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Knighty2112

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  1. Nice to see Mercury again. Managed to spot it in my binos the last evening, then through my ‘fracs this evening. :) 

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Is it nice to see it again. Going for the Mercury/Venus conjunction tonight!

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Yes, hopefully as long as the weather plays ball. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

  2. Windy, and not far off a full moon, but got a good view of Uranus just north of the moon through my 120mm ‘frac and 5mm EP. Nice to see a planet again! :) 

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    2. orion25

      orion25

      Do you do any imaging?

    3. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      A little planetary imaging now and again is all.

    4. orion25

      orion25

      I spent the better half of 2018 imaging Mars (and its dust storms). I'm warming up to my ASI224MC as I have been using the very capable Orion 5MP Solar System camera for planetary work. I'm gearing up for a better apparition in 2020, too!

  3. Skies looking good for later on to test out some fuzzies with some new 25x70 binos later on! :) 🤞🏻

  4. New goodies incoming tomorrow. Can’t wait! 🔭

    1. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

       Goodie No; 1 landed earlier on. No; 2 arriving in an hour! :) 

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      And goodie No;2 dropped in the postbox earlier on too! Like a kid at Christmas! 🔭

  5. Grrrrr.......rain! :( 

    1. RiponJas

      RiponJas

      Grrr indeed. New ep's arrived and sky is pants!! 

  6. I’m trying to be optimistic for the weather at Kelling from Thursday onwards! :) 

    1. SIDO

      SIDO

      I thought Thursday was my break and now their saying hurricane Gordon remnants will be headed our way, flood watches all around and a ton of reading to catch up on...I guess. Hope it works out for you ?

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Hoping so! :) 

  7. Unexpected bit of clear skies, not the best so been hunting some doubles on the AVX Mount with my Omni 120mm ‘frac. Happy days! :) 

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    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Always a couple of goto pairs whenever I observe Reggie. :) 

    3. orion25

      orion25

      Have you tried to image Albireo? I used my Nikon D3200 and got a nice shot last year.

    4. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Yes, got a few shots off the other night. Need to process them and I’ll post it up. 

  8. Just had new led streetlights installed on my back and front ways. Looks much darker out there, although the proof of the pudding will come when I get clear skies, but fingers crossed! :) 

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    2. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      As long as they don't shine upwards, you should be fine. The ones on our street are kind of dim actually unless you stare into them from below. 

    3. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      From what I can see they shine directly down. Get a better idea tonight as forcast to be clear (fingers crossed), so should get a better idea when dark skies show. :) 

    4. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      Fingers crossed. 

  9. Oh well! Another great forcast by FLO that turned out to be more fantasy than reality after clouds piled in again after set up. I did manage to view a couple of things before total wipe out, so can’t complain too much I guess! ;) 

  10. Clouds spoiled play again just as I’d finished setting up. Don’t you just love it when that happens! Sheesh! Grrrrrr........ ;) 

  11. Jupiter showing nice detail tonight. GRS easily visible in the twilight. Would stay up to view more but need to get sleep for an early start for work alas. 

  12. Even though still light Jupiter is showing nice details. GRS easily visible, along with other belts/details etc, at least in my C8 tonight. Hoping for a good image! :) 

  13. Ok, footie starting, so sees ya all later! Come on Englandddddddd! ;) 

    1. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      5 nil, 5 nil, 5 nil! And there’s another half to play still! Hehe!

      Could end up been 10 nil by the end! Hehe! ;) 

  14. Grrrrrr.......curse of the clouds! Just got set up, had a brief view of the moon, Venus and Jupiter, and hey presto clouds roll in again! Double grrrrr...... ????

    1. pipnina

      pipnina

      They always come when you think you're safe! (And spent half an hour setting things up!)

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Yep, I know! ???

  15. Skies looking nice and blue still after some thunder storms, so may nip out after the footie to look at Venus & Jupiter again if possible! :) 

  16. Tracking Venus with my goto mount between the clouds, in the hope of seeing Mercury when the sun disappears behind the roofline of the bungalow next door.

  17. Same old; get set up to image Jupiter. Get 3 small runs done after aligning scope, and Bam! Clouds roll in to spoil play! Pity as Jupiter was showing some fine detail, even though the GRS is not on view.

  18. No WL action on the sun today, but at least with the help of my goto mount I’m seeing a very wobbly Venus in the heat! Better the than nothing I’ve had for the last 10 days or so! :) 

  19. Going to be stuck in a hotel away for work all this week until next Sunday, so no Astro anything for me this week apart from naked eye visual! :(  

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    2. David Smith

      David Smith

      Very glamorous!

    3. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      On the plus side we are having a work do in a very posh hotel at the weekend, so that makes up for it a little! Hehe! ;) 

    4. David Smith

      David Smith

      There are some perks then! I've got two nights in Amsterdam if I can ever find a flight / hotel combo that finance will approve :mad:

  20. Tonight’s the night to try my first imaging of Jupiter with my ZWO ASI 120 mc camera. In two minds which scope to use, so may try both the C8 SCT and also the Omni 120mm ‘frac (obviously not both at the same time with the camera) ;) 

  21. Nice Sunny day, with clear skies, so doing a little WL solar (small AR group on the sun), and checking Venus out too in the daylight with my C8 SCT on my goto mount! :) 

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    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      BTW: the magnification with the 32mm EP in my C8 SCT is 63x.

    3. Red Dwarfer

      Red Dwarfer

      Okay on the 63x - I tried earlier this afternoon but could not detect anything in an ST80 / ES8.8/82 that gave around 45x mag - the filter was bought for the ED80 but I use it on the ST80 as it is more compact , especially when used from indoors ... maybe a bigger filter for the ST120 might yield better results with the extra aperture ?

    4. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      In theory the larger the aperture the more the detail seen, although I did get better results from my Omni 120mm ‘frac with my Lunt wedge fitted than the larger aperture on my C8 SCT that had a normal kind of solar filter (an Explore Scientific sun catcher filter for C8) over the front end of it. 

  22. Nice viewing of Jupiter around 11:30pm when seeing steadied down. GRS easily visible, with another dark feature just about directly above in the  North Equatorial belt. Best views at 166x with 80A blue planetary filter along with ADC. :) 

  23. Sky conditions not great outside, even though clear. Too much murk around, and hardly any transparency, so packed up for the night. :( 

  24. Woke up early at 3:30am. Got the scope out and managed to bag a few galaxies, globs, planetaries, and of course Jupiter, Mars and wonderful Saturn again! :) 

  25. My ZWO ADC arrived today, so managed to test it out on Venus earlier on. Worked great from what I could see. Need to try it out on Jupiter and Mars for some more tests with it, but so far looking good! :) 

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    2. Littleguy80

      Littleguy80

      Nice one. I'd never heard of these until recently. Were you using it visually or for imaging? Sounds like there's some improvement from them but not a miracle cure. 

    3. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      So far just visually. Didn’t have time really to try any imaging with it. I do plan to image Mars and Jupiter with it a soon a we get a break in the persistent cloud cover. 

    4. Littleguy80

      Littleguy80

      Cool. I’ll keep an eye out your reports on the ADC and your images too, of course :) 

      The cloud is terrible and it’s put me in a vicious circle. I buy new equipment, weather gets cloudy, I’m bored, I buy new equipment.... ;) 

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