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by mike a feist
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon + Praesepe
Replies: 0
Views: 827

Moon + Praesepe

Tuesday: 22/10/19: 0313 BST. The clouds finally cleared from the sky ! Moon + M 44 (the Praesepe). (0313-0330) + (0450-0500) + 0630 BST: Clear sky and rather cold but without wind. Last Quarter/fat crescent Moon ( with Clavius right across the terminator) observed using L/S 60 mm spotter and, by zoo...
by mike a feist
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: How's your PST?
Replies: 3
Views: 1801

Re: How's your PST?

I sold the PST that I bought when I retired about a decade ago. The Sun became moribund as did my interest in observing it. I even tried to use it for a solar eclipse but the Sun was too deep in the clouds to use it. The friend that bought it still has it but do not imagine that he uses it much. Wou...
by mike a feist
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: New UK dark sky region designated
Replies: 2
Views: 930

Re: New UK dark sky region designated

The Mile Oak valley in Portslade, between Southwick Hill and Foredown Hill, is gradually becoming filled with more houses, roads and more and more lights. Once it was quite rural, or at least semi-rural but is now semi-urban and in many part pretty suburban. The new compact streetlights are probably...
by mike a feist
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Return of Venus
Replies: 2
Views: 839

The Return of Venus

Part 1. Venus in Daylight , 19/Oct/2019. 1540-1555 BST: Used L/S 60 spotter at various zoomed magnifications, with the Sun hidden by the wall of the house from the back garden. The sky was rather pale blue/white and a few remaining cumuli where passing. However, with some difficulty, Venus was locat...
by mike a feist
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Lunar Halo
Replies: 1
Views: 752

Lunar Halo

Tuesday, 15/10/19, 0140-0200 BST. Days of cloud and rain! Then early on Tuesday morning I awoke to find a spectacular 22° Lunar halo. The upper part was very bright and narrow and also coloured reddish within and bluish without. These colours also visible on photographys I took. The sides of the hal...
by mike a feist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Moon map
Replies: 0
Views: 843

Moon map

There have been many books published recently to celebrate the moon landings anniversary but I came across something a bit special today that brought back memories of my lunar observing with the big Newtonian when I was a lad. The ROG have issued a reprint of Wilkins' map in a thin hardback book. I ...
by mike a feist
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Spectacular Dawn Sky
Replies: 1
Views: 707

Spectacular Dawn Sky

Monday 7th October, 2019: Just before 7a.m. BST. From the Mile Oak Valley, the Sun had not yet risen above Foredown Hill but the ripple clouds above it were painted with a lovely pink-red for a a short while. That was looking out of the east-facing bedroom window. Then I ventured to the west facing ...
by mike a feist
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: First Quarter Moon + Saturn
Replies: 0
Views: 803

First Quarter Moon + Saturn

5th October 2019, 1955-2005 BST. Just before the band of heavy rain hit Sussex last night, I did manage to grab a quick view of the First Quarter Moon about half the fov (of the Olivon T50 spotter set at 12x) below Saturn. Having noticed the spectacle in cloud gaps when glancing out of the window, I...
by mike a feist
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Do you have Time
Replies: 13
Views: 1947

Re: Do you have Time

"Apparent passage of time" to the individual person increasingly accelerates as one gets older. As a schoolboy, a week was ages, from weekend to weekend. A year seemed almost forever. Now at the tail end of one's life, a year is here and gone like quicksilver through ones fingers. I cannot believe t...
by mike a feist
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Transit of Mercury 11th November 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 870

Re: Transit of Mercury 11th November 2019

The 9/5/2016, Mercury Transit was very frustrating due to cloud, although we did manage a couple of glimpses in cloudgaps from Foredown Tower at 1214 & 1344 BST using PST scopes. The 7/5/2003 Mercury Transit was wonderful, and was followed from start (0627 BST) to finish (1132 BST), first using the ...
by mike a feist
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Uranus. Neptune and Vesta
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Re: Uranus. Neptune and Vesta

28th September 2029, 0110-0130 BST. Since the Equinox observation, the weather here on the Sussex coast has been very poor but early this Saturday morning there was temporary improvement , with clear sky, no wind and it was relatively mild. To the back garden, with T50 Olivon spotter on a light trip...
by mike a feist
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Autumn Equinox Sunrise 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 689

Autumn Equinox Sunrise 2019

Monday 23/9/19: Walked to Foredown Ridge prior to sunrise. There was a strip of cumulus clouds along the sea horizon but otherwise the sky was clear with crescent Moon very high up. Photographed taken of the brightness of the hidden Sun at 0653 BST, just before it rose above the hill. Then photograp...
by mike a feist
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night
Replies: 12
Views: 2254

Re: Comet C/2018 W2 Africano Well Placed for Friday Night

Unfortunately far to faint for my small spotting scopes! Regards maf.
by mike a feist
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Volcanic Sunsets?
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Re: Volcanic Sunsets?

Thursday 19/9/19. Was at the Foredown Tower at sunset, to open the building for the astronomy group. Spectacular coloured sunset colours seen here too, and photographed. Regards maf
by mike a feist
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sirius in the glow of dawn
Replies: 4
Views: 983

Re: Sirius in the glow of dawn

This morning around 5pm BST, had a good view low in the southeast and through the bedroom window of "The Head of Hydra", fitting nicely in the fov of the 8x36 binocular. Regards maf