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by mike a feist
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars & Mercury
Replies: 2
Views: 727

Mars & Mercury

A Post-Transit view of MERCURY, 28/11/19, 0630-0710 UT: Clear southern horizon. First located MARS from the bedroom window and then a bit later saw MERCURY about 10° down to the left of MARS and showing through the bare twigs of a tree. Used 8x36 Nikon binoculars from the window and then from the st...
by mike a feist
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus & Jupiter setting
Replies: 7
Views: 1282

Re: Venus & Jupiter setting

27/11/19, 1605+1610+1620+1630+1655 UT : Clouds and rain during the day but there was a period of clearing sky with only a few bits of cirrus and ragged cumulus clouds after sunset. Used 8x36 Nikon binoculars and 60mm Nikon Fieldscope II from the upper west-facing window to observe VENUS and then JUP...
by mike a feist
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Weather makes me sick
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: Weather makes me sick

Since by last observation recorded here of Mars & Spica on the 19th November, I have only been able to have a glimpse of the following: Wednesday 20th ...Uranus at 1730 UT using 8x36 binoculars between clouds, Friday 22nd... R Leonis at 0200 UT with 18 and 19 Leonis using 8x36 binoculars until lost ...
by mike a feist
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Return of Mars near Spica
Replies: 0
Views: 845

Return of Mars near Spica

19/11/19, 0552-0602 UT: clear sky. From the bedroom window noticed Spica above the south-south-eastern rooftop and then MARS, both just fitting the 7-degree fov of the 8x36 Nikon binoculars, the "red" Mars being down to the left off the" "blue-white Spica. My first sighting of boh this apparition. R...
by mike a feist
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus & Jupiter setting
Replies: 7
Views: 1282

Re: Venus & Jupiter setting

18th November 2019; 1617-1647 UT: VENUS & JUPITER seen just within the same fov of 8x36 Nikon binoculars. After apparent sunset from an upper window, I located Venus and then Jupiter just fitting the 7 degree fov of this instrument. Venus was followed until it disappeared behind the bushes on Southe...
by mike a feist
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury transit
Replies: 14
Views: 1874

Re: Mercury transit

Here in Sussex we were extremely lucky to see the Transit of Mercury this time. Since that day the weather here, as mostly everywhere, was been horribly anti-skywatching! Cloud and atmospheric optical phenomena watching has not been much good either : all the garden birds seem to have disappeared in...
by mike a feist
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury transit
Replies: 14
Views: 1874

Re: Mercury transit

Of the two possible Transits of Venus in my lifetime, the first was great here..and the second was a complete cloud-out! Regards maf
by mike a feist
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mercury transit
Replies: 14
Views: 1874

Re: Mercury transit

The Transit of Mercury : 11/11/19 : 12.40hrs - 15.50hrs Observed from the Viewing Gallery of the Foredown Tower, Portslade. Used the simple projection method with a Mighty Midget 52mm spotting scope with a straight eyepiece, mounted on a tripod. A shade was fixed around the eyepiece end and card sc...
by mike a feist
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus & Jupiter setting
Replies: 7
Views: 1282

Venus & Jupiter setting

10/Nov/19, after sunset sky was clear with just a few bits of cirrus. Set up the Achuter 65A c/a zoom eyepiece ,on a tripod at the upper west- facing window. VENUS was located at 1633 UT, reaching the upper cable of the pylons at 1643 UT and seen to disappear behind a bush on Southwick Hill at 1647 ...
by mike a feist
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Spring is on the way
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Re: Spring is on the way

We have not reached the Winter Solstice. yet! I guess that the description of the various seasonal constellations (in the Northern Hemisphere) as Winter (Orion etc), Spring (Leo etc), Summer (Cygnus etc) and Autumn (Pegasus etc) show just how much Skywatching /Observing is done after Sunset (in the ...
by mike a feist
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: What are we?
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Re: What are we?

That is why I have absolutely NO interest in cosmology what so ever, and consider myself to be a skywatcher rather than an astronomer. Obviously one needs a bit of astrophysical understand to grasp what I am looking at but I just leave the deep theories to others! Regards maf.
by mike a feist
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Early Morning Observations
Replies: 0
Views: 842

Early Morning Observations

After the torrential rain and high winds yesterday, early this morning (3/Nov/19) the clouds broke temporarily to reveal clear skies from time to time and the following observations were made using L/S 60mm spotting scope and 8x36 binocular. 0145-0155 UT: URANUS & MIRA viewed from the garden using t...
by mike a feist
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: 22-degree Solar Halo
Replies: 1
Views: 754

22-degree Solar Halo

Sunday, 27/10/19, 1455-1550 UT (now back to UT / GMT). Finally the rainclouds parted! By mid-afternoon the Sun was in the south west and amongst cirrus and rather fuzzy bits of cloud. A clear upper half + of a 22-degree halo was seen (and photographed), colourful at the top and with rather poor sund...
by mike a feist
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Return of Venus
Replies: 2
Views: 839

Re: The Return of Venus

Tuesday 22/10/19. Very clear after sunset western sky. 1755-1803 BST. Located Venus in L/S 60 mm spotter through up west facing window. It was also visible in 8x 36 binoculars when in open sky. Planet watched passing behind the groups of pylon cables until went by a bush on the hill. When the scope ...
by mike a feist
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mira bright - wonderful!
Replies: 0
Views: 830

Mira bright - wonderful!

Tuesday, 22/10/19, 0450-0500 BST. Having made yet another sighting of Uranus (obs.#1443), using handheld 8x36 Nikon binoculars, I then picked out Mira (Omicron Ceti) which is nearby...and very bright it was too! Worth a look. Tuesday, 22/10/19, 2135-2144 BST. Before bed using 8x36 binocular through ...