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About keithmrris

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  1. Living near 2 USAF bases in Suffolk (1 fighter base and 1 tanker base) I get these all the time. It is a large aircraft.
  2. This man was responsible for rekindling my love for astronomy. He will be sadly missed. He had a great life, who inspired generations and probably millions of people. The greatest memorial anyone can have is not made of stone or bronze, but is measured by how much they are missed. Keith
  3. Neil passed away today after complications from his heart surgery a few days ago set it. Keith
  4. Research for research sake it one of the things that sets us above the rest of the animals on this world. My dog never asked itself "What If". While it is deplorable that there are children in this world without clean drinking water, that is something that has always been the case and always will be the case, just because we live in a flooded country doesn't mean it is our responsibility to see that everyone has plenty of clean drinking water. Alcohol and tobacco, I hardly drink myself, the occasional can of larger (so far 8 cans since New Years) and even though I do smoke (I will quit when I have my weight and diabetes under control) the money spent on these isn't wasted as the tax and duty collected is supposed to go straight in to the NHS. If everybody in this country gave up smoking and drinking alcohol for 1 month the NHS would be even more bankrupt than it is now! I rarely smoke in public, never in front of children. The same with alcohol. If I have any problem with alcohol it is the binge drinkers and lager louts who throw their cans and bottles in to my garden as the walk home from the pub as well as those who get drunk, get in to a fight in the street, give police agro for trying to maintain order then get abusive with the doctors and nurses in casualty who doing their best to stop these idiots bleeding to death. As for the adverts on tv about the starving and those dying of thirst, is it really necessary to put those on at a time when most people are sitting down to their diner? Talk about a guilt trip! I have enough worries of my own without taking on other peoples problems. The main problems these countries have is the land cannot support the population. Answer reduce the birth rate. Who the hell has children knowing they won't be able to feed them properly? The number of times they show a starving baby in the arms of a reasonably fed mother is disgusting! I don't have children, never wanted any and I never made enough money to support a family anyway, so I am not part of the problem, so why should I be made to feel guilty because I am not part of the solution? Sure I could have married (nearly did once but that's another story) and had children then expected the welfare system to feed and clothe my family, but I think then welfare system to do what it is meant to do, offer a safety net in times of hardship, illness and retirement. It is not meant to be an alternative to getting off your Bottom and working! Bet this gets me banned!
  5. On the plus side of things though is, after it is built you may be able to get the supermarket buy you out for a lot more than the house is worth as compensation for changing your quality of life. Also I was told by a district counsellor who has a seat on the planning committee that it is virtually impossible to get agricultural land re-zoned for re-development but I believe these retail/business park or inter-prize zones get away with because it is just changing use from one form of commercial use for another form.
  6. They say the price is RM 153. What the hell is RM? I can't find it on the conversion websites.
  7. Something similar except on the WO one it is flat on the bottom, so I need to remove the scope clamp on my mount and replace it with a piece that replaces that so I cam bolt the combo plate to it. Altair astro do one for each EQ6. My mount is badged as a NEQ6 but it only has the Vixen clamp so it must be an ordinary EQ6. It's just the bit you remove and replace on the mount is different internally. The only way to be sure is to remove mine and see before I order. Looking at the drawings at the bottom it appears I have the standard EQ6 mount that some so and so just put the new badges on! Keith
  8. I have a NEQ6 bought December 2009 and it only has the Vixen puck not the Losmandy one. Was I sold an older EQ6 just rebadged then? I have recently bought a William Optics combo plate and need to change the puck on my mount. There are two available, one is straight sided the other has angled sides. Is there any way I can tell which mine is before I strip it down as I don't want to order the wrong puck adaptor or wait until I strip the mount down before ordering because you just know we will get a break in the weather if I have to go that route. Keith
  9. I have just bought a QHY8L ccd, I usually use a Canon 450D astro modded DSLR. All I can say is with just one imaging session under my belt with the QHY8L I am absolutely blown away with the result. I will probably never use the 450D again. In DSS you need to set the Debayering to "Generic GBRG" DON'T use the "QHY8" one. I captured a very nice M81/M82 using a Baader Neodymium LP filter AND there was a full moon up and I can tell you I captured more detail in the dust lanes of M81 with 20 x 120s exposures with the QHY8L than I did a few months back with the modded DSLR shooting 30 x 180s exposures. True a mono is upto 4 times more sensitive, but with the cloud cover we have been having this year the number of clear skies has limited how many DSOs you get the opportunity to image. I would rather take 30 + images at 120s with a OSC than 20+ 180s L and then 20+ 100s binned for Red then Green then Blue (depending on your target of course) with a mono camera. I just don't have the time (due to work and health issues) to spend an evening and only getting half the information needed then having to wait a couple of days (or weeks) to capture the other channels. Keith
  10. Hi all. I experimented with the Carey mask a while back and found the Bahtinov to be far superior. After reading this thread today I made several for my William Optics Megrez 102 varying in width of the bars in 3mm, 5mm, 7mm, 9mm, 11mm, 13mm and 15mm. I went outside tonight and tried every one of them on Jupiter then Bettleguise and all I could see was a big blurry ball with some very faint spikes but I could not distinguish when I reached focus. With a Bahtinov mask no problem at all on either target. I was using my 450D with live preview on the LCD screen and x10 magnification. I am not just saying this because of what I do for a living, I really truly believe the Bahtinov to be a much better and surer way of get focus. I don't know, maybe I have done something wrong with the Lord masks I made, but I measured the angles exactly. Keith
  11. Hi, I just shine a keyfob LED down the finder. Keith
  12. Be extra careful not to get it in your eyes too or that will be your stargazing and imaging finished for good!
  13. OMG Olly! Well one good thing about the style of construction you have used is you can remove the wood work and just add another three layers of breeze block to raise evrything higher. Keith
  14. I started using this stuff over 30 years ago! Keith
  15. Looks like 3 maybe 4 of them now
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