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  1. 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.
  2. Very evocative images, i also particularly like the first, really beautiful. Chris.
  3. Nice Johan, like a ghostly galleon tossed among the clouds. Chris.
  4. A belated viewing of these superb images, I have rarely seen better.
  5. Fabulous images Avani, I too like the 6.59 UT version the best. Keep them coming.
  6. 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.
  7. HI Mike, another fantastic rendition of a tiny disc. keep the sketches coming. Chris.
  8. 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.
  9. I agree with everyone else, a beautiful sketch, well done. Chris.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Yet another stunning image, keep them coming. Chris.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I agree, lovely sketch Mike, I did not realise that Burnley was now a dark sky site! Best wishes Chris.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Good image, there is a wealth of detail on show, impressive. Chris.
  19. nice image, shows the SPC and the waning disc very well. Chris.
  20. 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.
  21. Hi Sub Dwarf, nice images, one of the best I have seen taken from UK skies.
  22. Nice work Neptune, I think lunar sketches are the most difficult of all, there is just so much detail to take in. Chris.
  23. 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.
  24. Once again a masterful image, outstanding . Chris.
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