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Albenn

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  1. Stu - what's the app shown in your pics and is it available for Android?
  2. Apologies from me also. Very impolite. [Goes and stands in corner with head bowed thinking about what I did]
  3. According to Sreallarium, the next time she's sort of in that position is around 2032. Can't wait as I'll only be 73 then and my eyes will probably be knackered
  4. Stu Just had a look on Stellarium for that date and was amazed just how high she was. Also used the scope view and the rings were really tilted open. Must have been spectacular..
  5. That must have been quite a sight Stu!
  6. It's mostly down to the seeing. My first view of Saturn was last year with my Heritage 130p and Vixen 8mm (x2 Barlowed to give x162) and the Cassini was easily seen then - but the seeing was very good. However, was out night before with 8SE and BST ED 12mm (x169) and although it was the best seeing conditions for a while, the Cassini division only became evident when the air stopped moving. Moving up to the BST ED 8mm (x254) was pretty useless. Saturn is pretty frustrating as to me it's arguably the most beautiful object in the sky but only visible during warmer months and therefore more turbulent atmospheric conditions. Also, as mentioned by OP, it's at quite low in the sky! Cosmic conspiracy? HTH
  7. These were taken at 11.30pm which I believe is quite early to spot NLC's. The usual time is around the 12.30 am mark but I have been informed by seasoned NLC watchers that this was quite a display for so early in the NLC season. In one way, I wish I hadn't have seen it because I am now walking around the office like a zombie due to lack of sleep watching out for further displays!
  8. Nice shots Starman1969! I was a little disappointed that I couldn't get out to a site which would have given me a wider perspective and view of the horizon but it was still quite a show wasn't it? Just come back in after looking for more NLC's but it wasn't to be. Still, there's always tomorrow night
  9. Thanks Michael - If there are any showing tonight then you will not mistake them for anything else as they are so bright. Amazing thing about them is how much the patterns change without noticing that they have
  10. Had a play with the Canon editing software and managed to bring one of the pics to as close as how I remember seeing the NLC's on the night. Very bright. Few stars there too which are either actually there or just dust on the sensor
  11. Thanks Mikeyscope - I think I could have gotten the focus a little tighter but find manually focussing the 'nifty fifty' lens a bit of a challenge even when zoomed in using liveview. At least on the old cameras setting the focus to infinity meant it focussed to infinity - but now - it seems it's infinity minus a bit! The pics were unprocessed so I may try bringing a little more detail out. Will post if I do.
  12. Thanks Joe_L - I too was surprised just much light the NLC's reflected.
  13. Thanks Laurie61 - apparently the people in the know reckon we could be in for a good year for NLC's. It's a good start to the season anyway and let's face it, after last years disappointments we are owed a few nights of decent displays
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