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  1. I suspect she'll never fly again...! Incidentally, have a look at this - not seen this shuttle footage before.
  2. I just bought a 180 skymax mak from FLO. Do you think they might take it back and let me use the refund on the above? Far more exciting bits sticking off it!! Who would guess that the mind of man could even dream of such things. What is Man that thou art mindful of him!
  3. thank you Phillip! (and impressed with your alternative type set skills!)
  4. I'll stick some on here doc, esp when i've done some imaging with it. Really lovely thing. A little gem.
  5. Just had the 7 inch Mak delivered (well done FLO). It is the absolute bomb!! Very lovely indeed piece of kit. Very glad to acquire it. So expect cloud cover to clear aroun January 15th...
  6. Thats the trouble with SnS I think. They do have the knowledge (at least some of the staff), and they have a lovely showroom, but what comes through loud and clear (assuming you can get them on the phone at all...) is that when calling you are not a valued customer with money on the hip, but just another order to be completed. This leads to a poor impression as little more than box shifters (and if, as I say their prices aren't as competitive as someone like FLO), it begs the question as to why order from them. Repeatedly I see examples in threads of poor communication or bluster as to the availability of a given item. And for that matter, laxity as regards refunds, follow up special offer freebies or whatever.
  7. Actually, just ordered a skymax 180 from FLO this morning - first order i've ever made with them and they really seem to have their act together - good price and efficient order taking. Seem to actually WANT customers (unlike the others listed above who come up with tedious regularity in complaint threads). Its funny, but I always thought that while for SnS, customer service is something other companies do, their prices were keen- but calling FLO, they beat them hollow (oh - and the ladyI spoke to at SnS didn't seem especially interested in my custom either...).
  8. thanks guys, Yeah, when I hear stories about other people I knows parents, my folks are really tops. Nothing my old man wouldn't do for my bro and I. I hear about some peoples parents who almost have next to nothing to do with their kids and I guess on the one hand it makes you lucky, on the other I really believe thats what makes a good parent - and I guess what I'll try to pass on when we have kids. Looking forward to the scope- I have been fancy a new instrument with a long f ratio for a while (high mag planetary and stuff). It also means my 6 inch f5 refractor (with paired 4 inch ST100 for guiding) will still get use for deep sky widefield.
  9. that me ordering a new scope that is...! Solid cloud until the new year...
  10. gawd, hope my new ones doesn't...!
  11. thanks Doc, lovely to speak with you again since salisbury (what a super weekend!). Hope your dobs staying colimated!
  12. Well, that was a result, my dads a self employed plumber and even though retired had been doing rather well lately. My 42nd is coming up this coming weekend and he's just given me £1100!!!! So, half towards a trip of mine and my partners to Kenya for the annular eclipse in January and the other half on one of the gold Skymax 180 pro mak cassegrains! Happy birthday to me!!!! All my other scopes are quite low f ratio so just the ticket for big aperture, high mag, high resolution planetary. Really looking forward to it, not had a new scope in ages.
  13. Hi all, finally got around to processing my webcam Moon from Tuesday night. Atmosphere was like smeared vaseline. Still, hadn't done the moon in a while and it was lovely looking at the webcam view and exploring the surface at leisure (more comfortable than an eyepiece!) The full disc is a mosaic (the actual non web version is about 30 mb). Quite pleased with Copernicus and Clavius given the conditions. I do hope you all like them - Will probably get around to another process at some point I expect, just glad to have had the time at last. I have a bunch of other closeups to do which I must get around to. Anyway, enjoy! oh btw - 6 inch f5 refractor (with 4x barlow closeup) otherwise prime focus, heq5 skyscan.
  14. I think given the conditions thats very fair work Helen. Had a brief fiddle with my data last night and coaxing any detail out is a real strain to I think you've done well. 8 inch yes? I used a 6" F5 refractor at F20 (4x barlow) so I hope to get comparable. I think its remarkable you got any detail out at all. Thankfully my Lunar efforts were a bit more sucessful - quite a decent Copernicus and Clavius
  15. Miranda!!! (or Oberon...!) Failing that, Kafflajidhmah (Gamma Ceti). C'mon, you didn't expect serious answers did you ?! (Oh, actually, Mirandas quite good - shakespearean too!)
  16. Theres a thread above on winning the lottery and what you'd buy... Not that this thread has given me any ideas in that direction... How much for a 200" and a mountain of your very own? Bit of a job getting them in the back of a Transit to a star party though... Lovely oportunity Nick, I'm up to Royal Greenwich next weekend for my birthday but I suspect it won't be quite the same now!
  17. Its a very nice piece Helen - I was doing eactly this myself last night (and a full high res/mag lunar mosaic) - WASN'T the seeing dire!!!! Mine was coming over the house and it was like someone had smeared my objective with vaseline! I hope after my processing it comes out half as good - probably won't have time until the weekend though...
  18. It was especially hard for this one. I'd mentioned to next door when it was due to go over and in the mean time was doing all my prep - It was only when they shouted 'there it goes' that I twigged it was overhead and had not been tracked from the far west where i normally start - i'd literally just finished my exposure/focus settings and have never moved so fast!
  19. Thanks so much guys, been a super astronomical year for me, imaged Neptune for the first time and reasonably successfully caught this - Just need to tick off Pluto now!
  20. Hi guys, thanks for the comments - no, its a vanilla 450! Never did hold with all this modding! As to the smoothness, might be a tiny incy bit clipped in the black it occurs... I used Noels tools for noise reduction - i think the only one I might have gone a little far with was the Iris, but then, theres a lot of quite genuine black in it anyway and if you look carefully some surrounding bluish nebulosity - Still, given the exposure lengths/weather, beggars can't be choosers!
  21. I think S@N has majorly gone down hill since its inception. While I have no objection to beginery articles, it seems to mostly have gone that way. And whats with that IDIOTIC!!!! doctors article?!!!! Also, while I have no objection to reading about kit, it seems their product reviews are becoming ever so much more slanted, especially towards kit priced twice the competition as winners in group tests. It has to be AN for me now. Meatier articles and more slanted to the practical astronomer actually getting out and using a telescope.
  22. Hi all, in addition to my exploits with the ISS over the weekend, heres 3 I did over the weekend I submit for your delectation. I do hope you like them and that relative screen calibration doesn't let me down! All with a 6 inch F% refractor, HEQ5 skyscan and a canon eos450d. Exposures for all of around 90 secs (unguided - cloud was unpredictable and it wasn't worth setting up) with about an hours worth of data each.
  23. Hi all, I think my best ISS yet - I was fiddling around getting my focus, exposure and stuff right on Jupiter and had happened to mention to next door it was going over head - still messing about and I heard them going 'there it goes'! I have never moved so fast. Thanks Tmark btw for the wcctrl link - Brilliant! I used 1/1500 but could proably have gone 1/2000. This is with a 10" dob and SPC900 cam. Hope you like it - now just got to upload my NGC 6992 veil and 6888 Crecent and thats me done for the night!
  24. Galaxy Explorer: Amazon.co.uk: Software Beg your pardon, its the same as the 'Starry Night' people. Its really good fun.
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