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  1. Bah, clouds
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 -
  5. 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.
  6. +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.
  7. 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 -
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. As Neils Bohr said: 'We are suspended by language"... If there was no 'before' the BB then how can there be an 'after' the BB, since without a definition of 'before' the definition of 'after' loses its contextual meaning.... And the balloon analogy has always troubled me; any balloon I can imagine is surrounded by the wall of the house, or the sky, or whatever.... but the Universe is not 'surrounded' by anything.
  12. These are just the waxing Lunar X's of course, the feature is also visible on the waning moon about 6 hours after last Quarter.
  13. Aliens.
  14. As far as I know, the law in Denmark says that meteorites are state property and cannot be sold by the finder. So I'd say they're keeping pretty quiet about their business dealings
  15. In this case, the fact that the planets are in orbital resonance was a big help in working out their mass.