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  1. Just watched it on the iPlayer, what a great episode. I found it funny that these days we have super computers to process astronomical data, however a centaury ago the Vatican used three nuns to do the job. I really enjoyed the philosophical points of view as well. It is a shame philosophy is not taught in schools these days. I tell my undergrads that unless you have a basic understanding of philosophy, you can not really understand what science is really about. Many years ago I stayed in a Villa on the other side of the lake from the Popes summer palace and the Vatican observatory, it is a stunning place.
  2. Bookings for Septembers Astrocamp star party in the Brecon Beacons open today at 1pm. Here is the link http://astrocamp.awesomeastronomy.com/ Cheers, Justyn
  3. At one of the South Wales Groups star parties, two of us had the same make of smart phone with the same weather app, yet the two forecasts were different!!!!!!
  4. Came across this article. It sounds an interesting development. https://petapixel.com/2017/06/01/microsoft-develops-curved-sensor-greatly-improves-image-quality/
  5. I have booked in!!!!!
  6. The amount of energy and material involved to build such vast structures such as Dyson type solar panels would be phenomenal, for a start they would have to be over 4 000 000 Km across!!!!! My money is on a natural cause such as in the post above.
  7. Only closes for Jan and Feb, that's brill for astronomy. Definitely going to take a look sometime Tony, will let you know when.
  8. Sounds interesting Tony. Would it be a good site for imaging? May give it a go when we get astronomical darkness back. Is there a website/map for this campsite?
  9. In astronomy.......aperture is the solution to everything!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Congratulations Matthew, what a lovey cake. Hope you had a great day and enjoy the rest of your days together. Hope to see you again at September's AstroCamp. All the best, Justyn
  11. Love it, thanks for posting
  12. Looking forward to making my booking.
  13. It is the landing of the first stage in an area not much bigger that two football fields that I find absolutely amazing.
  14. I got to AstroCamp on Tuesday last week. I got there early so I could have plenty of time test the new motherboard I replaced in the EQ8 and test the EQmod pulse guiding. AS the evening drew in I started to notice the new village street lights. This is the image I took of the lower field of the campsite and posted it on the AstroCamp Face Book page straight away. This resulted in a lot of activity and people contacting all sorts of organisations , local councillors and national politicians. The villagers of Cwmdu and the campsite owners are opposed to the new bright lights. BBC Wales came up on Sunday to interview one of the organisers, they used my image at the beginning of the report. The AstroCamp organisers arranged a paper petition in the village and are arranging online versions soon. Hopefully these will be posted up soon. Cheers, Justyn PS Please feel free to use my image to protest/highlight the cause. The Brecon beacons is a designated Dark Sky Reserve!!!!!!!
  15. When I frist started coming (SGL4) there used to be a tour of the site and of different peoples scopes/imaging set ups espeicaly for newcomers. I am not sure if this was official but I think it was run by Helen and MikeP. Think this might be a good icebreaker.