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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:27 am 
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16th Jan. MMXX; 0600-0645 UT. Awoke to find part of Scorpius [ nu, beta, the omegas and delta asterism] just peeping over the rooftops in the south. Ventured into the street with 8x36 binocular & L/S 60MM Spotter. Intended to compare MARS with ANTARES but this star was, at first,too low down and in the end, immersed in clouds. However MARS and the asterism mentioned above, fitted neatly in the (seven- degree ?) fov of the 8x36 . regards maf.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:30 am 
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Mars & Antares in same binocular fov. Sunday, 19/01/MMXX. 0630-0645 UT. Clear & cold with crescent [decrescent really] Moon & earthshine with Copernicus near the terminator. This morning the conditions were better low down and both Mars & Antares were seen in the same binocular fov (8x36). Mars was above and to the left of Antares. The star seemed brighter than the planet and maybe redder too. Mars is in Ophiuchus [near omega] now, not in Scorpius. regards maf


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:42 am 
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Monday, 20/01/MMXX. 0600-0615 UT. Cold, generally clear sky with increasing cloud. Into the street with Nikon Fieldscope, Nikon 8x36 binocular and camera. Low in the SSE were the Crescent Moon with terminator at the Jura Mountains/ Sinus Iridum, Mars and the Scorpion Asterism. Just under the Moon could be seen the unequal binocular double nu Scorpii. Even managed to capture the scene (including nu) with the camera just rested on the scope. (Not a technically great shot but does capture the main objects.) regards maf.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:48 am 
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Tuesday, 21/01/MMXX; 0600-0635 UT. V cold but still, sky clear. Used 8x36 binoculars, L/S 60mm spotter, then camera from the street and front garden, to view Crescent Moon + Earthshine, Mars [a still dull 'red'] and Antares [a sparkling 'red' and to other colours]. Rather later photographed Moon against bluish sky in thin bits of cloud. Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:38 am 
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Hello Mike, I saw Scorpius peeping over my horizon this morning at about 6.15, a rare sight for me! Antares was barely above my horizon, which is just above sea level.

Best wishes, Nigel


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:40 am 
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29th Jan MMXX. Saw Mars again this morning but had to venture out into the street. Although the background stars are creeping westwards and higher each morning, the planet Mars is scurrying ever eastwards along the Ecliptic, counteracting this...and of course Sunrise is getting earlier too. Shy Mars is a long-time coming in view. Await with anticipation, Jupiter, which should soon appear nearby. regards maf.


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