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Offline cugsy

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Iridium flare in gemini?
« on: 23:05:53, 14 April, 2014 »
Or a bloody big bright satellite?  While 'goto'ing the lx tonight I used Castor as an alignment star. Whilst peeking through the ep to centre it something about -10 mag nearly blinded me. looked up and there it was passing twixt castor and pollux. 'Bout half past 9 ...ish.  :scared:
Woe unto him ..or her..who tries to guide the LX90. Let him..or her..rejoice in a lightweight scope upon the mighty EQ6. Mind you,I'd sooner be looking through my 6"f8 while the clouds look down the 8"f4 Le marchant configuration. And there should be a constellation called 'Camelot' and I would worship it in the anticipation of a big lottery win. Maybe I'll move to the Isle of Man..damn these drug

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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #1 on: 13:23:19, 15 April, 2014 »
International space station - it passes across the disc of the moon tonight!! 22h 44m 02 s (GMT)
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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #2 on: 13:31:55, 15 April, 2014 »
Cheers Billy - I'm up for that.
Woe unto him ..or her..who tries to guide the LX90. Let him..or her..rejoice in a lightweight scope upon the mighty EQ6. Mind you,I'd sooner be looking through my 6"f8 while the clouds look down the 8"f4 Le marchant configuration. And there should be a constellation called 'Camelot' and I would worship it in the anticipation of a big lottery win. Maybe I'll move to the Isle of Man..damn these drug

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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #3 on: 14:51:35, 15 April, 2014 »
Not from every location! 5 miles either side of the centre line and you'll miss it ;-)
Simon

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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #4 on: 17:09:30, 15 April, 2014 »
Let me guess..... :no:
Woe unto him ..or her..who tries to guide the LX90. Let him..or her..rejoice in a lightweight scope upon the mighty EQ6. Mind you,I'd sooner be looking through my 6"f8 while the clouds look down the 8"f4 Le marchant configuration. And there should be a constellation called 'Camelot' and I would worship it in the anticipation of a big lottery win. Maybe I'll move to the Isle of Man..damn these drug

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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #5 on: 09:53:07, 17 April, 2014 »
Hi Cugsy, was out in the obsy that night and it was definitely a fire ball I saw in that general direction. I made a note of it later though, about an hour later. Very bright and left something of a trail. I was staring at that part of the sky as luck would have it. I would put it at least mag -5, maybe brighter.

Edit.....OOOPS, my observation was the 15th not the 14th...!!!!!!

There seems to have been a few sightings of the fireball on the 15th!!!!

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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #6 on: 10:38:46, 17 April, 2014 »
John - if you subscribe to Heavens Above and put in your location you will get emails when the ISS etc are passing overhead and you can also get ones that tell you if there are any Solar/Lunar transits for your location.

It's well worth doing if you're into that sort of thing  ;) :thumbup:

S.

PS.  It can't predict fireballs of course  :tease:
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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #7 on: 12:32:27, 17 April, 2014 »
John - if you subscribe to Heavens Above and put in your location you will get emails when the ISS etc are passing overhead and you can also get ones that tell you if there are any Solar/Lunar transits for your location.

Si - did you mean Heavens Above, or Calsky?  I can't see any email options in Heavens Above........
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Re: Iridium flare in gemini?
« Reply #8 on: 14:36:24, 17 April, 2014 »
Si - I'm not too bothered. It wasn't natural - it was definitely man made. I did email 'heavens to betsy' but they said go away...
Woe unto him ..or her..who tries to guide the LX90. Let him..or her..rejoice in a lightweight scope upon the mighty EQ6. Mind you,I'd sooner be looking through my 6"f8 while the clouds look down the 8"f4 Le marchant configuration. And there should be a constellation called 'Camelot' and I would worship it in the anticipation of a big lottery win. Maybe I'll move to the Isle of Man..damn these drug

 

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