Archive for January, 2011

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Did this with the kids yesterday between 1 and 2pm. Put loads of food out and got good results. Here’s the list of maximum count: Read more…

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Deep sky at last: the rosette, the flame and the raspberry

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t done any deep sky observing since the middle of December (apart from a few double stars). This has rather grated on me. Interminable cloud during the dark nights of the month has been very frustrating, as have the sequential cold-viruses I seem to have caught. At last, Friday night was clear and dark, and out I went, cold or not. Read more…

Proclus and the Palus Somni zone of avoidance

The day after full moon I was debating what feature to sketch given that the moon was low in the sky  and seeing terrible, with just constant atmospheric wobble. Read more…

Vallis Inghirami, Marius Hills, and some winter doubles

Well, at last my first post of the new decade (depending on when a decade starts). I’ve been ill, tired, and the weather’s been ….cloudy. So I haven’t been up to much. But the last couple of nights gave me some nice moon gazing and double star spotting. All good sport. Read more…