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  1. Hi Robin and Peter - great to hear from you. As you can see the trip is thoroughly recommended. Carole - I took my APM binos, eps and DSLR in my carry on while my camping gear and tripod went in the hold. And then yes, I was given access to a 22" dob - although I have learned to never look through a telescope you can't afford! Jonny - my wife said that I had shrunk when she saw my pic next to the 10". it is very lightening on the wallet too! Jeremey - thanks!
  2. Hi Mark, totally agree. I wonder if there is something along the lines of "mindfulness" going on when you are in the moment, gazing across light years of space and replicating the view by hand. It certainly appears to be more calming than imaging - although not without its own frustrations!
  3. Hi all, I gave a presentation to Basingstoke AS last week on Sketching the Deep Sky. They have kindly let me put it on youtube - link below. It describes why I enjoy deep sky sketching (in this day of digital imaging) and my approach, equipment (inc a homemade sketch board) and drawing technique. It concludes with a trip through the Andromeda Galaxy from the binocular view, star clouds and spiral arms and to its brightest globular cluster.
  4. Thanks Bish, it’s thoroughly recommended. Where are you going in 2024? I have my eye on the next eclipse in Spain but that is still some years hence.
  5. As I wait for the skies to clear, I finally finished a short video of my trip to last year's Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys. As we bask in the sub-zero temperatures, I think back fondly to observing under the warm sunshine. I am gutted to miss this year's event - particularly as last year I had access to a 22-inch dob (plus eyepieces and ladder!) while enjoying eta carina, omega centauri and the milky way sights.
  6. Hi all - thank you for your kind words. Magnus - I simply sketch with graphite propelling pencil on white notebook, scan it in and invert with judicious use of cloning.
  7. After a strange year working from home months on end, home schooling children, a family bereavement, a broken foot and finally being managed out of a job, it was rather a pleasure to watch December's conjunction - the last time I did some observing! I have finally got round to sorting out my sketches and iPhone snaps (having stupidly left my DSLR memory card in my laptop!) and made a short YouTube video: I also put more details in my seldom-updated blog : http://www.refreshingviews.com/jupiter-saturn-conjunction-december-2020/ Enjoy and stay safe!
  8. I recognise that picture señor P. Great stuff - especially with the poor seeing after last nights storm. What filter are you using? Are you using colour filters or IR?
  9. Hi all, As you know, the moon is a fantastic place to start imaging. Having had an image of Sinus Iridum recently published in Astronomy Now I put together a short tutorial on youtube for my club in lieu of our regular meetings. It describes my approach having tried various technqiues and made numerous mistakes over the years! You are welcome to have a butchers and plagiarise as you see fit. Feel free to ask any questions and let me know your thoughts.
  10. The Giants and Their Children: Andover AS 20 February 2020 Steve Hill Chairman of Beckington Astronomical Society will take us on a journey through the outer solar system. The talk goes on a journey from the first telescopic observations of Jupiter by Galileo through to the modern day exploration of the outer solar system with space probes. It looks at some of the science behind our contemporary understanding of the nature of the giant planets and ends with some speculations on the prospects for life in our and other solar systems. Steve Hill is a software engineer curre
  11. Happy new year! We are starting our New Year with another high-quality talk. http://www.andoverastronomy.org.uk/ Dr Jackie Davies (Heliospheric Physics Group Leader, RAL Space, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) will be visiting. She is an established space physicist, with over 25 years’ experience in ionospheric, magnetospheric, and heliospheric physics through extensive involvement in a range of major ground-based and space-borne science projects including EISCAT, SuperDARN, the ESA/NASA Cluster mission and NASA’s STEREO mission. Jackie’s publication list comprises more than 15
  12. Thanks Andrew. I’m still waiting for the clouds to clear so I can make a long-standing contribution!!
  13. I have submitted my first variable star measurements to the BAA having started my programme in June of this year using a pair of 100mm binoculars. I am surprised to find that observing variable stars is great fun! I love observing the planets and the moon as they are forever changing. Well, so are these stars! These objects brighten and fade over the periods of days and months – some predictably and some not. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen, say the Orion Nebula. And while I look forward to every view it hasn’t changed in all the years I have been observing. By con
  14. I went here with a friend of mine. He was inside the obsy imaging while I was outside using the big dob. I think Olly has sold the dob since I went in ~2015. https://www.sunstarfrance.com/
  15. Can’t remember without my notes to hand. I do remember following the dark dust lane (quite spectacular from memory) and finding an indistinct, faint glow of nothing - hence why I think it would be a challenge in a smaller instrument.
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