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  1. 10/15/20 Scan of the southern skies from western Japan. Did some viewing from my semi-suburban balcony in southern Osaka Prefecture around 7:00pm local time with fairly clear skies. Most notable, of course, was the Jupiter / Saturn pair, now curving down to the southwest slightly earlier with each passing night. The difference between my Vixen Ascot 10x50s and the Celestron 15x70’s was noticeable on Jupiter where the larger bins brought it all 4 moons, Europa to the lower right and Io, Ganymede and Callisto forming a diagonal from close in to the upper lef
  2. Came across a blog about binoculars and found a funny mistake. To be fair, the blog appears to be written by a non-native English speaker, but I was wondering how a beginner astrologer would use binoculars. Something like, “I see an approaching asteroid ruining your Wednesday.” (?)
  3. Been awhile since I’ve seen Vesta. Thanks for the heads-up (pun intended) on this one. Will look for it sometime this week, skies permitting.
  4. That explains a lot, Stu. Excellent visual comparison. Thanks again for the info.
  5. Goodricke1, Stu, Thanks for the comments. I seem to be a bit further south than most of info I find in English on the net. For example, each time Mercury becomes visible, the literature says it will be a tough find considering the Sun’s glare but the planet is pretty far above the horizon for a few days at my location. Perhaps it’s the same situation with the stars below Sirius?
  6. Time: 03:40 + JST, Thursday 11/21/19 Location: south Osaka Prefecture Japan Had a touch of insomnia and figured since I had to take the trash out in a few hours, I’d get it done earlier. While outside I noticed clear skies to the south and west which is the direction my suburban balcony faces. Got my 15x70 Celestrons and scanned around a bit. I decided to focus on the areas around Sirius which was blazing away as usual. I don’t always have the best of luck with deep sky objects but M47 was especially prominent. Adjacent M46 was less so, but no
  7. Just a quick note to say Ceres, magnitude 7.04, was easily seen in Celestron Skymaster 15x70 at about 10:30pm JST on 5/24/19 from southern part of Osaka Prefecture Was between Chi Ophiuchi and Phi Ophiuchi and next to a trio of stars: HD148198, HD148351 (at magnitude 8.30) and HD148438. Thanks very much to tip in this month’s Binocular Sky newsletter.
  8. Good stuff as always. Thanks for putting the newsletter together.
  9. Ruud, thanks very much for the concise explanation. All those numbers at Simbad make my head orbit.
  10. Hi. Was up at dawn observing Mercury rising in the southeast and slowly swept my binoculars left. I was able to vaguely see a small triangle formed by Upsilon Ophiuchi, HR 6128 and HR 6137. That was the limit of view as sunlight was washing out anything else to the left of that. But I clicked on the adjacent HR6144 star in my Sky Guide app and it lists as being 6,900 light years away. When I checked the Ski Safari app, the same star is listed as 1,900 light years. I went online and found little info but, “In the Sky” web page it’s HR 6144 at 9 kilo years / 9,000 light years. Does anyone have
  11. Here in suburban Japan, between Osaka and Wakayama, Wirtanen is appearing this eve as a fuzzy cloud in the vicinity of Menkar. No brightness to it but happy to ID it. Other clouds are passing by from time to time. The, “comet cloud” is stationary. Had an easier time with my 15x70 Celestron Skymaster finding M41 with a quick point and look under Sirius. 12/12/18
  12. Chris, i’m not In Osaka city, fortunately, but further south in Osaka Prefecture, near Wakayama.
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