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tich last won the day on March 13 2016

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  1. He doesn't need persuading he just needs one!!! It's the law!!! "Aaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!" said Thud the viking!!
  2. Sorry for putting the frighteners on you Tony I hope you will be able to pop along it would be great to catch up, thinking of you both.
  3. someone mention cake!!!
  4. I'm bringing lots of kit not sure what as yet, Nicky nacky Noo & of course my SGL Hat!!!
  5. Just wondering if there's a pitch plan as I can't find one anywhere? If we can get on Kingfisher again then that would be great but happy to pitch up anywhere really, I will be quite late getting there so I'd imagine I would have to ring up Lucksall to give them my car registration details.
  6. We will be on pitch yellow 154 this time & getting there quite late so should er be fun setting up!! Be great to catch up with you all....
  7. Afternoon all I'm thinking of attending this year although it will only be on the Friday & Saturday night, we will be coming down straight from work so I'd imagine I won't be there until 7:30-ish so I'll be setting up quite late. If its clear & I don't want to be stoned to death is there a hard standing pitch where I can set up out of the way? We will be using red torches when unfolding the caravan but it any hands on help to get the thing set up quick would be appreciated so not to disturb any of you lovely folk.
  8. tich

    Thanks Tim

    I'd just like to say thanks to @Tim for letting us hold a couple of outreach events at the garden centre, unfortunately the clouds were conspiring against us on Sunday but we did get some interest, plus it were nice to catch up with people like @John as I just heard his voice & I thought I know you!, so it were lovely seeing you again after all this time. It's ok the shark didn't bite Andy's arm off. Scuse the er finger!!
  9. We were going to build a roll on roll off shed observatory but as this came up for 150 quid on eBay it were a no brainer!! A dome can be limiting but then it does offer good wind protection to so horses for courses.
  10. I managed another session on the Sun yesterday although seeing conditions were poor plus I were fighting clouds, I did manage to use the 3X Barlow on all the scopes but the HA PST is definitely suffering with Newtons rings with or without a Barlow being used. Not a brilliant set of images so this is probably about the best I could manage from a bad bunch.
  11. The Sun in white light, Hydrogen Alpha & Calcium K using an ED100 & PST's I only had a short time to process these earlier as I had to rush to work, my old faithful cheap & cheerful £15 ebay 3X Barlow lens which I've had for years still worked quite well on the Sun in white light today even though conditions weren't great for seeing, however the Astro engineering & Revelation Astro 4 & 5X Barlows were completely useless as both were casting reflections in the imaging train so Solar work is definitely out the of question for these & they both cost nearly 4 X as much. I think I saw a hint of Newtons rings when I were imaging in Ha using the DMK41 so I'll need to look into that. 25% of 2000 frames stacked in autostakkert 3, wavelets tweaked in Registax & finished off in Photoshop
  12. Some more solar shenanigans before I go to work seeing wasn't great either but nice to be out again so I quickly set up in the Dumpy Dalek, I tried the ASI camera in the Ca-K scope but got Newtons rings, switched back to the DMK41 & tried a Barlow lens still Newtons rings & the same in the Ha scope. you don't get any of this in white light. This solar imaging malarky is a right royal pain, I don't think tilt adapters will work using PST's so kinda stuck for ideas. The close up of the Sunspot was done using the ASI camera, ED80 & a 2X Barlow on the nosepiece into another 3X Barlow lens. A bit unorthodox method but its all I had to hand & I couldn't be bothered to run upstairs to get more Barlow lenses. All images with varying frames from 250 to 500 stacked in Autostakkert 3 depending on their quality, Ca-K PST, Ha PST, ED80 & Lunt wedge for white light.
  13. No Dave I use a Ca-K PST using a DMK41 so I can get the full disc in frame
  14. It started off well in white light but as the day went on Calcium K & Ha images went a bit squiffy so this is the best of a bad bunch. White light images taken using an ED100, Lunt Herchel Wedge, ASI 120 MM camera with 2X then 3X Barlow lens to try & get up close. Calcium K & Ha images taken using a DMK41 camera, CAK PST, HA PST Double Stacked.
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