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BSIA Ralph

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  1. There's a Fordingbridge group there too (unless they're one & the same) and Godshill cricket ground, near Sandy Balls, is a great place to observe from.
  2. The website player (www.awesomeastronomy.com) is HTML5 Ismangil. But you're, right iTunes only does cause problems for non Apple users.
  3. Blue eyes but colour blind and know many more people with brown eyes and better visual acuity than myself. I think this may be an incorrect factoid.
  4. Episode 7 is now available for download. This month we discuss a streambed on Mars, the eighth planet from Earth (in the Alpha Centauri system), Comet ISON, a black hole in Orion's Trapezium Cluster (including an interview with Dr Holger Baumgardt who modelled its presence), interstellar travel, the original singularity and gravity. We also answer listeners' questions on the naming of our solar system, how much of the moon lunar libration allows us to see and what things that we 'know' now will likely be proved wrong. You can download it at http://bit.ly/YqQsgF and ANY feedback, positive or negative is greatly appreciated. Thank you. The northern half.
  5. Red, green and blue filters can help too - especially as they can tease out more detail than you can achieve with full white light. But magnification will reduce the glare without any cost.
  6. Thanks very much DirkSteele. 'Broken bottles' means you could be the only person who listens right to the very end! Ninian is such a lovely guy - what I didn't know was that Tom was recording the interview with him as I was reading (and enjoying) his book on holiday.
  7. Thanks Matthew. I'd suggest listening to the last episode first - a bit less creaky!!
  8. Hi there. Awesome Astronomy's played on AstronomyFM but it's best to download via iTunes so you can listen at your pleasure. We started out with an ironic scepticism of pseudo-science mixed in with the astronomy (I don't remember metioning ghosts though) but that seems to have naturally petered out as we've concentrated on the astronomy. The Mars bunker is our way of poking fun at the Face on Mars/Richard Hoagland conspiracy theories and even that ruse is only a shadow of its former self. We love feedback though (good and bad), so would love to hear your thoughts.
  9. I thought I'd mention our new(ish) astronomy podcast - Awesome Astronomy. Not just to promote it but because I think a lot of people on here might enjoy the variety of astronomy topics each month. We primarily want to make astronomy entertaining as well as educational, but topics such as supermassive black holes and interplanetary geology means there is quite a bit for the more advanced amateur too. We cover the latest astronomy news, have a highly descriptive sky guide, interview notable astronomers and answer listeners astronomy questions. So far we've interviewed Sir Patrick Moore (no introduction needed), Seth Shostak (from SETI), Prof Sandy Faber (who identified the fault with Hubble) and Dr Abby Allwood (from JPL's Mars Program Office) amongst others. If you wanted to take a listen, you can find it via the website or itunes. We also have a twitter feed and a Facebook Group where people can pose questions for discussion on the show and let us know what they like (or don't like). I really hope you can take the time to have a listen and let us know what you think.
  10. No Mars until 2014! but Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus are all around now and Saturn is back with us early next year. (Shameless plug:) My website lists the planets on view each month.
  11. This effect can be captured really nicely by photographing Capella (more pronounced on Sirius but any really bright star will do) and tapping your scope as you take one second exposures. It makes a large looping star trail with rainbow effects. Astronomically useless but aesthetically pleasing!
  12. Unless you're imaging with it on 1-2 minute exposures (unguided), you'll probably get away with an approximate location. For visual observing I'd say anywhere within 100 miles won't cause you too many troubles.
  13. Definitely a night rather than a morning man. Usually 3-4 hours after sunset is enough to get some half decent images and I'm hankering for the warmth of my pit. I do have to drive two hours out of London to get to dark skies and two hours back so, all told, thats about 7-8 hours (once or twice a fortnight on average). Why do we put ourselves through it?...
  14. I go with sid-ear-eal with the stress on the middle syllable. No one's laughed when I say it - which is usually the acid test!
  15. The reports for this comet really do make the mouth water in anticipation but previous cometary predictions make us so sceptical (perhaps rightly). But if this only reaches half the magnitude predicted - and that requires all sorts of information (nucleus size, composition, coma size, etc) - it should be one hell of a treat.
  16. Well Brantuk, that glimpse of the daylight moon and tour of your set up persuaded me that an Altair 115 would be the way to go. Serial number 007 arrives on Tuesday.
  17. I suspect it's not far off mag 11 now. I imaged it last night with my 90mm refractor and 2011fe was far brighter than any of the other stars between us and the galaxy. It really is quite striking at the moment - more so than the supernova in M51 was in June.
  18. I know this reply is a bit late, but the SIMBAD resource is marvellous for this. Go to http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/, scroll down to the basic search box, enter the HIP number and hit enter. The next page will list every catalogue designation for you. Hope this helps.
  19. Hi there. I've been using the Synguider on the Veil Nebula recently and have been getting 10-12 minute exposures before some trailing worked their way into the images. One issue I'm having is that away from DSOs that have a central bright star (ie 52 Cygni in the Veil and Theta Orionis C in M42) there are few objects with a star bright enough to lock on to in the vicinity. How do people get around this - move the guidescope out of alignment with the imaging scope until a >mag 8 star is in the SG's crosshairs perhaps? Also the display is so dim that even in a very dark site with good dark adaption, it's very difficult to read. Is this just my model or has anyone found a way to increase the screen brightness?
  20. I did the same as ashworthacca last week (ordered it from Caelum Observatory's Store) it asks for your address but doesn't ask for any more postage for sending it to the UK. I emailed the observatory to ask if they'd received payment (as I'd only got a PayPal receipt) and Adam Block replied straight away to tell me it is on it's way. It'd be great to know what people make of it 'cos I'm itching to get my hands on it.
  21. Waiting for it to pop through my letter box. The online comments are very positive but how did you get on with it?
  22. Those binos will be ideal for the open clusters that are around at the moment. I would imagine you'll pick out Saturn's rings too - when the clouds part.
  23. Hello Celinibellini The park is very safe. We have a police presence at all times (committee member Carl is a Parks Police officer and is always on hand) and if you use the nearest gate - Monkey Gate next to London Zoo - there are floor lights that lead you all the way to the Hub. See http://www.bakerstreetastro.org.uk/location/ for a map. After having Sir Patrick and the team film April's Sky at Night from a BSIA meeting on Monday we expect it to be even busier than usual, which means more scopes and a better atmosphere. Of course, we always say that if it's cloudy we'll be going ahead in the hope of a break in the clouds but if it's raining, it's off. Although we put up-to-date announcements on Facebook and Twitter, it's best to judge this for yourself as your about to set off. Don't worry about being shy though. Come and find me (I'll be in a white BSIA T-shirt) and we'll ease you in gently. We have such a diverse range of friendly members that it's impossible not to make tons of like-minded friends there. We're all about bringing free amateur astronomy to as many people as possible and encouraging those that have never looked through a telescope to do so. I look forward to seeing you there.
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