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 Post subject: The night before "Stargazing Live"
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:49 pm 
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Down here in the Wye Valley we had a clear sky on Tuesday night, so I spent half an hour using the little SkyWatcher 130P (fitted with a 25mm eyepiece) from the patio.

Comet Lovejoy was still easily visible - and easy to find, very close to Delta Cassiopeia. Then, seeing that Ursa Major was high in the sky I found the M51 Whirlpool Galaxy. Finally, Jupiter was so prominent that it would have been rude to ignore it, so I fitted a 10mm eyepiece and saw the cloud-belts and the Galilean moons.

I didn't hear about the aurora until the morning after, but there are trees to the North from this site, so I wouldn't have seen it anyway. :(

But last night was quite hazy, so I stayed indoors and watched Buzz Aldrin with Brian Cox et al. :)


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