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by rwilkinson
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

The following night I tried it with a colour imaging system: a Sony mirrorless camera on the back of my 80mm refractor.
This is more convenient as it all runs off a battery - I don't need a laptop nor a mains cable.
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C/2017 T2 on 30-Nov. 71x 85-sec with Sony NEX5R on StarWave 80ED at f/4.8
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by rwilkinson
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

This comet is now around 10th magnitude, moving between the constellations of Auriga and Perseus, so it's well-placed in the evening sky.
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C/2017 T2 on 29-Nov. 97x 60-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f/3.5
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It's already showing a tail, and will be brightening over the next few months - potentially to binocular visibility...
by rwilkinson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Member Observations - Blogging
Topic: Three comets in one night!
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Three comets in one night!

I took advantage of the clear-ish sky last night to catch up with a couple of comets I've been following for a few weeks, and add a "new" one to my collection. I was using an old Starlight Xpress Mx716 mono CCD camera on the back of my C8 (with a Meade focal-reducer). Without any LPR filter fitted, ...
by rwilkinson
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: A decade on the Board!
Replies: 0
Views: 770

A decade on the Board!

I've just noticed that I first registered on this Forum in October 2009, when we set it up (before that we had a rather clunky YahooGroup ). Glad to see that it's still thriving - and not yet been supplanted by other social media outlets! And a big thanks to Carl for keeping it running all that time...
by rwilkinson
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Chris Lintott in 3D?
Replies: 0
Views: 835

Chris Lintott in 3D?

At the start of next month Professor Chris is presenting a couple of lectures at the Alder Observatory , Chicago. “A Universe of Surprises,” Chris and Dr. Laura Trouille will share stories of unexpected discoveries that Zooniverse community have made over the years. Such as exotic planets around dis...
by rwilkinson
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2018 N2 (ASASSN)
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Re: Comet 2018 N2 (ASASSN)

Now it's tracking through Andromeda, and last night was very close to Mirach:
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C/2018 N2 on 21 Oct. 50x 60-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f/3.5.
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by rwilkinson
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Transit of Mercury
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Transit of Mercury

Bear in mind that the Transit starts in the early afternoon, when the Sun is only 18 degrees above the Southern horizon.
And by mid-Transit around 3:30pm it will be down to 5 degrees, so you'll need to be somewhere with a very good horizon to the SW.
by rwilkinson
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 260P/McNaught
Replies: 0
Views: 743

Comet 260P/McNaught

Another night, another comet! This one was discovered in 2005 by prolific comet-spotter Rob McNaught (see my article in this month's Bolton Astronomer ). Last month I caught it close to C/2018 N2 in Aries , but now it's moved into Perseus , where it will remain for a few weeks. At last night's Works...
by rwilkinson
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2018 N2 (ASASSN)
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Comet 2018 N2 (ASASSN)

Last night I took advantage of a short spell of clear sky between all the rain-clouds. After its conjunction with 260P last month, 2018 N2 has moved in the constellation of Triangulum , so I had to wait until after 9:30 before it cleared the tree-line. By this time some clouds were coming over, but ...
by rwilkinson
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet Africano (2018 W2)
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Re: Comet Africano (2018 W2)

Last night I had another go, this time using my Sony NEX5R camera on my 80ED refractor:
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Comet Africano on 20-Sep. 60x 60-sec with NEX5R on 80ED at f/4.8
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