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  1. Yes, I assume few opticians keep sets of drill bits among their equipment :-) Stephan, many thanks for passing on the drill bit tip, which seems the obvious and logical way how to measure dark adapted pupil diameters. Which made me wonder, and go into my bathroom with the light off, equipped with one of my bicycle rear LED lights for testing . . . .
  2. "Manual go-to", i.e. old-fashioned use of setting circles? And perhaps a polarizing filter, to darken the blue sky background. If not high mag itself makes the sky surrounding the planetary disk dark enough . . .
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    Hi from Surrey

    Hi nytecam, Lovely picture! And very well made point :-) - plus the fact that SN2014J was discovered from central London! What can I say . . . impressions of LP are relative, if you move from a less affected area you will always know what your view could have been. Fortunately, technology has helped us to grab back a little of the lost darkness (LPR filters), and today's digital imaging probably also helps to enhance what can be seen (or captured). I haven't owned a digital camera suitable tor AP until this Christmas, but plan to try it out piggy-back with some of my old lenses. I've been very impressed by the planetary pictures posted in the lounge here recently, and this has made me start looking into getting a webcam/CCD to try out some of that too. I know I will have a steep learning curve ahead, but feel comforted by the thought that the results are likely to get better as more experience is gained.
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    Hi from Surrey

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words of welcome!
  5. Nice picture, Luke! Which matches the level of detail I saw visually. No idea why imaging would show a bigger shadow - could it instead be a visual misinterpretation, giving the impression of a smaller shadow? Tor
  6. Fantastic results Jake! Now I can hardly believe this is what I followed visually last night :-) Tor
  7. Nice to see Io emerging spot on time. Since a slight wind picked up, and made the seeing a bit variable (on-off), I changed over to my 120 mm refractor. Will continue following the double shadow event a bit longer, and then perhaps have Mars for dessert :-)
  8. And now the race is on. Conditions continue to be good, and my MAK is in thermal equilibrium. Great views. I see two of my "co-observers" both are in Surrey, . . . as it happens, so am I. NGC1023
  9. Hi, anyone out watching Jupiter now? Just been following Ganymede in transit, followed by the Great Red Spot. And later tonight there will be a moon shadow race; one hour from from 10:22 GMT onwards Io's shadow will enter and race past Ganymedes shadow. Who would have thought that this event would coincide with clear & steady skies, and reasonable seeing?
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    Hi from Surrey

    Hmm . . . , that didn't end up as intended; I meant three oppositions in Gemini - which tallies better with the era of the Unitrons :-) NGC1023
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    Hi from Surrey

    A brief introduction from a new SGL member, albeit not new to stargazing :-) It is now around three Jupiter oppositions since I bought my first telescope, a capable but (by modern standards) rather basic 3" Unitron refractor. This gave me nice views of solar system objects, but it didn't take many years until I had saved up enough to buy one of the then very common orange SCTs. Which fueled my appetite for DS observing. I did some basic photography back then, and even made some kit for Hydrogen sensitizing TP2415. Until about Hyakutake, I lived near local dark skies, but when moving to Surrey much of the incentive to go out observing had waned; other interests & commitments, cloudy skies and the ever bright background sky near greater London all contributed to that. But when the big planets again showed up at the top of the ecliptic near opposition time, it was obvious something had to be done. So I got myself another refractor, one of the Chinese APOs, and more recently one of the Intes Rutten Maksutovs. Which I currently enjoy watching Jupiter through. Also had some glimpses of Mars, which needs another month to get into prime position . . . So why NGC1023? That was the first non-Messier DSO I tracked down in my early days of observing galaxies :-) I see that I have to post a bit more until I can add a sig.
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