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by rwilkinson
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Absolute Beginners
Topic: Beginners' Guide from The Sky At Night
Replies: 0
Views: 417

Beginners' Guide from The Sky At Night

Last night's episode provided a concise half-hour introduction to visual astronomy for beginners: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000db8r/the-sky-at-night-a-beginners-guide I noted that all their young star-gazers had been kitted out with identical night-vision red-LED head-torches, just like...
by rwilkinson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

An observer in Fort Worth (Texas) has posted a video of "the train" of new Starlink satellites on the day of their launch:
https://youtu.be/FBbzAFXoloQ
It really does look like an airborne train-load of carriages on this clip!
by rwilkinson
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

Some discussion of the potential impacts of these mega-constellations of satellites on astronomical research:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51049746
by rwilkinson
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Starlink's "string of pearls"

Their latest batch of sixty satellites (" Starlink 2 ") was launched overnight: https://www.rocketlaunch.live/launch/starlink-3 The Satflare website has predictions of their positions, which will be updated once their orbits are measured: https://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=StarLinkLaunch&sck=1#TOP...
by rwilkinson
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

This comet isn't brightening much at the moment: it's still around magnitude 10. Hence the revised prediction is that it will peak at just 8th magnitude in May. The Open University 's team have recently fixed a scheduling problem with their robotic COAST facility, so last night I was able to catch t...
by rwilkinson
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Physics, Space Science and Theories
Topic: Starlink's "string of pearls"
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Starlink's "string of pearls"

As we enter the New Year, prepare for more interference from bright satellite trails: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50870117 Shortly after their previous launch in November Cheryl spotted a "train" of lights in the pre-dawn sky one morning, but at the time we weren't sure what they ...
by rwilkinson
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Re: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

The following night I tried it with a colour imaging system: a Sony mirrorless camera on the back of my 80mm refractor.
This is more convenient as it all runs off a battery - I don't need a laptop nor a mains cable.
c2017t2_30nov.jpg
C/2017 T2 on 30-Nov. 71x 85-sec with Sony NEX5R on StarWave 80ED at f/4.8
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by rwilkinson
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Astronomical events
Topic: Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Comet 2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

This comet is now around 10th magnitude, moving between the constellations of Auriga and Perseus, so it's well-placed in the evening sky.
c2017t2_29nov.jpg
C/2017 T2 on 29-Nov. 97x 60-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f/3.5
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It's already showing a tail, and will be brightening over the next few months - potentially to binocular visibility...
by rwilkinson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Member Observations - Blogging
Topic: Three comets in one night!
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

Three comets in one night!

I took advantage of the clear-ish sky last night to catch up with a couple of comets I've been following for a few weeks, and add a "new" one to my collection. I was using an old Starlight Xpress Mx716 mono CCD camera on the back of my C8 (with a Meade focal-reducer). Without any LPR filter fitted, ...
by rwilkinson
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: A decade on the Board!
Replies: 0
Views: 1608

A decade on the Board!

I've just noticed that I first registered on this Forum in October 2009, when we set it up (before that we had a rather clunky YahooGroup ). Glad to see that it's still thriving - and not yet been supplanted by other social media outlets! And a big thanks to Carl for keeping it running all that time...