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ScoobyStoo

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  1. Haven't visited this website in many years. Moved from London to Chandler's Ford last year and just happened to login again to see if any local astro meetups down this way. Coincidence that the first thread I stumble upon is yours. During my Sunday afternoon internetting I've found these two clubs: https://hantsastro.org.uk/ These guys seem active and are over Pompey way. http://www.solentastro.org/ These guys are closer to Southampton, but a fair bit of the info on the website is out of date so wonder how active they are. I'd imagine there are some decent dark sky spots in the Forest. Anyone more familiar with the area have any suggestions?
  2. Thanks for the info. Have the same problem with the same model as you and was getting completely lost reading the other threads. Will be nipping out to buy the required spanner and allen key. Cheers...
  3. She's a very enthusiastic person but the intonation of her speech...with the all the unnecessary pauses...between every phrase...can get on your proverbials. Tis an interesting programme though all the same.
  4. You've got to love the fact that it's advertised on Gumtree of all places. Used to only be any good for second hand freezers and kids toys. Now it appears to be a one stop shop for all your research grade hardware needs!?
  5. Sadly doesn't apply to TV gear though...
  6. Managed to (just about) get along to the WOLAS meeting last night. Listened to a very interesting talk on Exoplanets. Unfortunately had to dash home to give my 11 week old his 10pm bottle so didn't get a chance to stay and chat.
  7. It's on Monday and I'll be dropping the kids off at Barnardos on the way if they kick off this time.
  8. Didn't make it in the end. Something always manages to scupper things. This time it was a collaborative meltdown on the part of my kids who both decided to go all Fukushima on and my partner just as I was about to walk out the door. Next month. Next month I will make it!
  9. Good old Jim. Another quality programme from the best science broadcaster out there at the moment. Wish they'd give him the same billing as Dr D:ream.
  10. I notice that Beeb4 are repeating an old programme from 2007 called Starmen this week. BBC - BBC Four Programmes - Time Shift, Series 5, Star Men Being new to the hobby I haven't seen it before. Is it worth a watch? Should I be keeping an eye open for any esteemed SGLers having their 15 minutes of fame?
  11. I must admit that the title of this thread made me chuckle in a Carry On Observing kinda way. But that was nothing compared to the guffaw which was prompted by this promo shot on the Webster website. A modern classic I think you'll agree.
  12. I don't know of any at the moment but I'm heading along to my first WOLAS meeting next week so I'll ask the folks there and let you know what they recommend. Are you anywhere round Harrow way?
  13. Hi all, I'm relatively new to all this and now the evenings are getting darker I was wondering if there's anyone around NW London (Harrow) that fancies getting together to drive to a decent dark sky site once in a while? All the best Stu
  14. I'm down in Harrow. Am looking for a few folks to meet up with to do some observing. Do you lads know of any groups round our way? I've joined WOLAS and am heading along to their meeting Monday after next.
  15. Cheers Guys. All useful stuff to be reading at the weekend. Thanks a lot.
  16. Thanks for the links. Interesting stuff. Doesn't look like either of these apps work with Skywatcher mounts though...
  17. Yep. I'll have a more thorough Google around at the weekend and if I can't find anything then I'll have a pop at knocking up some code.
  18. Would be a great opportunity to wheel out some of the old footage of Carl Sagan flared up to the max and wearing one of his killer kipper ties.
  19. I understand your point. I think they are pushing this content out under the Horizon banner because it's such a well known and respected brand. Much easier to piggy back on something which is well established than to create a new identity. Did you see the amount of promos the Beeb had to do for Wonders Of The Universe to get it out to the mainstream audience. Interesting comment about 'real information'. What you define as 'real information' is very different to what someone without a scientifically tuned mind might consider 'real information'. My other half watched it and kept asking me questions. Almost all of that content was new to her and she would certainly have considered it interesting information. I did an IT contract a few years ago within the Communications Dept at the Institute Of Physics and learned a lot from those guys about just how hard it is to introduce science into popular culture. Cheer up, whilst Horizon might not be targeted at our level anymore, at least we have the wonderful Beeb4.
  20. I think you will continue to be disappointed I'm afraid. I'm pretty sure that Horizon has the a different target audience these days. The current remit for the programme is to make science accessible and interesting to the masses. That's why it's shown on Beeb2. All the really high brow stuff has been purposely pushed over to Beeb4. I have no problem with that. Anything which gets science out to the masses is a good thing in my book. I don't think it's dumbed down too much. My other half doesn't have a scientific cell in her body and it's pitched at just the right level to interest her. For really good programming though you can't do better than putting good old Jim Al Khalili at the helm. By far the most engaging science broadcaster at the moment IMHO. The Beeb really should make more of his talents.
  21. Yep, sounds about right. 47-49 UK TV minutes equals a US TV hour. I genuinely have no idea why programme makers assume that their audience has been lobotomised in every ad break and needs to be reminded of the story so far... Still, I've enjoyed the first couple of programmes so high hopes for the rest of them.
  22. I knew I recognised that building. Bond@Paranal
  23. Was a good programme. I've been disappointed by the last couple of series of Horizon as a lot of the programmes felt like 30 min radio scripts that had been stretched into 60 min TV shows by repeating everything at least 4 times and having lots of moody filler shots. I'm glad to see that this series has got off to a much better start. I have to say that I think the JWST will be cancelled. America is technically bankrupt, pure and simple, (as are we here in the UK) and there appears to be no appetite on The Hill to sell 'space stuff' to the American public at the current time. Terribly sad but, once again, a dreadfully managed NASA project if you believe the rumblings.
  24. Yep, that'll be down to my mangling of the English language. Glad the ramblings made some sense though. Will check my calcs but it does look like the mount can give me the angular velocity I need.
  25. Hi all, I don't know if there are any other coders on this site, but I notice that Skywatcher have released an open source API to control their mounts. skywatcher - SkyWatcher Api - Google Project Hosting Now my Skywatcher 250PX GoTo Dob mount does a great job of finding and tracking almost everything of interest in the sky except stuff in LEO. I'd like to be able to observe ISS passes using high mags and my fag packet calculations tell me that the Skywatcher dob mount should slew fast enough to be able to track it across the sky. Before I leap into writing a software application using the Skywatcher API to track LEO objects, I was just wondering if anyone was aware of any existing software that already does it. I'm surprised there isn't already a plugin for Stellarium or something which allows you to do it, but my Googlelations haven't yielded anything substantial. Would appreciate any pointers anyone has... Thanks
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