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Stanion Stargazers – Another great evening.

by on Oct.04, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

I went to talk to Stanion Stargazers last night to do my talk “A Whistle-stop Tour of the Universe. – Hitch-hiking on a Ray of Light”.

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It was a very warm welcome back from the members.
The talk seemed to go down extremely well and after the talk we were treated to some  clearish skies and took in the Moon and a few other objects. Hopefully it won’t be long before they ask me back.

 

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Kelling Star Party – A Few Quick Images.

by on Oct.01, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

After another very successful long weekend at Kelling Star Party in North Norfolk, (I’m still tired from staying up far too late into the early hours), here are a few of the quick images I took while I was there.

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Exmoor Dark Skies. My images in a new book.

by on Oct.01, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

Quite a number of my astronomical images are published in a newly published book.

Exmoor Dark Skies, written by Seb Jay and handsomely published is now available to order.

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Get your copy now, if only for the lovely images.

Dave

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Sky Diary for October 2014

by on Sep.30, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

My Sky Diary for October in two pdf formats  (Short & Long version) is now available for free download from my Web site. http://www.eagleseye.me.uk/SkyDiary.html

Enjoy.

Dave

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A close Shave – This weekend. 2014 RC

by on Sep.06, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

A house-sized lump of rock is going to pass the Earth this weekend.

Unfortunately we will not be able to view it when at it’s closest as it will be in a daylit sky.

On Saturday night into Sunday morning, it will shine feebly as a +15.5 magnitude object. It will be low down in Aquarius, moving quickly south into Piscis Austrinus, so it will be a real challenge to pick up so low down in UK skies.

Unfortunately this will mean it will not be observable from my observatory as my neighbours house is in the way.

Use the Horizon’s Web-Interface to get a detailed ephemeris from your location.

When we next get to view it from the UK in the early hours of the 8th, it will will be getting higher in the sky, but being in Leo, still low down in the western sky. But it will also have faded to about magnitude +27, so well out of reach of most amateurs.

 

 

 

Horizon’s prediction for Cambridge UK pasted below:

 Date        Time      Apparent RA Apparent Dec.Magnitude.
 2014-Sep-06 19:10 Cr  22 28 37.26 -18 03 05.0  16.36 
 2014-Sep-06 19:20 Nm  22 28 39.90 -18 04 26.2  16.34 
 2014-Sep-06 19:30 Nm  22 28 42.47 -18 05 48.4  16.32 
 2014-Sep-06 19:40 Nm  22 28 44.96 -18 07 11.5  16.31 
 2014-Sep-06 19:50 Nm  22 28 47.38 -18 08 35.6  16.29 
 2014-Sep-06 20:00 Am  22 28 49.73 -18 10 00.6  16.28 
 2014-Sep-06 20:10 Am  22 28 52.01 -18 11 26.5  16.26 
 2014-Sep-06 20:20 Am  22 28 54.22 -18 12 53.3  16.24 
 2014-Sep-06 20:30 Am  22 28 56.37 -18 14 21.1  16.23 
 2014-Sep-06 20:40  m  22 28 58.46 -18 15 49.8  16.21 
 2014-Sep-06 20:50  m  22 29 00.48 -18 17 19.4  16.20 
 2014-Sep-06 21:00  m  22 29 02.46 -18 18 50.0  16.18 
 2014-Sep-06 21:10  m  22 29 04.38 -18 20 21.5  16.16 
 2014-Sep-06 21:20  m  22 29 06.25 -18 21 54.0  16.15 
 2014-Sep-06 21:30  m  22 29 08.07 -18 23 27.4  16.13 
 2014-Sep-06 21:40  m  22 29 09.86 -18 25 01.7  16.11 
 2014-Sep-06 21:50  m  22 29 11.61 -18 26 37.0  16.09 
 2014-Sep-06 22:00  m  22 29 13.34 -18 28 13.3  16.08 
 2014-Sep-06 22:10  m  22 29 15.03 -18 29 50.6  16.06 
 2014-Sep-06 22:20  m  22 29 16.71 -18 31 28.9  16.04 
 2014-Sep-06 22:30  m  22 29 18.38 -18 33 08.2  16.02 
 2014-Sep-06 22:40  m  22 29 20.04 -18 34 48.5  16.01 
 2014-Sep-06 22:50  m  22 29 21.69 -18 36 29.8  15.99 
 2014-Sep-06 23:00  m  22 29 23.36 -18 38 12.2  15.97 
 2014-Sep-06 23:10  m  22 29 25.03 -18 39 55.7  15.95 
 2014-Sep-06 23:20  m  22 29 26.73 -18 41 40.3  15.93 
 2014-Sep-06 23:30  t  22 29 28.45 -18 43 26.1  15.92 
 2014-Sep-06 23:40  m  22 29 30.21 -18 45 13.0  15.90 
 2014-Sep-06 23:50  m  22 29 32.01 -18 47 01.1  15.88 
 2014-Sep-07 00:00  m  22 29 33.86 -18 48 50.4  15.86 
 2014-Sep-07 00:10  m  22 29 35.77 -18 50 40.9  15.84 
 2014-Sep-07 00:20  m  22 29 37.76 -18 52 32.7  15.82 
 2014-Sep-07 00:30  m  22 29 39.82 -18 54 25.9  15.80 
 2014-Sep-07 00:40  m  22 29 41.97 -18 56 20.5  15.78 
 2014-Sep-07 00:50  m  22 29 44.21 -18 58 16.4  15.76 
 2014-Sep-07 01:00  m  22 29 46.57 -19 00 13.9  15.74 
 2014-Sep-07 01:10  m  22 29 49.04 -19 02 12.8  15.72
 2014-Sep-07 01:20  m  22 29 51.64 -19 04 13.3  15.70 
 2014-Sep-07 01:30  m  22 29 54.38 -19 06 15.5  15.68
 2014-Sep-07 01:40  m  22 29 57.27 -19 08 19.4  15.66
 2014-Sep-07 01:50  m  22 30 00.32 -19 10 25.0  15.64 
 2014-Sep-07 02:00  m  22 30 03.55 -19 12 32.5  15.62 
 2014-Sep-07 02:10  m  22 30 06.96 -19 14 41.9  15.60 
 2014-Sep-07 02:20  m  22 30 10.57 -19 16 53.3  15.58 
 2014-Sep-07 02:30  m  22 30 14.39 -19 19 06.7  15.56 
 2014-Sep-07 02:40  m  22 30 18.42 -19 21 22.4  15.54 
 2014-Sep-07 02:50  m  22 30 22.70 -19 23 40.2  15.51 
 2014-Sep-07 03:00  m  22 30 27.22 -19 26 00.5  15.49 
 2014-Sep-07 03:10     22 30 32.01 -19 28 23.2  15.47 
 2014-Sep-07 03:20 A   22 30 37.07 -19 30 48.5  15.45 
 2014-Sep-07 03:30 A   22 30 42.42 -19 33 16.5  15.42

Asteroid Too low, or in daylight to be observed.
 2014-Sep-08 04:00 Ar  10 31 54.27 +17 24 19.5  27.00
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Sky Diary for September 2014

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

My Sky Diary for August in two pdf formats  (Short & Long version) is now available for free download from my Web site. http://www.eagleseye.me.uk/SkyDiary.html

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Enjoy.

Dave

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Comet Jacques – 26/08/2014

by on Aug.27, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

Comet Jacques 26/08/2014

Dodging the clouds, and having issues with auto-guiding, I just managed to get an image of Comet Jacques last night.
Gave up at 12 as it’s a work night, and took ages to process it.
But it’s getting there.
Hopefully now the Moons out of the way we’ll get a few more clear skies this week to have a better go.

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Comet Jacques & Moon – 20th August 2014

by on Aug.20, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

Up in the early hours to capture Comet Jacques C/2014 E2 currently located in Cassiopeia.
The thick crescent Moon was interfering a bit, but the skies were clear enough to make the most of the high altitude of the comet.
Disaster in the fact that the auto-guiding wouldn’t work. So I had to make do with 20 second subs, to prevent trailing.
Picture saved with settings embedded.

And before the skies got dark I took a picture of the Moon as well, just to finish off.
It’s not often I am up early enough to see the horns of the crescent Moon pointing in this direction.

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Talk to Rugby & District Astronomical Society

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

AdvTenerife

I did my talk entitled “In the Footsteps of Piazzi Smyth – Astronomical Adventures in Tenerife” to Rugby &  District Astronomical Society last night. This was my second visit to them.
There were about 30 people attending that evening and my talk seemed  to go down very well indeed.
Many thanks to R&D AS for giving me such a warm reception, I
 really enjoyed the evening.
Hopefully they will have me back for yet another talk next year. 

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A night with NNHS Astro Section Perseid Observing.

by on Aug.13, 2014, under Astronomy Blog

I joined Northampton Natural History Society, Astronomy Section observing the Perseid meteors at Pitsford Reservoir on Tuesday the 12th of August.

I didn’t take my camera so resorted to taking images using my tablet.

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Clear transparent skies ensured we got a great view of some bright Perseids, despite only just past full Moon.
I did a quick tour around the sky pointing out the most prominent constellations as well as Mars and Saturn low in the south western sky.

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Just before 22:30h (BST) the ISS made a spectacular apparition enthralling those who were present.
The Moons (Just past the so called “Super Moon”) glitter path on the reservoir was spectacular as it rose in the eastern sky.

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All in all, a great night was had by all.

Lots of meteors, lots of fun and leg-pulling, just what a great night of group observing should be.

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