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by jeff.stevens
Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Re: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December

RMSteele wrote: Wed Dec 08, 2021 10:11 am ...The clouds are grasping at the Moon and Venus is nearly extinguished.
That's exactly what it was like watching the scene disappear before my eyes, Bob.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Tue Dec 07, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Re: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December

What a lovely description. You are lucky to be able to walk out in such a natural spot and see the rising stars. Good wishes to you both for the season, Bob Thanks Bob, good wishes to you and your family too. I did manage to catch sight of Venus and the Moon this evening, but by the time I got home...
by jeff.stevens
Tue Dec 07, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Camera obscura Foredown
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: Camera obscura Foredown

Hello Jeff: (others here may find the information interesting as well.) Thank you for card + your new address. You're very welcome, Mike - glad it arrived safely. That's really sad about The Foredown Tower. It will be interesting, as you say, to see what comes back to life. I had in mind visiting t...
by jeff.stevens
Tue Dec 07, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Re: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December

Unfortunately, work commitments took over, and I didn't get chance to see it. Glad you both got to see it though. I've seen a few photos on Instagram and Facebook, and it looked very beautiful. I did get to do a walk about 8pm though, along a very quiet lane leading out of our village, and myself an...
by jeff.stevens
Mon Dec 06, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Cygnus Region Clusters – Off the Beaten Track (I assume!)
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: Cygnus Region Clusters – Off the Beaten Track (I assume!)

...But stepping up to 400x unveiled a surprise, as the background glimmer revealed lots more small, faint stars. What a surprising jewel this little cluster was! I've never viewed at that kind of magnification. It must be like opening up a whole new world, and making new discoveries. What a fabulou...
by jeff.stevens
Sun Dec 05, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 29
Views: 422

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

What a beautiful image, with such great clarity. Thanks for taking the time to share this, Paul. Much appreciated.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Sat Dec 04, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comets
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Comets

Thanks for the reminder on 67P, I was reading about it a while back, and then forgot about it again. I seem to recall Paul Sutherland catching a nice photograph of this recently. What an all round bonne ouef Charles Messier was, for putting together that handy catalogue so we don't mistake objects f...
by jeff.stevens
Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 29
Views: 422

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

I woke to clear skies just before 6am on 4the Dec 2021, and I managed to observe the comet successfully. I used my 25x100, and had a very nice view indeed. It was about half a degree to the lower right of 9 Bootis. It was very easy to spot. I couldn't see a definitive central condensation, more just...
by jeff.stevens
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Venus-Moon on Monday 6th December

A nice opportunity presents itself on Monday 6th December, when an 8% illuminated crescent Moon will be six degrees to the lower right of Venus by about 4pm. It should look very impressive (weather permitting) in twilight. Great photo opportunity.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Thu Dec 02, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 29
Views: 422

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

That’s a lovely picture on SpaceWeather. How fabulous if it reaches naked eye visibility. That would be a nice Christmas present.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Thu Dec 02, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 29
Views: 422

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

Success for me this morning, too, under a crisp, clear sky, seeing very good! Well done Nigel too. Ahhhh, my envy! Or to quote Macbeth.... " Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect, Whole as the marble, founded as the rock, As broad and general as the casing air: But now I am cabin'd,...
by jeff.stevens
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 29
Views: 422

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

Good effort, Mike. I got up at 4am but it was cloudy here. I perhaps should have had more patience. I suspect, judging from some of the beautiful waning Moon photos I'm seeing on Facebook, that the skies must have cleared here in Staffs not long after that.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Andromedids Are Back
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Andromedids Are Back

An article on the SpaceWeather website has reported that an outburst of Andromedids, of 100 faint meteors per hour, has been detected by the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR):

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore
Replies: 10
Views: 1533

Re: Telescope used by Goodacre,Elger,Neison and Wilkins & Moore

Brian wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:02 pm Jeff, Did you check the date of the original post? :D
I was fast asleep there, Brian :D.

Best wishes, Jeff,
by jeff.stevens
Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 29
Views: 422

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

nigeljoslin wrote: Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:54 amAt the moment Wednesday and Thursday mornings are looking promising.
Fingers crossed.

Best wishes, Jeff.