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Everything posted by Dazzyd

  1. Hi all How far away from the town/city lights do you think I need to travel to get some decent viewing? I live in the West Midlands (DY2 area) so it's quite light polluted and would love to get somewhere darker and clearer. Haven't got a scope right now but I have a pair of Celestron 15x70 bins (thinking about maybe going to the 20x80 pair) and I'd also love to get some nice photos that aren't so orangey from the street lighting. Thanks Daz :-)
  2. Tripod isn't a problem, that's all ready, so it just comes down to viewing quality really. Thanks for the replies so far :-)
  3. Hi all Been ages since I was on here, lots of things going on with life etc. I no longer have a telescope but currently have a pair of Celestron Skymaster 15x70 bins. I want to start doing some general stargazing again, especially now we have the clear (hopefully) winter nights coming and I was looking at the Skymaster 25x70 bins. Is it worth upgrading from the 15x70s to the 25x70s? £64 seems a good price but what's the viewing quality like compared to the 15x70s? Thanks for any help Daz :-)
  4. Haven't been on here for a while, been a little busy but can't wait to get to the Cosford site sometime soon (still no idea where it is though LOL). The scope has been hibernating and it needs to get out now, got to make a dew shield for the Telrad though, des up way too easily Hopefully see you guys soon
  5. Not sure if the gates are closed at a certain time or it at Himley. I know the person who runs Himley (I do the official photos of the fireworks each year), I'll email her on Monday and see what she says about access, lights etc. I know the hall has lights to illuminate it but I don't know if they get switched off at a certain time. I'd be up for Himley, it's only 15 mins away for me
  6. Makes it even easier then lol. You're welcome Claire, silly travelling to the same place on public transport when you're only around 10 mins away
  7. If we're heading there on the same night Clair you're welcome to a lift as long as we can get both scopes in the car lol. I have to drop the back seat down to fit mine in.
  8. Oh flip I missed it. Didn't get round to jumping on here yesterday. Could someone pm me when you're going to Cosford next please? I get an email when there's a pm so if I miss the post here I'll still catch it. Could you let me know (pm) where the Cosford site is too please so I can have an idea where to go and how far it is? Thanks guys, looking forward to getting out to a darker site with the scope now the nights are getting darker, got to make a dew shield for my Telrad first though lol
  9. Craven Arms is around 40 miles from us Claire. Out past Bridgenorth then towards the shropshire/welsh border just above Ludlow. It's out in the sticks in dark sky areas
  10. I'm down the road from you in Netherton Claire, I know what you mean about finding some decent dark skies. I've been looking at Clun just past Craven Arms which isn't TOO far to travel, it looks like it's a very dark sky area but you have to be 100% sure of clear skies otherwise it's a wasted journey. Fingers crossed I make it over there in the next 2-3 months
  11. I haven't got to go back to work until Tuesday, think I'll put the scope out to cool. Saw Andromeda the other night through my bins so going to try and see it through the scope tonight. Not sure if the new UHC filter will help.
  12. It's looking decidedly poo on the weather front. We get a few patches of clear when it's dark but that's all we get. It's more rubbish than a rubbish truck that's overflowing with rubbish! LOL Fingers crossed we get some clear skies that last longer than 5 minutes
  13. Island Meadow looks a nice place, I can imagine it being nice a quiet during the late autumn/winter months. It's 30 miles from me which isn't too bad really
  14. According to Sky Safari it's NGC292 Small Magellanic Cloud. Hope that helps
  15. I'm up for it if we get decent weather
  16. If I'd have realised you guys were staying up there I'd have stayed myself. I rushed back from Wiltshire hoping to catch the last hour (thinking it was 10-12 as the Walsall AS email said) and everyone was going when I got there at 11:05. Damn
  17. Pub meet sounds like a good idea Steve
  18. I'll be driving back from Wiltshire late Saturday night, going to take my bins and dslr see if I can stop off somewhere nice and dark on the way back Would love to have made the meteorwatch up at Barr Beacon but I don't think I'll be back early enough
  19. @marscuriosity has just tweeted that the hi res version of the decent video is coming soon (SO hope it's going to be today or tomorrow, it's only just before midday at NASA). This is a 1 frame preview of the heat shield dropping away..... Ooooo I'm excited
  20. Here's one I just had a play with colouring. Bit rough n ready but here it is
  21. The main camera mast hasn't been deployed yet, neither has the one on the long arm that can actually look back at Curiosity, those get deployed over the next week or two. The Images so far are from the Hazcams which are only used for hazard avoidance stuff. These became enabled as soon as the rover landed because they are fixed and they didn't need to be moved into place. Once the main cameras (all 17 of em) are up and running we should get some pretty decent images. As has been said, they could have probably put 5MP or higher sensors in but it was a trade off between quality and bandwidth. I'm sure I heard at one of the briefings that the data rate is around 2Mbit/sec (around 250kByte/sec) and then you have error correction etc on top of that as well as telemetry, scientific data etc and you can see how impractical higher MP sensors would have been. We're going to see some amazing images over the coming months, the scientific teams need them as well as us so they can see where to drive to next (in case they see something interesting). Just like waiting for our clear skies, we just need to be patient
  22. I'm driving back from Wiltshire on Saturday night but I may be able to make somewhere if I'm back early enough. If not it'll have to be stop on the way after dropping friends off in Evesham. I'm going to start watching from around Thursday night though (weather permitting). I'd like to be able to get somewhere darkish so I can do some long exposures to try and capture a few streaks Got anywhere planned Viv?
  23. And there were thousands gathered in Times Square watching the footage. Absolutely wonderful to see people interested in science rather than who's having an affair with who and all that celeb rubbish in the media! http://www.flickr.co...ang/7723844458/
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