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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. The pictures are a giveaway! Keep trying and an eye on the weather forecast. Good luck for next time! We are there at the end of the month Cheers Paul
  2. Yep, I too get great pleasure reading the observing reports! Cheers.
  3. Feb 28 22:30 – Mar 1 02:30 Location - Low Row Pop up observatory, Swaledale, N. Yorkshire SQM 21.4 16" Alkaid 31 Nag. 13 Ethos. It must have been 2 years ago when I last had a tour of the spring galaxies! The weather forecast had been firming up for a good clear spell, though wall to wall cloud at 20:00 had me doubting the wisdom of the essential strong dark espresso. Leo was well positioned to the south and I decided to revisit Leo I (very) near Regulus. Thus ensued a frustrating 20 mins as clouds flirted in that part of the sky. A promising early look at M51 was Whirlpool of calm. It cleared, in went the 13mm and Leo I ghosted into view. NGC 2903 is an easy find and showed a promising level of detail. I star hopped up to NGC 2683 in Lynx. I must have observed this before however, a beautiful and bright, edge-on spiral brought a big smile. That’s what I call a cool galaxy. Some dark detail was visible along one aspect. NGC 3003 was disappointing. The M95, 96, 105 and nearby galaxies were a nice group. The Leo Trio fantastic. NGC 3184 was easy to find in a paw of the Great Bear. Another showcase NGC giving many hints of detail. Another short cloud break led me over to M108 and M97. Lovely contrasting objects in the wide field of the 31mm Nagler. Mottled detail in M108 and the eyes of the Owl. M3 is an excellent spider of a globular cluster. Compact M53 contrasted with the sparse NGC 5053. Coma Berenices…NGC 4565, possibly the most perfect edge on galaxy, great detail, central dust lane, spanning the FOV A long star/galaxy hop via NGCs 4494, 4559, 4274 and 4414 ended at magnificent ‘pairing’ of The Whale & Hockey Stick. Worth an extended browse! The Cocoon little & large pairing are another easy starting point for another stunning needle galaxy, NGC 4244, razor sharp sliver. A swath were picked up via M109. About this time I realised that the persistent faint glow in Leo/Virgo was the Gegenschein on the ecliptic!! The Virgo Cluster was now high enough and aiming the RDF half way between Denebola and Vindemiatrix finds M84, M86 and Markarian’s Chain. Galaxies galore! The Eyes, Messiers, ‘The Chain’, Twins…and a favourite contrasting pair of NGC 4762 & 4754. The final objects through the 16 were the detailed spiral of M101, the stunning Whirlpool right up in the zenith and a superb wide field and deep view of M81 & 82 together. Fatigue, cold and shortage of sugar & caffeine suddenly hit and my eyes & brain closed down. Finished off with the Canon 15x50 IS scanning around for M5, 13, 92, 10 & 12. A good night!! Thanks for reading. Cheers, Paul.
  4. I do make a habit of trying to be prepared for a good break in the clouds. Am a weather geek and check out forecasts and technical weather charts. In spite of this I also struggle. My best solution is to have a large, strong espresso well ahead of time so that I have the necessary omph to actually get set up! Staying awake after is another problem. Cheers Paul
  5. Nice report! Good tick!! Pedantically, B33 is the Horsehead and using that ID should centre the dark nebula. IC 434 is the much larger 'bright' nebula, GOTO will centre this and not necessarily the HH. Hopefully more rewarding next time!! Cheers Paul
  6. HelloMichael https://www.primrose-awnings.co.uk/158m-patio-wind-break-plain-green-awning-p-48857.html?src=list_img Owing to a delivery mishap I ended up with 3 sets of mounting components they are 3m long. There are other options on the website. First light was a great success. Galaxies galore! SQM 21.40 - 21.45 Cheers Paul
  7. Hoping to try this out for the first time tonight. Options to mount 2 retractable patio windbreaks on choice of 3 sides. Can be raised or lowered by about 30cm. Centre pad for Astrotrac pier. Can move dobsonian about as needed. Already have an external power supply. Thanks for looking. Paul
  8. Damn, we are there next dark moon, in hope of a galaxyfest...
  9. I observed from that spot many times (though around 10 years ago). Was fine, though as others have mentioned, can get very cold!! Make sure you are well awake on the drive down! Good luck Paul
  10. I found that just seeing it was a success. Tried to convince myself of some elongation but this is where seeing really plays a part. Good luck.
  11. Good stuff! I found that really good seeing was also necessary (along with a dark & transparent sky) to pick up the Double Quasar. That was through an 18" Obsession. Whilst straining to see the Quasar NGC 3079 does become a showcase! Good luck Paul
  12. Just a heads up for those near Yorkshire Dales, North Yorks Moors & South Downs National Parks. http://www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk/ A range of events all next week. I have some images in the Reeth Dark Shies exhibition Cheers Paul
  13. One thing that I bear in mind at this time of year is the way the amount of darkness collapses and you've not covered off Virgo etc. before ever earlier dawn. I plan through to at least M5 and Abell 39... ...cheers Paul
  14. Now they are nice. Thanks for the heads up. Might use these as part of a Messier Marathon talk Cheers Paul
  15. Lower pic - Coal Sack (dark patch), southern cross and down right towards Eta Carina Upper pic Left to Right - Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, Sagittarius Star Cloud, M6, M7, Scorpius. HTH Paul
  16. First buy the Astronomik UHC... ...good quality filter, works on a wide range of objects and gives a much more 'pleasing' view than the harsh OIII. Then buy the Astronomik OIII. Have used many filters from various manufacturers. These work well. Cheers Paul
  17. Yes, tiny. Pedant alert! Worth being clear about visibility of IC434 and B33 when viewing the Horsehead too. Think I need some clears skies!!
  18. Excellent session! The wider area of nebulosity around the Christmas Tree cluster is large however, I think the notch of 'the Cone' is actually very small? Not sure if this is a naming issue or which bit is the Cone... ...whatever. Well done! Yes, I have envy
  19. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada...Finest NGCs. http://messier.seds.org/xtra/similar/rasc-ngc.html
  20. Another aspect is that they are unnecessary light pollution. Difficult to ask a neighbour to control their lighting when you keep flashing and waving a laser about the sky. A great educational tool but otherwise, maybe not. Cheers
  21. Big fan of unit power finders. Red dot, Telrad, Rigel etc. Much less intrusive than lasers. Have them for all my scopes & binoculars. Paul
  22. The southern hemisphere has the best of the night sky!!! Hope they manage to show some.of the fantastic DSOs visible down under!! Had 8 nights in Sutherland South Africa 10 years ago and use of 14 and 16 inch SCTs ...need to go back!!! Looking forward to the programmes. Paul
  23. Deep Sky Wonders - Walter Scott Houston An excellent anthology of S&T articles! Again seems a bit of a collectors item...I have a copy Cheers Paul
  24. Likewise from here in Swaledale. Am very fortunate to live somewhere where it is dark! Cheers Paul
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