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by nigeljoslin
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: March a good month for aurorae watching
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: March a good month for aurorae watching

On a good night, I can (just) make out a couple of the Auriga clusters from my garden in west Galloway. We get aurorae quite regularly, but of course they are low and to the north. Although the one in April 2000 was more impressive, as you said Mike. I have seen more impressive displays in Scandinav...
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 73

Re: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021

It was also a good view through the 9x63 binoculars this evening, Jeff, despite the moonlight. No nebulosity visible but what was tantalising was the sea of faint background stars close to the limit of visibility. Thanks for pointing this event out. It was a haunting sight seeing a very red Mars in ...
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 73

Re: Mars and Pleiades - 27 Feb 2021

The nebulosity is beautiful through the 14 inch.... :D
by nigeljoslin
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Moon tonight

Thanks for the top-off, Skybrowser. I had a look with my 4 inch refractor and a double polarising filter at 200x, which was just right for viewing the whole thing. I love seeing lunar geology almost side-on. The two little bumps of Montes Cordillera and Montes Rooks were evident. Distinguishing the ...
by nigeljoslin
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021
Replies: 7
Views: 70

Re: Clear Skies - 25 Feb 2021

I've been popping out into the garden during the recent clear nights, too. Enjoying the moon.

I agree very much with your comment that it is as if you have the world to yourself, Jeff. Though for me it isn't quite to myself. Just me and the yaps of the high-flying geese. A magical time of day.
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: A winter’s saunter.
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: A winter’s saunter.

Indeed Brian, fortunate are we to live amongst so much beauty, terestrially and celestially. :)
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The beehive and M67
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: The beehive and M67

Thanks for your comments. I may well wimp out tonight! :D
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Re: Jupiter and Saturn

I have the horizon and I would, Skybrowser....but during this run of arctic air the bed seems so warm and nurturing!
by nigeljoslin
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The beehive and M67
Replies: 3
Views: 48

The beehive and M67

Ten o'clock last night saw me observing these two. Two targets amongst many other objects during my whistle-stop session of forty five minutes, all I could bear as the temperature sank towards its predicted minus four minimum. I need to build that scope enclosure with its built in star chart perusin...
by nigeljoslin
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: M41
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: M41

I'll raise a glass to warmth, Brian! I had another session last night, this time with binoculars, and to my surprise I could see M41 with the naked eye. It's surprising the difference when you know what you are looking for! Skybrowser, I now suffer a little low elevation light-pollution in my new ga...
by nigeljoslin
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: M41
Replies: 5
Views: 49

M41

I observed M41 in Canis Major with my 4 inch refractor last night. I believe I have only seen this through a telescope once before, about ten years ago from a site in the Galloway forest. I was unable to see this from the garden of my previous house, as it is low here in south west Scotland. However...
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lovely Crescent Moon...
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Lovely Crescent Moon...

Yes it was low down. And its illumination very much spoke of being at ninety degrees to a sun just below the horizon.
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lovely Crescent Moon...
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Lovely Crescent Moon...

...this morning. Hanging crisp in the cold morning air (from my perception!) with Arcturus and Regulus looking down.

Nice.
by nigeljoslin
Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: This evening's moon
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: This evening's moon

Interesting observation, Brian. One tends to assume... :)
by nigeljoslin
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Orion
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Orion

I don't have a favourite constellation. What I like about our constellations is the wide variation. I must say, I very much agree with you about the Perseus-Cassiopeia region, Brian. One of my favourite clusters is in that region, Caroline's Rose. Especially at large aperture, when it is mesmerising...