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kerrylewis last won the day on November 14 2013

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  1. Thanks for your comments Mike. I've not previously been to keen on lunar observations but I have dabbled with the 100. I think sketching may rekindle my interest. Thanks for the suggestion - I will try the 'grand tour'
  2. Thanks for the comments chaps. At the moment I favour the slightly sketchy approach using pastel pencils rather than a more ‘photographic’ style. But I will try other media and perhaps a smoother, less textured paper. It’s all good fun
  3. Inspired but the recent StarGazing episode, I thought I'd try my hand at some lunar sketches. I must stress that these are based on photographs in a moon atlas. Next step will be to try some at the eyepiece Kerry
  4. For me it’s my spec cord. Saves me from treading on my glasses in the dark - and you’d have about £495 change Perhaps not quite so useful if you don’t wear glasses though.....
  5. Just watched the Youtube repeat - lots of great ideas and Mary is a very fluent talker. Many books or tutorials on sketching for astronomy concentrate on how to produce accurate 'scientific' drawings. This is understandable but it was good to see some other options. I've done quite a bit of non-astro drawing and painting recently but only dabbled in a couple of astro 'inspired' pics as Mary described them - 'Jupiter' is my current avatar. The talk has inspired me to do more - maybe I'll even get interested in the moon!
  6. Agreed. The seeing seems to be very steady. Some lovely doubles with the 100DL
  7. Great summary Nick I love observing comets so for me the absolute stand out event has to be Comet Neowise. During the last few years it’s been great to track quite a few comets as they made their way through the solar system but I have been guilty of bemoaning that they have mostly been ‘fuzzy blobs’ with detail only visible in images or with large scopes. I longed for a ‘comety’ comet. After many false starts - ‘this could be naked eye next month’ etc etc - we finally got one. And a good spell of fine weather meant being able to observe it frequently. I will never forget my fir
  8. It's a star - HD 191250 according to my Jupiter app. Just adds to the fun!
  9. Quick Iphone shot before they hit the trees - including Christmas lights! Even if tomorrow is clouded out I'm glad to have seen it. I can't recall such a close conjunction before
  10. Lovely view naked eye and through the scope. Jupiter has even gained a fifth moon for the occasion with a star in just the right place!
  11. I am really fortunate in having a clear view from my garden in the right direction. Lovely clear skies after sunset as the planets emerged as the sky dimmed. Great view through the Tak 100 as Io disappeared behind Jupiter and Saturn was hanging in the 10mm eyepiece view - even another star getting in in the act as a fifth Jupiter moon. Even the seeming was not bad given the low position. But in some ways the naked eye view is the best and really shows the small gap between the planets. This had been a vintage year with the summer comet and now this conjunction Weather tomorrow looks
  12. Lovely view from home as the clouds parted just in time. Both planets in the 10mm eyepiece with the 100 DL I like to think of what it means in 3D as I look at them. Saturn smaller and out there beyond Jupiter lining up for us for our delight on little ole Earth
  13. Following your heads up John, I think I may have got it tonight. In the right position according to Sky Safari. Obviously faint and further from the planet than I expected but no stars indicated in the vicinity I will need to check another couple of times before I'm convinced I think - but great to try. A diversion from THE pair anyway
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