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Everything posted by Tantalus

  1. Love the first one Ritchie, as others have said - great colour gradients and well composed. What surprised me was Venus stands out more in its reflection. POTW?
  2. 03:55 BST (02:55 UT) 16x60 bins Over North Lincolnshire, shuttle was a bright orange-ish dot travelling 15 seconds in front of the brighter ISS, which as expected was even brighter, and moving at a fair old pace. I've seen the ISS many times, and the shuttle + ISS a few times, but never so close together and this was by far my best viewing of the pair. And what a majestic pair they made! I spent so much of the time watching the shuttle, I almost forgot the ISS was there. As they sank into the East I was able to get them both in the same FOV. Sometimes it's hard to express how something so mundane as a couple of bright lights can bring so much enjoyment, and this is one of those occasions, it was beyond words... Fantastic!!!
  3. [removed word]! Mine was at around 11:40 - so I wasn't the first then Was still nice to see though...
  4. Hmmm, wonder if that was the same one I saw. It'd been around 23:40... I posted a note here:- http://stargazerslounge.com/observing-widefield-special-events-comets/101877-first-lyrid.html#post1416490
  5. Was taking a look at Saturn, looked away for a second or two and saw a yellowish fast-moving meteor streak from just below Arcturus to below Denebola. Can I claim the first Lyrid of the season...?
  6. There's an interesting animation from ESA showing the progress of the plume here:- ESA Portal - Animation of the ash plume from Icelandic eruption
  7. Coincidently I was looking at that scope myself earlier today. As russ says they do look like a carbon copy of the Bressiers. Was also looking at their 2x ED Barlows and am wondering if these are any good - they do seem very cheap?
  8. Hi Talitha, I've enjoyed your input to the forum and hope we still here from you when circumstances allow. Best of luck and sincerest wishes.
  9. Just want to say how much I've enjoyed reading this thread Nick, it's been compelling. Congratulations...
  10. Found this after a long search Olly, Dunno if it'll help though but maybe a clue... Astronomy: Astronomical mid-night, degree longitude, longitude latitude
  11. Yup, clear in East Lincolnshire tonight. I was looking look at Saturn as well and managed to see Titan and Dione, and with averted vision a hint of others at times. I also managed to see some banding on Saturn including a clear dark band above the rings and one below, a first for me...
  12. UPDATE 7/8th Apr: Tonight there's been some good viewing and Jahmanson's link above spurred me on to have another crack at the double-double epsilon Lyrae. After some judicious tweaking of the focus (and much wobbling of the mount) I finally managed to see all four components clearly. THANKS JAHMANSON
  13. Hi vman and welcome... I've fed your co-ordinates into my copy of Stellarium and it shows that Venus was 4 degrees above the horizon at 9:00pm. It was around 10 degrees around 8:15, and didn't set below the horizon until 9:29pm. Do you have the time set accurately in Stellarium?. You may also need to check your system time on your computer. I've found this link here:- Accurate Time which should give you the real time.
  14. Thanks for the replies guys. I managed to snag a bargain second hand CG5 mount at the weekend - just awaiting delivery. Then I have to decide whether I'm gonna (try and) make a wooden tripod or pier.
  15. My first time for Mercury tonight as well. I've been trying for almost a week but the clouds have been conspiring to make it difficult. Also caught Venus in the same field with 16x60 bins. I was hoping to get my scope on the pair, but by the time the clouds cleared, they were both behind houses. I was tempted to set the scope up on a street corner where I could see between terraces, but decided it was probably not a good idea - Oh well!, there'll always be other opportunities...
  16. In Stellarium, you can also turn off the ground plane by pressing 'g' or by clicking the icon that looks like two lollipops, giving you a view of the entire sky. If you're having trouble locating an object, you could use the find function. Have you tried looking online for other resources? Just type 'astronomy for beginners' into a search engine and it'll throw up hundreds of result. Wikipedia also has many articles on astronomy - again use the search engine to locate the info you're looking for. Good luck and welcome to astronomy, Robert.
  17. Have a look at this google map, Cryoflame:- Latitude and Longitude of a Point. Zoom in on where you live and this site'll tell you your exact Longitude and Latitude. You'll need to know these to get an accurate view in programs like Stellarium.
  18. Meant to say I could split epsilon 1 & 2, but couldn't split them down any further. I think you need a much bigger scope for those...
  19. 31st March/1st April 2010 Helios 120mm f8 20mm Plossl (50x) 10mm Plossl (100x) 7.5mm Plossl (133x) It was below zero outside and I was tempted to stay in the warm, but this will be my first opportunity in over a week and I'm fast learning that it the UK, it never really pays to miss a viewing opportunity. 01:00 (BST) The Moon was a few degress above the neighbour's fence. Started of with a look at Plato, then down to Copernicus with 10, then 7.5mm. Copernicus stood out brightly with it's beard of ejecta extending out in all directions and giving it a nice 3D appearance. Reinhold below it looked quite similar, but smaller. Then NW to Aristarchus and Herodotus, and could also make out Schiaparelli further W. I only managed about 30 minutes on the Moon before it disappeared behind the neighbour's chimney. The Moon's brightness had temporarily 'overloaded' my right eye, so I made a cup of tea (by a red light) whilst my vision recovered. 02:00 Back outside again. The combination of moon glow and lp made seeing difficult and from my back yard I can only see the eastern half of the sky. The summer triangle of Deneb, Vega and Altair was rising in the east and I didn't have a pre-prepared list of targets, so I ran the telescope from Deneb, through Cygnus towards Vega. Saw epsilon Lyrae but can't split the two pairs with this scope. Then down towards Sheliak (beta Lyrae) and Sulafat (gamma Lyrae). I was surprised, given the light pollution and Lyra's low altitude (34 deg Alt), that I could see the grey smoke-ring-like M57 quite clearly with the 20mm, and then 10mm eyepieces. Then my viewing was rudely interrupted by a police helicopter which circled around for maybe 20 minutes, waking the neighbour's dog (a large, ageing Rottweiler) in the process. I then got distracted following a couple of satellites (I think the second one might've been RS15, according to Stellarium). By now it was around 03:30 and the cold was starting to bite at my fingers, and some broken clouds were coming in from the west, so I ended the night with a last look at M57, then the lovely gold and blue pairing of Albireo. The colour of Albireo A stood out really well, like a little gold nugget in the darkness. The blue of Albireo B was not quite so obvious. All in all I thought the scope performed quite well. There was some slight colour fringing on the moon's limb, but not excessive, or at least not to my untrained eye, even with the 7.5mm Plossl. M57 showed up well with a hint of detail at 50x, and good enough at 100x. But I found this scope on an EQ3-2 with aluminium tripod a bit jittery and even at 50x magnification getting a sharp focus wasn't that easy. Tomorrow I'm going to try slackening the focuser off to see if that helps. Maybe some larger focuser knobs would help with fine focusing? And even though the supplied Plossls gave me some good views, I'm hoping some better quality eyepieces, filters, a planetary ep and/or a good barlow can help push this scope a bit further.
  20. Knew I'd seen it somewhere, PEEL-OFF stuff in this thread:- http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-help/100379-whats-best-cleaning-corrector-plate.html . Vendor here:- Photonic Cleaning Technologies. Also read that NASA and film industry use Pancro, but can't find a UK supplier.
  21. I read recently that someone makes some spray-on stuff that you allow to dry and peel off. Can't remember the name of it though - might be worth a google
  22. Thanks Andrew, you've cleared up a lot of filter questions for me and probably saved me from wasting money unnecessarily. Good job!
  23. A few more... Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive Blue Oyster Cult - Astronomy Rainbow - Stargazer (of course) Misunderstood - I can take you to the sun
  24. Maybe so, but I took part purely for the benefit to astronomers, though I don't think it was very well supported in my area (and it's not easy trying to type in the drak)
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