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Grant

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  1. Not yet, I've asked Lucksall so hope to receive this soon and will likely put it together early next week.
  2. Sorry for the delayed start everyone - things have been very busy here lately so running a little behind.
  3. The theme for the 30th challenge - September 2019 - is Celestial Motion! Start Date: 1st September 2019 End Date: 30th November 2019 Rules: The theme this time is Celestial Motion - we want to see star trails, time lapses, animations, comets, transits, planetary movement - anything that shows off the movement we see in the night skies. Images, animations, videos, sketches all welcome Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- RULES All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #30' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
  4. Last year, to save people waiting around for ages we had three different sittings for lunch about 30 minutes between each one to give the kitchen chance to keep up. Depending on numbers we will do the same this year and I think they started from around 1pm onwards. There is some flexibility here though so if you needed to be in the earlier sitting to get away, I'm sure we can organise that.
  5. If you arrive during the day, you will need to check in first so you can always update your registration at the front desk then otherwise, as Dave says, just give Lucksall a buzz and they can update this for you over the phone.
  6. Hi all, It's with pleasure I can announce some extra activities for the Star Party this year @Dave Eagle will be there with his planetarium (conditions permitting) doing shows during the day on the Saturday. Free entry is included with your star party booking. He will also be doing an Apollo talk on the Sunday. Peter Williamson FRAS / Broadcaster (http://peterwilliamson.co.uk) will be doing a key note talk on the Saturday before the hog roast 'Herschel to Hawkwind, Astronomy & Music how each influence each other.' which should be very entertaining. There will be other activities during the Saturday and Sunday to be announced as well as the Astronomy Quiz on the Friday night, hosted as ever by our wonderful quiz master @michaelmorris We have more bits and pieces still to announce and I hope to start putting up the pitch plan allocations next week. There is still some space left if you want to come, booking details here: http://sglsp.com/ Cheers, Grant
  7. Some additions to the program We still have some pitches left so if you want to book, check out http://sglsp.com/ for details
  8. Yes - these are all booked, I still count these as POD's
  9. If you are arriving late, please let Lucksall know. If you are in a POD they will either make arrangements for you to collect the key later or, let me know and I'm sure an admin or mod can help pick the key up for you. If you are arriving late and camping, ideally, arrive before dark just in case it is clear. If you really, really need to arrive after dark then let us know and we can walk you down with your lights switched off if it is clear to avoid ruining everybodies night vision
  10. Yes - all POD's have already been booked.
  11. If you are thinking of coming, we still have good space for caravans and tents I will begin sending out details of pitch allocations in the next couple of weeks. Pods have all gone now. We will also be announcing our exciting program for the weekend with some very special guest speakers and attractions!
  12. I had some good experiences with the ASI294MC-Pro and agree with vlaiv - ditch the bias frames and take dark-flats and you should have no problem completely getting rid of the amp glow in the finished image.
  13. Some beautiful entries to this one - unfortunately the Sun started off with a strong spot display which tailed off in the latter half of the competition. Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners below AR2738 and environs By michael.h.f.wilkinson AR2741 WL By Freddie Solar disc after the thunderstorm By acr_astro
  14. Looking forwards to this already Michael!!!
  15. The theme for the 29th challenge - August 2019 - is 'The Beauty of the Night Sky'! Start Date: 1st August 2019 End Date: 31st October 2019 Rules: Open to all - any image that shows the beauty of the night sky - widefield, landscape, sketch, poster, deep sky image, video, planetary - whatever you like, inspire us! Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- RULES All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #29' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
  16. Not as many entries as we were hoping for this one well done to those who did enter though and based on the results, Android is the way to go for astrophotography! Congratulations to the winners: Moon and Venus By Angvd Moon with Samsung S7 Android By Pete Presland Piccolomini - Galaxy S8 By CraigT82
  17. The theme for the 28th challenge - July 2019 - is Lunar Landings! Start Date: 1st July 2019 End Date: 30th September 2019 Rules: To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the challenge this month is to take an image or produce a sketch / drawing showing any of the Lunar Landing sites from not just Apollo missions but any place where a human made object has landed on the moon. Close-ups, wider field, animations, movies with annotation or graphics you create are all welcome Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- RULES All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #28' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
  18. If you check the forecast in the AM and you have it set to centred on Midnight, it has to show part of yesterday in order to be able to show the forecast for the current AM. We are working on some changes to Clear Outside this year and the 'views' is one thing I want to tidy up and have a more intelligent view which shows you the full days hours centred on Midday if you check in the morning and then the over night Center on Midnight view if you check in the afternoon - I think that would be more logical.
  19. Please enter entries for this imaging challenge here.
  20. Snap - spent most of the night working out that I needed to use every extension supplied with the iOptron RC6 to reach focus and then struggled to get polar aligned due to the seeing / clouds rolling in. On a positive - it does now focus and the ZWO EAF seemed to work a treat Hoping tomorrow and / or Saturday is better!
  21. We've just set one of each of these up at FLO HQ - first impressions, these are so much better than a wibbly wobbly EQ1! The new white / green OTA colour scheme looks great and it's nice to see the high quality dovetails and rings being used on these beginner scopes as well. Eyepieces and accessories as you would expect are average but enough to get you started. All have a red finder. I'm not a fan of the tripod - it's OK but I would've preferred they had bundled it with the Star Adventurer type round leg tripod with the clip in tray rather than having to use the little thumbscrew things. Looking forwards to seeing a tracking drive for these to see how that works. Initial impressions though, I think these are going to be new favourites for beginners who want an EQ mount...
  22. I'm really excited about this - Ian is a super guy, lots of knowledge and experience and has the same attitude towards looking after customers as us. I think he is an excellent addition to the team and I think it will enable FLO to help our customers all the way through from beginner, intermediate through to expert and professionals! I for one will definitely be tapping his knowledge to help my own teetering steps into astrophotography
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