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  1. Thanks for the comments guys. Yes the skies are very very dark, I managed to get setup just as the sun was setting as I know from previous experience trying to polar align in the dark with so many stars is sooooooo difficult. When darkness fell properly for quite a few minutes I did nothing but stand there gazing around looking at the milky way spreading from one side of the sky to the other, quite breathtaking, I couldn't get over how easily the double cluster was visible and M31 was VERY easy to spot. I took a few shots with my 8mm fisheye lens that show the milky way quite well will dig th
  2. Hi Guys, Visited the inlaws in Ireland a couple of weeks ago, and managed to get a nights stargazing in from a lovely dark site, took a few snaps and here's one for your perusal, a few stars and a little of the milky way. Single frame of 240 seconds at 800 ISO, Canon 20D with 17-40mm f4'L' lens at 17mm f4 on a good old EQ5. Hope you enjoy, comments most welcome. Alan.
  3. Gotta admit young sir thats a fine effort, very nive indeed, would like to see it printed out, bet it would look very nice ! 10 out of 10 matey Alan
  4. Thanks for the comments guys, will keep you up-to-date on what happens next, as for the anti-climb paint we already have it on there !, I'm for wiring the dome upto the mains. Alan
  5. I’ve been a member of Batley and Spenborough Astronomical Society ( http://www.freewebs.com/bsastrosociety/ ) for a number of years a small astronomy club with it’s own observatory and friendy, enthusiastic and knowledgeable members (down to less than half a dozen of us now), we open the observatory to the public once a month during the winter and to organised groups of visitors. Last year we noticed the flat roof of the observatory was leaking so club funds were used to reroof it, a nice tidy job was done, a week later vandals had smashed a hole through the roof, so reroofing was carried out,
  6. Butchering my old Canon 300D !, well taking the IR filter out of it to be honest , been meaning to have a go at this for ages I'm hoping it will come in for astro stuff as well as normal photography. Can't wait to try it out ! Alan
  7. Thats really sad, the death of a true legend, a fantastic fiction writer and a great visionary RIP. Alan
  8. A good start that Martin !, much better than my 1st attempt, not as easy as people think this imaging lark is it ! Alan
  9. Thanks again guys, Andrew thats spot on with my understanding too. Alan
  10. Thanks guys, yeah it reminded me of a pearl, very pretty indeed, wonder if it'll develop a tail ? Alan
  11. Here ya go guys, just bobbed outside for a quick snap at the comet, funny looking little devil isn't it, 2 second exposure at f5.6 Canon 1D mk II with the 300mm f4'L' and a 1.4x converter. Hope you like !, comments most welcome. Alan
  12. Thanks again guys, the wifes from there Naz, born and bred in Cookstown, we got married in Omagh , would love to move out there. Alan
  13. Thanks for the comments guys, glad you enjoyed them, yes Trev I was in the North about 12 miles outside of Cookstown in County Tyrone almost in the foothills of the Sperrins, a really beautiful place. Alan
  14. Hi guys, Here's a few more from this years visit to Northern Ireland. No 1 the Cygnus widefield, hopefully processed a little better than the original No 2 Andromeda Widefield No 3 (my pick of the bunch) Deneb and the N.A.Nebula Comments most welcome, hope you enjoy ! Alan
  15. Another belter there Gordon, just makes me wish I had a goto mount to help find stuff like that ! Alan
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