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Grant

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  1. The theme for the 21st challenge - December 2018 - is Comet 46P! Start Date: 1st December 2018 End Date: 28th February 2019 Rules: This is a special challenge to coincide with Comet 46P. We want to see videos, time lapses, diagrams, sketches and anything else you can come up with! 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 #21' forum (each challenge will have it’s 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.
  2. Yes it did finish but it hasn’t been announced yet - we are running a bit behind on these - will aim to announce next week with the next challenge the week after so we catch up.
  3. Not regular as updates happen on an ad hoc basis so we apply urgent updates as soon as possible. Why do you ask, have you had an issue?
  4. Stunning image Michael! Shows how active the sun can be, hasn't been remotely close to that this year
  5. The theme for the 20th challenge - November 2018 - is Constellations! Start Date: 1st November 2018 End Date: 31st January 2019 Rules: The theme is constellations and asterisms. We want to see images capturing different constellations, perhaps how constellations fit with each other in the night sky, close-ups, widefields, long exposures or short - this one is really open to interpretations. We are really hoping to see some sketches as well as images this time! 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 #20' forum (each challenge will have it’s 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.
  6. If you three could PM me your addresses we will organise the prize mugs
  7. Congratulations to the winners of the Inspirational Skies challenge - some super entries and very worthy winners! davew - Ladybower Skies Daniel-K - New Brighton NLC lnlarxg - Untitled (Telescope looking to the skies) Well done everyone
  8. There was an issue earlier tonight between around 9:20-9:40pm which was a result of some very aggressive bots causing some performance issues. Since then everything has been running ok as far as I can see from the front end and server side. We will be adding some additional defences to prevent bots over crawling the site causing these sorts of issues. In normal day to day use the server is only running around 10% capacity.
  9. John at Jtech: http://www.jtechdesign.co.uk/
  10. Some additional tweaks have been made over the past few days so hopefully we have not experienced any more slowness. I am monitoring closely so please continue to let me know of any issues.
  11. I would imagine they were closed the back end of last week and early this week because of being at IAS so are probably just catching up with emails.
  12. That's not actually correct - this is the third or fourth star party that's been in October... And SGL doesn't expect them to move to suit us - it makes no difference to SGL if it clashes, it does make a difference to FLO as we can't be in two places at once!
  13. It's OK now but we are seeing an issue at peak times particularly when search bots are crawling the forum. We've blocked some particularly aggressive ones and are looking at more long-term fixes.
  14. I'm seeing the same - investigating again
  15. All, Due to the increase in numbers this year, there is not enough room for everybody to have curry in the cafe at the same time but don't worry we have a plan! This year we will be having a marquee large enough for everybody to sit in, supplied with tables and chairs. This will be used as the tea tent, talk tent and a space to host the quiz and hogroast. As you can imagine this was a significant, unexpected expense which our sponsors FLO have kindly footed the bill for. Unfortunately, logistically it isn't possible to have the curry in the marquee so instead we are asking that people naturally spread out the time they head up for the curry - serving will start at 5pm and there will be plenty for everybody. If you arrive and there is nowhere to sit yet, please wait - the bar will be open If you have finished your curry and people are waiting for a seat, please head down to the marquee ready for the quiz. The quiz will start in the marquee once everybody has finished in the cafe. The mod and admin team will head up to the curry last which should help spread people out a bit. Hopefully it doesn't mean everyone waits until the end - we do still want some people to head up at 5pm! Sunday roast, whilst there is enough room to seat everybody at once it's impossible for the kitchen to serve everyone at once so this year, the sitting will be divided up into 5 tables of 8-10 people at a time with a 15 minute gap in-between. I will set up a sign up sheet in the cafe - please sign up to one of these seatings before Sunday. This will be a great help to the cafe and also means people aren't sat waiting for a long time to be served. Again, mods and admin are volunteering to go last Hope that's all OK. I am heading to Lucksall first thing tomorrow morning so will be on site if anybody has any issues or problems. Cheers, Grant
  16. It seems to coincide with when we have multiple search bots active - we've tweaked a few things (again!) and are monitoring...
  17. I'm seeing some slowness again now - investigating
  18. There was a short slow spell yesterday evening but otherwise it's been OK for me.
  19. Hmmm it looks like the forum is still caching it - I will need to look into this, it might be a forum bug.
  20. You need to add the https to the bit after [ img ]. Only on phone so will post the full thing tomorrow if you’re still having trouble.
  21. There’s two different things going on here - the image itself refreshes once an hour but, the forum caches ALL external non SSL images for one day so even though the image gets updated hourly SGL only refreshes signatures daily. I think there is now a solution to this - in the image url that Clear Outside provides, change the http:// bit at the beginning to https:// and then the forum software won’t try and cache it so it will update in your signature once an hour.
  22. That’ll teach me to rush to catch up and launch this months challenge! ? I’ll change it to include both planetary nebula and supernova remnants - that should give more objects for people to have a go at...
  23. It’s not static - the image updates hourly - just make sure you’ve linked to it correctly and your browser isn’t caching it. If you downloaded the image then yes it will be static.
  24. I'm sure there will be some others out there that are visible? That's just my quick list of more obvious ones...
  25. The theme for the 19th challenge - October 2018 - is Supernovae Remnants and Planetary Nebulae! Start Date: 1st October 2018 End Date: 31st December 2018 Rules: The theme is supernova remnants and planetary nebulae so we are looking forward to beautiful captures of objects like M1, M27, M57 and the Veil nebula. 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 #19' forum (each challenge will have it’s 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.
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