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Everything posted by Dixie

  1. Just up the road from you and it's just the same. Virtually nothing since late November. Just about stopped looking at the forecast, it's all so predictable.
  2. I'll accept anything at the moment. Dead loss this winter has been and tonight has descended into rain - would you ******* believe it!!!
  3. You did well to get that. What a total write off this winter has been. At my wits end - can't buy a clear sky, no matter what the weather forecasters say.
  4. Peter, The park hasn't taken a final decision on an IDA application. Let's hope they give it the green light. They have done a lot of the groundwork. Richard
  5. Dixie


    Iain - pretty quiet I think. Especially this time of year. The north east has had a bit better of it than Yorkshire as far as I can tell, but the long range forecast is not good for the north and west.. Oddly my last two clear spells coincided with a lovely time at Kielder and again in Galloway. Apart from that bleak....
  6. Dixie


    Fair geographical spread of replies so it's been a misery everywhere. Got a Dutch friend and she says it's been hopeless there too. By the time this improves there'll be no dark sky left.
  7. Dixie


    In my part of the world this has been one of the cloudiest winter observing seasons I can remember. How are other folk getting on. Am I being paranoid?
  8. To update this thread the dark sky lighting scheme got the go-ahead from the national park so onwards and upwards.
  9. Good to have you on board Andreas. WILLKOMMEN.
  10. Adam, yep does seem that way - ZWO.
  11. Actually in answer to my own question are these ZWO filters? Same bandpass.
  12. I see Atik is offering a cut-price deal on its own branded narrowband filters when bought with a camera. Does anyone have experience with these filters? Are they rebranded Chinese ones? Baader perhaps? Cheers Rich
  13. Very good narrowband sensor. I've used the 460 for quite a few years.
  14. We are staging another five night camp under the darkest skies in England from 6 to 11 March. Kielder Campsite is the venue in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park where improvement works over the past 5 years have transformed the campsite, with better drainage, purpose built warm room open 24/7, and more hard standings. The pitch fee is all you pay and talks and drinks reception are all free, together with good company and a great mix from across the UK. We currently have a small number of hard standing pitches with electric left so if the event sounds appealing please get in touch asap. Email richard@richarddarn.com You can also check out the event at kielderforeststarcamp.org and check out James Mackay's great time-lapse tribute to starry Border skies.
  15. Met Office and BBC both telling me I'm enjoying clear skies at the moment - noop: I can barely see the moon. 10/10ths cloud. Oh hum. Time to write the winter off.
  16. Yes I'd have to agree... it's one of the worst winters I can remember from the point of view of clear skies. When it has been clear the conditions have been pretty much rubbish. I'm doing a dark sky survey at the moment in the north of England and meter rreadings are well below where they should be . Actually way short of what I was getting in August. Just too much moisture in the air and not cold enough to dry them out with frost.
  17. The apps are often pretty unreliable - I've no idea how they can get even current conditions so badly wrong, let alone predict anything in the future. These days I stick with the video forecasts by the met. Such a frustrating few months - really poor spell in my part of the world.
  18. Weather for me over the last three new moon periods has been hopeless. Hardly a clear night worth mentioning. Looking at the 10 day forecast by the Met Office they are promising more cloud throughout the period. I'm afraid the weather is in a complete rut. Knew I would pay for all those clear - if very short - summer nights.
  19. I'll be there. Never missed the Autumn one. Thence to Kielder.......
  20. I've been using the ZWO 120 for a good year and I'm trying out a loaned Lodestar X2 - my set up is OAG and 2.2 metre focal length. The Lodestar virtually always picks up a guidestar - the ZWO not quite as much so I end up moving the target a wee bit. I'll probably buy the Lodestar. It also fits in the barrel of the OAG guide port so I can get it nearer the prism.
  21. I've got one of those too and had it since 1990. It's especially good as a solar scope with a filter. You can get an adapter to use 1.25" accessories if it comes with old Japanese 0.9" visual back.
  22. I never fail to see plenty of guides stars with my DMK618 and 60mm finder. Not sure an upgrade will gain you much. Chip is pretty sensitive.
  23. Polemaster is very accurate - at least on my set up. I use a C14 on an EQ8 and any worries about getting a good PA to image at almost 2.3 metres have been banished. Polemaster says it can get within 30 arc secs. Generally Phd drift assistant will report something around 1 arc minute.
  24. Oddly I was just thinking about my swap from Prolific to FTDI based cables (thanks to Keyspan and Astronomiser) last night. Since I did i have not lost one connection - a regular occurrence before.
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