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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:55 pm 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
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 UT. (Also just visible to they aided eye.) JUPITER reached the top cable at 1732 UT and set behind a bush on the hill at 1746 UT. It set about 1/2 a fov to the south of where Venus disappeared. (NB. Obviously these times we not real setting times just apparent ones as the hill is nearby and higher up.) It will be interesting to follow these two planets as they get closer and closer together over the next couple of weeks, weather permitting. Regards m.a.feist. - skywatcher.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:00 pm 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
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 Southern Hill.

18/11/19; Earlier on, at 1355-1455 UT: I located VENUS (but not Jupiter) in a blue sky with passing bits of cumulus clouds, with the Sun hidden behind the house wall, and observing from the backyard with 15x65 Acuter spotter & tripod. Followed on and off for an hour as occasional clouds interrupted. (Venus in daylight Observation #578). Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:02 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
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 JUPITER before they would have disappeared behind bushes on Southwick Hill. VENUS was of course very bright and generally visible to the unaided eye, appearing as a bright starry blob though the window glass in the scope at 20x. JUPITER was hardly visible, even at the end, with the unaided eye, but appeared in the scope as a pale disc. VENUS was to the left (south) of JUPITER and they were roughly at the same altitude ...(Jupiter being perhaps slightly lower). They were separated by about 1/2 the fov of the binoculars and 1 1/2 the fov of the scope, giving an approximate distance apart of three degrees. Finally lost to cloud a few minutes before going behind the hill. Managed a few snap shots of Venus.Regards maf


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:12 pm 
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Lovely crescent moon 4:30pm from across village green. Venus spotted to the right and slightly below with Jupiter even lower and to the right. Needed 10X50's for Jupiter with both planets not quite in the same FoV. Saturn also spotted to the left of the moon and slightly above. Three planets close together with a fine crescent moon! Makes up for the seemingly endless of grey skies and rain we had had to put up with recently. Regards, Paul F.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:37 am 
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Location: New Farnley, Leeds lat 53.8N long 1.6W
Here in Perth, Australia, we have the “opposite” view. In the evening of the 28th we saw the crescent Moon setting with brilliant Venus above and much fainter Saturn completing a trio off the Moon’s southern cusp. My niece, Jennifer took a quick snap with her phone. Kind thoughts, Bob.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:15 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
27/11/19, Cloudy and rainy during the day but there was a period of clear sky ( with some remaining cirrus and passing broken cumulus) after sunset. Used 8x36 Nikon binoculars and Nikon Fieldscope II from the upper west-facing window. Intermittent views were had of VENUS and JUPITER at 0605-1610-1620-1630-1655 UT before they disappeared into cloud just before they would have gone behind Southwick Hill. VENUS, v.bright in scope, and visible to the unaided eye: JUPITER as a pale disc in scope and binocular but difficult to eye alone even at the end. VENUS was to the left of JUPITER.

29/11/19, VENUS in Daylight (#579). Clear blue sky throughout the day, with a bit of whitish-blue near the Sun. Used Nikon Fieldscope II and Landscout zoom spotting scope, plus 8x36 Nikon binocular. Observed from the back garden until 1530 UT, after that from the upper window.
VENUS was followed in daylight at 1340+1420+1430+1435+1455+1500+1515+1525+ and by 1530 UT the Sun had set behind Southwick Hill.
Continued to follow VENUS at 1535+1540+1550+1600 and 1610 UT from the upper west-facing window and at 1623 UT JUPITER was also located, setting at 1645 UT and by 1700 UT VENUS has gone too.
The Crescent Moon was first located from the garden at 1410 UT, and much later (at 1625) was and estimated to be about 1/2 the fov of the binocular below SATURN. The Moon was also judged to be about 11 degrees up to the left of VENUS.
The Moon had the Petavius - Langrinus chain of craters well-shown on the terminator and a bright line of 6 or 7 spots (peaks) running horizontally along the north edge of Mare Crisium.
All in all a very long and busy observing session.
regards maf


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:55 pm 
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Hi! All Observers :D Just joined the Forum ; I've observed many wonderful Solar System events over the years ( 70 now ) but the alignment of Saturn,the crescent moon ,Venus and Jupiter is another tick box moment even though standing in a field in Cumbria in freezing temperatures: Wonderful!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:37 pm 
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Hi and a warm welcome :D

It's nice to have skies this week clear enough to see the stars and planets once again. Seems to have been a poor year for observing from my location :(

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