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Mike JW

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  1. Hi Marvin, Below is Campbell's Hydrogen Star - I used my 15" Dob with the Ultrastar and did 19 x 5sec subs. Mike
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    Crater Peary

    I have scanned them all into a document as a record of my journey. The best ones I have put into folder, along with other DSO sketches. Mike
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    Crater Peary

    I have waited for five months to get crater Peary as lies very close to the Lunar North Pole. I had to wait for a clear spell and a decent libration. It was well worth the wait. Apparently some of its well worn mountain peaks are in permanent daylight. (Peary was a polar explorer). This sketch completes my Lunar 100 tour - all objects sketched. Do I now work my way through the Lunar 200? Probably not as I have so many other astro journeys that I wish to pursue. This may well be my 'swan song' - I shall see............ Scoresby is the bottom crater, then Challis/Main, chunky Byrd and finally Peary which blends into Florey on the right. Proportions/perspective not quite right. Mike
  4. Always like a group of galaxies = plenty to enjoy and find out about. Mike
  5. Nice one Bill, there are a few more faint comets that could be chased! Mike
  6. In the same session as the Neptune/Uranus observation I thought I would try for Comet 29P in Aries - at mag 16.0. It took me a few minutes this evening to identify the fuzz that should not be there - see red line. Mike
  7. The moon was blazing away and not far from Neptune but I just fancied playing with the STF/camera having had a visual look at the moon (sketched my final lunar 100 crater), nice visual on Mars, a double as well. Uranus: - love to see the dance of the five moons. Miranda was lost in the glare of Uranus. Neptune: - with Triton near by. One day I must track down Nereid (it was just out of shot). A tawny owl was hooting for much of the session. Mike
  8. Hoping to re-visit this Arp some time soon. Weather and now moon not helping. Mike
  9. Hind's is on my list to visit. Thanks for posting and the extra detail. I use the Celestron f6.3 reducer as it matched to the Celestron scopes. As to Gyulbudaghain's Neb, I visited it with the 15" Dob earlier this year. See below. Mike
  10. Hi Callum, Always enjoy a visit to this galaxy. Some nice detail picked up. Mike
  11. This type 1A SN appears to be about mag 15 (my estimate). It was picked up when about mag 18 in early August, brightened to around mag 12 and is now fading; so pleased to have picked this one up before it fades much more. The interesting aspect to going for this SN is it took me to a galaxy which I might now normally visit. UGC 6930 is a face on spiral but not exactly a bright one so it took quite a lot of subs to get some sort of worthwhile view of the galaxy (though still nothing to get excited about). The SN is the star to the right of the nucleus. Mike
  12. As well as the Hubble Variable I took a peak at M 78. This reflection nebula is being illuminated be blue type stars embedded within the gas cloud. This area contains several star forming regions which illuminate the area - about 4 lyrs across. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M98udfgd7g4 - enjoy the link for a spot of awe and wonder. Mike
  13. 26/10/20 - Hubble Variable Nebula - NGC 2261. This reflection nebula is the gas and dust coming from R Monoceros. It is about 1 lyr across and varies in time. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1966AJ.....71..224J provides some interesting reading. Close ups below are different settings to try to tease out some more detail. Right hand image begins to show the longer tail that extends out at the top of the nebula. Pleased to pick up some of the darker (dusty?) regions. Mike
  14. This comet is low down in Lepus so a tricky one for me to 'see'. Small nucleus, large-ish diffuse halo which is asymmetrical. Mike
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