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The August edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have:
* A grazing occultation of a bright star
* Moon occulting stars in the Hyades
* See both ice giants as well as Vesta
* Review of the Celestron EclipSmart 10x25 solar binocular
I hope it helps you to get the best out of these late summer nights with your binoculars or small telescopes.
To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab. You can also subscribe (also free) and have it emailed each month.
Warning: Do not attempt to observe the Sun with any optical system that is not specifically designed for the purpose.
The June edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready for download. Despite the very short nights, as well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have:
* Uranus and Neptune are back (just!)
* Vesta is well-placed and brightening slightly
* A bright Mira variable is near maximum
When you next get a clear night sky, grab your binocs (or small telescope) and use this guide to enjoy, and share with others, what the night sky freely offers us this month.
To get your (free!) copy, or to subscribe (also free) and receive it monthly, please go to http://binocularsky.com and click on the 'Newsletter' tab.
As Vesta is currently at approximately magnitude +7.6 and going through Gemini for most of April I intend to try to track it (weather permitting) over this time if possible. As this will be my first ever asteroid hunt and potentially first one ever seen, are there any tips apart from sketching its position against the stars to be able to do this? Below is the fov in my Opticstar AS90S with my 18mm Celestron X-Cel LX EP that I intend to use for this if possible.
Managed to capture Vesta again late last night/early morning after checking outside for clear weather before I went to bed, so had a 30 minute detour from achieving a nice warm bed. Taken with my Canon PowerShot SX410 IS bridge camera piggy backed onto my 4SE Mak, with ISO1600, f5.6 with 5 second exposure, zoom set to approx 25x to 30x zoom. Slight tweaking in my photo editing software Serif Photoplus to clean up a little. Image from Skysafari too showing same area of sky approx at the same time. Last image shows Vesta marked with a V pointing to it.
After viewing Vesta for the first time last night, I thought I'd sit down tonight as the clouds have stopped any observing tonight so far to do a sketch of what I saw. I inverted the image I drew to make it look more realistic, and marked up the position of Vesta (brightest object in the FOV), and also one other star for location. Should have added in also on the sketch that it was viewed with my Celestron 4SE Mak, with a 18mm Celestron X-Cel LX EP. FOV was about 49 minutes (49').
Thanks for looking. Any tips or suggestions (criticisms even) welcome!
Mark II which gives a better idea of magnitudes seen in the EP FOV I think.