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PaulB

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  1. I am on T 166  22nd to 30th and in the same field as the UKAI team.

    I'll have-G11-Gemini 2-Altair 115 EDT- DSLR-Atik 428ex etc - Sky Watcher SA- Eyepieces -Laptop with red screen- PST and other kit.

    Oh and the Tent .

    I want to image and observe, hence the Celestron. But also do some widefield imaging with my Megrez ED80 II.

    I hope this years EQSP has better weather conditions and I also hope people don't go mad buying up pitches. I was lucky to get mine this year.

     


  2. Good morning folks,

    I have a PST which is approx 4 yrs old. 

    Thankfully it is still under the five years warranty that Meade gives you. 

    The reason why, I am, pleased about the warranty cover. The little ITF filter on the PST where your eyepiece goes has become opaque.

    I noticed recently a deterioration in the optical quality. The Sun in a cloud-free sky was beginning to look dim.  I am alarmed, to say the least, that this has happened. It is through no fault on my part, the PST has been kept in a warm and dry environment. I have been in touch with RVO whom I brought it from. Hopefully, they will be able to have the filter replaced, once they have spoken with the UK supplier.

     


  3. Reading the report. You had a good night. The views through the 15" must be worth the effort after star hoping to target. I too was finally able to use the Mk1 EB over the Easter full Moon bank holiday.

    I want to know why the skies are only clear at full Moon?

    Anyway like you. I had a good night observing doubles and some fuzzies with my C9.25. 

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  4. Macclesfield has been cloud covered now, since the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.

    The clouds did clear off around 18:00hrs to show a full Moon. It stayed that way for a couple of hours before the clouds gods pulled the covers over. Like July 2018 the eclipse went un-noticed from  SK11.

    I only hope February brings better weather conditions. Less warm and more cold and frosty weather, please.


  5. I was also Mooning around last night. The skies cleared up so I quickly put a telescope on the pier, and connected everything.

    Telescope- WMO Megrez 80 with 2" Altair 2x TeleExtender and 2" Altair Prism diagonal. 18mm Altair Ultra WF eyepiece.

    It was an all too brief session, but I really enjoyed looking at the various features. I must spend more time looking at the Moon.

     

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  6. Like Carole, I too was an active member of UKAI.

    I was very disappointed when they decided to close down the website and move over to FB, which I loathe. In my opinion. It was very narrow-minded of the admin team to do this.

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  7. The Cocoon nebula is a stellar nursery, with its delicate fabric of glowing Hydrogen gas torn apart by the solar wind of newly born Suns.

    Also known as Caldwell 19. IC 5146 is a good imaging target for anybody who wishes to point there "imaging" tool of choice in this area.

    I shot this version in September 2017. I use an Atik 428ex CCD with an Atik EFW II. All this hangs of my Altair Wave series 115 EDT. This rides on top of my Losmandy G11.

     

    COCOON-NEBULA.jpg

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  8. When I made the observations mentioned. I was in our part of the Peak District NP in an area called Willdboarclough.

    The skies were dark, with very good transparency. It would be interesting to see whether the "Loop" could be seen visually?

    HB filter-dark sky- Mk1 eyeball?

     

    PaulC,

    Interesting report. A true dark sky is something to behold.

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  9. I once owned a TV Ranger- and from a darkish site between Macclesfield and Buxton. I saw the arc of Barnard's Loop through a 24mm Panoptic and borrowed Lumicon H-Beta filter.

    I was astonished to see it. It appeared as a ghostly arc of grey light. My observing colleague Paul Clarke who was, at that time the Chairman of ADAS in Timperly was also very surprised.

    Whilst using the filter. I also spied NGC 1499 California nebula. 

    A rich field telescope 60mm to 90mm with an H-Beta should easily show the arc.

    I am going to buy an Astronomik H-Beta filter and try again. This time using my William Optics 80mm Megrez ED, from Teggs Nose CP.

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