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C2019 Y4 ATLAS

Session Data Date:  31/03/2020  Time:  21:50 – 22:45 UTSeeing: II Mostly Stable, Transparency: Mostly Clear, Temp:3.1C, Air Pressure: 1028mb, Humidity: 75%, Dew Point: 0C, Wind Speed: 8mph Scope: TMB 80mm APO Refractor at f/4.8  Camera: ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro,  No filter, Dark subtracted, No Flats. Just a quick hop over to see if I could pick up C2019 Y4 ATLAS. Managed to take 60 x 30sec lights. I kept the subs short as I didn’t want the Comet or…


Observing Session: 28, December

Having woken at 4am this morning a quick glance through the window showed stars is abundance.  There aren’t many things that will get me up at ‘Stupid O’Clock’ but Comet ISON is one of them. However…..the wheels started to come off  from the start! The mount decided to loose its alignment model, so did a cold start and tried to rebuild it. Unfortunately, the Red Dot finder batteries were dead, so it took two…


Observing/Imaging Session: Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs…finally

The last few weeks have been rather infuriating. Clear skies during the day, but come sunset, low cloud rolls in and covers the critical area where C/2011 L4 has been lurking. But  last night the gaps were bigger and lasted long enough to make it worthwhile getting the binoculars out. Normally I would have opened up the observatory, but with 15mph – gusting 20 mph, the roof would have taken flight. Even then, the target…


Observing Session: The Elusive C/2011 L4 Panstarrs

Last week started off with a little bit of excitement. A BAA news email on Monday announced that Comet C/2011 L4 had a few sightings by BAA members in  Southern England. Here in Cornwall, we are more Southerly than most, but as yet , this little puppy has eluded all attempts to observe it. While we have had a few clear days this week, the 20 degrees above the horizon where the Comet is,…