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by michael feist
Mon Jun 27, 2022 5:04 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Thin sliver of Moon
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Thin sliver of Moon

From bedroom window, using 7x50 (half-bino) and then MAK 80(x32) +orange filter. 27/6/22: 0400 BST : Venus peeking above the distant Eastern rooftops. 0405-0415 BST: Beautiful, thin sliver of 2-days till New Moon, appeared about 1½ fovs to left of Venus, in 7x50 (half- bino). Photographed using Cano...
by michael feist
Sun Jun 26, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Conjunction of Moon & Venus
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Conjunction of Moon & Venus

22/6/22: Continuation of previous observation, during the morning: Used MAK 80(x32) c/w orange filter to follow Venus. Also use the 8x30 Halina binocular occasionally to view both Venus + Moon together as they fitted the fov of that. Viewed on and of from 0919- 1010BST. Then switched to using the 7x...
by michael feist
Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Conjunction of Moon & Venus
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Conjunction of Moon & Venus

26/6/22: 0345 BST: To Foredown Ridge with 8x30 Halina binocular and Canon SX170IS. Good view of Crescent Moon + Venus, separated by about ⅓ fov of binocular. A number of photographs* were taken by resting the camera on a fence post. 0400 BST: On the way back via the Park, now visible from there. 043...
by michael feist
Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:09 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: ZTF Comets
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: ZTF Comets

WIN_20220624_06_35_01_Pro.jpg During WW2, Cliff, my father was called up and was on Searchlight Duty on the South Downs...I bet they really lit up the night sky! This photograph was taken in December 1939 at Standard Hill. Ninfield. My father is the guy with the cap on the left of the Searchlight. ...
by michael feist
Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:26 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Venus in daylight
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Venus in daylight

Since I acquired a standard Plossl eyepiece for the MAK80 to which I could attach filters ( the ones that came with it did not have that facility), I have been experimenting with filters. I find the 'green' sky weird to say the least. The 'Orange' view seems helpful for the Moon and 'Venus in Daylig...
by michael feist
Wed Jun 22, 2022 6:24 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon, Mars & Jupiter together
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Moon, Mars & Jupiter together

22/6/22:0335-0410 BST: Awoke to find the sky clear. The Crescent Moon, with Jupiter up to the right of it, and Mars across to the left of the Moon. Moon & Jupiter just fitted the fov of 8x30 binocular but Mars & Moon did not. Examining Jupiter in the MAK 80 (x32) saw three moons, Io to the e...
by michael feist
Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:58 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: ZTF Comets
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: ZTF Comets

Most comets, Cliff, now seem to be discovered when very faint and far away, using large, complicated, expensive, professional equipment, hence many are named by initials relating to technical programmes, rather than individuals observers. And, currently there seems to be a dearth of bright, binocula...
by michael feist
Tue Jun 21, 2022 7:03 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Summer Solstice morn. 2022.
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Summer Solstice morn. 2022.

Observations this morning, were in two parts: First, observing the Moon & Jupiter from the garden with MAK80 and the Second, from Foredown Ridge, observing the Solstice Sunrise, with welder's glass (#14) and Canon digital camera SX170 IS. The morning was cool - cold, reasonably clear but later w...
by michael feist
Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:42 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Venus in daylight
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Venus in daylight

I do not think it is so much out-of-focus (although perhaps it is), as over- enlarged, and it certainly does not really show the phase clearly even in the scope alone at x32 now it is smaller. And was no doubt also affected by daylight 'bubbling' on a hot summers day and the Camera was just handheld...
by michael feist
Mon Jun 20, 2022 11:52 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Venus in daylight
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Venus in daylight

20/6/22: 0855-0910 BST. Used the MAK 80 (x32), this time tried the yellow filter rather than the orange one. The yellow one seems to make the sky almost green!? Bur not as dark as the orange filter. Tried photographing at the eyepiece with Canon SX170 IS. Then printed out in the shop and again photo...
by michael feist
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Projected Sun 20/6/22
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Projected Sun 20/6/22

20/6/22: By about 0715 BST, the clouds had parted and had a much better view of the projected solar image, including 'lots of spots'. With an obvious complex group of spots c/w attached string of smaller ones (13028): A single very distinct single spot (13034), and three obvious spots bear the limb ...
by michael feist
Mon Jun 20, 2022 5:49 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Projected Sun 20/6/22
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Projected Sun 20/6/22

An attempt to project the Sun, projected onto the wardrobe door. Rather too much cloud to show spots though. Used 7x50.[attachment=0]WIN_20220620_06_03_19_Scan (2).jpg[/attachment] regards mike f.
by michael feist
Sun Jun 19, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observing Venus in daylight
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Observing Venus in daylight

Sunday, very windy, clear sky c/w passing clouds. Located in MAK80 (x32) c/w orange filter. Attached photography shows set-up under the yew-tree . Followed Venus from 0940-0945-1000BST and then clouded-out(Regards mike f.
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by michael feist
Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:55 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: ZTF Comets
Replies: 4
Views: 95

ZTF Comets

While checking on comet observing possibilities ... all currently far too faint for my small equipment, came across a couple with names as initials which were new to me. Comet 2021D2 (ZTF) and Comet 2022E3 (ZTF), the latter perhaps being 6th magnitude later on. Had to look up what ZTF comes from. &q...
by michael feist
Thu Jun 16, 2022 7:49 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The SUN - 14th June
Replies: 7
Views: 98

Re: The SUN - 14th June

Hi Cliff et al. Your drawing rather encouraged me to project the Solar Image and see for myself. Having recently acquired for £5 a 7x50 binocular with a chipped prism on one side, I had blocked off the damaged side with the plan to watch the Solar Eclipse later in the year, using it as a Solar Proje...