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  1. 2 minutes ago, Ant said:

    I think its superb. 

    For the record it's set in the Prime Timeline.

    It's darker than the utopian future that ST:TNG portrayed, it's similar in concept to the TNG episode about the junior ranks of the enterprise. That showed the ST universe from a perspective away from the bridge crew.

    It's also funnier and a lot sadder than I was expecting. The opening scene almost made me cry.

    I hope that this series get a fair crack of the whip. But that said, I hope the writers are telling a predefined story, one where they already know the end. It cannot drag on - it needs to finish with us gagging for more.

    Then ST: Section 31 can entertain us all :)

    Thinking about it more, the whole 'Freecloud' environment reminds me of the 'Toehold Space' concept in the 'Golden Age of the Solar Clipper' Universe by Nathan Lowell. What do you reckon @Grant?


    Only just finished episode 2 so will let you know! :D

    Busy waiting for the next Nathan Lowell audio book to be released as well!

  2. Sadly over the Christmas break Pulsar Observatories suffered a break in at their workshop in Norfolk. Some tools and other items were stolen but most importantly, Steve Collingwood's very special, hand made (by his own hands) 3" f/16 BCF brass refractor has been stolen. This was the last scope made at BC&F after nearly 300 years so it's a big loss.

    Many of you may already know Steve, he has been part of the amateur astronomy community for a long time now and is definitely one of the goods guys so please keep an eye out in case this scope pops up for sale somewhere. Any sightings please let me know and I will pass it on.

    Below are some pictures:


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  3. All,

    There is a bug with the way cookies are working on the forum caused by the new year rollover. This affects all forums using the same platform as us and the forum developers are aware and will have a fix for this issue shortly but, due to the new year holidays it may be a day or so.

    Please don't keep reporting it - we are aware and will put the fix in place as soon as it's released.

    Happy new year!



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  4. Congratulations to the winners - joint second on this one as well :)


    NLC arch frame By Daniel-K



    Milky way, Jupiter and Rho Ophiuchi By alexbb


    HDR Lunar eclipse and clouds By Ethan Roberts



    Teesdale aflame... By clarkpm4242



    Congratulations @Daniel-K, @alexbb, @Ethan Roberts and @clarkpm4242 please PM me your addresses so we can send you your prize mug :)

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  5. 12 minutes ago, carastro said:

    Ah OK, so this is where the images should go then?

    Also where we can download the data (when the time comes)? 


    Yes 🙂

    The data will be hosted somewhere and we will share the access details on here. We are still deciding the best way to offer the data at the moment but I suspect we will end up offering publicly the integrated, calibrated master lights that can then be processed from there.

    If anybody wants access to the raws, we can look at that but I have concerns around the amount of bandwidth this might consume!!

  6. 12 minutes ago, carastro said:

    I was thinking that we ought to have a separate dedicated imaging forum for the IKI downloaded data images so they can be kept separate from our own self captured images.  

    It will also clearly showcase the results rather than getting them muddled up with regular images.

    What do you think SGL Moderators?



    That's why we've created this new forum area specifically for IKI Observatory discussions :)

    The idea is to use this area to share results, data and to collaborate on choosing targets and creating sequences.

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  7. 7 minutes ago, upahill said:

    I have been tempted by the ASIAir but it either has to support everything or be open to using standard drivers. If they dont address it someone else will build a nice mobile frontend for EKOS/Indi and a script to update your ASIAir to use it. Pushing ZWO software out of their own product. As the current version stands its £130 more than a standard RPi - which is an expensive mobile app imo.



    That’s not really a fair comparison - the ASIAIR comes with case, 32gb memory card, memory card reader, a good quality usb to serial cable and a really good 12v to 5v usb power adapter so the price difference is much less than that.

    True you are paying for the software but as somebody who has been using the ASIAIR for over a year now and before that used a StellarMate (the OS alone for that cost around £50) I can honestly say the ASIAIR has transformed my astrophotography and from what I know now, I would pay even more than the cost of the ASIAIR for what it does.

    I would like to see other devices supported but understand the amount of extra testing and support that would be required to achieve this - not to mention the commercial side of things.

    I’m not convinced that the open source community will catch up with the front end apps for the ASIAIR anytime soon - ZWO have a years head start and I’ve not seen anything yet to rival it.

    Look at it a different way - if ZWO were selling the software by itself commercially how much would it be worth? If you look at the licence costs with things like SGP, Pixinsight and Maxim then the ASIAIR is an absolute bargain.

    I’m very excited about this rumoured pro version but appreciate it’s not for everybody and I am very happy to admin I’m very biased on this one because of how much enjoyment it’s given me this past year or more.



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  8. Sorry I had to leave these announcements to Steve, I've been away in Lincolnshire today with the kids visiting my parents but spent most of the day on the phone trying to sort this out after hearing from Lucksall this morning.

    Nothing else to add other than to say I am gutted, I love coming to the star party and it's seeing everyone have a good time that makes all the effort that goes on behind the scenes worth it. This year, all the effort has happened without the end result :(


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  9. An update on pitch allocations - Lucksall have advised me that they will allocate the long meadow pitches next week once the marquee is sited on the Thursday morning. This means I won't know in advance but Lucksall will let you know when you book in and collect your welcome pack.

  10. 6 minutes ago, davew said:

    I did notice the lack of October challenge but assumed, possibly correctly, that the Star Party was taking your time.

    Is the bulk of the time taken with the voting system ? If so then try the challenges without votes maybe. Or would that just make them normal photo posts ?

    I enjoy seeing how other people go about these themes and it would be a shame to stop but quite understandable. 


    Hi Dave,

    The bulk of the time is more the logistics of the whole thing - coming up with a challenge idea often takes some time and discussion, then sourcing suitable images for the banner and designing the banner and then creating the new area on SGL and setting up the permissions etc.. Then announcing the new challenge, create the banner announcement and publicising on Twitter and Facebook. Then once finished, collecting the votes from the mod team, announcing them and then organising the mugs to be ordered (although Scott helps with this) and then contacting the winners for address details and organising for the mugs to be sent out.

    No single part is that time consuming but there are quite a few hours across all of them and as you guessed, the star party has been consuming much of my time this month.

    I'll chat it over with the mod / admin team at Lucksall if we can and see if there is a way to share the load a bit more or rejig it to make it run smoother.



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  11. 2 minutes ago, HunterHarling said:

    This is a great idea. I'll have to do some star trail shots.

    @Grant, do you know when the October challenge will be announced?

    I’ve been tied up doing star party stuff so not had time to look at this - you’re the first person to have mentioned it as well so I’m not sure how worthwhile the challenges are anymore - the effort to organise them doesn’t seem worth the amount of participation they’ve generated recently 😞


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  12. We need to have the numbers for the food bookings by Monday please so if you haven't booked yet, pease get your booking in soon!




    We still have some pitches yet if you would like to come but please be quick!

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