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  1. The weather forecasts for me were mixed, with the Met Office showing clear skies until 6am and then partly cloudy; Clear Outside forecast 99% cloud from 4am. Luckily, the Met Office forecast turned out to be the most accurate, with more or less unbroken clear sky from when I got up at 3:30 and when I left my observing spot sometime after 6am. From then on there was a fair amount of cloud, but still allowing frequent glimpses of the Moon. What a beautiful sight with the naked eye, and with 7 x 50s binoculars! The sky gradually filling with stars as the Moon faded was amazing, too - not sure I'd noticed that so much during the last lunar eclipse. This photo is the result of stacking 5 frames to reduce noise. Each was 0.4 seconds long, F/5.6 and ISO 1600, taken with an EOS 7D and 70-300mm. Regards, Mike.
  2. I've taken the morning off to view and photograph the eclipse here in Cornwall, but the weather prospects are now less than ideal. Current forecasts: Met Office: clear until 5am and then partly cloudy. Metcheck.com: 50-60% cloud, and increasing by the time of totality. Clear Outside: 75% cloud by 4am; 98% by 5am. Anyway, good luck, all! Regards, Mike.
  3. mcrowle

    Lunar Eclipse 21st January 19

    Yep, I've taken the morning off for it. As of yesterday I had a clear sky forecast for Monday morning from CO, Met Office and Metcheck, but now all are showing mostly cloudy. However, I will give it a try. Good luck! Regards, Mike.
  4. mcrowle

    Any-one got any clear skies (UK) Sunday 6th?

    The cloud thinned unexpectedly earlier this evening, but drizzle started at the same time! The cloud is thicker now, and it's still drizzling. I didn't try anything tonight, and now the forecast for the next two nights is mixed. I'll try some imaging/observing if I can, as it's all good practise (especially as I still guide manually). Regards, Mike.
  5. mcrowle

    Any-one got any clear skies (UK) Sunday 6th?

    Still cloudy here in Cornwall, but looks to be some hope of clear skies on Tuesday and Wednesday nights - so fingers crossed. Good luck, all! Regards, Mike.
  6. mcrowle

    What`s your favourite constellation?

    Got to be Sagittarius for me, with all its deep sky objects and the densest part of the Milky Way. The fact that it is so elusive from these latitudes only adds to the magic. Regards, Mike.
  7. mcrowle


    A little brighter today than of late, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the early evening tomorrow - various forecasts have it clear until around 7-8pm . Regards, Mike.
  8. mcrowle

    The Beyond Stupid Thread (Flat Earthers Etc.)

    That describes one of my work colleagues, too, word for word! Arguments along these lines come up every day, and can get very heated. I try to stay out of it now. Regards, Mike.
  9. mcrowle

    Observing Comet 46P

    Delighted to be able to see it with the naked eye here in Cornwall, too! I viewed Wirtanen for a good while via 7 x 50 binoculars, while imaging with a 300mm lens, before patchy cloud moved in around 9:30pm. Also saw 2 bright early Geminids, one about mag. -2 that traversed half the sky. Wonderful! Regards, Mike.
  10. mcrowle

    Comet 46P /Wirtanen

    My skies are Bortle 4 according to Clear Outside, and I was viewing in a particularly clear spell once the early evening clouds had moved away. Regards, Mike.
  11. mcrowle

    Comet 46P /Wirtanen

    I saw the comet with the help of charts last Thursday (29 Nov), via 7 x 50. However, by last night it was slighter higher and brighter and very obvious in 7 x 50s after a quick sweep of the area - no reference to its charted position required . It was a wonderful, big misty blob below Pi Ceti, and I kept looking, off and on, until the area disappeared behind the neighbour's wall. an hour or so later. Regards, Mike.
  12. mcrowle

    Observing Comet 46P

    Wow - my earlier pessimism seemed to reverse-jinx the weather . It cleared up, initially very briefly but then for much longer. I didn't need the charts this time, just a sweep of the area revealed Wirtanen easily in my 7 x 50 binoculars and then a 80mm Skywatcher refractor. I'm currently photographing it, though I'm not sure how long it will remain clear. The comet's location will disappear behind a neighbour's wall shortly, anyway. Regards, Mike.
  13. mcrowle

    Observing Comet 46P

    I spotted Wirtanen on Thursday evening with just 7 x 50 binoculars, though it's very large and diffuse. It wouldn't take a lot of murk to hide it. To help find it I used the current position as shown at heavens-above.com (select Astronomy / Comets / 46P Wirtanen). Due to showery weather, I didn't set up the 'scope to look or image. I regretted that later, though, because it actually stayed dry - and it's been cloudy here ever since, and for the next week at least! Good luck! Regards, Mike.
  14. mcrowle

    Clear skies forecast tonight

    Thanks, yes I plan to have a crack at 46P once the Moon wanes, always weather-permitting of course Regards, Mike.
  15. mcrowle

    Clear skies forecast tonight

    Yes, I've just processed the 4 x 1 minute frames. The result below is slightly underwhelming, to be honest . I've cropped it a little. Still not sure why I couldn't actually see the comet through either 'scope, but it was very low and the sky was becoming increasingly cloudy. Best regards, Mike.

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