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#1 Rich5567

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 05:01 AM

Hi all,

 

Night has returned to the north at last as the sun begins to dip below 18 degrees and the nights start to draw in.

Although saying that the moon was quite bright last night, but at least it was low above the southern horizon.

 

I managed to have a few hours at the eyepiece and observed a few doubles, then moved onto my variable star targets, which took up most of the session.

 

First up,

 

63 SERPENS CAUDA / STF 2417: 4.5, 4.9, 104, 22.5".

A nice triple system which was mentioned on this forum a while ago. The 'C' component is part of TOK 620, a wide pair that Chris noted in one of his posts. A nice view at 156x. And yes it does look like two headlights coming towards you.

 

Not too far away is HJ 873 SERPENS CAUDA: 9.7, 11.7, 73, 21.7".  Took a few moments to make out 'B' as it was a little washed out by the primary, and the moon was blazing away of course. But 270x brought out the 11.7 mag speck.

 

Next a multiple system by all accounts, although I only managed an A/C split.

67 OPHIUCHUS: 3.9, 8.0, 142, 55.1". Obvious at low power, but nothing seen of the other members of this system at any magnification. A few clouds where starting to encroach and this did not help, but I'll have to be satisfied with just the 'C' companion.

 

The last of the session was 70 OPHIUCHUS: 4.2, 6.1, 122, 6.5".

Have not seen this star for many a year, a really pleasing view at 135x, nice and compact. After a few minutes viewing the clouds began to really spoil the view so I turned the scope to the clear areas of sky to began variable observing in Cassiopeia.

 

A good night, nice and dry with no dew, and pleasently mild at 18c.

 

Cheers,

 

Rich.

 

 


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 11:53 AM

Hi Rich. 

How is it you get all the clear skies and I get 100% overcast ones?

You are in England and I'm in Ireland - just next door. 

Ah well - never mind!

I am very glad you observed 3 doubles and 1 triple. 

And I saw your report over on the Observational Astrophysics Forum too. 

 

Ahem - clear skies from Aubrey. 


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 02:12 PM

Hi Rich. 

How is it you get all the clear skies and I get 100% overcast ones?

You are in England and I'm in Ireland - just next door. 

Ah well - never mind!

I am very glad you observed 3 doubles and 1 triple. 

And I saw your report over on the Observational Astrophysics Forum too. 

 

Ahem - clear skies from Aubrey. 

Hi Aubrey,

 

Sorry about your lack of clear skies mate, Friday night was forecast to be clear but rain and thunderstorms came across the country from Irelandlol.gif and laid waste to my plans for a session after a long week at work.

It's clear here now (2000 BST), but I'm up at 0530 for work so no stars tonight.

 

Mind you the snookers on, I assume your glued to itwink.gif. Who are you rooting for?. No Ken Doherty now so who's your next to support. I used to like watching him, he's good in the commentry box too.

I'm going for Maguire, I would like to see him lift the trophy this year.

 

Opps off topic....

 

Yes stars.... Mainly variables last night, managed 25 targets before hazy high cloud moved in around 0045 BST. As the nights draw in I can observe before bed on a week night, another few weeks and it won't be a problem.

 

Hope you get clear skies tonight mate, (after the snooker).smile.gif

 

Cheers,

 

Rich.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 03:12 PM

Hi Rich. 

As I have now reached 60 years of age, I don't mind who wins the WST. 

All I want is a good match or matches. 

Rocket Ronnie is playing utterly superbly already. 

But has he peaked too soon?

Mark Williams is always a real dark horse. 

I very much doubt that Judd Trump will win it in 2020. 

Whenever there is a new World Champion, that particular individual never repeats the feat the following year. 

But you never know, there is always a first time. 

 

Yes sure. I would love to see Stephen Maguire to win. 

But he can be so temperamental. 

And I never discount Mark Selby.  

Yan Bingtao is playing brilliantly at the moment. 

But it's only the 1st round. 

So that's enough about the snooker. 

Over on the Off Topic Observatory, I am talking snooker under the heading "What are you watching?". 

 

I still have heavy rain going on behind me here. 

Monday night is due to be overcast again. 

 

Thank you for making me your friend, Rich, here on Cloudy Nights. waytogo.gif

It's a real honour!!

 

Aubrey. 


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