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  1. Haha! I unfortunately missed the talk . Nonetheless, the curry and my lambing session was just a most delightful experience. Good to see the gang as well as John and Ruth!
  2. Great image Dec. Well done! btw what equipment and camera did you use?
  3. Was really looking forward to a trip out to the Dales but the weather had other ideas. Only managed a quick Jupiter session on Thursday night from the garden with the 8inch maksutov. Fingers crossed for this week otherwise it's a wait till August.
  4. Nicely done Dec...that is fantastic work and glad to know someone was listening and to see someone imaging objects beyond our neighbourhood! The Coma galaxy cluster is over 300million lightyears away. Well done Dec! Don't forget
  5. Thanks Dec, And an even larger thank you for the finderscope and bracket. Just perfect in matching black....cheers matey
  6. Hehe!...Thanks Mark,..it does look super....and amazing value! Will be good in the WADAS circle.
  7. It does look large and impressive. It should draw us a crowd at the Horbury show and the erecting prism means we can show the public terrestrial objects without the 'Why is is upside down?' Question. images are crisp too!
  8. It certainly is Eric...The Wadas ball will roll a little faster now!
  9. Thanks Vicky, really excited for Wadas.. it's a lovely looking instrument and performs quite well too! Need to sort a home for it though?
  10. WADAS has a new member! Supplied by Gain's Astro Emporium haha! We have a SKYWATCHER EQ5 mount with RA motor drive, dual weights and polarscope, a Celestron C6R 6inch f8 achromatic refractor OTA with dual speed focuser, erect image prism diagonal plus extension tube and a series 4000 Meade 26mm plossl. The instrument is quite large and looks impressive. Our original target scope was a SW 120 on an EQ3/2. The finderscope is mine and not included so if anyone wants to donate a 9x50 finderscope with bracket for a standard SW shoe, that would be great. The scope is ready to go but could do with a decent finder scope as mentioned above. In addition, we could add a decent 2inch mirror diagonal, wideangle 2inch eyepiece and solar film for the front cap at some point in the future. This little lot new would cost £950. We've paid £370 and it is in excellent condition. Looking forward to seeing this scope at our forthcoming public outreach events and of course, the scope will be available for loan by members (subject to conditions).
  11. Fabulous images Eric...lots of nice detail. Well done
  12. Thanks mate...good to have you there?,
  13. Thanks Ben and great to meet you in person. Curry was fun!
  14. Thanks mate. Glad you enjoyed it Declan, ...We'll hopefully get to see some galaxy cluster images from you soon!
  15. Thanks Mark and thanks again for attending. Good to have you there!
  16. Thanks Damian, it was a great turnout and everyone was in good spirits... About 80% recovered from my illness now probably helped by good lamb chops. A good evening out!
  17. Yes Damian. It is invisible until you get the light to shine in along the direction of the mark. I am sure it will just require a clean.
  18. @Vicky050373 we'll need to sort a meet for you to collect your camera!
  19. To answer everyone's curiosity: Inspected and images taken. Looks like blemishes left behind from a previous cleaning. The mark is on the sensor cover glass and not the camera window. If it is a scratch then it's new camera time. I've spoken to Vince at Atik and the best course of action is to return the camera to them. Hopeully the issue will be solved by a professional service and clean. This will incur a modest service/handling fee and fingers crossed, Vicky should be up and running again in the next two-three weeks.
  20. Not likely. The artifacts are repeated on a different set of images. This is an equipment based issue.
  21. I get asked the question often as to where I've been going to for my local dark sky site so thought I'd post this here; MY DARK SKY OBSERVING SITE: Over several months in 2006. I set away on a journey to find a dark(-ish) observing site. The parameters were: travel time under 1 hr and 45mins, within 100 miles from home, preferably at least 1000ft above sea level and away from a main road. I travelled many miles over several months, going as far as north central Wales, the North York Moors, Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. In the end I settled upon a location in the Dales with a reasonable compromise in sky darkness, weather conditions, distance and drive time. The bonus here was this location is also very beautiful by day which made nice long days out a possibilty. It is northwest from Buckden and south from Hawes. From door to door : drivetime was 1hr30-50mins. Distance was 50-58miles. Site A was just under 1900ft above sea level and in 10 yrs of using this location, I've experienced no more than 20 vehicles passing me after 9pm. The sky is quite dark and useable overhead, west, north and east. The sky to the south has a 35 degree light dome from Skipton, Leeds and Bradford. Site A is the best , it's high and the darkest especially if there is mist in the valleys to trap the light pollution. It is exposed so no good in windy conditions. Site B is a small disused quarry face lower down the hill which is our most used location as it offers protection from wind and light. Site C runs along the stream but laybys have recently been grassed so pull offs are harder to find. This location is safe during icy conditions which make hill drives a little dangerous. I recommend this location for when you need somewhere much darker than our regular city locations. Not to far but the trip is worth the effort!
  22. Happy New Year and clear skies everyone!!
  23. Shame you missed Friday Eric...you would have experienced one of those elusive Kielder starlit nights!
  24. Just back from Kielder myself...Marc and Helen left just ahead of me! Seems they had a great time. Got almost two hours on Thursday night and Friday night was a treat from 7.30 till 1.45...just shows you shouldn't put all your trust in the weather forecast. Saturday night was cloudy with odd stars appearing from time to time.. it was good seeing Soupy and the kiddies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Great times on the field and in the warm room/ and pub. Over 70 turned up to my talk and received alot of positive feedback for it.... My 24in was on display and even managed to setup the AP rig but did almost no astronomy as I was too busy socialising and enjoying a few strong bevvies ( no kids yay!). Made it an early finish last night (2am) unlike the previous two 6am bedtimes. Just an amazing few days spent seeing old friends again and meeting new ones!.. Shame there were not more WADAS members present!
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