Damian took these photos using his iPhone when we went out for a walk
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This entry is more a statement to say we are both still active and interested than a detailed account as we only went outside to observe for about an hour 23:45 on 6/7/2918 to 00:45 on 7/7/2018.
Damian and I observed from my garden in Lichfield using my Orion ten inch Dobsinian with 14 mm Explote Scjrntific eyepiece.
We had good views of: Ring Nebula, Dumbell Nebula, M13, and Saturn, the latter enhanced using my 6mm Ethis eyepiece to give higher magnification.
On a Saturn we could see hints of bands, a shadow of the ring on the planet and the Cassini Division.
Andy and Damian
Ean Ean and I viewed an amazing display of noctilucent clouds which was seen best out of our bedroom window (I feel like Roger although I did have window open) in the centre of Lichfield today at 3:30am. The pictures below were taken with either my Samsung S7 phone or Sony A350 DSLR. It was morning twilight and getting quite bright sky in the west just before sunrise with Belt of Venus visible.the clouds extended from approx. 15-60 degrees altitude – over massive area from almost direct north to nearly direct west.
I need to thank Damian who called Ean Ean and myself to make us aware of this incredible display and allowed us to see our first good noctilucent clouds.
On Friday evening after RAG, members of the astronomy group were invited to walk down to the Moth Group’s moth-observing area further in the forestry centre. It’s fantastic when scientific groups can share information and experiences. They showed us many beautiful moths but they did not have any examples of this intimate pair which Damian, Ean Ean and I saw on Saturday evening on a walk in Lichfield (the day after RAG) – these two are Six Spotted Burnet moths and were visible in broad daylight – I had not known that was possible until the moth folks told us that some moths were active in the day, and indeed Six-Spotted Burnets are one such species.
The following information comes from https://butterfly-conservation.org/1034-1540/six-spot-burnet.html
June – August. All over Britain, mainly coastal in Scotland. Medium-sized black moth with six red, occasionally yellow, spots. Frequents flowery grassland, woodland rides and sandhills.
The only British burnet moth with six red spots on each forewing, although care must be taken with identification, as in some cases the outermost spots can be fused. Rarely the red colour is replaced by yellow.
Flies with a usually slow buzzing flight during sunshine and is attracted to a range of flowers including thistles, knapweeds and scabious.
Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil, but also occasionally on Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil.
Frequents flowery grasslands, including downland, cliff-edges, woodland rides, roadside verges and sand-dunes
I think I may have seen noctilicent clouds on my way home from working at Robert Peel Hospital tonight. As I was driving towards Whittington, I saw this display of almost fluorescent blue shown on the photo below. Is this noctilucent clouds? Let me know what you think. Photo taken at 23:45 British Summer Time. Roughly 52 degrees North latitude. UK.
Damian and I went out to see if we could observe some noctilucent cloud displays 25th and 26th and I went alone 27th June. In all cases no success but we did see Jupiter and Venus and a nearly full Moon.