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  1. ringz

    The Sky @ Night

    Yep, It's a massive upgrade from the previous flying observatory - The Kuiper Airborne Observatory. I'll watch the Sky at Night while I eat lunch
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    Updating to Stellarium 0.18.2

    when you are upgrading a dialog box opens and asks you if you want to keep your old config file (amongst other things). the default is no. un-tick it and your setting won't be wiped away.
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    A Cheap Huge Worm Gear

    Mel Bartels used to make large diameter worm gears using a plastic/nylon threaded rod pressed into JBWeld epoxy glue around the circumference of a plywood sandwich. He also wrote the software to drive the scope through a parallel printer port of a laptop of the time. it was way ahead if its time.
  4. I've used bitsbox in the past, their products were very competitively priced, the p&p was a fixed rate and things arrived in a timely manner.
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    Ham radio ISS contacts

    I remember the first time the space shuttle operated on VHF over the UK, it was mayhem. It was not the proudest moment for amateur radio I'm afraid. From AOS to LOS it was bedlam with people calling willy nilly and someone broadcasting Nellie the Elephant by Mandy Miller trying to block signals from the shuttle. I did manage to hear W5LFL but didn't try to contact with my QRP setup. I'm G0DKR by the way but G6XWR when the above happened.
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    Horizon Tue 7th

    Well it's not that long ago that the scientific community was saying the sun was a large mass of burning coal I also didn't manage to get through the whole programme though I did manage to get further than most because the style of the programme was what I have come to expect of late.
  7. ringz

    Youtube video about M8

    There quite a range of subjects too, such at the elements, Deep sky objects and mathematics to name but 3. The elements one is very famous and used to be presented by Sir Martyn Poliakoff. https://www.youtube.com/user/periodicvideos https://www.youtube.com/user/DeepSkyVideos/videos (Brady Haran produced some amazing videos from various observatories in the Atacama desert.) https://www.youtube.com/user/Computerphile/videos I used to watch the ESOcast before Dr. J left and things went into the doldrums for a while. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIhYoC2VIAJqCkoIWNHBQ3Q
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    Live rocket launch

    I feel exactly the same. I also felt a bit uneasy when I heard that only Americans can apply for jobs with SpaceX.
  9. ringz

    Can anyone explain this wiring diagram?

    The capacitors are to stop the voltage regulator from self oscillating.
  10. ringz

    Avatar Change.

    My hero since I was a kid is Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
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    I think the light pollution and living in a flat where she had to lug her gear up a load of stairs finally got to her.
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    James Webb

    I kept thinking that someone was going to jump out and shout "April Fool!"
  13. ringz

    James Webb

    I have given up on this project ever being completed in my lifetime. Northrup Grumman should be replaced by a competent company.
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    Live rocket launch

    And Arthur C Clarke. They used "It's full of cars" somewhere along the line.
  15. ringz

    35mm Film for AP?

    I have an old Olympus OM1 going spare

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