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BRADLEY 1953

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  1. I concur with everyone else, beautiful images of one of the jewels of the night sky. thanks for posting. chris.
  2. Thanks everyone. The original sketch was only about 1/3rd this size, and the smaller version does look much better and more accurately portrays what I actually see through the scope. Somehow during uploading the image was greatly enlarged. I am by nature a computer Luddite. I usually start with a simple jupiter blank downloaded from one of several websites available, and use a few different pencils left over from my younger days. It may not be an entirely precise rendering of Jupiter but captures the mood of the giant planet I feel. If the GRS is on view I am often tempted to use coloured pencils, but not so far this opposition. chris.
  3. Those are great images, showing some real subtle detail. In the distant past I also used an 8 inch SCT, but struggled to get such fine views. I note you are observing from Hereford, as the crows flies not too far from my own patch in the Wyre Forest, near Bewdley. Many thanks for posting. Chris.
  4. Yes, lovely views, the larger of the two images shows more or less exactly what i could see visually at the same time through my 130 mm APO. With the GRS so well placed I began a hurried sketch, but alas, by 10.15pm, the giant planet had already disappeared behind the towering forest oaks. Well done. Chris.
  5. Great animation, and wonderful detail in still image. Chris.
  6. Lovely image, under these conditions you would struggle to see much more detail than this with a moderate aperture on the ringed planet. Unfortunately i cannot see Saturn at all from my current location, simply too low ! keep posting the images. Chris Bradley.
  7. JUPITER : JUNE 5th 2018. 21.15 -- 22.30 hrs BST , 155mm f9 APO 175x seeing 2/3. mirror diagonal. For me the giant planet currently disappears behind the forest oaks at 10.30pm, and thus i need to start observing very early on at this location, anytime after 9.00pm. Under near daylight conditions on tuesday evening, the seeing was somewhat better than average, at least for a while, and worthy so i thought, of a quick sketch, which hopefully I have successfully uploaded. Unfortunately the GRS was not on view at this time, and worse still, all too soon jupiter will be lost to me totally, at least for this apparition. Best wishes Chris Bradley.
  8. Fantastic images, almost unbelievable that these can now be taken with so called "amateur equipment", albeit in the hands of a very professional imager under clear skies. Way better than the early black and white photo's produced by the giant 200 inch reflector on Mount Palomar in the last century, sounds a long time ago now, but alas, I remember it all too well. Chris Bradley.
  9. another good sketch mike, showing good detail considering the turbulent seeing. You seem to have no trouble in resolving the festoons in the EQ zone, I can usually only see these under really good seeing conditions, but then your eyesight is now legendary. I have not yet had the opportunity to sketch jupiter myself despite numerous views over the last few weeks. The seeing as generally been quite challenging, especially when using a magnification in excess of 150x , and the giant planet also barely skirts the tree tops at my location in the Wyre Forest. Best wishes Chris.
  10. HI MIKE AND PAUL, GREAT STAMINA NEEDED TO STAY UP TILL DAWN OBSERVING MARS. I HIT THE SACK AT 1AM AFTER OBSERVING JUPITER FOR 2 HOURS. YET ANOTHER FINE SKETCH OF MARS BY MIKE, EXCEPTIONAL CONSIDERING SIZE OF DISC AND LOW ALTITUDE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. BEST WISHES CHRIS.
  11. HI MIKE, I ECHO THE VIEWS OF OTHER CONTRIBUTERS, A GREAT SKETCH CONSIDERING THE CONDITIONS. UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT SEE MARS OR JUPITER FROM MY PRESENT OBSERVING SITE, THEY ARE MUCH TOO LOW, THE MORNING SKY IS NOT GOOD FOR ME. WHEN THE WARMER WEATHER ARRIVES I WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL ELSEWHERE AND TAKE MY 130MM APO WITH ME. HOWEVER, MY 155MM F9 APO WILL HAVE TO STAY AT HOME, MOUNT TOO BIG TO TRANSPORT FAR, POOR SEEING CONDITIONS WOULD PROBABLY MEAN THAT I COULD NOT USE THIS INSTRUMENT TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL ANYWAY. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IF YOUR FROZEN FINGERS WILL ALLOW. BEST WISHES CHRIS.
  12. HI JONATHAN AND ALL OTHER GEMINID ENTHUSIASTS, GREAT REPORT, GOOD TO KNOW THAT OTHER DEDICATED OBSERVERS WERE EQUALLY PREPARED TO BRAVE THE COLD. I DID MANAGE A WATCH ON DECEMBER 13th/14th FOR SOME 4 HOURS, STARTING AROUND 00.30 HRS ON THE 14th, ALTHOUGH THE SKIES WERE NEVER ENTIRELY CLEAR WITH CLOUDS CONTINUALLY OBSCURING THE WINTER SKIES FOR SEVERAL MINUTES AT A TIME. INDEED, ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS I HAD TO RESORT TO A LARGE UMBRELLA TO PROTECT ME FROM THE SLEET AND SNOW SHOWERS. I WAS ACTUALLY SNOWED IN AT THE TIME, WITH UPWARDS OF 12 INCHES OF SNOW HAVING FALLEN A FEW DAYS EARLIER IN THE SURROUNDING AREA. THUS I COULD NOT TRAVEL BY CAR TO A MORE FAVOURABLE OBSERVING LOCATION ON HIGHER GROUND JUST A FEW MILES AWAY. NEVERTHELESS, WITH MY PLASTIC CHAIR SUBMERGED IN DEEP SNOW DRIFTS I SETTLED DOWN FOR THE NIGHT IN A ORCHARD NEARBY. THE SITE IN A DEEP WOODED VALLEY ON THE WORCESTERSHIRE/SHROPSHIRE BORDER, IS REGULARLY ONE OF THE COLDEST SPOTS IN ENGLAND. ONLY THE NIGHT BEFORE THE THERMOMETER IN THE STEPHENSON SCREEN REGISTERED AN AIR TEMPERATURE OF MINUS 10 C, AND THE GROUND READING AN IMPRESSIVE MINUS 14 C. BY COMPARISON TONIGHT, DUE PRIMARILY TO THE INTERMITTENT CLOUD COVER, WAS A SOMEWHAT BALMY MINUS 6 C. ALBEIT, I SOON DISCOVERED THAT MY LEFT BOOT, WHICH HAD A SERIOUS SPLIT IN THE SIDE, HAD ALLOWED THE WET AND FROZEN SNOW TO PENETRATE , QUICKLY NUMBING MY TOES, EVEN WITH THREE PAIRS OF SOCKS !! HOWEVER, I GRITTED MY TEETH AND STUCK IT OUT, ONLY RETURNING INDOORS ONCE FOR A BRIEF COMFORT BREAK. WHEN I DID EVENTUALLY DECIDE TO CALL IT A NIGHT AROUND 5 AM, THE WANING CRESCENT MOON WAS ALREADY HOVERING ABOVE THE EASTERN HORIZON. WELL WAS IT WORTH IT ?, YES OF COURSE. INDEED, THERE IS SOMETHING QUITE SPECIAL ABOUT A METEOR WATCH UNDER THE CLEAR SKIES OF MID WINTER, MORE ESPECIALLY WITH A COVERING OF DEEP SNOW FURTHER ENHANCING THE FEELING OF EPHEMERAL WONDER. NATURALLY, THE GEMINIDS THEMSELVES MUST HAVE PRIDE OF PLACE, AND ONCE AGAIN, YES, I DID ACTUALLY SEE SOME OF THESE IMPRESSIVE CELESTIAL FIREWORKS. NO LESS THAN 80 IN FACT, INCLUDING SOME VERY BRIGHT INDIVIDUALS, ESPECIALLY LATER IN THE NIGHT, WITH A MINUS 5 FIREBALL SHORTLY AFTER 4 AM PROVING TO BE THE BEST OF THE BUNCH, AS IT SPARKLED ALL TOO BRIEFLY, PRODUCING A KALEIDOSCOPE OF BRILLIANT HUES, GREEN, RED AND BLUE, BEFORE DISAPPEARING INTO OBLIVION BEHIND THE STAG HEADED OAKS, STILL CLOTHED IN SNOW, WATCHED OVER BY THE MORE FAMILIAR STAR PATTERN OF CASSIOPEIA, QUEEN OF THE NORTHERN SKIES. YES, IT WAS A MEMORABLE NIGHT ALL ROUND. HAVING BEEN BORN IN JUNE, AND ALSO A TWIN MYSELF, MY OWN STAR SIGN MUST SURELY HAVE BROUGHT ME GOOD LUCK !!. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MEMBERS AND CLEAR SKIES FOR 2018. CHRIS BRADLEY.
  13. HI PETE, i can concur with you, in my experience this years shower was a non event. i watched from around midnight on friday november 17th to 2am on saturday november 18th, some two hours in total. UNDER CLOUDLESS skies and from a very favourable observing location in rural Worcestershire, limiting mag 6. Shortly after starting my watch i witnessed a very nice zero magnitude meteor, slow, orange in colour and emanating from the constellation of Taurus, a good beginning, but alas this was to be the last meteor i saw, thus not one single Leonid meteor observed apparently on the night of maximum, and no i did not fall asleep, it was minus 4 centigrade in my location. I covered various parts of the sky during the watch, firstly looking to the south east, then north east, and finally directly at the radiant. Any comments from other observers. I Look forward to the Geminids, my own star sign, I might have more luck. Best wishes CHRIS.
  14. HI PAUL, ANOTHER EXCELLENT IMAGE OF THE FULL DISC IN WL, I TRIED DOING SOME VIDEO OF THE SUN AND SUNSPOTS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TODAY, BUT THE ALMOST CONTINUOUS PASSAGE OF FAST MOVING CLOUDS ACROSS THE SUN MADE IT DIFFICULT TO FOCUS USING AUTO MODE. NEVERTHELESS FINE DISPLAY OF SUNSPOTS , ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING CURRENT STAGE IN THE SOLAR CYCLE. BEST WISHES CHRIS.
  15. HI Mike, yet again a lovely sketch, great rendition of a familiar object, it certainly lives up to its name, kind regards CHRIS.
  16. HI Freddie, great image in WL , the detail of the sunspots reminds me of experiments at school, over 50 years ago now, with magnets and iron filings, etc, great work. CHRIS.
  17. Hi , that is certainly a superb solar image, better than the views on Solar Weather, raining here at moment, so no chance of a view even in white light.
  18. Hi , that is one superb image of the giant planet, lovely colours and intricate detail, one of the best I have seen, lets see some more ? Chris.
  19. WOW, a beautifully atmospheric and well executed sketch from a skilled artist, now looking forward to the 2017 Perseids. Chris.
  20. Hi Paul. Peter, Mike, et al. Another interesting discussion, to which I will add a few comments, ( before it degenerates into fisticuffs!!) LOL. I have had limited experience with MN's, but have observed Jupiter and Saturn on occasion through an 8 inch, presumably the same scope belonging to Paul and myself's aforementioned mutual friend. Whilst this was some years ago now, I well remember thinking that the planetary images produced were noticeably superior to those of the 8inch Smidt/ Cass which I owned at the time and also those through a 6inch Newtonian which I had previously used. Of course i DID NOT have these instruments at hand to allow a direct comparison. I now have a 155mm triplet APO, and whilst local seeing conditions are everything, I would nevertheless suggest that at least for planetary work, the MN design can only be bettered by a top class refractor, and of course inch for inch the difference in price makes the former a very attractive proposition. However, while I only live some 20 miles from Worcester, I think i WILL give this one a miss, as my partner is convinced I already have too many instruments cluttering up the house. (not true of course). best wishes Chris.
  21. I there Noah, a great image, packed with detail, looks very sharp too, size wise it gives a very accurate impression of what can be seen in my 155mm APO under near perfect conditions, good work. Chris
  22. Hi Pete, lovely image, GRS in particular noticeably orange. Chris
  23. Hi Mike, another excellent drawing of Saturn through your TAK. I managed my first brief look at saturn this opposition on Saturday evening through my 130mm f6 APO, barely visible through the encroaching tree tops, which meant moving the telescope and mount from one location to another on several occasions. Yet, surprisingly enough the seeing was not too bad, especially on low power, nb. my best view was at just x 100. The north polar hood and equatorial belts were prominent, as was the CD, but little else. Unfortunately there was no opportunity to produce a sketch. I also viewed Saturn under similar circumstances last night, but the seeing was not nearly as good as the previous night, never mind. Looking forward to your next sketch. best wishes Chris.
  24. That is a beautiful sketch, executed with great skill and attention to detail, especially so considering the cold conditions. I am a new member and was just perusing the sketching forum when I came across your image. In my opinion producing a satisfactory lunar drawing is probably the greatest challenge of all. Keep up the good work. kind regards Chris.
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