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by Col Man
Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury Visible
Replies: 47
Views: 8526

weather report says clear skies for this evening :D

its very sunny and clear right now here in leeds and the clouds wont get here until tomorow morning.. :D
by Col Man
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury Visible
Replies: 47
Views: 8526

yeah the time here is in UT and mike reported in BST so he travelled forward in time only 10 hours and 49 mins (plus the day out) :D i guess it should be tuesday then. :) but hey you never know with the power of time travel...oh to be a tachyon... :) i hope that i get to see the Mercury Moon Pleiade...
by Col Man
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Quiet Sun - good time to get a solar telescope?
Replies: 11
Views: 2148

.. still you can get a top of the range solarmax 90 scope for almost 5 thousand dollars less than you could a year ago 8,300usd down from 12,900usd... Wow, wish I could afford to spend that on a scope, even the bargain-basement price... :shock: haha i was waiting for someone to say that.. i feel ex...
by Col Man
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Lightest Exoplanet Is Discovered... only 1.9 Earth Masses...
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

I wonder what happened to exoplanet CoRoT-Exo-7b, which orbits a 12th mag star in Monoceros, is 1.7 Earth masses and was the feature article in the latest S&T magazine? That was a good point joe and i remembered something like that too, so ive been checking on the net and at the corot esa website i...
by Col Man
Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus-Mars-Moon on day 22 April
Replies: 7
Views: 1738

i was just looking now and have been observing the moon and venus in their crescent phases for the last 20-30 minutes once they had cleared the tops of the houses opposite my house.. im using my big binoculars at 25x They look beautiful together, one large slender crescent and one tiny slender one j...
by Col Man
Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Lightest Exoplanet Is Discovered... only 1.9 Earth Masses...
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Lightest Exoplanet Is Discovered... only 1.9 Earth Masses...

If anyones interested in exoplanets like i am then i saw this article today on the bbc website. : http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8008683.stm i was shocked actually that they brought out the news before i saw it on the exoplanet websites :shock: if you dont know about them : http://exoplanet...
by Col Man
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Quiet Sun - good time to get a solar telescope?
Replies: 11
Views: 2148

oh and i noticed that televue are having a 10% off stimulus sale on eyepieces in the usa :) but not here :(
by Col Man
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Quiet Sun - good time to get a solar telescope?
Replies: 11
Views: 2148

it seems due to the recession that most of the astronomical equipment manufactureres have sadly gone with the first strategy.. to the misery of all us poor astronomers :cry: i guess there arent enough of us in the uk for them to go with the second.... yet solar scopes have come down in the usa to bu...
by Col Man
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Quiet Sun - good time to get a solar telescope?
Replies: 11
Views: 2148

i read the article too earlier and i like this idea of greater solar cycles and cycles within cycles, the idea the mm was the low of a greater 300 year cycle and 1985 was the high..is suggesting there will be activity soon.. still they are saying that about the recession but im not seeing anything w...
by Col Man
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Quiet Sun - good time to get a solar telescope?
Replies: 11
Views: 2148

from what ive seen on the astro shop websites in america, demand has dropped and sadly instead of being cheaper and cheaper the manufacturers (coronado lunt etc) have simply stopped production for a few months.. still you can get a top of the range solarmax 90 scope for almost 5 thousand dollars les...
by Col Man
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Herschel and Planck mission blogs
Replies: 10
Views: 5063

sadly i read yesterday it has been delayed again.. :(

be sure to let us know when the new launch date is.. :)

fingers crossed it will be this year ;)
by Col Man
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury Visible
Replies: 47
Views: 8526

yeah i could just make out mercury tonight for a moment in between 2 clouds with my unaided eyes, whereas last night i couldnt see it..seems its getting brighter everynight. :)
by Col Man
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury Visible
Replies: 47
Views: 8526

sadly not much joy for me tonight... :( just a quick glimpse for a few seconds through low lying cloud..will try again tomorrow.....
by Col Man
Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury Visible
Replies: 47
Views: 8526

Thats great :D so my eyes were not deceiving me and i was seeing the phase. im pleased about this because i saw venus in its crescent phase too in late march so thats both of the inferior planets seen like that now. :D Will have to get my lightbridge positioned tomorrow and fingers crossed for clear...
by Col Man
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury Visible
Replies: 47
Views: 8526

Hello Mercury Fans :) I observed Mercury tonight from Leeds, just after sunset (about 20:40) until it got occulted by a chimney stack on a nearby house at about 21:20. The planet seemed quite bright and caused some chromatic aberration in my binocular telescope. Last time i observed the planet it wa...