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tich

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tich last won the day on March 13 2016

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  1. tich

    Clear skies forecast tonight

    I'll probably be out mooning & not much else until the pier gets installed.....
  2. I've imaged using my 10" F4.7 Skywaycher 250P on an NEQ6 a few times now & it does work well, but none of my images came out as good as yours mind.
  3. Yeah there's plenty of hard standings even the pitch I were on was hard standing although you had to cross a part of the field to get there. We just went to those as it gives you a lot more sky.
  4. Ah yes the calm before the storm, it certainly turned out to be an adventure when that arrived.
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    Bubble Nebula

    Looks good to me a target I've never had a go at myself.
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    The Moon 27/10/2018

    Thanks folks I don't think I'll be out tonight though cloud & rain
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    The Moon 27/10/2018

    Thanks Tony I've still got to get the pier installed so its only on the tripod at the minute & its a bit bouncy on the wooden floor lol. I haven't got the kit to do it & the bloke who were going to fit it is away at the moment due to family reasons. Still I'm good for Lunar & Solar at the moment so happy about that for now.
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    The Moon 27/10/2018

    I haven't posted any images for a while now so this week I've been out in the observatory aka the Dumpy Dalek trying to get some colour shots of the Moon, this one is my 4th attempt although it would have been my third if I'd checked the focus properly. This image consists of 30% of 320 shots stacked in Registax & tweaked in Lightroom & Photoshop to bring out the colours. Equipment Canon 1000D, ED100 & AZ EQ6 GT shot at 1/500th sec at iso 100.
  9. Even though conditions weren't best as regards the moisture it's a hell of a lot darker there, of course there are regular campers around so there is the odd white light around which is why we set up in the large field away from the main buildings. The Milky Way went almost from horizon to horizon & looked stunning overhead. As far as I'm aware they only close for two weeks of the year & open the rest, my only niggle is their weird pitch pricing that they have there. I'll definitely be back there though although it wont be this year for me as I need to get the observatory up & running for winter
  10. It's the first time for me although Tony has been a couple of times there now, although conditions weren't perfect for seeing the Milky Way still popped out overhead & was easy to see plus quite a few deep sky objects with the naked eye. Would I go again? You betcha!!
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    Fforest Fields

    It were brilliant catching up with everyone & we got a couple of decent nights out too, already looking forward to our next meet although I had to open up the caravan to dry it out as it were folded up wet. Still I managed to catch up with the rain again too as there were no blue skies here when I got home lol. Just in case you haven't seem it Mike;
  12. Sorry Gav hope you're all having a good time there & the storms didn't cause anyone any harm. I'm already looking forward to it Tony I can't wait I have to say the skies there were pretty impressive even though there was a lot of moisture in the air, the Milky way did look very impressive.
  13. This wasn't really an official event just a few of us getting together to make the most of the skies there which is why I were unable to make it to SGL this time, it were the first time there for me & I wasn't disappointed, with the Milky Way stretching right over from one horizon almost to the next. I even managed to get some imaging in although I did go for easy targets as I've struggled lately & it's been the first time I've grabbed any photons in around 18 months. I also did a spot of solar too although it were very hazy so not the best conditions. I can also safely say Storm Callum didn't dampen our spirits nor do any damage alhough the awnings were taken down before the storm hit. Thanks goes to Tony for helping me out, plus it were great catching up with Mick, Jill, Mike & Dorothy. Hope to see you at Pencelli in March.
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    Observatory build Questions

    Crikey Jim take it easy then mate hope to catch up sometime soon.
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    Observatory build Questions

    Is it all repaired yet Jim? I were hoping to be down your way again this year but it didn't happen in the end unfortunately. He did but if he had I think his job would have been on the line afterwards, I think this observatory malarky must have been stressing me out for a while as I've slept for most of the day today lol. In other news it'll be great catching up with the both of you next week at fforest fields. Oh I'm sure I'll find something to do providing we have any cold clear nights lol, see you next week!!! Back to the observatory after the rain we've had today (I can't think why?) I noticed some water had come in below the doorway so that would need extending downwards so will need addressing sometime, & the bottom of the ply board that goes around the base is going rotten so will need cutting out & replacing, other than that it's all good. The door is made from stainless steel so unsure what to use to extend it other than more stainless, I guess a PVC strip would do the job riveted & sealed onto it. I'll probably do some temporary repairs to it when I get back from Wales until next year then crack on with it next summer but it is usable as is which is the main thing.
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