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  1. 3 points
    My husband known here to some of you as Freddie passed away earlier this morning, He knew this day would come because he had been very ill for some time. He wanted me to make a last post for him in the event that it did. He is at peace now and with the stars he loved so much.
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    Changed Profile Picture for 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. It's a Hasselblad, used on Apollo 8. It was used to take the Iconic Earth Rise Image.
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    A big thanks to @peter shah for inspiring me with his 'Boy and the Milky Way' photo. I took a similar image with my son and just won my local Astronomy Society annual astrophotography competition. ☺
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    would you believe it a day of blue sky and nothing happen on sol, someones having a laugh ....
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    the propane gelled up last night, no furnace. thermometer read -43c at 3am, no wind.
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    Hello everybody, I have been a member for a while and never introduced myself or even posted. I am from North East US, I enjoy astronomy, horseback riding, woodworking, and this is the year I'm going to build a telescope. I've read a lot of post and learned a lot and I hope to contribute.
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    New photography blog up https://danielkenealyphotography.com/blog
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    Happy New Year everybody ! and I hope you all join me in wishing some clear sky. all the best . charl, Shirley and Smegul +kids..?
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    Here's hoping for some clear sky this new moon. I need to finish my image of M42... from 3 weeks ago.
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    Today I started building my 3d printer in kit form. Bewildering number of parts! Thank goodness they are well labelled. This will not be a fast process - after all I'm a 'simple country architect not an engineer Jim'! ? My partner is already getting twitchy with all the parts laid out in the 'clean room' or kitchen as she prefers to call it. Not sure how long she will be 'comfortable' with the kitchen table out of action? George in his slumber chariot considering 3 dimensional possibilities.
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    Just seen Eastern and Western Veil glowing brightly in ST120 with OIII - Pacman nebula also bright tonight ...
  15. 2 points
    Exasperation is setting in with this hobby....decided to try imaging again due to LP killing visual observation, only to be clouded out time & time again after first sub.
  16. 2 points
    New keyboard now installed on laptop - £50 down but now fully operational. George much happier in Lowestoft.
  17. 1 point
    Lottery win required....
  18. 1 point
    clear sky's on Anglesey !! time to rock!!!
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    Glad to be getting my mojo/interest back
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    Finally getting around to some observing with the AA 102ED-R. Which end do I look down again?
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    Have now published my speculations regarding the 2016 Perseid Shower after 'graphing the life out' of my sdr radio meteor reflection data. This is what happens when you let an old artist loose in a shed with wires and concepts he barely understands. Probably a lot of 'balderdash' but I enjoyed playing with the data whilst it was raining outside. If you are interested please follow the link to my LVST (Lowestoft Very Small Telescope) site . LVST Perseids 04 Aug to 16 Aug  2016 Please excuse my references to Jodrell Plank Observatory staff - I get a bit silly when I'm bored and make things up! Comet the Observatory Cat exists but she or he does not belong to us or to Mr Schrodinger, who does not actually live next door. Unless God or the police move me on, I hope to do similar stuff on a comparative basis with 2017, 2018 and 2019 data (and also for different meteor showers). ~On the other hand I might just get out more! I attach my favourite data plot for those that like graphs!
  22. 1 point
    Enough with the clouds and rain already!
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    Thunder, lightning, massive hailstones... ahh, the beauty of June in England!
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    First full on summer's day here in Lowestoft. We went for a walk across the marsh. Lots of butterflies - Orange tip, peacock and one variety we didn't recognise. Walked through a full on swarm of bees. Heard them first and then suddenly they were all around us. Saw a snipe, a marsh harrier, swifts, marsh tits and a white egret. Surprised a roe deer by the railway track or did it surprise us? Great day in warm sunshine. Nighty night stargazers George tired but not stung in Lowestoft.
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    Mr Blue SKY. stunning skys here in south wales, goodluck guys.
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    Finally setting up again for the first time in close to 6 months! Feels good (even if I have spent all day finding cables)
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    fighting fit again but nothing to do, skys are like Venus, ive watched so many old sky@night eps my eyes hurt. come on weather give us a chance please !.
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    It's "Prom Day" on the Sun today, if you have H Alpha or Ca-K get out there and have a look
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    Last night I put out the 127mm refractor to image M 87 at approx f=750 mm. Very cold, a tad windy , lots of low-level cloud and too much moonlight but otherwise just what the old amateur astronomer dreams of! At least I managed to get a snap. Used my homemade Batinov mask for the first time - worked effectively so well pleased. George now in bed - Nighty night all.
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    "Mr Blue Sky ", Wall to wall sunshine, no a cloud in the Sky and the seeing wonderfull what more could we need + the first pic of a blackhole, Today is a Day of Days. by jupiter its good to be alive !.
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    Oooh, sunshine! The Sun's pretty quiet but some nice proms on show in Ca-K. Anyone out?
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    Went for a walk in Norfolk today and came face to face with a hare. Completely mad of course and it isn't even March! Night all. George in Lowestoft
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    Out watching Venus in daylight this morning before turning my attention to the Sun a bit later, hopefully!
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    Whoo hoo! we had stars in Lowestoft last night. ? Not sure what was to blame for the dodgy images, was it the bad weather/Christmas lay-off affecting my kit or was the old astronomer using it to blame? Got out the 66mm Altair refractor on the Star Adventurer and my trusty bins , didn't get to bed until 3:30am. Anyway I have a few more blurry images of 46P/ Wirtanen and I think I managed to capture a smudge that might be 38P/Stephan-Oterma. Could see 46P through my 11x80 bins handheld but very diffuse and cloud like would have missed it 'sweeping' but knew where to look. 38P not visible through my bins even though I knew where it should be, however the mince-pies aren't what they used to be. Real nice treat - saw a very bright and orange coloured meteor - slow moving in the east comiing from the direction of Orion. No it wasn't a flare or firework! Nice clear night and dark after the Moon set, M81 and M82 very easy handheld through my big bins. George tired but quite content in Lowestoft.
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    Happy New Year to all Stargazers and chums around the world. My new year resolution is to try and treat the Earth and all life on it a little better in 2019. George now back in Lowestoft (it's still cloudy)
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    Merry Christmas Stargazers from George in Lowestoft
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    Interesting fact I discovered yesterday - the Dadaist and Surrealist artist Max Ernst was a big fan of the German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel - comet discoverer extraordinaire. Max produced a series of drawings and symbols which he labelled as 'illegal astronomies'. Bloke was absolutely barking, thought he had hatched from an egg laid by his mother. However, his artistic endeavours offer wonderful off world and alien landscapes. Creations no more strange than the false colour images we routinely capture. I also discovered that he used state of the art 'wet photography' techniques to achieve his finished works. Sounds a bit familiar? What he might have achieved if Photoshop had been available will never be known!
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    d, darn weather im sick of it.
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    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.
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    Never give up , remember, there’s always a way !
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    darn Weather, what have I done to deserve this, ive nothing to do, ive square eyes from watching too much TV dribble. its my kinda Hell ???charl..
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    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
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    Managed at about 1:30 this morning to clearly see and identify comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner through my big 11x80 bins. Much less bright than I was expecting from my reasonably dark site. Must be my old eyes failing? ×
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    I’m trying to be optimistic for the weather at Kelling from Thursday onwards!
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    Agreed to take a new scope and mount for review for Astronomy Now. Will be my 3rd equipment review for the mag. Look forward to putting it through its paces.
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    Hello there - Just finished reading your "what can I expect to see" sticky - it's great! In it you mentioned you were going to write a couple more, did you ever write them I couldn't find them. Your 4" sketches are amazing and a really useful guide for what to look out for in my 127 mak! Many thanks
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    Typical, the Sun has spots, the clouds have parted but it's blowing a gale No imaging for me today.
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