Saturday, April 08, 2006

No clear skies since the last post, not doing very well at all lately.

I have though just bought a boxed set of DVDs of the TV mini series "From the Earth to the Moon", only just been released in the UK on DVD, I missed this on TV so spent a good 12 hours glued to the TV over the past 2 weeks.

I was very impressed in how they reproduced the mood and the look & feel of the late 1960's/early 1970's. Having said that I was a tad disappointed with some of the episodes, having read Neil Armstrong's bio I was expecting a tad more factual stuff but I guess they just wouldn't have had the time.

Overall though it was worth the money.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Just looked outside and the sky is clear, so ran outside with the Opticron to get a nice view of the waxing crescent moon, a couple of craters stood out most impressively along the terminator.

The Pleiades are fairly low to my north west and not as impressive as on earlier observations when to the south. Orion is way around to the west and Arcturus is very bright to the East.

Overall seeing conditions are not very impressive though, will try again later.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

First clear night in weeks, OK not exactly clear, but I did get a nice glimpse of Saturn which is now high in the south. Orion and Sirius have moved quite a way westward since my last sighting.

Cassiopea was low to the north and the Plough was on its side to the north east.

The crescent moon looked impressive with quite a bit of earthshine lighting the shadow.

That looks like it for now, will check later to see if the cloud has cleared.
Still no clear skies since the last post, it's been a windy day and I'm now looking at some blue sky. Plenty of cumulus clouds crossing to the south, I wonder if it can stay clear until it get's dark which is a good couple of hours away now that we are in Daylight Saving Time.

Fingers crossed.