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by Cliff
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 23
Views: 349

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

Jeff I like your sketch of "neowise". I think there is a lot to be said for astronomical observation sketching. I used to sketch quite a lot & still do some very occasional limited sketching. I've only observed this comet twice and I one time made a very very crude sketch of it - best kept secret. B...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Re: Doggy Astronomy !

Stella Thanks for your interest, & very interesting comments. It's only after examining my rainbow image again that (though not glaring out dead easy) both my wife & I think we can detect a very faint second bow above the obvious one. Incidentally one of the best rainbows I ever saw was several year...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Re: Doggy Astronomy !

Bob Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Although I now think my misspelt title might be better than my intended one. Yes, the boring Sun has produced a bit of excitement recently. I missed a few days of the Sunspots initial appearance on the Sun's disc because of thick cloud, being quite surprised t...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Re: Doggy Astronomy !

Jeff Thanks ! I guess I've seen quite a few rainbows over the years , sometimes just taking them for granted. My first view of it was very brief & I have wondered since if I exaggerated the initial impression of the rainbow in my mind afterwards. But having said that it was a fabulous thing to see. ...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 23
Views: 349

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

Nigel
Thanks for your initial interesting post (20th July) about the comet - I just realised didn't previously make any reference to it.
Best wishes from (slow off the mark) Cliff.
by Cliff
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Doggy Astronomy !
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Doggy Astronomy !

Strictly speaking, I think "rainbows" may not really be astronomical, but some astronomers , including me, like a variety of sky phenomena eg noctilucent cloud. 7:15am this morning I awoke it seeming very bright even with closed curtains (especially considering recent weather conditions). So I quick...
by Cliff
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July
Replies: 23
Views: 349

Re: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 19th July

Mike I'm pleased you saw the comet again yesterday (26th). Since it is unlikely I'll be observing it any more myself, it is nice to know how the comet's fairing. From what you said about sky your last nights conditions I gather it is difficult to know if the comet itself has recently been fading muc...
by Cliff
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: That boring old Sun again
Replies: 0
Views: 89

That boring old Sun again

Mid-afternoon I observed the Sun - first time for nearly a week. As usual recently the sky was quite cloudy but the cloud thinned occasionally & I got a few glimpses of the Sun through my 88mm refractor. Surprise - surprise, there was a Sunspot, only modest in size but quite obvious even in the medi...
by Cliff
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: We are not alone ...
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: We are not alone ...

Brian
I'm pleased you sorted out your local security light problem satisfactorily.
In my case I now feel weirdly fortunate that having really given up night sky stargazing a few years back, I no longer need to bother about light pollution.
Best wishes from Cliff
by Cliff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: We are not alone ...
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: We are not alone ...

Brian (L) I apologise if I have inadvertently caused offence. However as far as I'm concerned personally concerned, extra-terrestrial civilisations are a total irrelevance. Although if anybody discovers extra terrestrial life in the near future I'll have to eat my words. But I think the chances of a...
by Cliff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Comet Neowise
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: Comet Neowise

David
Very Interesting observation details & comments about the comet.
Unfortunately I doubt that I'll be observing the comet much more now.
Best wishes from Cliff
by Cliff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Comet Neowise
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: Comet Neowise

Brian(S)
Many thanks for your interest
Best of luck from Cliff
by Cliff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Comet Neowise
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: Comet Neowise

Brian(L) I'm pleased you had success sorting out your troublesome security light. Unfortunately my nearby lighting problem is a bit complicated. If you look left of my the dreaded light on my photo , you can see an alcove between the rows of bungalows an alcove (accessible from the main road just be...
by Cliff
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Comet Neowise
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: Comet Neowise

Brian Thanks for your comments. I took more than dozen images of the comet that recent night. I deliberately took that particular image to include showing that dreaded security light partly to see what it revealed. The light It is actually one of about a dozen on a group of Old Folks bungalows which...
by Cliff
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: We are not alone ...
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: We are not alone ...

Brian (L) Firstly I am an English townie (I do enjoy the countryside - particularly visiting the Pennine Moors, but I like to get in bed in my home town fortunately quite close to the Pennines). I declare myself an Earth population fanatic (but even more concerned about the the UK) - for our off-spr...