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BRADLEY 1953

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About BRADLEY 1953

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    KNOWLES MILL, BEWDLEY, WORCESTERSHIRE .
  1. 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.
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    Leonid meteors peaking tonight, 17-18th Nov

    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.
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    150mm Helios F8 Refractor for sale

    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
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    Messier 33

    I agree, lovely sketch Mike, I did not realise that Burnley was now a dark sky site! Best wishes Chris.
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    150mm Helios F8 Refractor for sale

    I HAVE NOW MANAGED TO POST A FEW IMAGES OF 150 MM HELIOS REFRACTOR. CHRIS.
  6. 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.
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    Postcards from Kelling Heath.

    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.
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    colour sketches of jupiter

    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.
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    Mars 1st Spetember

    Good image, there is a wealth of detail on show, impressive. Chris.
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    Mars 2nd of September from the UK

    nice image, shows the SPC and the waning disc very well. Chris.
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    Mars 31/8/18

    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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    Mars 21st August

    Hi Sub Dwarf, nice images, one of the best I have seen taken from UK skies.
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    2018-08-22 - Moon: Mt-Harbinger, Krieger and Prinz

    Nice work Neptune, I think lunar sketches are the most difficult of all, there is just so much detail to take in. Chris.
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    colour sketches of jupiter

    Thanks Beocat, not too long actually, possible about one hour, once you have got the main features in the right place it is fairly easy. Chris.
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    Mars, a brief GIF

    Once again a masterful image, outstanding . Chris.
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