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Paul M

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    Astronomy, Scuba Diving and walking my daft Labradoodle.
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  1. Been working a night shift overnight and it's been clear all night. I've kept half an eye out for Lyrids but had no luck until dawn. Just after 5am I was comparing Jupiter setting in the West and Venus rising in the SE when I spotted a very bright meteor heading down towards the western horizon. Loverly blue white colour, brighter than Jupiter. The track was about right for a Lyrid so I'll claim one for the team!
  2. Full overcast with drizzle here
  3. Which is pretty much in agreement with the track I got from SkySafari after selecting the correct elements from the two sets available, as shown in the second screen dump I posted earlier. So hopefully, we're all in agreement with our tracks and the probability of us having 150% cloud cover on the night!
  4. Yes, it looks like SkySafari has retained an old set of elements along side the current ones, looking at the other screen shots above. I thought it was just me because I downloaded the most recent ones using the solar system editing tool. But anyway, after some conflaberation I found the problem.
  5. It has user selectable skyglow and realistic horizons. No clouds though. just look outside for them! Both SkySafari and Stellarium are brilliant. For a long while the development of SkySafari seemed to be just ahead of Stellarium, in terms of features, appearance and accuracy. But there is little if anything between them now. Both can control a telescope, plot satellites and give realistic sky views. So for home/laptop use it's always stellarium that I use. On my mobile Android devices (phone and tablet) it's SkySafari (which I just upgraded to 5 Pro). On evenings like this it's both as I compare the two and get weird looks off the MD!
  6. Ah! SkySafari has 2 sets of elements for this the ones I used were from January. The other set are from March and agree with everyone else!
  7. JUst about every source I can find is showing JO25 taking the track as shown by Stellarium. So perhaps SkySafari has bombed on this one! But I wouldn't bet on it...just yet
  8. I'm not saying who's right. I'm doing some checking myself!
  9. Here is a screen shot of what SkySafari thinks the track will be: p I remember there were issues with some planetarium software showing the correct track of asteroid DA14 back in 2012. Some didn't take into account the Three Body Problem for Earth grazing asteroids. The writers of SkySafari improved their orbit calculating engine specifically to solve that very problem, vastly improving the plotting accuracy. Something I confirmed by my own successful observations. It's not going to be an easy object, wherever it might be! The comet seen just below the plotted track in the middle of the image is apparently, C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
  10. Very nice indeed. I can't comment on technicalities, such as they may be, but aesthetically that image is truly amazing. Something of a beauty pageant too. Who is best looking? M81 is a fine galaxy with classic beauty, but M82 just pips it for me. Those jets!
  11. Great stuff! The mid 70's to early 80's were my astro era. I was never an avid watcher of S@N even then because of the silly time it was broadcast but I will have watched a number of those episodes at the time. I will enjoy looking back at them for sure. Those amatuer scopes and observatories seem so dated now but I still love seeing the homebrew equipment that was so common then. We have it way too easy now! The golden years of amatuer astronomy in my view
  12. You don't want to know what goes on in my imagination!
  13. I sympathise with the OP, I really don't like being out alone in properly dark locations. Which is a bit of a problem for stargazers! It isn't based on rational fear of animals or people. It's my imagination that runs wild without visual reference to my surroundings. Completely irrational and imaginary but don't bother telling my brain that. It isn't listening... So I don't go looking for dark sites. I wouldn't even get out of the car.
  14. That's a really nice animation. The coma looks huge!
  15. Not if he, as implied, released the clutches. No mention of home position either which is only worthwhile for mounts that are left set up between uses or the RA/Dec circles have been pre-calibrated very accurately (no mention of that). Sounds like the OP does it like me, so I'll stick with "lucky"