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  1. It has reportedly faded by over a magnitude in the last 24 hours.
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    Daytime Venus anyone?

    Seen it easily in 20 x 80 binos several times over the past week, doesn't matter how high the Sun is. It's unmissable really, when you know the general location. Also saw it naked eye with the Sun still above the horizon. Stunningly bright object!
  3. Despite having just passed eastern elongation, Mercury is actually more difficult now than it was 2 weeks ago. That easterly drift has dragged it deeper into the twilight, whereas at the start of July it was more northerly and against a darker sky background.
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    Observing goal for life

    My faintest object seen is mag 13.9 so many of those IC fuzzies would be beyond my visual setup. I do like to take DSLR photos of random sections of sky and then examine afterwards to see what has shown up. I've got down to mag 13 galaxies in this way. Occasionally I seek out a specific target with the camera at the prime focus of the 8-inch. The results are not very good but I have identified stars down to mag 15.3 in this way. That's just a magnitude brighter than what Lord Rosse's 72 inch Leviathan was capable of!
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    Total Lunar Eclipse - 2018 JUL 27

    I had a great view of the complete Sept 2015 eclipse so in some ways the fact that the the moon will be fully eclipsed when rising adds an extra magic this time around. Timeanddate.com helpfully informs me that this day has been cloudy for my location 91% of the time since 2000...
  6. It was a truly memorable sight, just seemed to hang in the northwest sky for so long that one took it for granted eventually. What a shame it never approached within 120 million miles of the Earth, if it had been as close as Hyakutake we would have been talking about the most memorable event in the recorded history of astronomy!!
  7. Definitely we are looked on as being a bit nerdy, my colleagues would express a polite interest but you can see their heart isn't in it. Also I tend to find my fellow astronomers to be somewhat quirky and eccentric, which doesn't really appeal to me as I'm fairly straight down the middle. So you can see my cosmos obsession is something of a solitary pursuit! But that's okay, everything in the Universe is relative anyway... Great post @Sedna
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    Whhooosh... wow! but now what?

    I'm sure both UKMON and NEMETODE would welcome your report : https://ukmeteornetwork.co.uk/ http://www.nemetode.org/
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    One Hundred Years Ago

    There certainly seems to be no shortage of discoverers... here's another one claiming the Nova was first seen on June 7th by a Polish anatomy prof - http://astrocoins.mrcollector.eu/index.php/english-menu-1/deep-sky/nova-supernova/362-nova-aquilae-1918
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    I remember being gobsmacked when he mentioned in one of his posts that he had been observing for 70 years... and in response to one of my posts, that he had something in common with Nova Canis Majoris 1934! Always great when the genuine experts are willing to share their knowledge with those of us of a more confused disposition. May he rest in peace.
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    Alan Bean, 4th man on the Moon dies

    He always seemed very youthful, I thought he might have been the last to depart... when you read about the accomplishments of these men quite distinct from the moon landings, it does tend to make one feel somewhat inferior. The Right Stuff indeed. (which reminds me that the book's author, Tom Wolfe, also passed away last week). RIP.
  12. Very jealous of you southerners... magnificent image!
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    Bright nova in Perseus

    It's marginally brighter tonight, I'd estimate mag 8.7
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    Bright nova in Perseus

    You're in the right ballpark. HR 1482 is the easternmost of a nice parallelogram of 6th, 7th mag stars about half a degree square. The Nova is just below a line drawn between the two fainter of these stars. Just been observing it now in 20 x 80 binos and it's still brighter than the mag 9.3 star immediately to the west.
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    SAO numbers

    It's still available on the Wayback Machine - http://web.archive.org/web/20170419050003/http://astronomy.eaglecreekobservatory.org/doubles/

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