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  1. Well, Trevor, I'll give you a prize! Your image, complete with the 4 Galilean moons, reflects my Christmas Eve observations through my 10" F/4.7 scope with 14mm, 72deg FOV EP. When I told my non-astronomer brother that I saw the moons in a line pointing slightly south of Saturn, he didn't believe me. This was on the basis of a NASA image which showed the moons in a line at right angles to the Jupiter - Saturn line 3 days before at the time of the Great Conjunction. A little research showed me that the orbital periods of those moons is quite short so it was anyone's guess where they wou
  2. Just as I thought. So it's not just me for whom 2019 was a damp squib!
  3. What good news! Many thanks for sharing your fascinating observations/notes/sketches. As if the lack of Dec wasn't enough, you had an observatory roof to contend with! However you were lucky to get the right conditions at a time and date when the targets were pretty much at their highest. Was your success last year or 2018?
  4. And over two years later... Yep, M22 is a relatively high southerly Messier and quite conspicuous due to its size. M7 and M6 are somewhat lower - in fact your SkySafari image appears to show M7 scraping the horizon, and that's at a lattitude 1.5 degrees less than mine. M69 and M70 that Tim was still hoping to see are as low-lying as M6 and M7 but much smaller and fainter thus posing a real challenge. I've just asked him if he's had any success with them over the last two years.
  5. Over two years on .... I was wondering if you had any success with M69 and M70?
  6. That post is a real eye opener into the "premier league" of deep sky observations! Well, I've been counting the counters' counts... 3 folk make it into the real stellar league having seen over 10,000 objects - Steve Gottleib, Don Pensack and the almost mythical "Il Galassiere" (The Galaxyman of Northern Italy) who has a staggering total of over 17,000! Another 7 observers have counted over 5,000, with Mark coming in a very creditable 18th. Well, you did suggest a league table, Mark! The post was concerned with all types of DSOs; if it were narrowed down to just galaxies I think
  7. Thanks for the info. I have read a popular post on SkySafari so was going to look into it, though I have so far been very happily paper-based. Not forgetting my plastic planisphere which, although low tech, generally does the job.
  8. What software is this output from, Stu? Also, what is your latitude, as I can't make it out from the image?
  9. Many thanks! Unfortunately I think you might have missed the boat for this summer as I think Sagittarius is now setting too early. I certainly don't mind being proved wrong, though. Good luck!
  10. I just managed to see M7 in late July from North Wales which is the same latitude as Co. Wicklow. My experience is described in my report in the Deep Sky section and it's called "In Search of the Southern Messiers".
  11. I'll second that. It's been my "bible" for the last 3 years. I fact it's so good I've got 2 copies. One ready to go with my gear, the other for perusing at home. I started off with the excellent big red "The Year-Round" Messier Marathon Field Guide" by Harvard Pennigton, pub. Willmann-Bell. Once I 'd completed the Messiers I was at a bit of a loss. I dabbled with Steve O'Meara's "Herschel 400 Observing Guide" pub. Cambridge, but that didn't satisfy me. I looked around, found good reports on the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas, bought it, and never looked back . More
  12. Very enjoyable report of a magnificent sky seen from a great location. I particularly liked your description of a clearly stunning Milky Way. In all my observing sessions I have only ever seen one fireball and it was a most remarkable sight. Quite coincidentally that was also from a dark site in Shropshire! Armagh Observatory maintains a database of fireball sightings worldwide. I filled in a report form on their website, you might be interested in doing the same. My report was dated 21st Feb 2015. Keep up the good work!
  13. I took this photo of northern Sagittarius with my Canon on 24th July, which was when I saw M7 for the first time in the UK. It shows 11 Messiers - can you spot them all? The "answers" are in the image below it. That's 10% of the whole Messier catalogue in one relatively narrow field of view. I guess that's what comes from looking pretty much through the centre of the galaxy. Photo taken with a Canon 500D, 50mm, f/1.7, ISO 3200, 8 secs.
  14. OK John, you've given me the confidence. 595 and 588 look like a different kettle of fish though. Have you seen them? Ah - I see Harry beat me to it!
  15. Just looked up NGC 604 and Wikipedia says it’s the largest HII region in the Local Group of galaxies. Being able to see an HII in a different galaxy sounds amazing! I’ll certainly look out for it next time out. Uranometria shows NGC 604 has a couple of fellows: NGC 595 and NGC 588 which are smaller and fainter. Back to Wikipedia, these were only observed 80 years after William Herschel saw 604 so I guess we’ve got no chance without a really big ‘scope.
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