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  1. 4 points
    You know it's Summer when... You wait for it to go dark, set your telescope up and realise that it's light again.
  2. 3 points
    Not sure what to make of it, the sky has gone an unusual black colour with loads of white dots in it, like old fashioned tarmac drives. Not sure what is going on up there so have pointed a camera skywards to investigate............
  3. 3 points
    can you believe it, 1 year ago today i collected my 20" mirror. that time past quickly
  4. 3 points
    My first Ortho just arrived, namely Baader Classic Ortho 18mm. I considered many EPs and I needed something in the range of 18-24mm, as currently I have only 15mm and then 32mm. Quick daytime test revealed more vivid colours and somewhat brighter and more contrasty image compared to my current favourite ES70 15mm. Eye relief is nowhere near as bad as I expected. So excited, like a little kid! Can't wait for nighttime!
  5. 2 points
    would you believe it a day of blue sky and nothing happen on sol, someones having a laugh ....
  6. 2 points
    New photography blog up https://danielkenealyphotography.com/blog
  7. 2 points
    Just getting back into astronomy and astrophotography after a long break.
  8. 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!
  9. 2 points
    Nice Sunny day, with clear skies, so doing a little WL solar (small AR group on the sun), and checking Venus out too in the daylight with my C8 SCT on my goto mount!
  10. 2 points
    A cloudy evening last night, I happened to look out the window and seen a nice bright moon, clear skies!! Went out and and although there were a few puff balls I decided to open up. Turned out to be a nice night although I am still trying to get to grips with the CGE Pro, a bit of a handful Jim
  11. 2 points
    Preparing for the Webb Deep-Sky Society AGM in Cambridge on Saturday.
  12. 2 points
    Some nice views of Jupiter tonight.
  13. 2 points
    Having been away from the night sky observing, my wife was ill and I was nursing her back to health. I am now once again ready to embrace the old English nights and wonders of the Universe. Exploring the astro-shed (man cave with telescopes) and lots of bits of cable for some bizarre reason unknown to me. Hoping to get every thing ready in time for a clear sky ..... OK hoping there will be a clear sky after I dust off the gear and get it all set up. I will post pictures of the set up when I get it all sorted.. Good sky's to all and clear viewing.
  14. 2 points
    Hopefully looking good for a few hours cloud free tonight. A quick bite to eat and I'll be straight out! ?
  15. 1 point
    d, darn weather im sick of it.
  16. 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.
  17. 1 point
    Never give up , remember, there’s always a way !
  18. 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
  19. 1 point
    I’m trying to be optimistic for the weather at Kelling from Thursday onwards!
  20. 1 point
    Eclipse... What eclipse?
  21. 1 point
    First NLC's of the season, images in bound later
  22. 1 point
    Some nice views of Jupiter, it's moons and the GRS last night.
  23. 1 point
    Just back from a 14 day holiday in India. Had a great time. Levels of atmospheric pollution in and around Delhi and other cities visited made stargazing difficult! Many reasons not to moan about being located by the sea in Suffolk. George back home in Lowestoft.
  24. 1 point
    I hope this forecast doesn't change on me! I'm predicted 3 moonless, cloudless nights in a row! I think I'll give M101 a go.
  25. 1 point
    With all this Sun the last few days I'm having to try really hard not to press the trigger on a new ZWO ASI 178MM for solar imaging
  26. 1 point
    My ZWO ADC arrived today, so managed to test it out on Venus earlier on. Worked great from what I could see. Need to try it out on Jupiter and Mars for some more tests with it, but so far looking good!
  27. 1 point
    Managed to see Venus with my bins for about 15mins last night after sunset, and also Jupiter with my 4SE Mak for about 30mins at just gone midnight last night too. Seeing was poor due to conditions and altitude, but nice to be able to see something through the cracks in the clouds!
  28. 1 point
    -41c wind chill, -32c without...the sky is as clear as it gets.
  29. 1 point
    Gone and done it now! Pressed the button on a ZWO ASI 120 MC camera. ?
  30. 1 point
    Nice 2 hour session. Would have stayed out a little longer if it wasn’t too cold! Brrrrr........
  31. 1 point
    storm eleanor images inbound tonight
  32. 1 point
    on route to glencoe. Forcast is clear sky's woopp
  33. 1 point
    Just casually taking hour long exposures of the horses head.......as you do
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    I should moan about the weather more often. Been terrible all day but just now I've been treated to the most transparent and steady summer sky I've ever experienced over our back yard in July. I could see M31 with the naked eye even though it was still quite low in the east. Similarly I could see M33 through my big bins but hand held. Vega, Altair and Deneb were so bright that the summer triangle looked 3d. I'm pretty sure that bins and averted vision allowed me to spot the tiny blur of M57 in Lyra. Could also see M71 in Sagittarius and M27 in Vulpecula. Along the way I picked up nice views of the big two globular clusters in Hercules, the Coathanger and the double cluster in Perseus. In my bins I could follow the Milky Way right down to the rooftops on our southern boundary. Generally interesting fuzziness in this area of the sky just disappears into the murk and light pollution but not tonight, I could easily pick out all the Messiers down through Scutum and Ophiuchus until the roof tops met Sagittarius. Finished off a rewarding 35 minutes with a nice meteor and several bright satellites. No telescope action and no photography but what a great, if breathtakingly short, night of old fashioned stargazing. Hope you all enjoyed some clear skies where ever you are. Night night from George happy in bed Lowestoft.
  36. 1 point
    don't you just hate waiting for it to get dark. ive no plan, just getting to know my modded 1000d I got earlier in the year , lovely and clear at the mo, hope you all have clear. charl.
  37. 1 point
    Not really dark but had a pleasant 45 minutes in the backyard hand holding my big 11x80 bins. Quick sweep through Cygnus and Lyra. Couldn't identify M56. Summer triangle always a beautiful naked eye asterism to view and the starfields around Sadr in my bins never disappoint. Saturn just visible between the rooftops and very yellow, couldn't pick out Titan. Neither could I find M10 or M12 in Ophiuchus as sky quite murky low to the south. By contrast, M13, M92 and M5 all easy spots. Now in bed ready to surf the realm of the unconscious. Night night stargazers wherever you are. George zzzzzzzzzzzzzz Lowestoft
  38. 1 point
    Great views of Saturn this evening. Cassini was so prominent. Even managed to see details on the planet too for the first time. Kind of strange that Jupiter wasn't any where near as good!
  39. 1 point
    Watched the ISS go over three tiimes in one night, got some very noisy video of Saturn when it briefly appeared between the roofs of our neighbours' houses (by heck it appears lower than Antares), took some better video of Jupiter with all the Galileans strung out on one side, had a quick look at Comet Johnson and then it was twilight again. Nights 'up north' dont last long this time of the year, serves us right for living on a tilty planet. Mind you it was lovely to see the summer Milky Way again running through Cygnus and right across the sky. If the weather stays good, I might have another night with my scope under the stars. Two nights in a row - woo-hoo!
  40. 1 point
    Hopefully this is the last white out (blizzard) of the year...
  41. 1 point
    Did some work on the pillar and also made a slit and diffraction grating holder for Spectrometer Mk3. Excitement mounts and then gets off again.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Lowestoft Pier build took a set back today. The electric concrete mixer that had rested quietly for 6 years under a tarpaulin on our backyard did not go when I plugged it into the National Grid. Shocker . Had to take it apart. The electric motor had seized solid. Had to drill the main shaft to obtain sufficient purchase to free it with loads of WD40 and brute force. Finally got it reassembled and working at about 4.30 pm. Onwards and upwards
  44. 1 point
    Woo hoo! Forecast is for clear skies tonight. Fingers crossed! I'm getting excited already! Hehe!
  45. 1 point
    sick of this darn spitefull weather, look whats up there today. pic taken by soho our friendly nabourhood solar space telescope. ive thick fog today, not a chance for me, hope you all have better. charl.
  46. 1 point
    Had a great night last night, waited patiently for the clouds to clear to the west and brought the mount in action, seconds to do an alignment and with every piece of equipment working perfectly I was away. The main objective of the night was to get to know the QHY8L and take as many photos of different targets with different setting as possible to see what can be achieved. I left the obsy once to get a hot drink, stayed to see the moon break the horizon about 0040 and then called it a night, cold but happy. I was pleased with the QHY8L, seeing the targets on screen as thought I were looking through an eyepiece, still work to do before I am happy to show the results, hope for more nights like this
  47. 1 point
    Off to see Cmdr Chris Hadfield - should be interesting.......
  48. 0 points
    Typical, the Sun has spots, the clouds have parted but it's blowing a gale No imaging for me today.
  49. 0 points
    I just want the rain to stop, clouds to disappear and be able to see some stars... is that too much to ask!
  50. 0 points
    Misjudged the weather. Set up my scopes for a night of adventure. All my kit and software working in concert. Then the clouds rolled in. I waited and waited whilst the cloud thickened overhead. I consulted Metcheck. The cloud was predicted to worsen. So at 23:45 I packed up my kit and retired to the warmth of the living room. By 00:15 the sky over Lowestoft was as clear as a bell. As protocol forbids the use of swear words and common oaths - "Oh dear, what an unfortunate decision I made" George currently fuming in bed in Lowestoft.
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