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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:33 pm 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
1st November 2017: 2000-2015 + 2130 GMT. Very bright Moon about 32 degrees to the right of Aries. With Moon hidden in the Yew it was possible to locate Aries, (Hamal, kappa, Sheratan, etc) and Iris in theAcuter (19x).At 2130 GMT Aries with Iris was again seen near theedge of a cloud sheet but with the Moon now hidden behind the house.
(Gibbous Moon was for a while covered by a sheet of cloud which produced a spectacular corona with a yellow-white aureole surrounded by a red-brown ring, that surrounded by a green-blue ring, and that by another red-brown one. This corona was rather irregular in shape with the Moon off-centre.)
2nd November 2017: 0215 GMT: Brilliant Moon about 12 degrees above Southwich Hill, but from the back of the house, the Moon was hidden, enabling a reasonably good view of Iris etc in the Acuter. Later, towards dawn, the sky was cloudy.
2nd November 2017: 1900-1955 GMT:Almost Full Moon about 20 degrees from Hamal. With Moon hidden in the yewtree, I was able to see the brightest stars in Aries and Iris in Acuter (15x & 19x) from the back-garden.
3rd November 2017: 0415 GMT. Almost Full Moon heading towards Southwick Hill and Hamal, Sheratan and Iris about to disappear behind the large, nearby tree, as seen in the Acuter (various eyepieces used) and from the front-room window.
4th November 2017: 1955-2045 GMT: Clouds finally broke to give an intermittent view of the brilliant Moon [Mare Humboltianun and Gauss were very well placed] and Aries which was about 20 degrees to the right. Iris with beta, gamma, Arietis and H9307 easily visible in Acuter at 19x. Some annoyance from exploding fireworks!!
5th November 2017: 0315-0330 GMT: Sky was very clear with bright Moon. Used Endurance 12-36x50 (at 12x) supported against the west-facing window, to view beta, gamma, H9307 an Iris again.
5th November 2017: 1825-1920 + 2040 GMT: Very clear later but intially Moon just rising into broken cloud. Observations first made from the bedroom window and then later from the back-door, with Endurance 12x50 spotter rested on the window and then the door frame. Beta Arietis to H9307 to gamma seemed to be more or less a right-angle. Exploding fireworks from the park were rather troublesome!!
6th November 2017:0335-0355 GMT: Bright moonlight. Used Endurance 12x50 spotter rested against the window frame. Beta Arietis-H9307-Iris look more like an isoceles triangle than a right angled one.
6th November 2017: 1805-1815 GMT etc: Broken clouds. Used Endurance 12x50 spotter, rested against the bedroom window, to see alpha, beta, and gamma Arietis and H9307, and of course, Iris. Iris, H9307 and beta (Sheratan) now do form a tall isosceles triangle with beta at the apex.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:54 pm 
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8th November 2017: (1748-1800) + (2025-2035) GMT. From the beroom window using 12-36x50 mounted on a short Slik F133 tripod standing on a chest-of-drawers. Later at the back-door with handheld 6.5x32 Helios binoculars. Star H9307 - Iris - gamma Aretis made a very flat isosceles triangle: and beta - H9307- Iris an equilateral one.
9th November 2017:2125 GMT. Just as I wa turning in, I was very surprised to see that the clouds had temporarily cleared. Despite light pollution from the football pitch was able to see the main stars of Aries and Iris again using 6.5 x 32 Helios binoculars. The H9307 - Iris -ggamma no longer an isosceles triangle.
10th November 2017: 2005 + 2110 GMT. Intermittently clearish skies. Used Endurance 12-36x50 (rested) from the backdoor and garden fence. Star H9307 - Iris - gamma very roughly in line. Iris paired with a faint star (H9028 at 8.49 magnitude) and slightly below it.


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