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Hello from Glasgow

Postby Synchronicity » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:50 pm

Hi All

I'm Michael, a recently retired electronics engineer (air traffic control). I've always had a strong interest in anything science based, especially space and now have the time to spend learning and doing.
I've started an Open University degree this year - Astronomy and Planetary Science and am enjoying getting into formal learning again.

Last night I tried out my retirement/Christmas present - a pair of Canon 15x50 IS binoculars - and was suitably stunned by what I could see. I live on the south side of Glasgow so there's plenty of light pollution but even so I was entranced. I also managed to use Stellarium to identify some of what I saw and hope this will help me to learn my way around the sky.

Please excuse me if I get the the terminology wrong in this next bit!
My favourite sight was the Pleiades. These were a barely visible spot with the naked eye but shining bright and clear with the binoculars. I could also clearly see a flattened V line of starts below Alceyone. Stellarium identified the star in the centre as HIP 17684, magnitude 6.95. The dimmest I can be sure I saw was two below that in the line, magnitude 7.75 - no name in Stellarium.

For a first outing with these I am truly hooked!!

All the best

Michael

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Re: Hello from Glasgow

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