Monday, March 5, 2018

March 2018

March 16th 2010 GMT

I had a rare bit of clear sky, so left a camera out aimed at the Pleaides. I used 70mm focal length, ISO 6400 and 7 seconds’ exposure. I left the camera out, with the faint hope of capturing a meteor.

March 16th 1730 GMT

I checked the Sun in hydrogen alpha light. It was too low down for clear observation and I did not see any features.

March 10th 2120 GMT

Conditions were not as good as when I checked a few minutes before and there was lots of light cloud. I had a go at the Hyades, M35 and Pleaides, more in hope than expectancy.
I caught a meteor in the Hyades shot.

March 10th 1845 GMT

I saw Venus low in the west when I was out and about. I checked with my binoculars but could not tell the phase from a 100% full disc. After a bit of hunting, I found Mercury about 4 degrees from it, slightly to the right is straight up. I could not detect a phase either but it was clearly a disc and not a point source, like a star. Unfortunately, I did not have a suitable camera with me but it was the first time I had seen Mercury for yonks, where a yonk is Pi (3.14159,,,) years!

March 7th 0800 GMT

 I snapped the Moon with my DSLR, trying out various settings. The result was some detail in the daylight conditions but not one of my best shots.

March 5th 0845 GMT

Finally, I started March off. I had a clearish patch of sky surrounding the Sun and checked it out in hydrogen alpha light (knowing that there were no sunspots on the Big Bear images). The solar disc seemed bland and uninteresting, so I just took some full disc shots.