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  1. I've wondered this as well and I guess the best optics of his day were no match for the poorest optics of today (?) so whole clusters could look nebulous (?)
  2. I managed to observe this at approximately 9.45pm last night (27/2/2014) from Hathersage in the Peak District. I'd been out with my scope observing Jupiter then went over with my wife to put our horses to bed. A definite deep red glow (not manchester light pollution!) NNW, my wife saw it as well as I couldn't quite believe my eyes at first. It didn't last long though and faded away quite quickly. Drove over to Mam Tor and stayed for a while but nothing showed by 11pm do went home.
  3. This is the first SN I've seen as well. I've observed M82 before and it is strange to see it looking different. Will look strange again once the SN has gone.
  4. Don't worry, it'll be very well attached when I get round to it! I remember tracking sunspots as a kid with a projection and that was good fun. With a scope it must be very pleasing.
  5. wow, great sketch. Thanks for posting. More things to spend money on!
  6. Looks good to me. I've never done any solar viewing (apart from projected with my dad bino's as a kid) and would be a bit worried when first putting my eye to the eyepiece.
  7. funny that, I've been thinking about a sun filter as well for the same reasons
  8. I've not seen the Cassini division yet either. I generally just get started with observing but I'm usually out for a few hours so work on the idea that the scope will cool down eventually while I'm out. Always winds me up when I set the scope up, it's clear and then when cooled it's all clouded over. Would rather have poor views than none at all!
  9. Thanks again for taking the time to reply. Seems that the BST's are highly regarded on SGL and a lot cheaper than the Baader Hyperion's so I think I may go this route. I've not considered the neodymium filter for planetary viewing (as I'm lucky to have good skies at the moment) although I do remember reading in the past that they are useful at bringing out detail. With viewing mars and showing others I try to explain that you have to wait for those moments of still air etc but with Jupiter I have spent a lot of time trying to discern more detail to no avail.
  10. Thanks for this link, very good and helpful read.
  11. Many thanks for all the replies it helps a lot. I've been considering an observing stool for sometime, my main concern is finding one that is high enough but I think the ironing stools I've seen recommended should do it. I've had good views of mars on the last opposition (could seen the polar caps changing over the weeks and surface detail etc), I used a step ladder to lean against and this made a huge difference, as did an eye-patch to block the non-observing eye. I'm fairly happy I'm collimating the scope well, so I will look into a new eyepiece. I think I've managed to get a lot out of the standard eyepieces and pushed them but time to upgrade now. I've not really considered coloured filters. I'm a bit unsure as to whether I'll get any enjoyment with a 'false' colour in the image. What do people find when using filters and what are a useful set of colours?
  12. I'm not sure if I'm expecting too much but I've seen some incredibly detailed sketches of Jupiter done with 8 inch reflectors. With my equipment I can easily see the two main equatorial belts as orange/brown strips across the face and when the seeing is good I've been able to view other zones/belts north and south. However, no matter how much I've tried over the last two years this is as much as I can see and have no idea how others can observe more detail than this. There is a double transit coming up on 9th of march so I'm considering upgrading my higher power eyepiece and the barlow. My question is this: Given that I'm not going to upgrade scope just yet (200p f5 skywatcher, with the bog standard eyepieces) will a better eyepiece/barlow combination give me better contrast and allow more detailed observations (with good seeing)? I'm considering the Baader 8mm Hyperion and a better barlow lens. Any advice/help on this would be greatly appreciated.
  13. I managed to observe this again last night (20/2/2014) at 23.10 UT. I estimated the magnitude to be closer to 12 (using a 10.0 and 12.2 comparison starts close by) so it may be fading fast (I'm not that confident in my estimation skill yet though).
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