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Uranus. Neptune and Vesta
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Author:  mike a feist [ Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:48 am ]
Post subject:  Uranus. Neptune and Vesta

Sunday, 25/8/19. Another clear early morning.
0035- 0111 BST. Mainly clear sky with some cirrus. Used Celestron Landscout 60mm spotter at 12x. This has a 45 deg eyepiece making location slightly more difficult but much easier when viewing objects higher up in the sky. Looked at URANUS again (obs #1407). No obvious motion.
0044 BST. Bright horizontal meteor, left to right from the main stars of Aries.
0044-0104 BST. Using instrument as per Uranus above, picked out NEPTUNE again (obs#109). Little or no change obvious from yesterday.
???? BST. *Having noticed that VESTA was in Taurus and at the same magnitude at present as Neptune (7.8), I looked up its position on "Heavens-Above" and the starfield on Map 98. Succeeded in locating it from working up from Omicron (1) and Chi (2) Tauri ... to a distinctive asterism above these stars including 4 and 5 ... to the left to a pair of 8/8.5 magnitude stars. To the left of these and making a neat isosceles triangle with them was VESTA (obs# 177) looking slightly brighter than these two. A definite identification as nothing else stellar in that spot. Used 60mm Landscout 60 at 12x.
Regards maf
(?* Have amended time for Vesta observation.)

Author:  Cliff [ Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Uranus. Neptune and Vesta

Nice one ! or should I say THREE !!!
Best of luck from Cliff

Author:  mike a feist [ Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Uranus. Neptune and Vesta

I am continuing to follow these three binocular objects. The last set of sightings follow.
Friday 30/08/19; 0018-0106 BST. Thus sky was mainly clear with rather poor transparency low down and a band of cumuli passing west to east in the low south. Used Olivon T50 spotter and observed both URANUS (obs #1411) (hardly any movement yet) and NEPTUNE (obs #113) (heading towards phi Aquarii - soon to be very close to itl).
Friday 30/08/19; 0430 BST. Woke before dawn to find the sky spectacularly clear. Locate VESTA ((obs #179) in Taurus, using the T50. Now making a very long isosceles triangle at the apex of the two faint stars.
Also took the opportunity to look at URANUS again under these excellent conditions. The clear sky did not last and it soon clouded over.
Regards maf.

Author:  mike a feist [ Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Uranus. Neptune and Vesta

4th September 2019, Wednesday, 0202-0218 BST: Awoke to find large cumulus clouds passing with good gaps of very clear skies. Used Mighty Midget 2 spotting scope from the back garden, to find NEPTUNE , now very near to phi Aquarii, making a neat tiny isosceles triangle with it and the faintish adjacent star to phi. Then scanned to the left to locate URANUS , higher up and still pretty stationary. Finally further to the left in the southeast and lower down, picked out VESTA , stretching out the Isosceles does triangle it made with the two fainter stars mentioned previously, as it showed continuing fast movement towards 30 Taurii and it's ring of stars. After that the sky clouded over and by morning it was raining. (Neptune obs.#.116: Uranus. obs.#.1417: Vesta. obs.#183). Regards maf.
(NB.have used up the duplicate entry space here so this is out of date sequence...maf)

Author:  nigeljoslin [ Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Uranus. Neptune and Vesta

Nice one, Mike! I must have a look at Uranus and Neptune again, this weekend.

Author:  mike a feist [ Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:51 am ]
Post subject:  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 tripod and hand-held Nikon 8x36 binocular to continue following these three objects, now all moving noticeably retrograde.
Uranus in Aries, using 8x36 binocular, (Obs.#1435).
Neptune in Aquarius, using T50 Olivon spotting scope. (Obs.#.124).
Vesta in Taurus, using T50 Olivon spotting scope. (Obs.#.198).
Regards maf.

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