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  1. Ascom finds port after three days of torture, Stellarium, PHD, and Nina finally working together. Wife not interested so just a solo victory dance. Maybe I'll take my first astro-photo yet!
    2 points
  2. I'm visual only, visual only, not tempted to get a camera. Camera, bad, bad. Must stroke eyepieces.
    2 points
  3. Last night's 2 day old crescent Moon - a real pretty view from our kitchen.
    2 points
  4. Nice weather all day here on the East Coast. Spent the day fabricating a mild steel door for my pizza oven. Since I increased the external insulation the fire protected timber door becomes carbonised after two firings, so a double skinned aluminium silicate wool insulated steel door is the way forward. Makes you wonder whether Pompeii was brought down by a volcanic eruption or a faulty pizza oven design? As I had not seen a cloud all day, I decided to set up my big refractor to catch some more Mars videos. Soon as it was up and running the clouds appeared along with some straggler firewo
    2 points
  5. Amazing how many clouds can mysteriously appear out of a clear blue sky at the mere sniff of an eclipse!
    1 point
  6. I can not wait for my new binocular tripod to come, I got it on Amazon it has a mount for my phone to take pictures with my phone and has a BT shutter. Here is a link I am not affiliated: Amazon.com : 70-Inch Photographing Kit for Binoculars, Spotting Scope or Monocular (Including Universal Phone Adapter, Camera Remote Shutter, Tripod Adapter) : Camera & Photo
    1 point
  7. cheers for the heads up on a second edition for affinity photo guide just placed my order with Dave so can't wait till it arrives
    1 point
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  9. Merry Christmas everybody. and may all our dreams come true in the new year. charl.
    1 point
  10. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my friends on Stargazers Lounge from 'the old man next the sea' in Lowestoft.
    1 point
  11. Had all sorts of grim weather here on the east coast. Whilst going upstairs on Sunday I caught a quick glimpse of Saturn and Jupiter starting to look quite close. I pressed the Poundland minitripod back into use and captured this technicolour blurry image with the planets in hazy cloud - with my Canon 600d at ISO6400 through the back bedroom window. The clouds made for a prettier picture? Looking forward to closer and clearer!
    1 point
  12. Wohoo! I did my first night time observing in over a year, I think! Woke up early, couldn't get back to sleep. Orion Nebula, M81 & 82, three clusters in Auriga, the Double Cluster and the Orion Nebula in my 10 inch dob. Not bad as I had to fight patches of cloud and am out of practice finding stuff manually! Then to cap off a beautiful morning, I saw the lovely new sunspot on the limb after breakfast using a Herschel wedge.
    1 point
  13. Clear sky tonight. Managed to observe one straggler Leonid but as usual my camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Managed to capture two long sequences of exposures. Canon 600d camera - on Star Adventurer driven mount - lens at f=18mm and ISO 1600 -exp 45 secs. & 60 secs. Widefield images of Auriga and the Pleiades. Just completing calibration frames then off to bed. Lovely night with Orion looking splendid. Night night Stargazers.
    1 point
  14. An unexpected clear night. Went outside and looked up. The Milkway is directly overhead running from Auriga in the east, through Cassiopeia and onto Cygnus in the west. Looking south Pegasus and Mars take pride of place. With the street lights off, M31 is visible to the naked eye. The Pleiades cluster is now quite high in the South-east and Betelgeuse is just visible over our hedge. Winter is on its way! Nighty night stargazers.
    1 point
  15. Beautiful Mars and waning gibbous Moon conjunction. Took a few images with my Canon DSLR at f=300mm. Interesting how the naked eye and brain can better accommodate the difference in brightness between the Moon and Mars than can the camera. To my eyes Mars shone like a pink jewel whilst the Mare on the Moon were in dark contrast to the southern highlands. My camera, set to show lunar detail, rendered Mars a very dull and tiny disc. Looks like a job tomorrow for 'photo editing software'! Now in bed in Lowestoft. Nighty night stargazers.
    1 point
  16. Glad you got your Gazebo back after it 's maiden flight. I am happy to report that ours is still in place, but earlier today, it required some emergency running repairs with an adjustable spanner. Best regards from George in Lowestoft where it is still raining.
    1 point
  17. here i stand broken hearted thay forcast clear and the clouds never parted. solar imaging is just a illusion filled with sadness and confusion..
    1 point
  18. Seeing looks better today....I think!
    1 point
  19. Lovely night again after quite a poor day here on the East Coast. Managed to get some views through my 11x80mm bins of the star clouds and Messiers in and around Sagittarius. Scraping the roofs to my south but remarkably clear and steady. Jupiter and Saturn still too low to be observed through my pier mounted refractor, but very bright to the naked eye. Saturn usually dim is surprisingly bright. I don't often get to see Sagittarius from our Backyard, so a bit of a treat. From our front door looking North Comet NEOWISE is easily visible with the naked eye even before the street lighting is exti
    1 point
  20. When you see wide field photos in AN and S@N they usually have a wonderful foreground landscape. A wild lake, a dark forest, a deserted beach with abandoned lighthouse or an engineering masterpiece all adding grandeur to the night sky phenomenon pictured. So tonight I give you Comet 2020F3 NEOWISE over my neighbours' guttering - awesome !
    1 point
  21. Yet another beautiful day on the east coast. Went for a walk along the dunes at Winterton on Sea. Watched the little terns fishing and return to shore beaks crammed with silver fish. Was watched in turn by a suspicious seal. As the evening was clear I decided to photograph Jupiter and Saturn rising up over the sea from a vantage point on Corton Cliffs near Lowestoft. Got some nice widefield images with my Canon Dslr simply mounted on a standard tripod at f=18/mm. and ISO 1600 and 3200 - 10sec exposures. Will try stacking them tomorrow to bring out fainter background stars and increase si
    1 point
  22. Just took a quick handheld snap from the bedroom window. The extra elevation enabled my first views of Saturn and Jupiter this year, low over my neighbours' roofs. Oh for a clear view of the southern horizon! George now tucked up in bed.
    1 point
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