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by mike a feist
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sirius in the glow of dawn
Replies: 4
Views: 983

Re: Sirius in the glow of dawn

Skywatchers, like thee and me, really do follow the seasons, with the changes of positions on the constellations, height of the Sun, monthly phases of the Moon , and the seasonal changes in the positions of the various lunar phases, the solstices and equinoxes, etc. In a few days, on the 23rd Septem...
by mike a feist
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus in daylight and lichtflocken
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Re: Venus in daylight and lichtflocken

Venus in daylight (obs.#.575) 15/09/19; 1355-1535 BST: Clear blue sky with a few wispy bits of cirrus & towards the end, a few smeared contrails. Used T50 spotter mainly at 12x. Kept the Sun hidden behind the house wall + gutter etc throughout. Venus was bright and there were many "lichtflocken" see...
by mike a feist
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Suggestion

As I said, Skyhawk, computers can be a useful tool. Even I have hearing aids which have computers in them and of course I did use this tablet to sent this message..However in my case the reason that I do so much observing is probably because, using a simple spotting scope on a tripod, I can set it u...
by mike a feist
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Suggestion

In my opinion, the subject is about looking at the SKY and not at a small SCREEN. The computer can be useful tool but is not the be-all and end-all of the subject. Flashy images and wizzbang screen effects will only trivialize the subject and produce short-lived over-enthuisiam. Astronomy, skywatchi...
by mike a feist
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Suggestion
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Suggestion

I am going to do a 'Skyhawk' here with just ask the question "why?". maf
by mike a feist
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Following Vesta in Taurus
Replies: 0
Views: 784

Following Vesta in Taurus

Tuesday 10th Sept. 2019; 0335-0349 BST: The clouds and rain finally passed and when I awoke in the early hours the sky was marvelously clear so nipped out with the "mighty midget 2" on a tripod to see two far Vesta had reached towards 30 Tauri. It was now not quite half way between the star to which...
by mike a feist
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus in daylight and lichtflocken
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Re: Venus in daylight and lichtflocken

Yes, I remember reading the "Venus Transit in a snowstorm" in Ball's Story of the Heavens. Currently I do not have a copy of this book though. Regards maf
by mike a feist
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus in daylight and lichtflocken
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Venus in daylight and lichtflocken

Sunday, 8/9/19, 1425-1445 BST: while sitting in the warm sunshine in the backgarden, with blue skies and passing fair-weather cumuli, it occured to me that Venus may well be far enough from the Sun to be located in a small spotting scope, as I could set it up with the dangerous Sun hidden behind the...
by mike a feist
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Neptune & phi Aquarii
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Re: Neptune & phi Aquarii

No. The objects were just too faint for any colour to be visible, using such a small spotting scope. The mighty midget 2 scope is only 50mm aperture and the fixed focus eyepiece gives about 20x. Neptune only shows as a faint starry speck. An observer with a bigger scope and greater magnification wou...
by mike a feist
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Neptune & phi Aquarii
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Re: Neptune & phi Aquarii

Friday, 6th September 2019. Just before BST midnight - 2330-2335 BST: Sky clear above with passing cumuli low in the south. Used MM2 spotter from the garden. Located phi and then noticed Neptune now to the west of the star and now obvious, and did not need to use averted vision. Looked like an unequ...
by mike a feist
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Neptune & phi Aquarii
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Re: Neptune & phi Aquarii

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September, around and after midnight. 2019: 2340-2350 BST: clear sky but transparency rather poor. Used Landscout spotter, zoomed up, from the garden in an attempt to see Neptune + Phi Aquarii at their closest. Very difficult to see this, even using relaxed averted vision t...
by mike a feist
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Neptune & phi Aquarii
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Re: Neptune & phi Aquarii

According to the "Astronomy Now" site , Neptune will be 48 arc-secs east of Phi tomorrow morning at 1.30 BST, so hope the sky is clear for this closest approach...and hope that I will be able to separate them with my 60mm Landscout. A day later Neptune should be 55arc-secs southwest. The main proble...
by mike a feist
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Neptune & phi Aquarii
Replies: 6
Views: 1109

Neptune & phi Aquarii

Wednesday, 4th, September, 2343-2409 BST. Over BST midnight: Initially used the 50mm Mighty Midget spotter which has a fixed eyepiece giving about x20 mag. Then switched to the 60mm Landscout with more aperture and zoom, as Neptune and Phi now very close together, perhaps less than half of the dista...
by mike a feist
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Star Atlases
Replies: 3
Views: 891

Re: Star Atlases

Why do I like printed star Atlases? I imagine that is the "why" in your question. Now there is a question! I think that to some they are perhaps considered to be redundant, in the astronomical world that is so computerised with GoTo scopes and planetarium charged tablets. As for GoTo telescopes, I w...
by mike a feist
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Star Atlases
Replies: 3
Views: 891

Star Atlases

Over the years I have gatherers number of Star Atlases to my skywatching library. Initially, of course, Norton's was the key one, plus others to a similar magnitude limit. Currently I generally use URANOMETRIA , especially for plotting comets. INTERSTELLARUM Deep Sky Atlas and SKYATLAS 2000 are good...