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by Apollo XX
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: The Imager's Studio
Topic: Venus/Pleiades Conjunction
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: Venus/Pleiades Conjunction

Thank you, Bruce and Roger!

Roger, you're welcome to it. I'll email a copy over.
by Apollo XX
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Comet Atlas
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: Comet Atlas

Pete, the Comet Observer's Database has it averaging in the visual 8th magnitude range. https://www.cobs.si/ It did not require averted vision in the 6" last night once I found it, but the sky was so bright that no estimated magnitude would be valid. My tendency is towards the dimmer side of the sca...
by Apollo XX
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Comet Atlas
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: Comet Atlas

It was understood that the big bright moon was going to impact the view-ability of the comet, but last night's observation was very difficult. If it wasn't for having a chart at the eyepiece denoting the exact location, it wouldn't have been seen. But it was...a six inch refractor was used to do it ...
by Apollo XX
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: The Imager's Studio
Topic: Venus/Pleiades Conjunction
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Venus/Pleiades Conjunction

Venus visits the Pleiades every eight years and tries to become the eight sister of the bunch. She never succeeds but she gives it ol' college try. I caught her in a last-ditched effort to git-er-done...once again. Brilliant as she may be, she's no match for the cluster girls. Saturday April 4th, 20...
by Apollo XX
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Galileo's Gabfest
Topic: New toy
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: New toy

I have the same headlight that Paul has, but I haven't used it much. Even the lowest setting is like a torch once you're dark adapted, and if I'm not mistaken the motion feature only works on the bright setting. These days I'm finding that I only use headlamps for setup/breakdown. For chart reading ...
by Apollo XX
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Comet Atlas
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: Comet Atlas

April sure has started off poorly from an observing perspective, amongst other things. But there's plenty of focus on those other things elsewhere, so here I'll concentrate on my favorite sky object at the moment. C/2019 Y4 ATLAS continues it's trek across the sky, unimpeded by anything happening do...
by Apollo XX
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Comet Atlas
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: Comet Atlas

I'm sure by now you're asking why I keep referring to the comet as C/2019 blah blah blah, instead of just 'ATLAS' and move on with it. Well, there's good reason for the OCD'ness of the identification of an object. You see, in the case of this comet Atlas, there are many Atlas's and it's important th...
by Apollo XX
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: A set of mixed observations
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: A set of mixed observations

Interesting about the position of Y4 Atlas, Pete. I've been finding the same thing during my visual observations. I'm using the SkyLive, which I believe uses the JPL/MPC database. In five observations the comet has yet to be right where it is predicted to be. Not that it matters much from a visual s...
by Apollo XX
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Comet Atlas
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: Comet Atlas

You know what they say in New England - "don't like the weather, wait a minute". And so another unexpectedly clear evening befell us on Tuesday, and it gave me an opportunity to continue my visual pursuit of C/2019 Y4 ATLAS. The 45% moon was at about 56* altitude towards the SW and the comet about 6...
by Apollo XX
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: The Imager's Studio
Topic: Spiral Galaxy M100
Replies: 9
Views: 1022

Re: Spiral Galaxy M100

Well that's a beauty! 👍