The first night of the winter?

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The first night of the winter?

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:13 am

After three months of waiting for it to go dark, I set up my comet-imaging system last night.
By 10pm I had my mount set up and polar-aligned, and as my target was in Pegasus, I did a one-star alignment on Enif.
I managed to get 33 frames of the comet C/2015 VL62 (Lemmon-Yeung-PanSTARRS) before 11pm, when the sky was brightening again due to the rising Moon. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=950

Whilst my 'scope and camera were busy with the comet, I sat out on a chair looking for Perseid meteors. Even though Perseus itself was obscured by the trees, I did see five bright fast-moving meteors over the course of half an hour. A couple were 2nd magnitude, one was 1st magnitude and two were extremely bright: I think that the brightest could have been classed as a fireball!

All in all, an excellent start to the new season. :D
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Re: The fist night of the winter?

Post by DRatledge » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:59 pm

Ross,
Might have seen the same very bright meteor as yourself. I was looking in the direction of Bolton (from Adlington) at around 10:20pm - its path was obviously from Perseus crossing Andromeda/Pegasus.

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Re: Perseid meteors

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:14 pm

DRatledge wrote:Might have seen the same very bright meteor as yourself. I was looking in the direction of Bolton (from Adlington) at around 10:20pm - its path was obviously from Perseus crossing Andromeda/Pegasus.
No David, mine were later than that: the first bright one was around 10:38, going through Aquila and the fireball about 10:55 in Andromeda.

The next forecast clear night is Tuesday, but tonight's edition of The Sky At Night is all about the Perseids: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b091j816

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Re: The first night of the winter?

Post by bchamberlain » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:06 am

I hope your Tuesday night forecast is the accurate one. The 'Clear Outside' site says high cloud rolling in around 9pm

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Re: The first night of the winter?

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:44 am

Last night I went out to set up my C8 'scope and mount, to have a look for Comet Africano.

I had a false-start: after setting up my tripod and doing a polar alignment, I realised that there was a tree in the way of my target!
Eventually I had to move the green wheelie-bin to make space to set up with a good view (over the shed roof) - and then I had to push the privets aside to see Deneb in the finder-scope when doing my alignment.
I noticed from the hand-control that the last time I'd set up this mount was 7th March!

After that, things went smoothly. The comet was low in the NE, but I managed to collect 40x 60-sec exposures before the comet moved behind the trees.
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Comet Africano on 24-Aug. 40x 60-sec with C8 at f/3.3
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