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  1. 6 points
    Today is my 8th year of life in the UK! Kind of second birthday!
  2. 5 points
    4 days left untill the dob mob head for skye for 7 days should have some mega reports and pics
  3. 5 points
    i now have 2 hrs of astro darkness
  4. 5 points
    2 days left untill the dobmob meet up at mag 22 skys plenty of pics will follow
  5. 4 points
    TSA120 is being prepared for shipping...
  6. 4 points
    Just passed the Life in the UK test! Yuppieee!
  7. 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.
  8. 4 points
    The 90mm SV is taking the HR2 2.4mm easily tonight- the barlow is going in now!
  9. 4 points
    I would like to say a big thank you to Steve Asbury from ENS Optical for coming from Birmingham to the East Coast today with a delivery of the CGE Pro, it was wonderful to chat with you Steve.
  10. 3 points
    I have just noticed I have been a member of SGL for ten years.
  11. 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.
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    darn weather, Im sick of it, I must of offended the Gods :-). just to let you all know im still here....charl.
  14. 3 points
    TSA120 in Ontario now...
  15. 3 points
    Nice to bag Mercury in the twilight, with Venus below it too again before they dipped below the houses nearby.
  16. 3 points
    Hi Everyone. Just thought I'd share my first ever image of M42 and say thank you to everyone who helped me out on here. I had so many troubles with my mount and after using the help provided from this site, I can confirm the mount is working like a charm, finally. This is a single 240 sec exposure of M42 with an un-modded Canon 6D, no guiding, no stacking...I'm so happy. I now have to learn to auto guide with PHD 2....so you'll be hearing from me soon. Thank you all
  17. 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............
  18. 3 points
    a little more processing,pics to be up tonight.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    can you believe it, 1 year ago today i collected my 20" mirror. that time past quickly
  21. 3 points
    Out last night in the observatory, an interesting night, first night for quite awhile. I was starting to pack up and close down about 1230 when I heard someone on his phone in the lane a couple of feet away. Deciding to wait until he finished and buggered off I stayed quite until I realised he was not going away so got on with with closing down, it was then I heard him say that there was someone in his neighbours shed. It dawned on me that he was speaking to the police and I was the subject, hitting the security switch I got the lights on and greeted him over the fence, we both laughed about it, closed down and got into the house before I had to answer to the police :)
  22. 3 points
    24" mirror set ordered...
  23. 3 points
    The new 5mm and 6mm Circle T's from grumpymartian are superb! Great detail on Jupiter showing with the SW120ED. These eyepieces are keepers for sure!
  24. 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!
  25. 3 points
    Yippee!, I know own the Quark, today is a day of Days....
  26. 3 points
    2.4mm Vixen HR ordered.....
  27. 3 points
    Photographed my first proper star the other night. I couldn't get my kit setup for nebulae in time and it was nearing 1 am. Capella from the constellation Auriga. It was also my first time using dark frames and it really did a great job removing the hot and cold pixels from my overall image. I also am aware i was getting some star travel. I am not using autoguiding but instead the HEQ5's auto slewing. Still from the amount of time I had to do this, I'm pretty proud of it at least. Learnt a lot and getting much more comfortable with my scope! Clear skies appear to be so rare since I've gotten back into astronomy. Must be a curse of 2017 me thinks! Pesky, out.
  28. 3 points
    merry christmas to all my friends at sgl, and thanks to the mods/admin and FLO for keeping it a safe place. all the best for 2017
  29. 3 points
    Great news! my 200mm f3.8 dob mount should be here from TS on Dec14!!
  30. 3 points
    1 sleep left untill the dob mob go to the isle of skye
  31. 3 points
    The little 200mm f3.8 mirror is being figured, the rest of the scope is nearly completed- not long now
  32. 3 points
    just bagged my first dso with the 20", had to be the ring
  33. 3 points
    What a night...from spirals to festoons
  34. 2 points
    Just seen Eastern and Western Veil glowing brightly in ST120 with OIII - Pacman nebula also bright tonight ...
  35. 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.
  36. 2 points
    Sad o say I dopped my lapop and as a esul some o he keys on my lapop no lone wok!? On a moe cheeul noe I capued a nice wideield imae o he Milkyway and he Andomeda alaxy on 13 Au 2018 - sadly no meeos saw some u no picues - ey damp in he Lake Disic oo much condensaion.
  37. 2 points
    Just getting back into astronomy and astrophotography after a long break.
  38. 2 points
    Finger slipped....and I seem to have ordered an Atik Horizon......
  39. 2 points
    My new APM LZOS 130 f/9 has arrived! Looks great. It has arrived one day before the forecast thunderstorms so no blaming me! ?
  40. 2 points
    To the Lakes!!! astro & landscapes roll on!!
  41. 2 points
    Excited about collecting an Equinox 120ED tomorrow
  42. 2 points
    Spent an hour or so in the shed on the ongoing 'Spectrometer Mk3' build. I'm not convinced this 'Heath Robinson' contraption of mine is going to work but hey-ho - I've started so I'm going to finish. On a slightly more positive note, this particular DIY journey into the unknown has been relatively inexpensive and the bits I have purchased are easily recyclable for more and the equally pointless future projects with which I am determined to fill my ongoing retirement from gainfull enterprise. One of the minor benefits of being a compulsive hoarder and inveterate tinkerer is a shed full of stuff. I really like stuff and sheds, stuff in sheds and sheds with stuff in 'em. My shed runneth over with stuff! Thats why I've got two sheds! George in Oulton Broad sitting on a sofa contemplating the philosophy of 'stuff in sheds' and the imminent possibility of Pizza .
  43. 2 points
    I am currently loving Sequence Generator Pro - the automation combined with plate solving is a game changer for me. Forget star alignment - I now polar align with Sharpcap (5 mins) and then plate solve straight onto target (another 2 mins). Auto-focus takes a further 2 mins so I am imaging within 10 mins of starting to polar align which is just brilliant. I also love my new camera - the QHY163m. Just buy one. Seriously. Do it.
  44. 2 points
    Preparing for the Webb Deep-Sky Society AGM in Cambridge on Saturday.
  45. 2 points
    ive just seen the forcast for the weekend and guess what ?, yes cloud , cloud and followed by more cloud, just carnt see the clear at the end of the tunnel at the mo, hope we get some clear soon, I'm running outa thing to post about. hope you have some clear .. charl.
  46. 2 points
    And another weekend of diabolical weather!
  47. 2 points
    according to the soothsayers theres some clear moving in tonight from the west, I'm not getting my hopes up but for once it would be nice if thay get it right. if I can see stars at 7pm ill be a happy bunny clear skys all and ive me fingers crossed. charl.
  48. 2 points
    Magic, its magic... I'm watching the Milky Way appear as true darkness sets in...in a lawn chair
  49. 2 points
    clear night, no wind, no moon, and my tv60 is jumping inside his case! but have to work.. uff! well, c'est la vie!
  50. 2 points
    20" ultra grade 1/10 orion optics uk mirror set ordered ready for my faulks/jenner dob
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