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by mike a feist
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Comet Panstarrs C/2017 T2 - Take two!
Replies: 2
Views: 1214

Re: Comet Panstarrs C/2017 T2 - Take two!

I would we happy to SEE this or any other comet! There has been a dearth of binocular comets recently... the only one visible in my equipment has been Comet Imamoto C\2018Y1 which was seen 8 times from 11th to 15th February. regards maf.
by mike a feist
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: University Astronomically Challenged
Replies: 11
Views: 3226

Re: University Astronomically Challenged

I was very surprised to see a resurgence of this thread, seems to have been hibernating since October 2016. Interesting though and do not expect that the 'person in the street' is any more knowledgable now. regards maf.
by mike a feist
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sundogs - Monday 16th December 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 852

Re: Sundogs - Monday 16th December 2019

Sunday, 15th December, 1105 UT. Very variable cloud, heavy showers, blustery wind. Went to the window to photograph the hail/rain and...was surprised to see a short piece of colourful 22 degree/ solar halo/sundog to the right of the Sun... and then looking north saw a rainbow. A halo effect and a ra...
by mike a feist
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars & Zubenelgenubi
Replies: 1
Views: 612

Re: Mars & Zubenelgenubi

Friday 13th December 2019; 0610-0636 UT, Broken cloud but some clear gaps in the 'right area' . Used 8x36 binocular and L/S 60 spotter from bedroom window. MARS and alpha Librae separated by 1/8 th or less than the fov of the binocular with the planet slightly lower to the left of the binocular doub...
by mike a feist
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus, Saturn and Noon rainbow
Replies: 0
Views: 889

Venus, Saturn and Noon rainbow

11/12/2019, 1647-1700UT; Cloud gap fortuitously appeared just in the right place to allow a very short observation in 8x36 binocular and L/S 60mm spotter through the upper window. Fitted the fov in the binocular with different orientation than two evenings ago. nb. The showery day produced an intere...
by mike a feist
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars & Zubenelgenubi
Replies: 1
Views: 612

Mars & Zubenelgenubi

11th December 2019; 0555-0614 UT; from bedroom window with 8x36 and L/S 60. Mars rising above the roofline and above alpha Librae and its wide fainter binocular companion. Less than half the binocular fov separating the main star and Mars. Clear sky. Regards maf.
by mike a feist
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus & Saturn Conjunction
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Venus & Saturn Conjunction

Venus & Saturn; 9th December 2019; 1645-16??; Clear sky and viewed from the window using 8x36 binoculars. With Saturn in the centre of the fov, Venus was down at roughly the 5 o'clock position and near the edge. Tried using the L/S 60 spotting scope, both almost but not quite fitted the lowest magni...
by mike a feist
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Interstellar Comets nomenclature
Replies: 0
Views: 822

Interstellar Comets nomenclature

I have noticed that the two recent comets from outside the Solar System have been given a new type of designation, using sequential numbers, 1 and 2 followed by I. so Borisov is 2I and the previous one was 1I. Is this officially sanctioned? I some fonts could be very confusing! Regards maf
by mike a feist
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus in Daytime and Rainbow
Replies: 1
Views: 1235

Venus in Daytime and Rainbow

8th December 2019; 1450 UT; Windy and cloudy in the afternoon but a rather limited gap in the cloud-cover revealed a surprising but very quick view of VENUS in daylight, using L/S 60mm spotter from the garden...but was very soon clouded-out. [obs.#584] -------leading to very heavy cloud, part of whi...
by mike a feist
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Meaning of Life?
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: The Meaning of Life?

Further to my previous comments about the complexity of everyday life, I am currently reading Bill Bryson's new book "The Body". This really demonstrates how very complicated life itself is and how every we evolved from a handful of elements to the complexity of living beings is beyond me. And how m...
by mike a feist
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Meaning of Life?
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: The Meaning of Life?

Who knows! Cosmologists (and astrobiologists) are always says "What we want to find out is how did the universe (or life) began". It is certainly beyond me! Coping and understanding the complexity of everyday life does my head in. The world of computers does too. Having spent a couple of days settin...
by mike a feist
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury
Replies: 1
Views: 976

Mercury

2nd December 2019. another sighting of Mercury on this cold and clear morning. First seen at 0645 UT just over the rooftop and through the treeless branches, and followed using 8x36 Nikon binocular and Landscout spotter through the bedroom window glass until the sky was flushed with straw&pink of su...
by mike a feist
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: miscellany of sightings
Replies: 1
Views: 615

miscellany of sightings

Saturday 30/11/19, 0015 UT. Very clear sky so did a bit of observing through the window using the Nikon 8x36 binoculars. From the west-facing window, URANUS (0bs.#1450) was observed and not far away, and MIRA was seen to be still bright. A view through the east-facing window showed R Leonis and 18 &...
by mike a feist
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars & Mercury
Replies: 2
Views: 727

Re: Mars & Mercury

30/11/19, MARS & MERCURY in the early morning. Used 8x30 Nikon binoculars. 0630 UT MARS was seen from the bedroom window. Later at 0639 UT, MERCURY (Obs.#528) was just peeping over the rooftops and through the empty twigs and branches of a tree. Later had a glimpse at 0701 UT using the Landscout spo...
by mike a feist
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus & Jupiter setting
Replies: 7
Views: 1282

Re: Venus & Jupiter setting

27/11/19, Cloudy and rainy during the day but there was a period of clear sky ( with some remaining cirrus and passing broken cumulus) after sunset. Used 8x36 Nikon binoculars and Nikon Fieldscope II from the upper west-facing window. Intermittent views were had of VENUS and JUPITER at 0605-1610-162...