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21st January 2021


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What puzzles me is my new location is only 12 miles away from my old location so normally this wouldnt make a blind bit of difference, which makes me think I,ve accidentally corrupted the original co ordinates somehow.

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2 minutes ago, philjay said:

What puzzles me is my new location is only 12 miles away from my old location so normally this wouldnt make a blind bit of difference, which makes me think I,ve accidentally corrupted the original co ordinates somehow.

It was aliens.

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On 23/01/2021 at 15:52, philjay said:

 

I then did a few doubles, Almaak is always a favourite of mine once Albireo has moved on, the colours of the two main companions are worth a look.

Then as the clouds started to encroach I quickly shot through the doubles that were in view on the handset database.

 

 

 

 

Don't forget the Winter Albireo (145 G Canis Majoris).

 

https://rogerivester.com/2017/02/08/winter-albireo-h-3945-double-star-in-canis-major-february-observers-challenge-object/

 

I got out on the 21st as well.

 

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With my ST80 and AZ5. I wasn't sure about the weather and decided to fit everything into these bags, which I can carry in one journey.

 

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I had a good two hours. I haven't used the ST80 for years. Naturally I started with the Moon. Rupes Recta was very dramatic on the terminator, more chiaroscuro than I expected. The Lumicon #8/UCF1 stack gave a very natural view although the ST80 doesn't really suffer from a great deal of CA. The #8 did leave a yellow hint in the occasional crater lip or wall but the UCF also helped with the glare as the Moon was quite bright. I tend to prefer this stack than the Baader FK/Neodymium stack as it gives a slightly more natural image. I wasn't sure how much time I'd have so I left the modified William Optics Amici in for a while and saw Mars and Uranus at 160x. There were no problems with the diffraction spike. I'd replaced the helical focuser with a standard GSO drawtube. It did actually briefly rain on me, although it was very light. I could see Martian surface features, just about with the 2.5mm TMB 'Mavis Laven' clone and a Celestron Mars Filter.

 

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The phase was apparent. I think I could even see the southern polar cap, it might have been high altitude clouds though. There were what looked like high altitude clouds in the north. Uranus did resolve into a tiny disc. Eventually as the clouds cleared more I swapped the Amici for the 2" Synta dielectric and the 31mm Baader Hyperion Aspheric. Even with the bright Moon I got some fantastic views at 12.9x. Highlights were the Alpha Persei (Moving Group) Cluster, Double Cluster, Owl Cluster, M103 and the Pleiades. As Orion got higher I viewed the Serpent Cluster and the Orion Nebula. I went back to Mars and Uranus with the dielectric, there was a bit of scatter with Mars, although that's normal for dielectrics. Eventually I ended with the 7mm TMB 'Mavis' (first light) for 57x and got a great view of the Double Cluster and M42.

 

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I forgot what great fun the ST80's were.

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