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Steve Ward

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Steve Ward last won the day on October 6 2016

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  1. Steve Ward

    TO Solarlite filter for visual?

    The Baader film gives much better results/views than any of the Thousand Oaks films , have tried all and they don't come close.
  2. Steve Ward

    Viewing the sun directly through my 12" dob

    Nah , those are joints in the filter , it's made from four pieces of Baader film , the 'big' rolls are only 1000 x 500 mm , too small to make the mammoth in one ...
  3. Steve Ward

    Replacement Foam for an Astro case

    I regularly use a small flight-case manufacturer in Rickinghall near Diss , they have hard flightcase foam from 1/4" up to about 2-1/2" thick in 8' X 4' sheets ( can easily make thicker slabs by laminating) Always helpful and happy to sell the foam seperately , and it's not expensive either. 14-17 Willow Farm Business Park , Stowmarket Rd , Rickinghall IP22 1LQ. 01379 898898.
  4. Steve Ward

    At what point is it cheating?

    And yet some still continue to do this , a certain recently appointed "Director" of "Salford Astronomical Society" has just been caught with his pants down using other people's images and after a quick 'tweak' has entered them into , and won , competitions with them ... ! And on top of this he has had the front to deny it in spite of a wealth of damning evidence and professional testimony. No apologies have been issued as yet but the competition organisers , sponsoring 'scope manufacturer ( who used this clowns images exclusively on their site) have all taken swift action to reverse things , as they most certainly should have. What was going through his mind when he startd is anybody's guess , but I'm pretty sure he won't be doing it again any time soon ... or if he does he will think twice about posting the "work" online for the entire world to see. Some of you run down FB , but believe me if you want to rally an entire planet's imaging community's wrath it is the place to go ...
  5. Steve Ward

    Bahtinov advice please

    Albireo's a pretty bright double which might account for the irregularity , might be worth repeating on Vega or some similar single point source.
  6. Steve Ward

    A big fan?

    Give me sub-zero nights over these sultry humid ones every time , working outside all day in this heat is decidedly unhealthy so I'm beggared if I'm sitting out in it at night too ...
  7. Steve Ward

    Dark anomoly in subs?

    Saved as a JPEG for you so folk can see it and save everyone having to download the RAW file ...
  8. Steve Ward

    Best Grease for Gears?

    On the grounds that in general your mount does exactly One revolution per Day and even when 'fast' slewing' it's hardly mimicking a racing engine pretty much anything you have kicking about will do the job . There's been lots of discussion on this over the years with all sorts of bluster about using super-duper , top-end , high-spec , high-price greases in mounts , all unnecessary in my humble opinion ... Sits back comfortably and awaits the onslaught ...
  9. Or possibly the Barlow , assuming you had one in the imaging train ... ?
  10. Steve Ward

    Strange definition ...

    ??? ... Jupiter rotates every 9.8 hours , so the GRS is visible about twice every day regardless , just a matter of timing whether it's visible when you observe. Plenty of sites out there that show exactly when the storm is in view.
  11. Steve Ward

    Film or herschel

    Wedge is marginally better , but the improvement over Baader film is in no way proportional to the difference in price ... Given that our star is virtually asleep at the moment (as far as whitelight observing/imaging is concerned) I'd recommend Baader Solar film for starters ...
  12. And it's 299,792,458 in a vacuum ...
  13. Steve Ward

    International Astronomy show 2017

    I was looking forward to a day out and a catch-up , unfortunately work commitments have scuppered that idea so I shan't be there this year ...
  14. Steve Ward

    Baader vs Solarix film

    None of the black polymer films come anywhere near Baader film in terms of clarity of view or detail observable/imageable ...
  15. Steve Ward

    Solar Sunglasses question

    You can ask the question wherever you like , you will still receive the very same answers and you will continue to ignore them ... We could quite easily direct you to other forums where the question could be asked but it would be like passing on a virus and completely unfair to those sites.
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