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About kerrylewis

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  1. I've had a few views this year but this morning was frustrating. Got up at 3.30 and, like others, I have to wait for it to clear man-made objects like houses and their chimneys. After this it then gets eclipsed by a telegraph pole for a short while so I went in to make a cuppa - and guess what? Yep- a cloud bank in just the wrong place! It didn't seem to be moving so I went back to bed. However, what I did see was good. A clear Cassini division and some banding detail on the planet. Like David I thought I saw two moons but need to check Sky Safari to confirm that one wasn't a star. Always good to see Saturn - pity it was cut short.
  2. Got it - but boy was it hard! I tried with the Dob on Sunday night but conditions were such that I was unable to positively confirm the galaxy's position; it was not fully dark for a start. So last night I got up around 1.00am for the darker sky, and had set up the 9.25 and Goto (Ioptron mount). I therefore pretty quickly located the galaxy although I couldn't actually see it! Here the S+T graphic (thanks John) was invaluable. I could see the triangle of stars to the south and the pair to the north but nothing in between. I checked a few other objects, including Comet Johnson and some nebulae, and it seemed that the transparency of the sky was less than perfect. After a while I was close to giving up but thought I would give it one more try. This time the triangle and pair of stars seemed a little brighter and I concentrated on the area between trying a few eyepieces, and averted vision. And then - with the 20mm ES the three stars in the middle (of which the SN was one) seemed to float into view. Gradually the view steadied and I got a hint of the galaxy itself. Reversing the S+T graphic in my head the pattern of 3 stars was now unmistakeable - I had the supernova! I was chuffed and spent a minute or two wondering what the view was like in this galaxy ten million years ago, and also thinking it should be not be called the Fireworks galaxy but the Wisp of Smoke, and went back to bed a happy chappie. I love ephemeral objects!
  3. I've just received my membership details by email so there don't appear to be any eligibility criteria now
  4. I've decided to give it a go for 18 months. Compared with, say, the cost of an astro accessory it seems reasonable, especially for us seniors, and its good to support such enterprises I think. Looking forward to confirmation of my membership
  5. There is one other possibility, which I favour: I have discovered a nova which just happens to be almost in line of sight with Zeta H. Yes, I like that one.
  6. Thanks Chris and Andrew- I was relying on goto for identification so it is completely possible, given the Soave factor, that I was simply looking at the wrong flippin' staršŸ˜€ I am now convinced by everyone's comments that I did not split Zeta Herculis. Never mind; onward and upward!
  7. Yes John - everyone seems to emphasise how difficult it is and I've tried before with the Vixen 150 without success. I was confident last night but not this morning! I'll try again - perhaps sans Soave!
  8. Yes Shaun -I'd noticed the forecast. Your sketch looks very useful John, so I'll give it another go tonight (hopefully) using the same equipment. We shall see.....
  9. I wish Sirius had been around - I was on a roll
  10. None - but I had downed a few glasses of Soave! Maybe that's the explanation?
  11. I was out with my 100ED last night and got some rock steady views of Jupiter. I thought that I would try the elusive Zeta H. It seemed to split reasonably readily but I was only using 90x mag (10mm Ethos) and by all the reports in SGL this shouldn't have been enough for this tricky double. But what would delude me? There doesn't seem to be anything that would give the false appearance of a split. Seeing was very good but I'm doubting my own observations now - I'll just have to try again......
  12. Hmmm ...reading other threads about the difficulty of Zeta H I am now wondering if I did see it. But what could cause a mistaken view? I was only using 90x mag and this should not have been enough? Anyway, this shouldn't be under planetary - perhaps I'll post elsewhere.
  13. Yes, perhaps "easy" is bragging a bit, but I was surprised how clear it was with just the 4". In fact I moved on and then I wondered if I had seen it so went back to it to confirm. I think seeing was extremely good for a short while.
  14. I had a reasonable clear chunk which I wasn't expecting. I quickly set up the 100ED on the ioptron for Jupiter. Seeing was very steady and the GRS was in full view and looking a good dark red with lots of detail around it in the belts. The moons were all clear discs and showing some colour variation. i went on to bag Comet Johnson before the moon rose and, for good measure, took advantage of the seeing (and my new Ethos eyepiece) to easily split Zeta Herculis - a first. Then clouds started to appear A rewarding session
  15. Very steady seeing tonight in unexpectedly clear skies. As Stu says, GRS and detail very good on Jupiter and I made a note of confirming all the moons as discs with some variation in colour - Callisto and Ganymede looking yellowish compared with the others. Got Comet Johnson too before the moon rose - and split Zeta Herculis for the first time! An enjoyable session with the 100ED on the Ioptron