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  1. Well done Kerry! I'm really glad that your persistence paid off. The moon will be brightening the sky too and this, along with the dimming of Florence, won't have helped. Quite an achievement all told.
  2. I've just been out again with the 100p (a great grab and go scope) and I could see Florence just moving up to be adjacent to delta del. A bit of cloud dodging tonight but it's still clearly visible.
  3. Well done David. It was fairly tricky star hopping and a lot of toing and froing between the EP and Stellarium.
  4. I've just been out with my 100p and I could easily see Florence with the 15 mm EP. The moon is making the sky distinctly milky but I could see it sweep past a mag 10.25 star despite this. Apart from the distraction of a cute little hedgehog it was good to watch it drift across the field stars for about an hour.
  5. That's great goodricke1. I'm glad that you managed to get clear skies.
  6. John, I thnk that our eyes are very good at perceiving even very small and slow movements. I found it easier when Florence was close to a group of stars or was in the direct line of a pair of stars. It was easier to see the movement when the alignment started drifting off.
  7. I think that you'll be ok with the moon goodrick1. Florence was easy to spot with my 200p last night and I might have a go with the 100p tonight if it's clear.
  8. Thanks for the comments and it seems that we've had similar viewing experiences. I like the sketch by the way Andrew.
  9. After what seems like an age of inactivity, I took the advantage of the clear skies last night and got the telescope set up so that I could have an attempt at observing Florence. There had been a rain shower just before sunset and so the air was quite humid but at least the transparency was good - which was an advantage with the near to first-quarter moon on show. I had to wait a while until Florence was sufficiently high to clear the house and I then set up about trying to find it. The moon made the sky rather bright and so the finder could only really pick out the brightest of stars. I hoppe
  10. I'd be extremely grateful if you could let me know how you managed to load up the tracking information into Stellarium. I've had a quick look but I've not found Florence in the lists of objects.
  11. We viewed from Stayton, Oregon, and, like Craney, we spent most of our time soaking things in just by observing. It was a fantastic event.
  12. Those are brilliant images. We viewed the eclipse from Stayton, Oregon, and it was an incredible experience. These are beautiful images.
  13. That's a great image. A tricky target.
  14. That's excellent N3ptune. Stick with it as the conditions can make quite a difference. The section away from the 52 star is brighter and so worth looking for. We''l done for seeing it without th filter. I've never been able to do that.
  15. N3ptune, The western part is easier to locate - just point the finder at star 52Cyg and you should see a faint band of milky light pass through it. Spend a bit of time and you'll see a little more detail - a slight tapering and a kink where the star is. The eastern part is significantly brighter and it's not too hard to locate. I just slew in a line perpendicular to the band of the western edge and stumble on it. With the 200p you need to go a surprisingly long way. Play around with the power of the EP as this may help to improve contrast. I find low power to be the best. As Cygnus is at
  16. N3ptune I expect that my sky is somewhere between 3 and 4 but leaning towards 4. An OIII filter is a must. It works like a magic wand on the veil, which I find is invisible otherwise.
  17. What with holidays, poor weather and work commitments, it's been a little while since I've had the chance to do some observing. With the nights really starting to close in again the opportunities are starting to present themselves again. Last night was crystal clear and so I decided to get my SW 100p out and have a view of the veil nebula with my OIII filter. I had used the 100p to view sections of the veil with a 20 mm EP in combination with the OIII filter but last night I wanted to try my 32 mm EP to see how much I could fit in to the field of view. Sure enough, after setting up on the West
  18. It's one of my favourite open clusters. I also stumbled upon it and I was quite blown away by its beauty. It's a lovely site in my 200p but bins are better for appreciating its full grandeur.
  19. That's excellent and it's also well framed - which can be tricky in its own right.
  20. That's one of the best images of M1 I've seen. Stunning!
  21. A very nice report. My abiding impression from viewing this galaxy was the briighter central region with the faint dusting of foreground stars. Very pretty in the eyepiece.
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