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  1. 3 points
    The little 200mm f3.8 mirror is being figured, the rest of the scope is nearly completed- not long now
  2. 2 points
    would you believe it a day of blue sky and nothing happen on sol, someones having a laugh ....
  3. 2 points
    New photography blog up https://danielkenealyphotography.com/blog
  4. 2 points
    Just getting back into astronomy and astrophotography after a long break.
  5. 2 points
    Expect to take delivery of my new APM LZOS 130 f/9 scope this week. Rather excited and not just because it has a very high quality lens (even for LZOS). Wanted this telescope for years. So if this remarkable streak of clear skies suddenly ends, I apologise!
  6. 2 points
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    set up waiting for the moon to come from behind some cloud, scanning the sky with the binos , spyed the Pleiades just rising above the horizon, if I don't see anything else tonight ill be happy, what a fantastic sight, the seeing looks to be good... charl.
  8. 2 points
    My new Altair Astro 102mm f11 frac arrived back home today after going back for the new focuser refit. So now I just need those clear skies to test it out tonight on Saturn & Mars!
  9. 2 points
    As the moon sets, the Milky Way appears, the transition is amazing.
  10. 1 point
    Happy New Year all. may all your dreams come true ! charl.
  11. 1 point
    70 years old today and I remain unsure as to what I want to be when I grow up.
  12. 1 point
    Stood in my backyard in Lowestoft and showed the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy to my granddaughter Maisy. Then did a trip around the night sky pointing out the constellations and asterisms. She was really pleased and interested. Living on a main road near the seafront in Southend with so much light pollution has meant that much of the night sky has been lost to her. Realised how lucky I was to live in relatively dark Suffolk.
  13. 1 point
    Glad to be getting my mojo/interest back
  14. 1 point
    Finally getting around to some observing with the AA 102ED-R. Which end do I look down again?
  15. 1 point
    Thunder, lightning, massive hailstones... ahh, the beauty of June in England!
  16. 1 point
    d, darn weather im sick of it.
  17. 1 point
    Tonight In between the clouds I had my first go at Mars. Small but still bright and now above the houses at the rear of our house. Wobblin' about like a jellyfish in the surf, but having been inspired by Reggie and his excellent October Mars post, I thought I would give it a go whilst the Moon was out of the way. Haven't processed the AVIs yet but fingers crossed I might have one recognisable image to post sometime soon. I also tried taking a few stills of Uranus hoping to capture some moons but the the combination of too much murk, light pollution and high ISO probably will have ensured noise overwhelmed signal. Weather tonight very mixed and out of sink with Metcheck forecast. Nighty night all.
  18. 1 point
    House hunting for the first time in 25 years with an obsy site the #1 priorety this go round, thank goodness for google maps street view and online LP maps ?
  19. 1 point
    Never give up , remember, there’s always a way !
  20. 1 point
    Well yesterday morning after 2:00am turned out clear and transparent. So I stayed out in the backyard until 4:15am when I called it a day. Used my 66mm Altair Doublet on my Star Adventurer mount to take some nice widefield images. Managed to get lots of snaps of the comet as it passed M35 in Gemini. Really enjoyed sweeping the sky with my big bins - M33 very obvious and the Andromeda Galaxy virtually went right across my bins fov at 11x. Could see the double cluster and M31 unaided and the Milky Way virtually overhead was breath-takingly bright. Also noted 5 bright meteors. Great to see Orion striding up and over my hedge to the South east. Guess winter is on its way. I will post an image of the comet tomorrow. George now in his Lowestoft slumber chariot awaiting sleep
  21. 1 point
    I’m trying to be optimistic for the weather at Kelling from Thursday onwards!
  22. 1 point
    Eclipse... What eclipse?
  23. 1 point
    First NLC's of the season, images in bound later
  24. 1 point
    Off to see Cmdr Chris Hadfield - should be interesting.......
  25. 1 point
    Windchill -44c+ today @ -22c with 50km/hr gusts. Brisk to say the least... I spoke too soon in the other update lol! Sure glad I have a woodstove...
  26. 1 point
    5 more days of snow to go... at least its warm, -20c seems to be the minimum for now.
  27. 1 point
    Weather wise today we have had a tiny bit of snow, some rain and sunshine. Plus, one of the most striking rainbows I can recall in Lowestoft. At least a double bow and at best and momentarily a triple bow. Physics can be breathtakingly beautiful!
  28. 1 point
    Nearest I've been to 'imaging' for some time. Balancing my little Canon compact camera on top of my barbecue and getting a shakey mov. video clip - converted to avi and then Registaxed and manipulated to remove any direct relationship with reality. I give you my technicolor version of last night's Moon Venus conjunction, which was a very pretty thing to witness!
  29. 1 point
    Happy New Year Astro Buddies! Here's to 2017 having a record number of clear and dark nights!!
  30. 1 point
    mountain warehouse discount code for the website FAMILY3463 merry xmas
  31. 1 point
    Hope every one has a great chrismas and new year
  32. 1 point
    Woohoo! Get to check out a 80ed DS-Pro 'frac tomorrow at a great price. Nice birthday gift to oneself methinks! Hehe!
  33. 1 point
    out testing the 25x100 binos at the moment, got some nice clear sky what wasnt forcast, started with the Pleiades, lovely pinpoint stars with a whitish dusty glow, loades of background stars, next down and to the left to the head of bull, ive the whole of the triangly stars in my fov, Aldebran looking a nice orange colour, Ain, cleeia ,Hyadum 1 and 2 looking sharp, the group of Tau just visable and guess what, clouds stopped play....
  34. 1 point
    Chilly night out there, but through intermittent clouds M42, M81 & M82 were very nice. Even nabbed the Eskimo nebula in Gemini despite the moon nearby. Now time to warm up & get some sleep!
  35. 1 point
    15 hours later and finally back to sphere again
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    M11 was at an altitude of 35°, quite pleased I found it with the bins then the baby tak with a 24mm panoptic. A tiny fuzzy blob, makes me appreciate the 16"
  38. 1 point
    mirror is fitted and cell is perfect
  39. 1 point
    Call me fussy if you like , but I do prefer to see my Union Flag flying the correct way up ....
  40. 1 point
    As the clouds are back over Lowestoft, I decided to give Perseids hunting a night off. Some weeks ago someone on SGL had recommended the webcams on www.Shetland.org 60 degrees north for the aurora and birdwatching. Over the light nights of June and July, I got hooked watching the Puffins. Well it suddenly struck me that if it was clear over Lerwick, meteors might be visible via webcam. I have been laying in bed watching Cliffcam One and Auriga and the kids are clearly visible above the horizon, so Cliffcam One has an eastern view. What's more I've seen two meteors and all without leaving my bed. What I call a cloudy night result.
  41. 1 point
    Last night was a beautiful night in Lowestoft. I didn't crack out any of my imaging rigs as some of my children and grandchildren are staying with us this weekend. Did however, watch the ISS sail across the sky in its own majestic way. It always cheers me up. However much the news is full of grim stuff about our species, it remains such an inpiring symbol of what Homo Sapiens can achieve when we cooperate, collaborate and celebrate our intelligence rather than our prejudices. After midnight, I also 'snuck in' an hour observing with the naked eye and my big Bins. The Milky Way was truly magnificent stretching from almost horizon to horizon. I also believe that with averted vision I could just make out the misty patch that is the Andromeda Galaxy. If I did, its the first time with the naked eye from our backyard. The sky was pretty transparent as I could see quite a lot of stars within the square of Pegasus. I finished the night in my shed monitoring my laptop screen as my homemade SDR radar meteor set up captured some pretty hefty pings. I know interpreting this information is quite difficult, but I presume the duration of a ping is in some way proportional to a meteor's momentum and that if meteors from a shower share a common velocity, then these meteors had a greater mass than many of the others my set up has recorded over the past two days.
  42. 1 point
    Mount tripods and a big blanket make a great Den for a two year old to play in... no good for my back though, crawling in and out of that wigwam!
  43. 1 point
    Found an opening in the clouds today! I stole it, just about! With these: please do give ny comments
  44. 1 point
    I think ill join Dave and have a bacon Sandwich, good call Dave
  45. 1 point
    Weather permitting, tomorrow evening I'll be observing with my Doby 200mm!!
  46. 1 point
    Just bought a RAT......I never realized there where so many adjustments on it, goes really well style wise with my new lappy though.
  47. 1 point
    I have a cracking view of mercury in the baby tak at x65
  48. 1 point
    Just realised that I registered on SGL 2 years and 1 day ago!
  49. 1 point
  50. 0 points
    Typical, the Sun has spots, the clouds have parted but it's blowing a gale No imaging for me today.
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