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Everything posted by Tantalus

  1. Clar here too but bleedin' cold. I'm trying to do some lunar observing but I caught a chill the other night, so I've gotta keep nipping indoors to warm up <sniff>
  2. Whoever labelled that image is deliberately taking the mickey. Disgraceful..
  3. I know I'm gonna take some flak for this, but frankly, I found it dull.
  4. Begads! That brings back memories. Cat number Virgin v2098 IIRC. 'I talk to the trees...'
  5. There's at least two Shuttle launches remaining. STS-133, Discovery scheduled for Nov 1st STS-134, Endeavor scheduled for Feb 27, 2011 STS-335 is the desination for an additional flight of Atlantis if needed for a rescue mission for the STS-134 astronauts. There is still a posssibility that STS-335 could be converted to a an additional shuttle flight and would be redesignated STS-135, to fly in June 2011 (from NASA)
  6. And Eno's 'Apollo:Atmospheres and Soundtracks'
  7. Vangelis - Movement 3 from 'Heaven & Hell', used as the Theme music for Carl Sagan's Cosmos. I've just to it again on Youtube, the one with the APOD pictures and it's made me go all moody and introspective...
  8. Hi Lulaz, An interesting question... In my opinion you certainly become a better observer as you get used to looking for small, feint objects. Observing the night sky also teaches you how to look more carefully, and maybe over a long period you also learn to become more objective about exactly what it is you are seeing. It's been said on here before that there's a difference between observing, and 'just looking', and for me that sums it up just nicely. I don't know if there are any long-term benefits, but I can't think how it could make your eyesight any worse. So long as you're not using unsuitable or defective optical aids, and as long as you're not squinting when you observe, then you shouldn't be stressing your eyes.
  9. Now you're just rubbing it in Nick I managed to sight it with bins a few minutes ago, but my eyes are playing up tonight, I'm calling it a day.
  10. I'm now wathcing Europa's shadow move across the disc, and Io closing in for it's occultation at 01:03...
  11. Spring? Ha. It's bloomin' freezing out tonight. I've just seen some very worried looking brass monkeys... Was nice to see the Lion's head rising early yesterday morning tho'.
  12. There are two moon & shadow transits tonight, Penguin. See this thread here http://stargazerslounge.com/observing-planetary/117054-jupiter-transit.html#post1559245
  13. Sky has now cleared, and the seeing seems to have improved a bit.
  14. Essex sky got there as I was typing this... Yeah I also saw the shadow and Ganymede leaving the disc.
  15. Yes there is speedy. What you are actually seeing now is Ganymede's shadow. Ganymede itself transited earlier, ending at 21:24. Between 22:49 tonight and 01:31, Europa will also transit Jupiter, and it's shadow will transit between 00:04 and 02:48, starting just a minute after Ganymede's shadow transit ends at 00:03! I'm trying to watch this myself, but a big patch of cloud has rolled in...
  16. All I can see is a very feint patch of light, and it wasn't easy to pick out, though others have had better luck. From reading through the thread, it does not show up well in light-polluted skies, so ideally you need to be observing from a good, dark site. To maximise your chances of seeing it you should wait until the early morning hours, after the moon has set, and when the comet is closer to the zenith. I've just had another go at observing it, but failed to see anything. Good luck Sarah.
  17. I was looking for some last year. Tried nearly every chemist in town, until I eventually found one that sold me some over the counter. They didn't have it on the shelf, but a helpful member of staff did manage to find a pack in their stock room. I don't think they normally sell it to the general public because it wasn't priced up, and it took them some minutes to find an invoice. I think i paid around £2.38 for a 100g pack. IIRC the difference between BP (same as BPC) cotton wool and the stuff you buy in the shops is the BP stuff is also sterilised and contains no oily residues. What surprised me is how few pharmacists seemed to have heard of BP. As someone who's been a First-Aider for some years, I come across the BP mark frequently.
  18. 16x60 bins After carefully checking two star-charts, Stellarium and Calsky, I'm now pretty sure it was comet Hartley2 that I saw. I had another look at 02:45(BST) this morning, and picked up the comet half way between Capella and Mirphak, and about 1.5 degrees below NGC1545, as indicated by the arrow in the image (The solid line shows the comet's track). Marginally brighter than my previous observation, but still a feint fuzzy. Because of the late hour, and snatching my chances between patchy, fast-moving clouds, I wasn't properly dark adapted, but I reckon I can now chalk this one up as a confirmed observation
  19. I think I've just caught it between the clouds. Just above and slightly east of NGC1528 (from Stellarium), but very feint from the back yard, and about the same magnitude and similar size as NGC1528 (mag 6.4)
  20. Another very enjoyable read as usual Shane, (I feel like I was almost there myself). And I agree with what you said about M92. For my money it's a close rival to M13 in more than one sense... But can you please tone down the dobsession a bit - you're making me hanker after one of those big things
  21. Some good targets there Tom, and congrats on seeing Hartley. I've managed to miss it every time so far (two nights of cloud hasn't helped)... I think most of us have a problem with EP's misting up from time to time, and you should try and avoid inadvertently breathing on them when you're close to the EP. I usually put mine under my armpit for a short while, or inside my jacket to warm 'em up.
  22. This asteroid is only about 7m across, and IIRC only about mag 14. I probably it could be seen with a moderate to large amateur scope. An amateur from Utah managed to get some video of it with a Celestron C-14 here: Video: Asteroid 2010 TD54 Whizzes Close to Earth | Universe Today
  23. I think you're seeing Io's shadow transit. Io's transit ends at 22:42, but if it ends at 23:13 tonight then it's the shadow transit. I've been watching this since the shadow transit started at 20:50 - fascinating, isn't it
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