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  1. But Neils Bohr made that statement in 1952, so it seems unlikely he would have said it if he believed it did not apply to the 'modern' theory also.
  2. Can't browse the forum at the moment.
  3. Yes this is one of my favourites too and I'm always surprised how it seems to get overlooked as a naked eye showpiece; from a dark rural sky it consistently diverts my attention even if I'm looking 40 or 50 degrees away. And through binoculars it's one of the most rewarding areas of the entire sky.
  4. Aaah my favourite cluster in the entire sky, superb.
  5. Now that would be a bright SN
  6. Bah, clouds
  7. Interesting to find out that he may be somewhat undervalued in France, and perhaps looked down on as a mere recorder of facts as opposed to a theoretician. But his comet discovery feats alone surely mark him out as an observer of the first rank.
  8. Excellent point, on Friday morning while observing the latest comet Lovejoy I also scanned the southern sky and the fuzzies were literally jumping out at me in a still dark sky. Much more striking than June/July.
  9. Here's how it looked in the DSLR this morning, with a mag 7.3 star marked. It's been a real bonanza time for binocular comets -
  10. Perfect skies last night allowed a nice view of this comet through the SE8, estimated mag of 9.5 and with an appreciable tail making it look like the real thing. Probably a more visually appealing sight than the diffuse nebulous mass that is 41P, and still 3 months from its peak.
  11. +1 for that. Last night I took some routine snaps of Comet 41P with a 300mm lens on a DSLR and noticed 5 NGC galaxies in the frame, all 12th magnitude or below and none of which I had the faintest idea existed. Not bad for a hundred quid. Edit: £100 for the lens, that is.
  12. Spotted it in the 8 inch half an hour ago; 1% illumination, 8.5° from the Sun and 20 hours before conjunction. Here is a pic -
  13. Success for me also; in the same fov as Merak with the 15x70s and hard to miss really. I would estimate mag 7.2 and ~10 arc-minutes diameter. Spared a few moments contemplating Mr Tuttle's first observation 159 years ago.
  14. If we remove these vital characteristics of your common garden balloon, I think the analogy loses the essence of its meaning for the average layman. No, we need to stand up for balloon rights, puncture the overblown hype, and foster an understanding that all balloons are created equal
  15. The dates I'm looking at indicate that the March and April events are not visible from here, with the May event happening well after sunrise. June not visible so it seems for the next suitable opportunity we have to wait until July 17 around 0225 BST.