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#1 cloudypatio

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 01:54 PM

Visible for 20 minutes from my patio, I couldn't resist to take a pic with the smartphone.Conju.jpg


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 01:59 PM

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 04:37 PM

Visible for 20 minutes from my patio, I couldn't resist to take a pic with the smartphone.attachicon.gifConju.jpg

Hoping to duplicate this evening if the cloud gods relent...



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 05:25 PM

Kinda surprised that so few have mentioned this; I've had it circled in my RASC Handbook since I got this year's edition.

 

For those of you who've never spotted Neptune, this is a great opportunity... especially considering that for US observers, they'll only be somewhere between ten and fifteen arc-minutes apart!

 

Even more surprising, when I just now did an online search for articles about it... the only non-astrological one that came up was from Forbes:

 

https://www.forbes.c...2/#576f800725c6

 

Weather here looks good. Hope you get to see it!   biggrin.png



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 05:54 PM

The weather gods are not going to permit me to view the conjunction this evening.

 



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 06:14 PM

There's a thread on the conjunction in General Astronomy and Observing. 

 

https://www.cloudyni...une-near-venus/

 

I mentioned the conjunction in the January 2020 Celestial Calendar.

 

https://www.cloudyni...r/#entry9882929


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 10:21 PM

Just so you know, you guys got me off the couch to go check out Neptune.  I missed most of the first half of the college basketball game I was watching.

 

It was worth it. grin.gif


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 11:33 PM

Just so you know, you guys got me off the couch to go check out Neptune.  I missed most of the first half of the college basketball game I was watching.

 

It was worth it. grin.gif

You are a credit to our favorite pastime! As an already ardent observer in my youth, I once passed on a girlfriend's birthday party, in order to watch a mid-February, late-night total lunar eclipse (it got down to 5°F). The eclipse was a beautiful event, and definitely worth the cold-induced discomfort.

 

Her reaction was not.  lol.gif

 

As reported in the thread that Mr. Mitsky linked:

 

https://www.cloudyni...une-near-venus/

 

...by 5:25pm PDT I was able to pick out Neptune in my C8 with my ES 20mm at 100X. Half-an-hour later, being so low in the west, even at 182X with an ES 11mm, its blue-green planetary glow was all but indistinguishable from being just another star. Still... being able to see the brightest and the dimmest planet in the same 100X FOV was very, very cool.

 

Glad you got to see it.  waytogo.gif


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 08:54 AM

As an already ardent observer in my youth, I once passed on a girlfriend's birthday party, in order to watch a mid-February, late-night total lunar eclipse

A man's gotta have his priorities. lol.gif

 

It worked out great.  I saw Neptune, still caught the end of the first half, saw my team pull away in the second half, and then went out and found five new DSO targets.

 

Can't ask for more.  What a night!


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