Rhys and I spent a short while observing with an old pair of non-omage stabilised 60mm binoculars and Canon IS 10×30 binoculars on the seafront at Bognor Regis.
I could just make out M101 with the IS binoculars, less obvious in the non image stabilised pair. The Canon pair has excellent contrast which helped with this observation.
M51 – I THINK I could see this with 60mm binoculars but was not certain.
M13 – beautiful compact ball stars in both pairs binos.
M57 Ring Nebula – unable to observe this – probably too small to distinguish from a star.
M81/82 – failed observation- my eyes kept playing tricks and appeared to show these galaxies but then another location would also do the sane. Too faint.
Stinger of Scorpius visible above the water.
We were shocked how quickly the rising mist from the sea obscured the sky. Makes me wonder how much observing Sir Patrick Moore could really do from his garden in Selsey.
Andy and Rhys Thornett
Photos below are of Rhys observing in Bognor Regis, the sky over the beach, and photos of the conjunction of Jupiter and the Moon tonight and close up shots of the Moon: