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About ringz

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  1. Even Partick Moore said it wasn't a planet and he was a friend of Clyde Tombaugh
  2. I was in: Hawaii in 1991 - clouded out. Chile in 1994 - Seen through thin clouds and suffering terribly from altitude sickness. Hand held with a point and shoot film camera. The developer ruined the negative with crap. India in 1995 - amazing if short, the eclipse finished with a double diamond ring. Venezuela in 1998 - perfect view though didn't think we'd be able to see it when we got to the centre line because it was horizon to horizon clouds. Penzance in 1999 - I wanted to see an eclipse on UK soil but we were under heavy skies. I took a portable TV with me and "observed" with that . I'm way too ill and poor to travel to any more eclipses so I just enjoy experiencing them via the internet.
  3. Finally to actually see on video what you see visually during a total eclipse. I would love to have this level of detail for the 1995 Indian eclipse, we had 10 seconds of totally stolen from us but we were regaled with a double diamond ring instead. Someone made a slight error in the shape of the moon
  4. An amazing video about the New Horizon spacecraft and its flypast of Pluto and Ultima Thule. It contains loads of information I didn't know. Pluto & Ultima Thule Documentary
  5. I really enjoyed This month's programme.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. I feel exactly the same. I also felt a bit uneasy when I heard that only Americans can apply for jobs with SpaceX.
  14. The capacitors are to stop the voltage regulator from self oscillating.
  15. My hero since I was a kid is Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
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