Ursa Major & Minor
by Steve Floodgate.

December’s photo was taken on a Canon EOS 100D with an F. stop f/4.5 at 1/200 sec at a speed of 100.
The telescope is a Sky watcher 5 inch Schmidt Cassegrain with a go to mount.

In the picture you see Ursa Major and Ursa Minor looking for sunspots in June last year.

Ursa Major’s real name is Fred Bear and his partner is Mini Moo.

Fred Bear came to live with us 6 years ago when I helped him escape the humiliation of being dressed as Santa Claus in a store in Bexleyheath. I affected his escape by bribing the store workers and sneaking him out the back door and into a life of hugs kisses and now a life of celebrity thanks to his calendar modelling. It’s ironic that he was dressed as Santa and has now become the December pin up for 2014.

Mini Moo has a different background; she is a secret agent and is a trained Ninja Bear, she is an expert at stealth and pops up when you least expect her to, as is evident in the picture, Fred Bear didn’t even know she was there. Mini Moo is a world traveller and has been to many parts of the British Isles as well as Turkey, Egypt, Italy and last year Australia where she was on special assignment as security for our family holiday. She must be good at her job as we retuned safe and sound.

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