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ruiyyanko

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  1. Thanks, all! Hehe...I look forward to the day when I lay claim to that too!
  2. Not long after my husband and I started our relationship, I asked him the same question. His reply was, "from here to there". When I asked him to clarify where 'there' was, and he said it was the end of the universe...It worked for me!!!
  3. I too am just starting with Messier and Lunar 100 before progressing on to the more professional CNGC. Thanks for the link to the software...gonna go check it out.
  4. Hmm, can't say I agree...my first scope was a surprise prezzie from my husband, and it cheered me up no end (much more than flowers)!!! Then again, perhaps I'm not a terribly good example! I still like shoes and pretty things though! But if you want to show that your feelings for her are of astronomical proportions, I quite like the rosette nebula idea.
  5. Well, after not being able to work out why we couldn't get a decent image of Saturn, finally...a result! We had the scope exchanged due to a fault (flares when imaging stars), and when we re-tried imaging Saturn again, the pic turned out alright! I know it's still not as brilliant compared to some others on here, but compared to last time, it's a tremendous improvement!
  6. ruiyyanko

    Things in the Sky

    ...as seen through my skeletope. View more of our astro images here - http://tiny.cc/astro-imaging
  7. Thx! It's me fave pic...for now. :)
  8. I would have thought playing the money card would get Councils to listen since everyone's preoccupied with what their tax money is being spent on. Then again, all it takes is one binge-drinker to sue the Council after tripping over a kerb and we are back to square one. Still, petitioning is worth a shot. It doesn't take long and we haven't got much to lose (except hopefully more light!). I think the issue with the streetlamp near my house is more directional than anything. Although it is quite bright, it wouldn't be so bad if it was just shining down on the street, and not the carpark opposite plus three gardens beyond into mine! I'm not quite sure what all that light is for, apart from helping burglars find their way into my property. Oh well, rant over...I've had decent results before from using Fix My Street, so will give that a go again. I didn't know about light trespass before, but glad to have found that out today!
  9. Hahahaha...You just made my day! I hope you live in a fortress! Don't want anyone trying to fund their drug habit by flogging off your scopes!
  10. Thanks for all the feedback...really learning a lot here! It did look like that was the case (using x2)...a bit similar to taking a lo-res pic and stretching it, I guess...but as the seeing possibly wasn't as good as it could have been, it's a little difficult to tell. We'll try it again with the barlow next time and see if the result's the same.
  11. We did try it with a Barlow, but that did not seem to greatly improve quality. Yeah, this is my suspicion as Saturn looked clear enough through the eyepiece. Anyway, just to recap...Scope properly collimated, tried with Barlow, also tested with our Bahtinov mask (sorry forgot to mention this before), sky clear to begin with but once imaging started noticed thin layer of cloud, and also dew on mirror. I'm just going through all the possibilities here to see if I have left anything out. We did also remove webcam later and checked again through eyepiece and again Saturn did look alright...this makes me think either it's webcam settings or like what James said above about it being clear enough to view but not clear enough to image. Although we did try many different settings, I can't quite remember what they all were, so I'm not going to say we tried every possible combination. Hopefully, on the next clear night we'll be able to have another go and try out James' suggestion...and maybe do it at a different time too, when Saturn's higher. Thanks for all the advice guys...Fingers crossed!
  12. Haha...well, there you go - 07:01 is where he explains why he's had to sensationalise the series. If he had a gun he probably would use it to shoot all those people who turn over to watch Corrie. I think I like him better when he's not in 'showbiz' mode. Also, now I can't help but notice his teeth!!! It's all I can see, especially during that parabolic flight scene! Thanks for sharing this...It's ace!
  13. I do often wonder how well it is working though...There's no denying that astronomy is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, but the response could be from people who already have some level of interest in astronomy (however small), but didn't know where to start. What about those in whom the 'spark' doesn't even exist?
  14. Not done any imaging with it in place yet, but probably will try that soon. Laser cutter at college
  15. Maybe you could start online either here or some networking site like meetup, and see how many people are interested...then when enough people are involved, you can brainstorm to decide where to take it from there. Hope this helps, and good luck.
  16. Thanks for the advice...Scope's a Skywatcher Explorer 150P (which I understand is better for viewing DSO than planets), and has been properly collimated (according to David, since he was the one who did it!). We did also try with a barlow, but that did not greatly improve matters. Btw, the streetlamp comment was a joke...We have previously had decent viewings through our scope in spite of its presence. It is still an annoyance, however.
  17. Just saw the new sticky...great idea! Only one small niggly suggestion - maybe the step stool could be a folding one as they are quite nifty.
  18. This looks more than respectable! Wish mine looked like that!
  19. ...especially with one as rubbish as mine? That's actually just a screenshot as it was so bad there was no point trying to stack it...there is also a (very short) video of it here. In my defence, it was my first time imaging Saturn. The night started out so well - sky was clear, neighbour next door was out (so lights were off...though cannot do much about streetlamps), and I'd just had a lovely dinner (very important variable)...so hubby and I decided we would set it all up in the back garden. We'd seen Saturn a few weeks before when it looked really sharp through our scope, and although it didn't look as brilliant this time, it still wasn't bad. We could both spot Titan, and David (pook on here) claimed he could see the shadow of Saturn's rings. Anyway, we decided to go ahead with the imaging. That's when it all started to go wrong...we just couldn't get a clear image of Saturn at all, and we couldn't work out why. After awhile, we noticed there was actually a thin layer of cloud slowly covering Saturn (no idea where it came from), and could also see dew on the mirror. Could this be why my Saturn looks like this? Also, is it meant to look so...orange? Has it got something to do with my eyes, my screen settings, something I did when setting up the webcam, or all of the above? There was a streetlight happily casting its glow in our general direction. In other circumstances, I would consider it benign, but in this instance, I have decided to blame it for scuppering my efforts last night! Oh well, better luck next time...
  20. I think he did it on Chris Moyle's show as well...It really cracks me up - "Space is like...dead big!"
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