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by brian livesey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Looking for VESTA
Replies: 7
Views: 24

Re: Looking for VESTA

A friend and myself saw Uranus without optical aid in the early '60's and from inside the town. The planet wasn't difficult to see. Mind you, we were young then with better vision, and light pollution was nothing like it is now. Previous to the unaided sighting, we'd been observing Uranus in a homem...
by brian livesey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Why BIG moon rockets?
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Why BIG moon rockets?

The Saturn rockets, as we know, were enormous, but, do moon rockets still need to be big?The ISS ( International Space Station ) was assembled in Earth-orbit from modules. Why not do the same for moon rockets? A moon rocket assembled in space could stay in space and be smaller, used as a sort of lun...
by brian livesey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Making a Monocular from a Binocular
Replies: 8
Views: 36

Re: Making a Monocular from a Binocular

What everybody would like to know Jeff, is when did you drop those binoculars? :wink:
by brian livesey
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A nice Christmas Card
Replies: 4
Views: 21

Re: A nice Christmas Card

Very nice Cliff. The rose-tinted twilight horizon is an added feature that complements the comet.
The best thing I'll be getting this year is the Covid jab tomorrow.
by brian livesey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 90

Re: The Moon through binoculars

I have the Helios, Voyager, zoom 10X-25X42mm monocular. It's very good for general purpose and astronomy. It also functions as a microscope with its minimum focal distance of 25 inches. The Voyager can be attached to a grip or tripod. It's good to see insects, especially butterflies, in intricate de...
by brian livesey
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 90

Re: The Moon through binoculars

The man who uttered that was Pascal in 1833 or thereabouts. Ironically, it was at the same time that Fraunhofer was making his first solar observations.
by brian livesey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Moon through binoculars
Replies: 20
Views: 90

Re: The Moon through binoculars

When the book was published, it was a Newtonian universe, the galaxies were regarded as clouds of gas in our galaxy, and the Sun was burning like a piece of coal, not nuclear, etc. The author would have been astonished to know what astrophysics has revealed about the Universe since then.
by brian livesey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: The UFO files

I've checked in Webster's Stella and they use the same "Aerial" as in the English dictionary. As you know, some Americanisms are spelt differently. Yes, I know what an Ariel is here.
by brian livesey
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: The UFO files

Ariel might be the American ( Webster's ) spelling. In the "Tempest", Ariel is a spirit of the air.
by brian livesey
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 38

The UFO files

The US Congress has ordered the intelligence agencies to reveal all that they know about UFO activities. Congress's directive has given less than 180 days for the Office of Naval Intelligence the Unidentified Ariel Phenomena Task Force and the FBI to give detailed analyses of UFO data that they hold...
by brian livesey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Beast from the East.

If it's any consolation Brian, whatever Nature throws at us, she's equipped us with a brain that, given enough time and resources, can solve or, at least, moderate these problems.
by brian livesey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Another Beast from the East?

According to the Guardian there's a high possibility of another "beast from the East" in the middle of next week, due to a threatening sudden stratospheric warming. Along with Covid-19, it would finish off more of the old folk. Heartless as she might seem to be, Nature insists on staying h...
by brian livesey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: Earth to get a mini moon ..
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Earth to get a mini moon ..

I was forgetting about the La Grange points. There are concentrations of interplanetary dust and possibly a few old rocks of some discription at Earth's La Grange points.
Jupiter has a million Trojan asteroids at its La Grange points.
by brian livesey
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Scottish aurora
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Scottish aurora

A brilliant auroral display was shown on BBC News this morning. The display was imaged in Elgin Murray. Is it a consequence of the recent solar filament ejection?
by brian livesey
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jan 8th Bright CME
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: Jan 8th Bright CME

I saw it this morning Jeff on space weather and wondered what the effect would have been if it was face on to the Earth. Would it be the same effect as a mass coronal ejection, knocking out power grids,etc?