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  1. I can't help with the certificate error (I get the same), but it looks like you are correct to guess that the object is Mercury. It is heading for inferior conjunction on 15 March. Mercury is currently close to the star Lambda Piscium, as seen in the Lasco Coronagraph and in the current chart of Pisces in heavens-above.com (Pisces will need selecting here): https://www.heavens-above.com/constellation.aspx Best regards, Mike.
  2. Thanks, all! Yes, I was especially lucky to get those last 2 clear nights of my 7-night stay, coinciding with such active aurorae! Regards, Mike.
  3. Some may remember my post from last January, after visiting Ylläs in Finnish Lapland and photographing the Northern Lights. This year I decided to do something similar, visiting Saariselkä, on the opposite side of the country near the Russian border. The change of venue was simply for new landscape photography locations (You have to do something in daytime, too ). I'm pleased to say that although the week did not offer as many clear nights as the Ylläs visit (4 rather than 5), two night's aurorae were spectacular! I've more images to work through, but I post a selection below from 1-2 and 2-3 February. A Canon EOS 7D and Samyang 14 or 24mm lens was used in each case. Exposures are from 2 - 8 seconds at ISO 1600. Regards, Mike.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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