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by michael feist
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Still more VESTA obs.
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Still more VESTA obs.

VESTA; Rising, Culminating & Setting; 5th-6th March, MMXXI; [obs.#166] 1915-1950 GMT; Evening sky more or less clear, although some light pollution from nearby houses. Used 80mm spotter from bedroom window for a view of VESTA, theta, 71-adterism, 73-astism etc above the trees and followed for a ...
by michael feist
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FREE BOOK
Replies: 0
Views: 32

FREE BOOK

'Asteroids and Dwarf Planets and How to Observe Them' by Roger Dymock. Springer. Printed by Amazon. Perfect condition, only recently bought. First descriptive part very interesting. However, second part, beyond my equipment, and up to professional level, requiring mathematical and computer skills be...
by michael feist
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Still more VESTA obs.
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Still more VESTA obs.

5th March MMXXI, 0305 GMT; A temporary break in the cloud-sheet enabled a quick but good view, with excellent transparency- from under the Yew-tree, using the 80mm spotter...of 73 Leonis asterism, the 71 Leonis asterism, theta Leonis, VESTA and 81 Leonis. Then clouded out.
[obs.#165] regards maf.
by michael feist
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sirius
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Sirius

I came across the following observation in my 2010 Astronomical Diary;
29th October 2010; Sirius followed into Daylight. viewed from window using Vanguard 50mm spotting scope [about x22] on tripod until 0806 BST, when lost as clouds appeared. Sunrise was at 0750 BST. regards maf.
by michael feist
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: March a good month for aurorae watching
Replies: 10
Views: 96

Re: March a good month for aurorae watching

I certainly will NOT hold my breath waiting for an aurora borealis to be visible from here on the South Coast [Sussex] having only ever witnessed one, ever from here. That was on the 6th April 2000. And jolly good that was too. regards maf.
by michael feist
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Still more VESTA obs.
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Still more VESTA obs.

2nd March, MMXXI; 2120-2125 GMT. Very poor sky with bangs and patches of clouds moving across, and with only a few bright stars visible occasionally. Used 80mm spotter [x20], and finally found a row of three stars - including 73 Leonis, below Thetas Leonis, and from there to 81, 71-asterism, and fin...
by michael feist
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Still more VESTA obs.
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Still more VESTA obs.

2nd March, MMXXI; 0110-00 GMT. Cold wind, bright moonlight and rather poor transparency. To the back- garden with 80mm spotter. Moon hidden behind the yew-tree. Saw the usual 71 Leonis asterism, 81 Leonis, VESTA, Theta Leonis [ aka Chertan / 70 Leonis], etc. Finally looked at the Moon to see Mare Cr...
by michael feist
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Still more VESTA obs.
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Still more VESTA obs.

1st March, MMXXI; 1900 -1930-1950 GMT; Continuing to follow VESTA. From the bedroom window, the 'tail' of Leo rising amongst the bare twigs of a tree. In 80mm spotter [used mainly at x20], located the 71 Leonis asterism, then 81 and 85 Leonis, and then VESTA. No moonlight but light-pollution from ne...
by michael feist
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

28th February ; 1915-2000 GMT + 2100 GMT; Used 80mm spotter again, mainly at x20, set up at the east-facing bedroom window. No sign initially of moonlight. Located 81 - 85 - Vesta + 71 Leonis asterism rising through the twiggy, leafless tree near the park. Eventually, at 1955 GMT, the lunar disc was...
by michael feist
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

Only two observations of VESTA during the night of 27th/28th February, due to the brilliant Full Moon being adjacent to the fov; Clear and cold. Full Moon very near to VESTA making observation of the asteroid very difficult and finally impossible. Before bed, the only way that I could locate it was ...
by michael feist
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Unistellar Evscope: review after one year
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Unistellar Evscope: review after one year

Following the comments here concerning this 'scope, I was surprised to find that the current 'Astronomy' magazine [MAR 21], contains a very positive article concerning this by Michael E. Bakich. In the article comments like 'Unistellar's new technology will let you see galaxies and nebulae from your...
by michael feist
Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

Another Series of Observations of VESTA , during the night of 26th/27th February; Clear sky and cold; Brilliant Full Moon [slight terminator effect near southern limb], in Leo and rather too close to Vesta. Using the 80mm zoom spotter [Hake Nature-trek at mainly x20, but zooming up occasionally to o...
by michael feist
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

A Series of Observations of VESTA on the Night of 25th/26th February MMXX1; Brilliant almost Full Moon. Clouds cleared by 2150 GMT and was clear and cold for the rest of the night. Moon was hidden behind the house-roof for the first two observations from the back-garden and during the last observati...
by michael feist
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

Hello Cliff, Yes, still like observing certain night-time objects - objects that are fairly bright and move against the starry background - Comets and Asteroids fit / fill the bill, if sufficiently bright and visible in small to medium-size terrestrial-style instruments. And of course still do vario...
by michael feist
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Continuation of Obs. of Vesta

24th February MMXXI; 0135-0158 GMT; Clouds cleared[some trips remaining in the northeast]. Brilliant Gibbous Moon hidden by the house when observing from the back-garden. Used 8x42 monocular on a tripod [and 6x21 monocular handheld] . Sky transparency very good. Vesta now beyond the 90 to 85 line, w...