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  1. Just caught it again, bright twilight so less easy to judge but still seems noticeably fainter than Aldebaran, though again brighter than Bellatrix. And I can see Sirius! In August, never done that before.
  2. It's back! Caught it just now, and although it's now clearly brighter than Bellatrix and Alnath, it still seems to be fainter than Aldebaran though not by a huge amount. It's not as bright as I was expecting. I'd still go with the last estimate of 1.2 I posted back at the end of March. Will keep an eye on it as it gets higher in the sky...
  3. Back to first magnitude now. About equal with Aldebaran and Pollux, clearly brighter than Bellatrix, still fainter than Procyon. Estimate 1.2, at its faintest I had it around 1.9
  4. Also it is definitely closer to Castor than Pollux in terms of brightness
  5. I had a good look earlier; it seems to have dimmed even more compared to 2-3 weeks ago. If brighter than Bellatrix only by 0.1 mag or so, much fainter than Pollux, not noticeably brighter than Elnath or Castor. It looks more 2nd than 1st magnitude. I'd guess 1.6- it's unfortunate that Adhara (epsilon CMaj), which is about 1.5, doesn't rise more than a few degrees as it would be a good comparison.
  6. And just now I could briefly see Betelgeuse and Regulus simultaneously; I think Betelgeuse is fainter. Also Betelgeuse is not visible through thin clouds that keep swirling around in front of the stars while the other bright stars nearby (Rigel, Procyon, Sirius) are. I'd put Betelgeuse at around 1.4 at the moment
  7. Just been out for a look, first clear night since I heard about this. It's much dimmer than "normal". I've known it be as bright as Rigel, but now as I see it's: Clearly fainter than Aldebaran Slightly fainter than Pollux Still brighter than Bellatrix, but not by much Will compare it to Regulus when that rises to a decent altitude.
  8. Just popped outside where I am and it's a bit hazy but visible. Could see a red tinge to the umbra and a nice thick "crescent" at the lower part.
  9. The two Aldebarans low in the west this evening had me puzzled for a while! Worked out the second must be a planet, it's too long after sunset for Mercury, not bright enough for Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are down by Sagittarius. Mars? Didn't it disappear into the evening twilight a couple of months ago down by Aquarius/Pisces? Its weird movements as it moves away from Earth, gets caught up and left behind, varying massively in brightness and speed through the zodiac have done it again. It's come back into the *evening* sky as it's quickly moved north of the Sun through the equinox.
  10. Clear in Shrewsbury, looks like I was pretty lucky Nice dark red/brown eclipse, noticeable darkening while still penumbral and very noticeable how much darker the sky got around totality. Could easily see M44 naked eye at totality only a few degrees from the moon. I'd give it a Danjon 2
  11. So finally I get out with the binoculars properly for the first time in months! Weather (so cloudy this March/April), my health, my wife's health and various other things have all made it difficult but tonight it was clear and good to go... Jupiter and moons putting on a good show, a couple of mag 5ish stars in the vicinity masquerading as extra "moons". Up to Ursa Major and although M101 wasn't showing (moon has risen), M51 was easily seen as was M3 down below it. M5 almost due south looking impressive, no chance of seeing M4 but Antares' colour really comes out in the bins.
  12. Autumn objects: M52 should be doable (practically overhead) M30 and M75 globulars M77 might just be possible? (M74 no, it's very difficult in 25x70s) Into winter M1 I'd imagine can be done in 10x50s, maybe M78 as well M46 and M47 (easy to locate, follow Sirius/Murzim line to the east) M48 by the head of Hydra M67 (harder than M44 but should be visible) M79 would be a real challenge, I find it hard in the 25x70s because of its low altitude, it should be visible in smaller bins further south.
  13. Naked eye Messiers I've seen from home: M31 (easy) M13 (needs to be high up, but obvious when it is) M35 M39 M34 (just) Never managed M33 but keep trying. In 25x70 binoculars I've got M74, M97, M109, M76 and the very low M54 and M55 (M108 continues to elude me as do those two at the bottom of Hydra, M68 and 83 I think).
  14. I can see them down here too! It's one of the best displays I've ever seen, and the first for 3 or 4 years.
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