Venus & M45 April

4 months 2 weeks ago #108496 by lunartic
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On April 2nd 3rd and 4th, Venus approaches M45.  On the 3rd the Pleiads get a new sister as Venus enters the cluster, lying just 1/4 degree south of Alcoyne.
Paul

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4 months 2 weeks ago #108497 by flt158
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Thank you, Paul, for the reminder.
Let's hope for clear skies.

Aubrey.

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4 months 1 week ago #108501 by Keith g
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I'm looking forward to this one, it should be a beautiful sight !

Keith..

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4 months 1 week ago #108510 by flt158
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It was a spectacular sight last time in 2012 through my William Optics 158 mm apochromatic refractor even at mere 40X

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Aubrey.

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4 months 1 week ago #108522 by Fermidox
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Poor forecast for the south, you might have better luck in the east.
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4 months 1 week ago #108525 by Fermidox
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Sun shining at the moment...
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4 months 1 week ago #108526 by JohnMurphy
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I was really hoping to capture this on camera, but "Clear Outside" app is indicating 100% cloud cover later :-(.
We'll have to make do with good old Fred Espanak's wonderful image from Monday night in Arizona:
spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=160601

Clear Skies,
John Murphy
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4 months 1 week ago #108529 by lunartic
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Typical Irish weather.
When I retire, I am definitely moving to somewhere with a better climate.
Paul

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4 months 1 week ago #108530 by Fermidox
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Also cloudy in Limerick at the moment.

Live feed available here - 
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4 months 1 week ago #108531 by flt158
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What's the problem?
I have Venus and 7 Pleiades at 40X at 8.30 pm through my William Optics 158
mm F/7 apochromatic refractor!
Plus I have no shimmering at 320X on Venus!!

Clear skies are here again!!

Get out into your back gardens right away.

Happy Nights.

Aubrey.
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4 months 1 week ago #108532 by Fermidox
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Great stuff Aubrey, no breaks here yet -
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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #108534 by JohnMurphy
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Caught about 10 seconds in the 15x70s before the cloud rolled in - beautiful but brief even in the twilight. You'll have to make do with a screenshot:

Clear Skies,
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4 months 1 week ago #108535 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Beautiful photos John,

I'm about to set-up my scope.

Fingers crossed it clears up.

All the best,

Darren.
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4 months 1 week ago #108536 by flt158
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Now it's my turn to be under a 100% overcast sky.
But I'm not giving up hope just yet!

Aubrey

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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #108537 by JohnMurphy
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@Darren
No, no, that's the Celestron Sky Portal app, just a screen capture :-)
I think the cloud is destined to get heavier here 98% predicted by 22:00 (Clear Outside App) and getting worse.

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4 months 1 week ago #108538 by Fermidox
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Got a brief glimpse of the moon but nothing more... myweather2.com still giving a clearish window before midnight.... sweeping for Venus through binoculars seems faintly ridiculous! :D
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4 months 1 week ago #108539 by flt158
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I'm getting brief glimpses of the Moon at 40X.
Its magnitude is -11.3.
Distance = 364,359 km.
76.1% illumination.
32.8' angular diameter.
10.5 days old.
I saw Mare Crisium very close to the eastern edge.
Tycho, Clavius, Copernicus, Jura mountains look very good indeed with a dark shadow on the western side.
The Carpathian mountains look very good too.

Aubrey.

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4 months 1 week ago #108540 by Paul Evans
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Here's my efforts, one through a gap in the clouds in twilight and one through a hazy sky giving a nice Corona (not virus!) effect!

spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=160730

Enjoy!

Paul.

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4 months 1 week ago #108541 by flt158
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Super image, Paul!
Thank you for sending it in.
I've just had 15 minutes of some breaks in the clouds.
All 7 sisters have reappeared at 40X.

The seven have the names: Merope (right next to Venus), Electra, Taygeta, Maia, Alcyone (to Venus' north), Atlas and Pleione.

Of course I'm still staying out for one more view!

Aubrey.
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4 months 1 week ago #108542 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Very well done to those who've managed to observe the event tonight. 

I'm still waiting on an opportunity to see it before it dips behind a house. In saying that I did see Venus shining bright as I opened my front door, but by the time I looked through the eyepiece it was gone. 

One more break in the clouds within the next 30 minutes and I'll get to observe it sitting amongst the seven sisters.... Come on clear skies, or at least a clear spot in the right place :) 
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4 months 1 week ago #108543 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Not tonight lads, not tonight :(
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4 months 1 week ago #108544 by Fermidox
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Did see Venus and Alcyone in binoculars at 11.45 :)  that was it though... dashed off a few photos but they only show Venus... oh well, better luck on April 4th 2028!

Finbarr.
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4 months 6 days ago #108545 by Keith g
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Hi all, we had partly clear skies in east cavan for a little while, I was glad to see these two through my 15x70 binos, what a beautiful sight!

I got the impression one of the pleids had gone supernova !

sorry to hear some of us had been twarted by clouds again

Keith..

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4 months 6 days ago #108546 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Well done Finbarr! 

I'm sure it was worth the wait. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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4 months 6 days ago #108547 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Keith, 

Contgratulations on managing to catch sight of Venus and M45 last night. 

And a nice way to describe what you saw.

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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