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  1. Fabulous report Mike, I'm delighted your setup is doing the business. From one splendid SGL fellow to another .
  2. Many thanks Mark, that's kind of you. I'm sorry you missed it, I must admit, when the alarm went off I expected to look out of the window and then be ablego back to bed! It would be nice to see it if your son does observe it and takes a photo.
  3. Thank you, sorry you missed out. I've already put the Feb 2669 event in my perpetual calendar .
  4. Many thanks Mike. Yes, I'm sorry about that. I don't know what came over me. I don't think I've ever posted a picture of myself in a thread before - in case I get molested by hoards of admirers in the street .
  5. Thanks Alan. In my hurry to get out, I forgot to take my walking stick I'm having to use for a spinal condition. I didn't feel a thing whilst I was observing - the pain I had when I was home was a price well worth paying .
  6. The forecast for this event was 98% cloudy for the duration,. I put the alarm on for 6.20am anyway, and awoke to see the Moon through the bedroom window low down in the West! Dressed quickly, grabbed my 10x50s and headed outside. I knew I couldn't see it from home due to the low altitude so headed up the road to the moors a 10 minute brisk uphill walk away. Arrived at a vantage point at 6.46am where I could steady my 10x50s leaning on a drystone wall. The noticeably subdued full Moon was at around 5 degrees altitude with the penumbral shadow covering just over half of the surface. The penumbral shadow was not clearly defined, but it was clear the full Moon was far less bright than it would usually be, looking wonderful in the binoculars. By 7.20 the NE limb looked quite darker and I could clearly see the curved umbral shadow of the earth encroaching upon the moon. It was a joy to see as the dawn progressed, the light on the landscape changing by the minute. I finally lost the Moon as it set behind the moors in the distance a mere nine minutes later at 7.29am. I have seen numerous lunar eclipses, but I felt elated to think I had seen a part of the longest partial lunar Eclipse for over 600 years, and to know there will not be a longer one until Feb 18th 2669 ! I made my way home smiling with what I had seen, accompanied by a stunning dawn sky. The phone snaps below don't do the event justice (for which I apologise), but they will always remind me of a most memorable morning. Also added, information from spaceweather.com
  7. Some good advice here already ScifiMan. I agree with Nicola, the best favour you could do yourself is to find a local astronomy group, and get along to an observing session where members bring along their own telescopes. You will have an opportunity to find out what the view is like through the different scopes, but just as important you will see how big they are and what they are actually like to use. The actual experience of using a telescope varies greatly depending on the type and size of them. Be aware that all of us have our own views of telescopes, so there is no 'best' telescope that will suit everyone. Try and talk to people who are experienced in using various telescopes and observing the types of objects you feel drawn towards. Above all, have fun!
  8. I have the Tecnosky version, and it's an excellent scope, I presume all the other versions are too from reports that have been posted. I'd wondered why you hadn't a version at FLO, I'm sure it will sell well
  9. You have nothing to apologise for. I hope you enjoy your new acope and that you don't have to wait too long for some clear skies. The trick is to have it handy for immediate use, for when you have some unexpected clear patches.
  10. Many thanks Mark. Yes, the Scopetech Mount works really well with the PST. It's also very good with my Tecnosky 102ED F7. It would have been to pricey for me to buy new, but I was lucky enough to find one used at a very good price. Its very well made and probably worth the full price if folks can afford it. We are very blessed at the moment, with having so many good altaz mounts to choose from .
  11. I had been out this morning, and quickly set up the PST on the Scopetech Mount Zero to take advantage of some rare sunshine. The transparency was rather poor, but did a quick sketch. The most interesting proms were in the N/NW. Drawing below, plus a screen grab from GONG 10mts or so after I did the sketch. Worth a look if sol is cooperating at your location.
  12. Thank you Mike, I hope we can get together for an observing session before too long - and before the snow sets in for the winter .
  13. I woke at 6.30am, and spotted a lovely crescent moon in the brightening dawn sky. Dressed quickly and dashed outside with the SW 72ED. A beautiful sight, especially having had such poor weather since returning from Kelling about three weeks ago. A nice terminator with Bailly the largest crater nearest the end of the S limb. After observing I took a quick single frame with the Olympus E-M5 Mk 11 at 6.56 am, 1/200 sec at 500 asa. Only a few minutes later the Moon was absorbed into the bright dawn sky.
  14. Thanks for posting that John, much appreciated. I've just read it after, quite coincidently, watching the episode on Black Holes. Wow! In my view, this episode in itself is more than enough to justify the making of the series. For anybody with an open and enquiring mind, it's something that could have a profound affect on how they think about the cosmos. Observing M31 may never be quite the same again !
  15. Well, I just hope no one from the beeb reads the last three pages of comment I've just waded through, or they might never put on any astronomy content again! I go back a long way and I'm a bit of a philistine in terms of style of TV style I prefer. Having said that, I've still enjoyed the three episodes I've seen so far, and I am willing to admit I picked up bits and bobs I didn't know. I suspect it will be enjoyed by many people. Of course, no one has to watch it if they don't want to.
  16. Thanks Stu. I'm confused now . Though off hand, and it is late, I can't think of a star cluster (with physically associated stars) which anyone calls an asterism? Just out of interest, I googled star cluster, which came up with the definition below, though I'm not sure it actually helps us or not . Anyway, everyone knows what the Pleiades looks like, whatever anyone classifies it as .
  17. I thought an asterism by definition consists of stars that are not physically related, but I could be wrong Stu. I can think of several Clusters which have bright stars within their boundaries which are not physically related, but just happen to be in the line of site. If I remember correctly, in NGC 457 (the Owl or ET cluster) the two bright stars which are the 'eyes' are not actually part of the cluster.
  18. Having posted this, there may be many strangers getting in touch who want to become your best friend .
  19. ? Er, whatever is the subject of this thread exactly? Bake Off?
  20. I'd like to say a big thank you to you all who have responded. I've ordered the Pennington book, but have also been informed about a couple of other deep sky resources which I am following up. I'm also going to use a spare copy of S&Ts Pocket Sky Atlas to make myself a bespoke Atlas. All my favourite targets (as well as the Messier objects) will be marked using a stencil to add a Telrad outer circle size ring round each one. All of your responses have been useful to me, again, thank you all
  21. Thank again Shimrod, ordered this morning, they have a good stock of them if anyone else wants one!
  22. Many thanks Shimrod. Just seen your post. That's great, I'll check it out first thing tomorrow, and if they do have a copy in stock I'll order it - I'll let you know how I get on. Fingers crossed!
  23. Stephan. I've done a search and the only seller I found was Amazon which lists it at £31.68, which seems rather a lot for a 96 page soft back? A shame as it looks a good book. There may have been a facility to order it from the link you kindly sent, but alas if so I couldn't see it - my lack of German is not helping I'm afraid.
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