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About gaelicstorm7

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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 those out later. Cheers, Alan. Would love to live there and have that sky all the time !
  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, and razor wire fitted around the edges of the building, Last week we noticed that someone had been trying to cut the aluminium of the dome !, then this week the dome had been cut properly and the sheeting bent back but thankfully no one got in to the scope. So I dread to think what the future will bring more barbed wire ?, steel edges to the aluminium on the dome ?, who knows. What a sad, sad world we live in when this sort of thing goes on. As a final word to this, if there’s any astronomers in the area who would like to come along and join us at the club, we would be delighted to see you, we meet at 8.00pm on Thursdays throughout the year. Sorry for the rant. Alan.
  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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