Sky this month – May 2017

List of events in sky this month – May 2017:

1 – Comet C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) at its brightest.

4 – The Moon occults Regulus at 10:14UT, event visible from Australia.

6 – The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower peak at ~2UT with the ZHR up to 50 meteors in dark location.

8 – Jupiter pases less than 3 degrees from Moon.

10 – Full Moon.

14 – Pluto pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

18 – Mercury at Greatest eastern Elongation. It reaches elongation 26 degree west of the Sun in the dawn sky. The best time to observe Mercury as it located as far as possible from the Sun.

20 – Neptune pases less than half a degree from Moon.

25 – New Moon.

Jupiter and its moons – shadow transit season begins this month.

BioExo 2017

Bioexo in an annual exhibition of exotic animals that are owned by people all across Slovenia. In addition to the exhibition they also prepare different workshops and lectures about exotic animals and how to care for them. As the event was organized in the premises of Biotechnological education center, the visitors were also able to observe their exotic animals and plants. Plant collection consists mainly of small carnivorous plants that are very popular as decoration in the last years.

Official homepage of the event: http://bioexo.si/

Bellow is a gallery of some of the animals that could be observed at the exhibition this year:

Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini

Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini
Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini

A quick shot of a Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini that was passing through the constellation of Ursa Major in March 2017.

Image taken on 25th of March 2017 with my Nikon D500 at ISO 5000 and exposures of 40 seconds using SkyWatcher 250/1200 instead of some camera lens.

Some of other images taken at the same astronomical event – annual Messier Marathon observing competition:

M13 in Hercules
M51 in Ursa Major


Sky this month – April 2017

List of events in sky this month – April 2017:

1 – The Moon occults Aldebaran at ~9:13 UT, seen from Asia.

1 – Mercury at greatest western elongation.

6 – Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at its brightest

7 – Jupiter at opposition. Best time to observe this gas giant.

11 – Jupiter pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

11 – Full Moon.

13 – Comet C/2017 E4 (Lovejoy) at its brightest.

22 – Lyrid meteor shower peak at ~11UT. ZHR can reach 20 meters per hour in dark locations.

23 – Venus pases less than 5 degrees from Moon.

26 – New Moon.

26 – Venus reaches its greatest brightness in the dawn sky.

28 – The Moon occults Aldebaran at 17:42UT.

Warmer coat for Larping

Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a warmer coat that can be used for the purpose of the fantasy an medieval LARP events. My plan was to create a warmer and water resistant (not water proof) that can be used for different events or characters. Its design is based on a piece of clothing named gambeson. Historically it was used a stand-alone protective layer or worn under metallic armor.

Fabric used for the creation of this piece:

  • Wool fabric
  • Old bedding fabric used as a filler material
  • Another layer of fabric for lining
  • Assorted sewing materials
  • Buttons

Fabrication process:
1. Cut out all need layers of fabric. In my case I used 4 layers of filling, upper woolen layer and cotton layer as lining. All six layers together form a sturdy and warm clothing.

2. Using parallel seams I quilted all the layers together. This prevents them to move independently. Quilting patter can wary, depending on your preferences.

2a. Optional: Stuff additional fabric between the quilting seams for even more warmer clothing with additional protection.

3. Sew all pieces of the clothing together. Length of the sleeves can wary depending on your preferences. I created shorter sleeves so the piece could also be used in the warmer months. Shorter sleeves also allow for greater flexibility of arms.

4. All outer visible parts of the clothing should have hemmed edges.

5. Add buttons. For this purpose I used 6 metallic buttons with slightly unusual look.

6. Have fun wearing it. Mine was already tested in few events.