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kerrylewis last won the day on November 14 2013

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About kerrylewis

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  1. Saturn has now cleared the garage roof. Seeing a bit wobbly but occasionally a good view with the Cassini visible and a 3D effect of the planet and its shadow against the rings . How privileged we are to have such a beautiful object in our solar system
  2. Good view of Jupiter now. I find that the contrast booster filter helps in the twilight period
  3. Scope set up for the big duo after sunset. Despite their infuriatingly low altitude I have been getting some reasonably good views lately
  4. Lovely reports Mike. I love observing doubles. They can be enjoyed even when the moon is bright, as now, and in less than ideal conditions. I tend to divide my time between those that are just beautiful to look at; Iota Cancri and Beta Monocerotis from your list for example, and those that present a challenge either because of magnitude or a small separation. Unlike you though, I ‘cheat’ and use Sky Safari and goto. I can’t really explain it, but a get a real thrill from seeing, for example, a close matched pair with similar magnitudes. Takes all sorts ? I’ll revisIt some of your targets next time - thanks. Kerry
  5. Parallax 95mm good quality tube rings and dovetail bar for sale. Excellent condition I acquired these when I bought my Tak FC-100DL from an SGL member but I prefer to use the Takahashi clamshell £60 plus shipping. Can be collected or I will be at the Practical Astronomy Show in Kettering next month. Kerry
  6. After the moon has set and Leo is a bit higher. Ideally after midnight therefore - see my report under Observing Good luck Anthony
  7. Observed this last night. In the evening with the Tak 100mm it was faint but discernible. Conditions were not ideal with Leo being low, moon still around and some local light pollution. Got up around 1.00 am when all those factors were improved: Leo higher, the moon set and my neighbour’s porch light off? Easier to see but still not bright by any means. Just a misty patch but it had visibly moved quite a bit since the evening observation- at least I knew it was a comet! Good to bag another comet (I love ‘em!) and I must tot up my tally one day. btw Sky Safari ‘s positioning is spot on. Using the app to control the mount, the comet was dead centre in the eyepiece both times.
  8. Your report made me smile! Maybe after 20 years it’s time to treat yourself to a new star atlas? Books are slightly less prone to blowing away ?
  9. Do you have a Takahashi FS-60 series, or possibly a FC-76, that you would like to sell? If so, send me a PM with the details Thanks Kerry
  10. Hello Paul In my newly acquired Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide it is under Challenges for big telescopes and is noted as ‘extremely faint - use H beta filter’ Their definition of challenges is that they are not visible in 12” scopes under a reasonably dark rural sky (SQM 21.3). I’ve never seen it with my 14” Dob at home. I have also recently acquired a H beta filter but I think the Cone may still be beyond me from home at least So it seems you need aperture, an excellent sky and perhaps a H beta. Good luck? Kerry
  11. I have one as well Emad as part of my collection of massive ES eyepieces. I love 'em - especially in the Dob Kerry
  12. Lovely view this morning. The pairing of Venus and Jupiter in the dawn sky has been a real treat recently and even better now that the moon has joined in. All visible from the warmth of my living room too! Hope it’s clear tomorrow
  13. I’m planning to go- it’s just down the road from me. Good to have such an event on my doorstep so I hope it’s a success. It would good to meet a few SGLers ?
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