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BRADLEY 1953

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  1. Hi Paul, I was out again tonight ( Feb 5th ) this time with the beast, ( my 155mm F9 Starfire.) I had great views both of Gassendi, now fully illuminated, and Aristarchus right on the terminator. Cheers Chris.
  2. Hi there in Florida, those are simply superb lunar images, among the very best. Cheers Chris.
  3. HI lukebl, yes, superb images of a magnificent lunar crater. I agree, the 3x Barlow produced the best results on this occasion. Well done. Chris.
  4. Hi Paul, lovely images as per usual. I was also out observing the moon, although a little later than yourself, from around 6.45 pm to 8pm, with my 130mm F6 APO, and as you say the view of Copernicus in particular, was stunning and indeed memorable. Thanks for reminding me, as there was simply far too much detail to sketch. An ideal lunation and declination in fact. Cheers Chris.
  5. WOW, these shots are tremendous, the image of Gassendi in particular looks MAGNIFIQUE. Best wishes Chris.
  6. Hi Paul, a really nice view of a rarely observed lunation, for me at least, as normally I am still tucked up in bed at this hour! Cheers Chris.
  7. Hi Paul lovely images, amazing what you can do with a relatively small aperture ( in the right hands of course ). I had a similar view in the 155mm F9, although seeing fairly poor still revealed good detail around Gassendi among others. Cheers chris.
  8. Hi Paul, some lovely images. In common with yourself and most observers I also had a wonderful view of the Hyginus region and the evening terminator with my 155mm APO at 175x . As you say stunning detail visible. I hope you catch up on some sleep. Cheers Chris.
  9. Hi Paul, lovely image of full disc. I shall try to have a look tomorrow morning with the 155mm F9, that is, if it rises above the tree line! Best wishes Chris.
  10. Wow, those are stunning images, some of the best I have seen. Great work, keep them coming.
  11. Hi everyone, I have owned a Celestron Travelscope for about two years, and I thoroughly agree with all the previous comments. Another sure way of improving the performance of this scope is to mount it on a much sturdier tripod, the one supplied is little more than useless for the purpose, as vibrations are a major factor in spoiling your view of the heavens. Also I think you have to accept the limitations of this scope for astronomy, it will however, give lovely low power views of the moon, especially using the 20mm eyepiece supplied. I personally would not waste time or money on a 6mm eyepiece, use the 20mm supplied to enjoy widefield views of stars clusters, the milky way and the brighter deep sky objects. If your interest is sparked you could later invest in a bigger and better scope, if you want to get a decent image of the major planets I would suggest at least 100mm in aperture. Good luck and do not despair. Chris.
  12. Hi Paul, that is a lovely image of the crescent moon, not a phase I observe very often, thanks for posting. Chris.
  13. Hi Paul, lovely images. I missed the first occultation here at Knowles Mill, the moon still behind the tree tops, although I did manage to observe the latter one. The seeing was very good, and Copernicus in particular looked superb in the 130 mm APO. I stayed out until 6.30 am, and like you now need to catch up on some welcome sleep. Cheers Chris.
  14. Hi Paul, nice images, I particularly like the bottom one. Hopefully, given clear skies and not too many trees in the way I will be out early in the morning. Chris.
  15. Hi Paul, lovely images, I am afraid my will power failed me and I slept on during the early hours and obviously missed some good views of Copernicus, etc, thanks Chris.
  16. Very evocative images, i also particularly like the first, really beautiful. Chris.
  17. Nice Johan, like a ghostly galleon tossed among the clouds. Chris.
  18. A belated viewing of these superb images, I have rarely seen better.
  19. Fabulous images Avani, I too like the 6.59 UT version the best. Keep them coming.
  20. Hi Paul, I particular like the first full disc image, amazing really for a smart phone, combined of course with your own expertise. I was also observing at the same time with my 130 mm f6 APO, yes, I agree, the views were simply stunning. Regards Chris.
  21. HI Mike, another fantastic rendition of a tiny disc. keep the sketches coming. Chris.
  22. HI MIKE, I concur with Paul, et al, fabulous drawings of Mars. Did your two pints of cider help to enhance the details on show !!. Best wishes Chris.
  23. I agree with everyone else, a beautiful sketch, well done. Chris.
  24. 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.
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