Had a couple of chances to do some sky watching when on holiday last week. Mars was clearly visible when the sky cleared. It seemed that it took quite a while for the sky to get dark enough. The moon was looking good. I was able to look out of the velux window in the bedroom, and see the moon out there. On one evening the Milky Way was visible, not too clear, but you could tell it was there.
Looking out of the window on the 1st August at 23.31 BST I spotted a gap in the clouds. It was just enough to let us snap this shot of the Moon with Saturn and Venus. Just used my compact camera, so pleased it even came out. Hope you can spot Jupiter, it looks rather like a speck of dust on my sreeen.
We are looking forward to trying for the various things Andy described in his description of the month ahead (at the Microsoft Groups meeting.)
Went out last night in Tamworth and managed to get the telescope onto Comet Neowise. It was an achievement, but I think I liked the view through binoculars just as much. I was delighted that after my posting on my FaceBook page at least 4 of my friends and relatives went out and looked at it too. Two close friends came to the garden last night, bringing warm clothes and their own binoculars. It was great to see how delighted they were with what they saw.
Sadly it looks like we won’t get a chance to see it tonight. Perhaps the forecast for tomorrow night might be exaggerating the cloud cover. Hope so.
We were delighted to see Comet Neowise very clearly through binoculars at about 11pm on the evening of 19th July 2020. We followed the bottom right line of Ursa Major and there it was, just where it was supposed to be. As it got darker the comet stood out very clearly. There was a clear core-like section at the bottom, and a long tail pointing upwards. It was icy white.
So pleased we persisted. Sadly our photo we took with a smartphone was just a reminder of the direction we looked. We didn’t capture the actual comet.
See its location here – https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-see-comet-neowise/ . It will be closest on 22/3 July, and then will be about 64 million miles away.
Had a super time with Andy observing (socially distanced) in his garden. We had great view of the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Saw lots of other objects in the sky too. Andy is so deft at finding things. It was fun to introduce his neighbour to the night sky too. He was quick to pick things up and was soon using an app on is phone to identify what he could see in the sky. Thanks to Andy for inviting us.
We had the added drama on the way home of seeing a lorry extricate itself from the railway bridge by Lichfield City Railway Station! Good job it was 2am-ish, so not many of us waiting for it to clear the bridge.
This feeble picture of Saturn and Jupiter will remind us of the evening! Shame I didn’t capture the splendid views we saw through the telescope!
I’ve been trying to take photographs of the moon at different stages. My intention is to label features on the terminator, when they can be viewed more clearly. It is quite amazing what a difference it makes to have features accentuated by the shadows. Several club members were looking at the moon after our last virtual meeting. Heather suggested that we looked for ‘lunar v’ and ‘lunar x.’ I’ve processed the image that I took on that evening with my Canon Powershot SX720HS. I’m using a variety of resources to help identify features. The main one is ’21st Century Atlas of the Moon by Charles A. Wood and Maurice J. S. Collins. I’m sure I will have made mistakes, but I have found the whole process very educational. I’ve attached the pdf version of my efforts – click on this link – 7 days old 29th may 2020
Had a great time last night. We really enjoyed chatting as the sun set. As it got dark we got set up and had a bit of practice with our kit. We even managed to see the phase of Venus. I think we learnt quite a lot. We’ve gone through everything today and noted down what we learnt. Sorry there are no good pics to share, just the evidence that we were there. Shame we didn’t see the Starlink Satellite Train. We’ll just have to keep on trying.