06
MAR
2014

Stargazing with Alok Jha

Last night I spent some time stargazing with Alok Jha and his brother from Alok’s place in North London. We had two telescopes set up in his backyard – a 300mm 12″ dobsonian and a smaller 200mm 8″ dobsonian. Thankfully, as if by divine intervention, the cloudy
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14
JUL
2013

Moon to Eclipse Double Star in 19 July Lunar Occultation

In the early hours of 19 July the dark limb of the waxing Moon is set to eclipse the double star Acrab (Beta Scorpii) in a spectacular meeting of celestial bodies as seen from the UK (except North-West Scotland). Look low-down to the southwest after dusk on Thursday July 18. You’
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05
FEB
2013

Cor Caroli – The Bright Springtime Double Star

Late winter and early spring sees the constellation of Canes Venatici rise up into the northeastern sky. The constellation consists principally of two bright stars tucked neatly under the tail of the Great Bear – Ursa Major. These two bright stars are Cor Caroli (Alpha Canes Ven
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