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About mapstar

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  1. Observing , National Forest Star Party.

    Excellent stuff Nick and nice to know some views came the way of the star party.
  2. Galloway Autumn Star Camp 2017

    An enjoyable two days for me and a great meet up. Thursday night had nice clear skies and plenty of good views. As Ian said friday night was not kind so we raised a glass or three to the sadly missed event. Cheers all
  3. WADAS forum 4

    It was good. Shame our feet fell off on the Thursday night and we retired early. Friday night and the company and optics were top notch
  4. 16 " Open Truss Dobsonian Build

    Nice work Jim. A really individual scope that stands out from the crowd. Hope to hear the first light report soon
  5. Now I know...

    We had 4 hours of clear sky last year but what a four hours
  6. Horse Head Nebula - Seeing the 'Snout'

    Or Skye with a 22" next week
  7. Now I know...

    I'm still a traditionalist and like a good star chart, although some software out there like sky safari is very good. One of the mob uses a nexus with his phone and it is really good, whilst another uses the ipad as a reference. NGC 7331 is a wonderful galaxy in it's own right but managing to pull even a couple of the members of the quintet out will be challenging but very satisfying. The quintet is also known as Hickson 92 and there are quite a few others you may like to try such as Seyferts sextet, the box and Copelands septet to name a few. Look them up they also fall into the Arp atlas too. I hope to be looking myself over the coming week and a half with the rest of the mob in the isle of skye. Happy hunting
  8. Now I know...

    The Helix nebula is impressive when you get a good view of it. What really impresses me is the size of it. The veil is something else. From a really dark sky it has an ethereal glow that is like electrified smoke. I agree that NGC7331 is the gateway to stephans quintet amd this superb cluster of galaxies is a difficult spot with transparency being key for me anyway. This years viewing hasn't had any really transparent skies as yet. All in all some nice targets to enjoy. Clear skies
  9. The 8.75" f/6.7 Mirror Grind

    This has moved on since I last popped by which has been quite some time due to other non astro related projects. Glad to see you progressing with it Chris and it's nice to be moving on with the 400grit. Keep on pushing so to say
  10. WADAS forum 4

    Yeah home and wrapped up on the sofa. Just couldn't get warm although with the wind thats whipping across it wasn't surprising Got home and not feeling that well, aching all over and think It's a touch of man flu coming on. Hope you have a good night Ryan
  11. WADAS forum 4

    Winscar wall to wall cloud at present
  12. WADAS forum 4

    Quite a bit of cloud here at present but still clear forecast at winscar so think thats where I'll be heading if I go out. Going to have a bite to eat first and decide afterwards.
  13. WADAS forum 4

    Heads up BBC4 10pm S@N Then horizon
  14. WADAS forum 4

    It's not as warm out as it looks. Wind chill is making it feel a lot cooler than the 7°c. Will see whats happening
  15. WADAS forum 4

    Yeah it is, just had a look at sutton bank. It's about the same