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Ursa Major

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  1. Would tilting the dob not work? i.e. putting a thick book under one side of the dob base. If not, I think option 3 would suit me the best as I don’t have any money. It was a bit annoying having rain clouds passing by and only having about 15 mins of clear sky between them and trying to find this object and just not being able lol.
  2. I always found it confusing when looking for planetary nebulas because on Stellarium, there was always a star where the planetary nebula was supposed to be. Is the central star the 6.95 marked on Stellarium? I have been looking for the blinking nebula tonight and I failed. It was really high up in the sky. I knew just where it was. I began star hopping to it and I got to within half a degree away from it but whichever way I turned my dob horizontally, the target area seemed to drift away. I could not physically get it in the FOV. Anyone got a solution to this.
  3. I’ve done it a few times. Luckily only for usually a night or two. I usually get the urge to see whether it is off the next day even if I remember I did switch it off.
  4. I’ve just seen my first comet I like to think I saw the tail but I don’t think so. I think I did quite well seeing it with a full moon up, and 30 mins before astronomical twilight ended . I could even see it through my bins on a makeshift tripod (two chairs piled on top of each other). Anyway, exiting stuff. I look forward to seeing it move against the star field.
  5. Just about visible with direct vision in my scope to. I don’t think the, putting the stars equal distance from the centre and then looking at the centre would work for me though, because my averted vision is different when I look in different positions. When I look to the top-top right-right of the star it is the strongest, however when I look below the star, I don’t gain much improvement from direct vision.
  6. It’s a bit difficult to determine the magnitude visually because you have to use averted vision, in exactly the same place on both stars to get a reliable result. Or you could use direct vision, but it gets a bit tricky on dim stars.
  7. Visually estimated its brightness to be about mag 10.2 now. Do you think that in terms of absolute magnitude it is a particularly bright supernova or are other ones brighter?
  8. Wow, got my first SN tonight. Estimated at about mag 11.5. Its amazing how it out shines its own galaxy.
  9. Wow, I hope it does get to mag 10. That would mean I might even be able to see it with my scope. From my location, I would not be able to see the galaxy because of the light pollution so I would just see a lone SN. Exiting stuff
  10. Thanks Olly, I still find it weird that it has rarely happened on the many sunsets I have observed in the past. Maybe it was something to do with being in a car. The looking through the back window (not the normal place to be viewing a sunset) may have tricked my mind. I was sure it was some kind of atmospheric phenomenon.
  11. Yeah, you beat me to it. Must feel good to get it on the main page of space weather. Well done
  12. Hello, On the way back from the French city Carcassonne to Bizanet (a village where we are on holiday), I looked back to the west to see the sun set. I noticed that it was unusually yellow for the time. It was a little to bright to see the disc clearly. I was a bit of a hazy day. and there were some high clouds in the west. The sun sunk beneath these clouds and after about 5 mins it emerged under the clouds. Now it took on a very orange colour and was, I’m not joking, twice the size of the size you normally see the sun. It was amazing! I seem to remember that this could happen with the moon as well but I have never really noticed it before. Perhaps Olly P, you might have seen it as you live fairly near. Hopefully someone will be able to shed a little light on how this happens. Thanks.
  13. Its wierd that my Calsky hasnt mentioned it when I can quite clearly see it on Stellarium.
  14. Yeah, they did mention that. A tiny part of me sort of wants something like that to happen again, (of course in an area with no life). I think it would be very interesting and exciting. Or is this me being stupid?
  15. Im looking forward to trying to see the spaceshuttle in M35.
  16. I thought it would be a nice idea to go to my birth date in Stellarium and see where the Sun was in my birth constellation. You can see the constellation borders by pressing B. To my horror the sun was outside the constellation and not actually in any of the zodiac constellations. I then looked at my families birth dates and saw that for my sister (9th March), the sun was in Aquarius and not Pisces which is the one that all magazines and this web page tell you it is > 12 Signs of the Zodiac - Your Star Sign Explained in Detail Why don’t you give it a go. Put your birth date into Stellarium and see if you are really what you think you are!
  17. I agree. From my location it has a nice little halo around it.
  18. Hi, welcome. I'm from Newton Abbot
  19. What do you think of this? BBC News - Disc shaped craft is spotted circling near Stansted
  20. Hi and welcome from me in Newton Abbot
  21. Hi, Why is it that with a pair of binoculars, the aperture is the diameter of one of the objective lenses? Surely double the amount of light is hitting your eyes and being processed in your brain. If the aperture IS truly just the diameter of one objective lens, does this therefore mean that when using binoviewers, the aperture is effectivly halved? I think this is quite an interesting question and one that hopefully someone will be able to help with. Thanks.
  22. You could try downloading the previous stellarium which does use ctrl+[ to change oculars. I just use the plug in to aid star hopping. If you put in your eyepiece details correctly it is very helpful. I would say the views aren’t very realistic. The DSO's have photos with colour and the stars are different sizes showing how bright they are. This can get quite annoying when wanting to see double stars in it. The stars appear merged because they are so close whereas in real life they appear a lot further apart.
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