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Paul M

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    Astronomy, Scuba Diving and walking my daft Labradoodle.
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  1. Right I've taken the liberty to do some more processing of the images. It's a special technique of mine...
  2. I had CdC installed on my laptop before I killed it and had to rebuild it. I never reinstalled CdC after the rebuild because I found the interface and controls counterintuitive. I know it's very powerful but I don't need it for scope control or anything too technical so easy to use and pretty star charts are more important to me. No doubt, with some effort on my part, I could have developed some familiarity but launching Stellarium was always an easier option! It should be possible to revert to an older more stable version of Stellarium or if there are specific bugs then Alex Wolf will be able to help, I'm sure.
  3. That's a nice looking set-up. Congratulations. On the negative side, the colour of the sideboard clashes with the scope. It'll have to go! Just how understanding is your wife?
  4. Did the police persons have red filters on their torches?
  5. I like them all but no.2 is my favorite. The human dimension adds something for me. Wide angle shots are always nice to see.
  6. Been working a night shift overnight and it's been clear all night. I've kept half an eye out for Lyrids but had no luck until dawn. Just after 5am I was comparing Jupiter setting in the West and Venus rising in the SE when I spotted a very bright meteor heading down towards the western horizon. Loverly blue white colour, brighter than Jupiter. The track was about right for a Lyrid so I'll claim one for the team!
  7. Full overcast with drizzle here
  8. Which is pretty much in agreement with the track I got from SkySafari after selecting the correct elements from the two sets available, as shown in the second screen dump I posted earlier. So hopefully, we're all in agreement with our tracks and the probability of us having 150% cloud cover on the night!
  9. Yes, it looks like SkySafari has retained an old set of elements along side the current ones, looking at the other screen shots above. I thought it was just me because I downloaded the most recent ones using the solar system editing tool. But anyway, after some conflaberation I found the problem.
  10. It has user selectable skyglow and realistic horizons. No clouds though. just look outside for them! Both SkySafari and Stellarium are brilliant. For a long while the development of SkySafari seemed to be just ahead of Stellarium, in terms of features, appearance and accuracy. But there is little if anything between them now. Both can control a telescope, plot satellites and give realistic sky views. So for home/laptop use it's always stellarium that I use. On my mobile Android devices (phone and tablet) it's SkySafari (which I just upgraded to 5 Pro). On evenings like this it's both as I compare the two and get weird looks off the MD!
  11. Ah! SkySafari has 2 sets of elements for this the ones I used were from January. The other set are from March and agree with everyone else!
  12. JUst about every source I can find is showing JO25 taking the track as shown by Stellarium. So perhaps SkySafari has bombed on this one! But I wouldn't bet on it...just yet
  13. I'm not saying who's right. I'm doing some checking myself!
  14. Here is a screen shot of what SkySafari thinks the track will be: p I remember there were issues with some planetarium software showing the correct track of asteroid DA14 back in 2012. Some didn't take into account the Three Body Problem for Earth grazing asteroids. The writers of SkySafari improved their orbit calculating engine specifically to solve that very problem, vastly improving the plotting accuracy. Something I confirmed by my own successful observations. It's not going to be an easy object, wherever it might be! The comet seen just below the plotted track in the middle of the image is apparently, C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
  15. Very nice indeed. I can't comment on technicalities, such as they may be, but aesthetically that image is truly amazing. Something of a beauty pageant too. Who is best looking? M81 is a fine galaxy with classic beauty, but M82 just pips it for me. Those jets!