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  1. 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!
  2. 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...
  3. 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!!
  4. 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
  5. I'm sure both UKMON and NEMETODE would welcome your report : https://ukmeteornetwork.co.uk/ http://www.nemetode.org/
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. It's marginally brighter tonight, I'd estimate mag 8.7
  10. 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.
  11. It's still available on the Wayback Machine - http://web.archive.org/web/20170419050003/http://astronomy.eaglecreekobservatory.org/doubles/
  12. Seems to have peaked already, dropped half a magnitude last night down towards mag 7.
  13. Well here's a good reason for this thread... it's being reported that a nova in Perseus has risen to mag 6.2!! The object is at the same location as V392 Per which is normally around 15th mag. If so, a very unusual occurrence - https://www.aavso.org/tcp-j044321304721280-v392-nova-eruption-62-mag-0
  14. Not surprisingly mine is John Goodricke, who discovered (working with Edward Pigott) the periodicity of Algol in 1783. Deaf-mute, a prodigy, and dead at 21... no wonder he became a romanticised figure in the 19th century. Along with his Algol calculations (within seconds of the modern value) he also discovered Delta Cephei, prototype of that class of variables. His demise was allegedly caused by over-exposure to the night air, summing up the romantic image of a gifted natural philosopher cut off in his prime.
  15. Yes it appears to be just a foreground star, false alarm unfortunately!
  16. On the BAA forum there is a report of a possible Supernova in M108? Seems like clear skies over Britain so some of you might like a gander.
  17. Yep got a good look at the Messier craters tonight, surely the most appropriately named object on the moon with those comet-like rays stretching out 100km to the west.
  18. I suppose the dynamics of crater formation are such that a large majority of boulders would be flung far away from the crust upheaval which causes the central peak. The experts seem to believe it's sufficiently statistically unusual to justify further research anyway.
  19. Now I'm not going to be able to observe Tycho without contemplating that boulder perched on its peak...
  20. Yes, salaries are the biggest factor. It wouldn't surprise me if 10,000 workers are involved, including all the ancillary sectors. Multiply that by 40,000 dollars per annum in wages, multiplied by 10 years, and there's 4 billion already accounted for.
  21. Thanks to Nick James of the BAA for pointing this out - http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=11449 http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=11448 Doh!
  22. Which reminds me that footballers get paid a lot more than scientists
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