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About Helen

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  • Birthday March 13

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  1. 20 inch Dob, 'Sir Isaac.'

    One of my memorable views is the Veil through this scope!!
  2. Fantastic Opportunity!

    Fancy a week with professional astronomers? This looks amazing! http://mao.tfai.vu.lt/schools/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=232 Europlanet Summer School 2018 Eurplanet 2020 (RI) and the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory (ITPA VU) are pleased to announce the international research summer school „Space missions: ground-based observations and science communication“. The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough, multidisciplinary introduction into space missions and the ground-based observations required by space missions before and after launch, as well as an introduction to science communication. More general subjects about specific space missions (TESS, JWST, PLATO…), planetary systems, habitability of planets, photometric and spectroscopic techniques will be presented. Participants will be given some hands-on experience with analysis of stellar chemical composition, detection of stellar variability and/or exoplanets using the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory telescopes (CCD photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy). In addition, the course will give participants the opportunity to develop comprehensive theoretical and practical skills in science communication and engaging with a range of lay audiences, including the public, media, policy makers, schools and educators. The course is open to PhD and master students, early career scientists, and amateur astronomers. Activities of professional astronomers and amateur astronomers will be merged in order to achieve more understanding between groups. The level of the school is orientated to PhD students and early career scientists, however amateur astronomers will be provided with the additional scientific support during lectures and observations. For selected* participants from the European Economic Area (EEA) the participation will be fully covered and up to EUR 360,- for travel depending on the distance travelled will be reimbursed by EUROPLANET 2020. Other selected participants will have to pay a participation fee of 600 EUR that includes accomodation, meals, excursions and local transportation. The school is organised by the European Commission HORIZON 2020 project EUROPLANET 2020 Research Infrastructure. The deadline for application is 31 May 2018 23:59:00 UTC. Notifications of acceptance by 15 June 2018 23:59:00 UTC Helen
  3. Yay! that means one less power outlet required and so the 4 will be sufficient!
  4. Well I've got proof of concept I had to reload the driver for the usb-serial for my lakeside focuser, and I haven't tried the Hitec box yet. I had to play with various USB connection options before it recognised the ASI (but I was having those problems before, and now it is fixed!). Tomorrow I need to work out how to attach it, and how to cable back to the USB and power sources. Also, the hitec focuser (maybe need to speak to Peter or AA) and maybe a simple power supply splitter. But overall, a quite successful evening - and those don't come often for me with new kit!!! It is of course raining heavily.... and I'm away later in the week (hence wanting to play now!) Helen
  5. Thanks Seems a nice bit of kit! I'm going to need a couple of phono splitters as I have 4 dew straps to service. I also might need to do something similar for power for the two focus motors (in addition to 3 cameras). Just trying to work out how to use the focus control. I've got a standard Lakeside and also a Hitec controller controlling a Lakeside motor. Neither seems to have the right cable ending... So it might need to be keep the boxes for now and use USB control. But even then should be a vast improvement! Helen
  6. There has been some improvisation previously (and a LOT of velcro!)
  7. PS any tips for installation from those who have gone before.....? Ta Helen
  8. This is the challenge (it was a bit work-in-progress!).... Birthday has come slightly early Hopefully the combined quality and power of Pegasus Astro and Lynx Astro will be a vast improvement What are the chances that this will be my first ever astro installation which goes smoothly I'd love to surprise Mike by it being so!! Watch this space.... Helen
  9. I'm going to replace my rubber one with brush - the rubber one gets solid when it is cold and I have failed to get the roof to close properly as a result! Helen
  10. FLO Packaging Humor!

    I assume they've been recycling the Christmas ones which said 'may contain snow' ❄️🌨️❄️🌨️❄️
  11. You can say you are doing a review for a friend... I'm eager to hear about it! Helen
  12. I'm struggling with cabling at the moment, and its my birthday in a couple of weeks, so a useful discussion this!! I like the idea of being able to turn the USB on and off to avoid having to do the usual unplug routine when things don't get recognised The inclusion of the focuser control is particularly useful - I like the Lakeside, but the box is really big and it is hard to find a good location for it! (if it had multiple switchable focus control that would be perfect!) I'd still need USB3 for the ASI1600, but that's manageable. Helen
  13. I was using the wrong tool for the moon really, the camera was good (ASI1600) but in the wrong scope! I should have used the C11 but didn't want to take the camera out of the Borg 71. So for fun here's lunar from an f4 scope (ROI used to remove so much wasted space!) Sharpcap, ASI2, wavelets Helen