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  1. I think the point is that the expansion was "faster" than the speed of light. Nothing was moving through space-time faster than the speed of light, space-time itself was expanding. I think there's a subtle difference. It's a pretty heavy subject, and I think its good that this stuff is at least being discussed on a prime-time show even if it wasn't explained too well. Better than the usual guff anyway!
  2. Agree. A few orders of magnitude either way and we can cope. Just trying to comprehend the size of huge stars is beyond me, and thats before we even get to galaxies and clusters of galaxies. Going the other way its the same deal. I work in electronics and features are described in terms of nanometers - or 10's of atoms . This itself blows my mind, but the fact that there are much smaller dimensions is way beyond my feeble grey matter.
  3. Anyone else seen this ? Cool! Scale of the Universe 2012 - OneMoreLevel.com
  4. I know how you feel. Been a week of "close but no cigar"... Tonight looks to be foggy/misty in my neck of the woods... New coma corrector to try out on my scope, but the pesky clouds are spoiling my fun!!
  5. Heres a picture from last night New to astrophotography, but I'm quite pleased with this 20x180sec unmodded Canon 1000D 200P DS on NEQ6 PHD guiding with webcam and ST80 Darks, but no flats (haven't quite got that sussed yet!) Wayne
  6. Spent the evening with my camera pointed at M81/M82. A lovely crisp evening in Cheshire (Warrington) although some clouds have rolled in now. Whatever the pics turn out like I have definitely captured M81/M82 for the first time, so I'm pretty pleased. G'night!
  7. I don't know if any of you DIYers have seen these, but they might just tickle your fancy and fit the bill for that next project. Raspberry Pi | An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25. Take a byte! There are probably some pretty wicked things which could be attempted with this, and about £25 for what is effectively a PC - bargain! Wayne M
  8. Those Muse-Exogenesis videos are great. Gives me shivers... Muse are great. Wayne
  9. Heres the image I captured. Quite pleased with the result.
  10. The cloud miraculously parted tonight so I dashed about setting up my new scope. I'm attempting to image stuff, and stumble around like some sort of mad boffin, desperately trying not to trip over wires. The reality is, I'm not sure I know what I'm doing ! Anyway, I'd aligned the scope and was calibrating the "goto". Was in the vicinity of Cassiopeia so I thought I'd swing by the double cluster in Perseus. Now, I've only had my 200P DS for a week or two and it has surprised me once or twice. Last time, M81/M82 made me gasp. Not much to look at, but I have never seen them before despite years of trying in my smaller scopes. The double cluster made me swear out loud. Holy cow! So many stars! I made an executive decision and started to capture this instead. The weather wasn't guaranteed so I thought this was a sensible target. Eventually, all my lights were captured, so I set about the dull business of waiting for my darks to be captured. All my equipment was packed away and my DSLR was on the table outside doing the business. By now, I'd cracked open a bottle of wine and set about a wee dram of whisky (or two). I must confess to feeling a little tiddly.. It took a little while for the rain to register in my head, but when it did I shot outside like a scolded cat. I retrieved my sodden camera not knowing wether to laugh or cry. Thankfully I don't think any harm was done... Still, goes to show how quickly the weather can change. Either way, my socks were blown off earlier in the night, so I'm not too bothered about a bit of rain.. I must get my head to the eyepiece a bit more often with the new equipment. Awe inspiring stuff!
  11. Maybe you are right. I do have the ST80 piggybacked, so the dovetail is under a bit of extra load (versus having guide scope alongside.) The full assembly is a bit of a windsock depending on the target.. Are you suggesting I spend more money ?
  12. I'm the very proud owner of some new equipment and I'm starting out doing some imaging; NEQ6 Pro, 200P DS , ST80 Guide scope, Canon 1000D (unmodded) + lots of leads and software. When we had the clear weather last weekend I managed to get to grips with setting my equipment up, aligning, setting up PHD etc. I was raring to go and then the rain kicked in. The last couple of nights it has been clear but rather windy - I was losing more frames than I was keeping. This was annoying as last weekend I got the impression I could guide well over 5 minutes an indeed I did for some test frames. Last night I could see my guide star wobbling and the PHD graphs going crazy all in sync to the wind outside So, at what gale-force number do you experienced imagers decide to give up and do something else ? Last night was gusting about 25-30kmh and even with the EQ6 Pro it was too much. Any other wind related advice ? Cheers, Wayne
  13. I was very lucky yesterday. Taking a day off work for my Birthday and, lo and behold, a white van comes around and delivers a shiney new telescope and mount! The really cool bit - the skies were blue! It was already early afternoon and a mad dash to get everything ready for the dark skies had begun! Built the NEQ6Pro up. That mount is heavy! I consider myself reasonably strong, but this thing gives you a workout when moving it around! Looks fantastic. Got the polar scope calibrated and struggled setting the ALT on the mount - Those bolts are so stiff! I thought I was doing something wrong. Mounted my 200P DS onto mount and lined up the finder-scope . Starting to look very impressive on the mount. I don't think "impressive" was the word my wife used when she saw it. It was more like "If you wan't to keep that indoors we'll have to move house." Piggy backed my ST80. This was a bit of a pain. Skywatcher rings are not metric threaded! Used my pillar drill and tap and die to fix this issue. Had a quick go at powering up the mount to check all was well before picking son up from school. The sky remained blue - unbelievable! Once home, The sun was starting to set so I moved everything outside and waited for the first stars. A light haze was rolling in and Polaris was being evasive in the twilight. After some tea it was properly dark and I started to polar align the scope. Was wrestling with the Alt knobs again - I'll need to do something about those! Just about lined up when some visitors arrive so I have to stop what I'm doing for now. After that, putting my son to bed. By then , some clouds had rolled in! Arggh! In the meantime I checked out my EQDIR adaptor. I'd been a bit proactive here and got all the software and drivers sorted. It worked straight out of the box. Cool! The skies were clearing and Polaris was visible again so I complete my polar alignment. Slewed to Altair (or was it Capella?) to check the tracking and went in to spend some time with the missus. An hour later and still in the middle of the eyepiece. Now, to some of you, that may not seem much, but if you had wrestled with my old flimsy mount and battery operated drive and badly aligned scope you'd understand how fantastic this was. Next, I thought I'd try out my guide scope. Astro imaging is something new to me, but I thought I'd just throw myself headlong into it. I attached my modified webcam and fired up PHD. It could see my mount and cam. Good start. Used Jupiter to focus and then thought I'd see if it could lock onto a star. Slewed towards M42 and picked a target. PHD went through its calibration. This seemed to take ages. Not sure if it was my impatience ( it was getting late) or my ancient laptop. Finally the status said "guiding". Bingo! It was past midnight now, and I really should have been thinking about bed, with work early the next morning. With all these new toys ? Not likely. Grabbed my EOS1000 and a wee snifter of whisky ( medicinal purposes) and set about trying to take a picture or two. To cut a long story short, I screwed up a bit here, but I did get a picture. Basically, I used a 2"nosepiece on my camera (rather than screw directly to the focusser and I don't think camera was aligned to the scope. The vignetting was not centered and stars to one edge looked like seagulls ( see below). The focussing was also rubbish. I'd forgotten how to set up liveview so it was just an iterative thing until something looked half right. The important thing was the guiding seemed to be working. Grabbed 10 60sec exposures ( no darks, flats etc.) and stacked in Nebulosity. Still to do:- - Check my collimation. - Mount camera in a better way - Work out how to align in EQMOD - Learn, learn an learn some more! Got so much new kit and software that should keep me entertained for a year of clear skies. (P.S A big salute to FLO for a fantastic service!) Wayne
  14. Thanks for the info. I compared pictures of scopes to determine that the 33.5cm dovetail is the right one for the 200P. Good idea using a piece of aluminium!
  15. After a few years wait, I've finally ordered my new setup. Skywatcher 200P DS NEQ6 Pro Sundries (power cables/EQDIR/Bahtinov mask/extra eyepiece etc.) Had to tell someone, my wife doesn't seem that impressed. Just waiting for the postman and then maybe a fortnight for the clouds to clear..
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