Tonight's Show & Tell (2-Apr)

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Tonight's Show & Tell (2-Apr)

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:22 pm

:idea: MetCheck is forecasting clear conditions for tonight:
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So there could be an opportunity to do a little "stargazing live" (on the grassy knoll behind the Centre) after tonight's meeting?

Now sunset is at 7:45pm, so Jupiter should be easily visible by 8:30, and maybe we could even catch the Comet too - it's still 16 degrees above the horizon at 8:55.
I'll bring my 15x70 binoculars - and some warm clothes!

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Re: Tonight's Show & Tell (2-Apr)

Post by cstone » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:43 pm

Hear Hear!!

I'm up for a bit of that :D
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Re: Tonight's Show & Tell (2-Apr)

Post by PMiskiw » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:39 pm

Forecast was spot on, got to see the comet Panstarrs through various instruments.
Bill through his reflector, Dean through the camera and through binoculars by someone whose name i didn't know.
Well done to all.

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Re: Tonight's Show & Tell (2-Apr)

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:40 pm

Well, following on from 15-Jan, we've now managed two successful observing sessions in three months!

That grassy knoll behind the Centre is certainly a better site than the car-park - it has a clearer outlook to the South and West and no nearby street-lamps.
As well as Jupiter and C/2011 L4 we got a good view of M42 too.

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Re: Tonight's Show & Tell (2-Apr)

Post by bbones » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:29 am

Well done to the presenters, very informative and we even managed to get sight of the comet through the 130P thanks to Dean.

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Re: Show & Tell (2-Apr)

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:13 am

We've received an email of thanks from Sue Cullen, who came along for the first time on Tuesday.
After the meeting we did manage to see Jupiter and M42 with her Jessops Newtonian (once its mount had stopped wobbling! :roll: ):
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed my first visit to your group. It was great to see Jupiter properly with the 4 moons and the Nebula in Orion and the comet of course. Sorry I was a little late but got a bit lost. I will definitely come again and will sort out my battery for the red-dot finder in the meantime. Thanks again for your help, Sue

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