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  1. I agree with everyone else, a beautiful sketch, well done. Chris.
  2. HI Centaurz Amazingly it was actually clear here in the UK for the maximum of the Quadrantids, after weeks of almost perpetual cloud. I started my watch around 12.30 am GMT and continued until 4.45 am, with only a 30 minute break for a welcome hot drink. During this time i recorded around 62 Quadrantids, including about 6 very notable events ( brighter than zero magnitude) one low down in the south east around 4 am noticeably orange, although the others were of the more usual whitish/blue hue. The air temperature here in rural Worcestershire dipped below -6c during the early hours and the lure of a warm bed finally curtailed my watch before daybreak. While this represents a modest hourly rate of around 15-20 meteors, much less than the predicted ZHR of 80/100 meteors, my immediate horizon was far from ideal and I assume therefore that I would have missed a fair few meteors behind the treetops, etc. It will be interesting to find out how other observers faired both in the UK and further afield. Clear skies for 2019. Chris.
  3. Another superb image. I managed a quick visual of Mars last Friday afternoon, December 14th, with my 155mm APO. Seeing very poor but could still make out some vague dark markings on the by now tiny disk. Unfortunately, during opposition the red planet was too low to observe from this location. Not long to wait now until 2020 ! . Chris.
  4. Yet another stunning image, keep them coming. Chris.
  5. Hi meteor watchers. I managed a near 2 hour watch of the Geminids during the early hours of Friday 14th, under pretty good sky conditions, a good horizon, and only intermittent light cloud low down in the North East. It was however, pretty cloudy early on in the night, and thus I was not able to commence meaningful observations until around 03.00 hrs GMT, continuing up to about 05.15 hrs, by which time the skies were completely clear. Unfortunately, by then, my feet had succumbed to frostbite, with temperatures plummeting to --5 c here in Worcestershire. I recorded about 64 meteors, the vast majority being Geminids, several of which were brighter than zero magnitude, including a brilliant orange fireball around 4 am, fragmenting not far from Ursa Major. Nevertheless, the ZHR would appear to have been much lower than most predictions ( of 100 plus ). Possibly the peak occurred much earlier in the night when I was still clouded out ? I would be interested to know what other observers experienced or their views on the matter. Clear Skies Chris.
  6. It was a clear cold night here in Worcestershire. Thus I braved the elements for nearly two hours, between 12.30 and 2.15 am GMT, to watch out for Leonids, from a dark sky location with a clear horizon in most directions. Despite this, I only recorded 12 meteors, and only 4 of these were Leonids, all bright and very swift. Did anyone see anything approaching the maximum rate after this time?. However, I find this sparsity of meteors to be fairly typical of the Leonids in most years, apart of course, from the GREAT STORMS recorded in recent history. Indeed, I have been observing this shower when possible since I was a school boy. The best display was in 1966 when I caught merely the beginning of the maxima in the pre-dawn sky here in the UK, the States hit the jackpot just a few hours later. Although, as mentioned earlier, the "fireball finale" in 1998, was both spectacular and also not entirely expected. Currently, the december Geminids, is by far the best annual display, so let us hope for equally clear skies in a few weeks time. Good luck CHRIS.
  7. Hi John, apparently you have not received my reply to your recent email . It appears the fungal growth is located on the front surface of the rear element ? Chris
  8. I agree, lovely sketch Mike, I did not realise that Burnley was now a dark sky site! Best wishes Chris.
  10. Hi everyone, I also have a 150mm Helios Refractor for sale. As I now have an AP 155mm F9 Starfire APO, i rarely use the Helios, perhaps only once in a blue moon. It is still in excellent condition, but unfortunately, there are a few small areas of mould on the OG, this could easily be removed by a competent individual, but as it does not appear to effect the performance in anyway, I cannot really be bothered, and prefer to let sleeping dogs lie. However, it can still deliver excellent images of the planets, tack sharp as they say in the states, although the moon on high power is noticeably purplish in hue. I am asking only £100 ono, (buyer to collect) for the telescope, it would be nearer £200 if the objective was free from mould. Incidentally, I have used the refractor recently as a solar projection scope, either at full aperture or stopped down. If anyone is really interested, further details are available. Best wishes Chris.
  11. Hi Paul Thanks for posting images, good to see what I missed ! you were quite fortunate with the weather, we had only one clear night here in the west midlands whilst you were away. Chris.
  12. Hi there, thanks for your comments, they were done with a set of ancient water soluble pencils, circa 1970's. The original sketches were much smaller in size than the images posted, and in my opinion looked rather better, but unfortunately due to my incompetence with computers and web sites, I was unable to reduce them to the appropriate size. Chris.
  13. Good image, there is a wealth of detail on show, impressive. Chris.
  14. nice image, shows the SPC and the waning disc very well. Chris.
  15. Great sketches Mike, the earlier representations, given such a tiny disc, are particularly impressive. My last two sessions on Mars have not resulted in any sketches, seeing poor, allowing only a maximum magnification of x 99, and with the disc once again getting smaller by the minute, roll on 2020. Chris.
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