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  1. Hi All, Has anyone had experience of using a Tracer lithium Polymer 22Ah Battery to power a CCD camera? I am thinking of buying one to provide independent power for a SXV H18 and QHY8L CCD camera.
  2. Imaged with a Canon 1000D through a 90mm refractor at F9. 10 x 120s subs 30th March.
  3. Hi All, I was privileged to be on Stargazers live 2012 on the second evening as a member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society which was originally started and based at Jodrell Bank. I found the event inspiring, Dara and Brian were welcoming, friendly, funny and 'down to earth', the organisation was first class as a visitor to a BBC event and we were well taken care of. The wine was nice too, Dara ended up drinking out of the bottle because Brian had given me his glass! There were a large number of amateur astronomers from Liverpool and Macclesfield Societies invited with a variety of scopes fr
  4. I emailed them Dave and they said it will work on the Sky 90 so I have ordered one. I intend to see if it will also work in combination with the Tak extender Q(x1.6 barlow) to provide a flat field around the galaxies I have been imaging(the stars are like comets).
  5. Thanks Dave, that Megrez comes close to the Sky 90.
  6. Is there a suitable Flattener for a Takahashi Sky 90 that does not also act as a Reducer? Any make will do.
  7. Yes James Mars, Moon, Asteroid Vesta, 'Mercury suspect', Murchison meteorite, Allende meteorite, Tagish Lake meteorite, Arizona meteorite, Brahin meteorite, Vaca Muerta meteorite, Carancas meteorite......................................................... .................and numerous others big and small.
  8. Hi James, You can count me in again, that sky was superb when clear, I'm looking forward to the good company and I'll bring my meteorites again. I can even give you a talk about them and a hands on practical session if you want(no charge it's a pleasure). PaulC(PaulB's observing buddy)
  9. I was one of the lucky six to attend the Star Party of the Stargazers Live Show, then the Back to Earth Show on Tuesday as a member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society. There were also members from Liverpool Astronomical Society and several children. The BBC looked after us with food, security and guides. They made the whole event run like clockwork, very professional indeed. We were in a field with our scopes looking at an amazingly clear sky only a few hundred yards away from the studio. They made several filming forays to the edge of the star party for various interviews. I think it would
  10. Hi DarkStar7, I am a little old fashioned in outlook in that if a theory is to be accepted, then it should be supported by experimental evidence. Wasn’t the mathematics supporting the Evans Field theory shown to be incorrect.? Where is the testable evidence to support your theory? At least Einstein’s theory was supported by Eddington’s measurements. There is no evidence for other dimensions, only a theoretical possibility, so all assumptions based on it are mere conjecture. I find it a little unlikely that I am spinning space time, spinning makes me dizzy and I can prove I am not di
  11. Hi Darkstar7 a few questions for you, What are these virtual particles you refer to? Did Einstein not predict mass curves space-time and Eddington prove he was correct? What 'confines' the energy as mass? Are the Sun, Earth and Moon's masses a collection of relativistically affected virtual particles with extreme angular momentum due to curved space time?
  12. Excellent astromeet from Leeds Astronomical Society with superb speakers, I enjoyed every lecture. I was inspired by what Marie-Claire Perkinson from Astrium had to say about the part the UK was playing in Space exploration. Rarely do we hear what is going on in this field, full marks to that young lady. The other speakers gave much food for though and it was good to see those profesionals who are foremost in their fields sharing their work with amateur astronomer. It was well worth the journey from Stockport.
  13. I did image it upside down with my scope though, and turned it to match my skymap orientation.
  14. Hi Shane, Still haven't fnished processing M31, so here is one of the 2min shots.
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