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Heads-up for an ISS / Dragon Craft passage

Timings and location given are specific to NW England, but later in time if further East, and higher in the sky if further South.

I'm not sure how visible this will be, but tomorrow evening, we should see a passage of the ISS from about 21:52 - starting above Venus, and taking about 6 minutes to travel low from West to East until it disappears above Mars.

All very usual.

However - earlier in the ...
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Where is moderator?

Where is moderator?

(sorry formy english)

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Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner

Comet of the month from the S@N magazine August Sky Guide (page 57) is 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Currently high in the North East in Cassiopeia it moves into Camelopardalis on the 19th brightening from +8.8 to +7.2. A good circumpolar viewing opportunity.

I probably won't see it from cloudy Ireland but according to Trevor the Weather the skies are clear back home next week!
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July 2018

It was a shame that I missed the eclipse and planetary viewing was disappointing but I managed some nice Sun shots and some unusual constellation images.

The summary is here, as part of my 2018 retrospective: ... ective.pdf

The full report is here: ... -2018.html

The video is accompanied by "Going to California" by Robert Plant: ...
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July 2018 S@N Podcast - Blue Dot Festival Special

I've just listened to the excellent S@N Magazine podcast (search for "Radio Astronomy" to find it) from Jodwell Bank. I've never been to the Blue Dot Festival but I've been to Jodwell Bank, brilliant day out!

The podcast has an interesting lesson on Cold War era space exploration with Dr Rachael Platonov, a splendid Astrophysics lesson from Prof Philippa Browning and Prof Monica Grady explaining the Drake equation.

Nice to hear Monica Grady saying that ...
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Deep Sky Tour

Possibly a little premature, I haven't got the new goto telescope yet! But I have downloaded the Sky Portal Mobile App onto my IPad and I have had a look at the Bonus Content from the July S@N Magazine. There's a pdf download for both the Binocular Tour and the Deep Sky Tour and there's an Argo Navis Deep-Sky Tour software download and there's a Sky Safari download. Will the Sky Portal app use the ...
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Birthday Present

It's my birthday this week so we booked a trip to Ireland for the craic! Probably might have been better to have come last week or to have arranged for a week's extension to the heatwave! Still here's a picture of my birthday present...
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Hello All

Hello all.

I've just signed up here to see what's happening!

It's my birthday soon and I'm getting a Celestron Nexstar Evolution 9.25!!! I've had a 10" dob for a number of years and a 3" EQ before that. So I'm planning on doing some imaging in the future. I have quite a bit of experience overall but I'm a complete newbie to the world of astro imaging. As a Sky at Night Magazine subscriber ...
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Mars 2018

A few nights ago, I tried to look at Mars, but the top of a Leylandi got in the way. The next day I lopped a couple more inches off the top, and last night (23rd July) I was ready for it. Mars gets close to the earth about every 2 years, but the actual distance varies. This year is particularly close, but it is also very low down from the northern hemisphere. Mars came ...
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Cannot see the telescope slewed object.

I am a new comer to the forum.
I own a Celestron advanced vx 8 telescope with German Equatorial mount. The equipment is equipped with Celestron Skyportal skyQ link software. The observing is done by pinpointing an sky object in the software planetarium and the telescope slewed to the selected object which is shown as a the blue cross button.The telescope is right on the object but I cannot see anything through my eyepiece. Is ...
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