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  1. I got up for 2.00 am and had a clear view of Ganymede beginning its transit just as Europa was leaving the disc. Great view as Jupiter developed two small ears with the two moons perfectly placed opposite each other. I have observed this occurrence before but I’m assuming it doesn’t happen too often. The tiny shadow of Europa was also visible tending to come and go with the seeing. The planet was getting low but seeing was generally good with the pinpoint moons very clear. Worth getting up for!
  2. Thanks all for the comments. I got up at 2.00 am for more of Jupiter - see Observing Planetary
  3. After a couple of stupid mishaps with my scopes back in March I was really disheartened and decided to take a break from stargazing. However with the promise of a clearish night I decided to set up the Tak FC100 and get back to observing tonight. It's great to see my old favourite Jupiter again. Some thin cloud dimming the view but steady seeing, No transits at he moment but a a good view of the belts and moons. Couldn't resist a quick slew to Albireo which is looking as beautiful as ever. Saturn will clear the next door roof later - looking forward to that I think I'm back! Kerry
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.....
  8. 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!
  9. Agreed. The seeing seems to be very steady. Some lovely doubles with the 100DL
  10. 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 first view as I searched the low dawn horizon with binoculars and suddenly realised that what I wa seeing was its tail above the trees. A real wow and goosebump moment. Then the whole thing appeared and my gob was well and truly smacked - goosebumps on goosebumps! Thank you Neowise - I hope I’m still around for the next ‘real’ comet.
  11. It's a star - HD 191250 according to my Jupiter app. Just adds to the fun!
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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 promising but Monday less so.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. I am fortuntate in that my garden is surrounded by foliage and other obstacles to low views, but I have a clear aperture in just the right place for Saturn and Jupiter. Hoping for clear skies on Monday for a good telescope view.
  18. Thanks John - I’ve never attempted Triton. Sky Safari shows its position too. Although I’ll have to switch of the Christmas lights methinks
  19. Like many I was grateful for the few hours of clear sky last night. Jupiter and Saturn are obviously stealing the show at the moment as they edge closer together (from our viewpoint at least) but the highlight for me was seeing Uranus and Neptune. The Mewlon seems to emphasise colour and their tiny discs were a treat: Uranus green/blue and Neptune azure blue, with the discs taking quite a bit of magnification. Good to see all the outer planets on show and I find these two most distant worlds very evocative.
  20. OK Dave. You don't need any other equipment (or wifi for that matter). You attach a DSLR, point it at the target and then the SA drive follows the target. I also have an inexpensive finder that fits a camera hotshoe if anyone is interested. This helps to find things. It is meant to be a simple way of getting into astrophotography. All you need is a tripod and some AA batteries Btw the manual is available on the Skywatcher website and there is a link on FLO's site Kerry
  21. Dave This is the same as what is now called Pro - see FLO website. Everything shown is included to enable photos to be taken. NB it does not include the latest addition of wifi Kerry
  22. Star Adventurer Photo Pack . Complete with original box. Very little used - just some minor usage marks eg on dovetail £200 (plus £16 shipping + insurance if not collected) Bank transfer please
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