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About happylimpet

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  • Birthday 17/05/74

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    Planetary imaging, limited deepsky (no guiding!), visual, and anything else as the mood takes me.
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    Southampton, UK
  1. I'd just like to say a big thankyou to FLO for the prize, and also for very generously allowing me to swap the prize itself (as I already had a ZWO ADC). Am absolutely loving the new ES eyepiece, its something I should have got years ago. Had some wonderful double star and globular cluster views on Saturday night. Thankyou guys!
  2. Thanks everyone! Honoured and delighted to have won. I might add that Ive got huge numbers of inferior images - the key thing here was being out on the best night in months! A lot of luck in this game!
  3. Hi Chris! Thanks, unfortunately I dont have too many more of that quality - blame the jetstream! I'll have a look though - sadly my processing orgranisation isnt what it could be! Cheers
  4. Yohoho! From a rather good night in April, with my 12" Skywatcher 300p on an EQ8, with an ASI224MC. This image actually made it into a BAA Jupiter article regarding the merger of two white ovals - theyre the ones on the bottom of the north equatorial belt to the lower left of the GRS. Cheers! Nick
  5. Three Planets - Three disappointments :-(

    Mars in insanely far south so I really wouldnt beat yourself up about that! Thin cloud, in fact, makes no difference to image quality except to reduce the possible frame rate which, with smaller apertures, makes freezing the seeing harder. Ive seen near perfect images taken through considerable cloud. Its more likely to be bad seeing either locally or at altitude thats to blame. Local seeing means thermal issues in the scope and heat rising off neighbours roofs etc. I do like your Jupiter (down the thread) a lot though. Also, not sure why AS!2 cant handle over 18,000 images? If giving it AVI/SER videos Ive given it 50,000 frames before. I dont think there is a limit. Maybe there is when dealing in separate images.
  6. Any Orion Optics VX16 users?

    Now that is a deeply cool thing!
  7. Any Orion Optics VX16 users?

    Piotr! Did you do it? Interested also! Cheers N
  8. Y shaped formation on Venus.

    The only time I thought I could markings was using a Wratten 47 filter - this reduces the light levels a whole lot; this should thoretically give the best chance of seeing markings.
  9. Y shaped formation on Venus.

    Scanning up and down through the thread I think I can see some common features.... be interesting to see them side-by-side.....
  10. Y shaped formation on Venus.

    Hi Mike! Hows the flu? Lets see those sketches!!!
  11. Delighted to see 2.6 supports the new asi224 which i should receive today.... thanks!
  12. Y shaped formation on Venus.

    I imagine youve realised that these wil be mirrored relative to yours (possibly excep[ting 9/5) as you use a diagonal...also note that clouds appear different in IR and UV. Not sure which Id expect to be closer to visual!
  13. Y shaped formation on Venus.

    Hiya these are the images I have on dates you listed. Not my best! Some very quick processes too....bit of a backlog. Also I cant guarantee not mirror image - but pretty confident. Bit suspicious of 9/5, but not much visible then anyway. Cheers Nick 7th April: Wratten 47, 807nm longpass 22/4 UV, and 807nm (worse seeing) 9/5, just one rubbish 807 29/5: 807nm, UV
  14. Y shaped formation on Venus.

    Thats a good list of observations! As we're both in the UK chances are we took advantage of the same periods of clear skies so good chance there's a date in common. WIll try to remember to look this eve. I think I observed on the 29/5. Cheers
  15. Is astronomy like Marmite ?

    Its always a surprise who bites and who doesnt..... last year was my 40th and a clear sky so I had my 12" in the garden all night during a rather large houseparty (with DJs, last stragglers left 11am...you get the idea)...I spent several hours of the night showing folk Mars, Saturn, perhaps some other things (I forget!) and towards dawn the moon... There didnt seem to be any way of knowing who of the many people, mostly good friends, would really be gobsmacked and impressed, or simply look, say 'oh' and walk away. I wonder if its about imagination, and thinking about what you're seeing.....anyway, it was great to finally share my hobby with lots of people...most of my friends know my interests and often ask to look so glad it happened.