did and make a sketch. I live in a really light polluted are and moved the scope to Procyon in the south west as it's moved and I can't find what I saw earlier now, as that whole region of sky has moved into the moons glow much more predominantly. I definately saw an object about the size of Jupiter on x60 magnification, that was greeny and speckled with black with a clear orange corona. I think I'll have to leave it until tomorrow around 7pm, hope for clear skys and have another go. For reference I viewed Beteleguese and what I've taken to be Procyon in the light polluted are I can see. They are definately star shaped and still 'twinkles', where what I saw was very much different. What a conundrum!
  4. Thanks for your help. I was surprised as I didn't think I'd be able to see a star with such distinct clarity, green 'blobby' with a clear corona.
  5. Yeah, that sounds about right. I can see it now out of my lounge, not quite in line with Betelgeuse but down slightly and to the left. I was more inquisitive as it was very distinctive through the scope, quite striking actually and very unexpected really.
  6. Hi all, just after a bit of clarification as to something I saw whilst observing in my back garden... So, I'm a relative newbie and I'm using a Leicia Televid 77 with a 60x occular attached. I was viewing the Moon and Jupiter before it set for about 1/2 and gave M42 a bash. The sky was quite bright, however I think I saw it very faintly. I moved the scope to a bright star, in the south, levelish with Orion's belt and, at an arms length just over a hands bredth to the left. It wasn't Sirius as I could see that lower in the sky. It wasn't an intentional target, more something else to view before my dinner was ready!!!! When viewed through the scope, I saw a greenish blob that looked like a disco light with a distinct orange corona. I can only describe it as looking as if it was on fire. I spent about 20 minutes watching it, more thinking "What the chuff is that???!" I fired up Stellarium to see, and a bit of research into what it could be.... Procyon is what I've narrowed it down to, given that it's a white dwarf. Has anyone else here viewed it and can help at all??! Thanks.
  7. Hi all, just wanted to share my first Saturn with you.... Literally just saw it in the garden, been tracking on Stellarium for since the start of Jan to see it rise at a sensible time - that and the fact the weather's been rubbish have ment I've missed it. Thought tonight would be another wash out due to the cloud rolling in after a clear day....but a quick peek saw a break in the sky over MK and one bright star in the sky where I expected it to be and boom there it was. And wow, what a sight. I've been using a Leicia 77 birding scope with a 60x Occular. It's not the best, but saw Saturn sharply in the scope and clear rings. What a sight, and right now I'm absolutely buzzing. Watched for about 10 mins then the clouds came in. Roll on tomorrow!!!
  8. Hi all, thanks for your welcomes. Yeah, he was a grump - but I've forgiven him after 19 years I've not long moved here, bought a house in July so relitavely new. Any tips for good spots are appreciated. Had a drive around with my GF to see the Perseids meteor shower on the outskirts of Buckingham.
  9. Hi everyone, just thought I'd take the time to introduce myself... Newbie living in Milton Keynes. Had the 'bug' for stargazing for a long time (I'm 29) and can remember going out with my Grandad as he tought me constellations and planetary locations, coupled with a bit of viewing through binos. I can distinctly remember being told planet locations but being 10 years old and having the bins wobble all over the sky, seeing nothing but pretending I could see what I was being shown. We recently inherited my girlfriend's father's birding scope, and it sparked my interest again. So I've had a look at the moon, and fired Jupiter up in the 'scope. It's a Leicia 77 and has a 20x-60x eyepiece with it. All I ever wanted to do as a kid was look at Jupiter as I'd heard you could see it clearly through a telescope. My Grandad and I went to a starparty one night and I tried to convince a grumpy old man to adjust his scope for me to see - but he wouldn't. Whatever was there was more important apparently. Hey...I was 10 years old, I wanna see Jupiter Goddammit! So, you can imagine my delight (I did a girly scream) when I found it, by accident (it was the brightest star I could see). Saw 4 moons clearly and could make out the planet clearly - if not very big in the scope. Happy days. Been out again tonight, and caught Jupiter before it set briefly and spent some more time looking at the moon in between the cloud. Thought I'd have a go at a DSO in Orion's belt, but I don't think the scope is up to it light capturing wise. Hopped from Betelgeuse to Alnitak in the hope of seeing a smudge of the Horsehead Nebula. No joy - not sure if it's the scope, or the full moon, then tried to see if I could get M43, and I think I did - if very VERY faint but then the clouds rolled in in earnist so I called it a night. Anyway...my name is Adie (you probably gathered that) and hello to you all!
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