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About Helen

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  1. SGL2017 Picture thread

    You can probably now see why he came back covered in flour Rob!
  2. SGL2017 Picture thread

    I love the expressions on the kids faces in @Steve 's shots in particular Helen
  3. SGL2017 Picture thread

    How about I let you play @steppenwolf on the condition you don't wear shorts (please!!) Helen
  4. SGL2017 Picture thread

    Certainly some caption competition options there Daz!! Helen
  5. SGL2017 Picture thread

    You looked soooo relaxed Helen
  6. It took me a long time to find m57 at the start, but I had more success when I used higher magnification as it is quite small and easy to mistake for an out of focus star at low magnification. If you think a faint object should be in field of view try tapping the scope - eyes/brains are good at noting movement so you may pick it out as it moves. Keep at it - it will be worth it. Helen
  7. SGL2017 Picture thread

    Thanks I think it is great that we adults had a good excuse reason for playing about with experiments!!! Great to see you all - and it is great watching Tommy grow up (he's a lovely chap!) Helen
  8. Anyone bringing their kids along?

    No problem - they are a lovely pair of lads and it was fun! (I hope the flour didn't cause the asthma attack!!) Although we did get some clear skies, there was a lot of moisture in the air so the Milky Way was actually not very clear (does that make you feel a bit better?!?) Look forward to seeing you all next year, and I'm hoping my helpers (Simon, Rhi, Mike and Caroline) will be there again! Helen
  9. SGL2017 Picture thread

    I thought it might be fun to post up pictures in one thread.... I only took a few It was good to see Ant at a Star Party (when he wasn't hiding behind a quiz sheet!!) The weather was so good on Saturday Michael could sunbathe outside his beach hut! My only astro shot of the weekend... the Moon at 4:25am on Saturday morning Helen
  10. +1 for the Solarscope options if you can get one secondhand - either the scopes or a filter set for use on one of your rfracs. My SF70 filter set gives fantastic views (Stephen Green has also just bought one and was raving about it at SGL this weekend) that I think would fit with your usual approach of high quality viewing. Otherwise I'd say go for the biggest aperture to get best resolution. (For me the Quark doesn't meet your ease of use criteria - I find having to wait if you adjust the tuning a bit of a pain as you can't easily adjust to suit conditions.) Helen
  11. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    Great Joe you can make lots of holes in Mars and the Moon as well as Earth Have fun! Helen
  12. Anyone bringing their kids along?

    My pleasure Rob - he really engaged in the activities and was chatting away happily. The double cluster did that for me too in the Dob last night Helen
  13. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    Thanks @JoeP it was good to see you again Hope you managed some good views with your Dob last night! Helen PS if you want to try the impact calculator it is here http://education.down2earth.eu/impact_calculator
  14. Anyone bringing their kids along?

    As promised, here is a link to the Down2Earth website which has the Meteor Impact Calculator and related information/activities @hadyn42 @Beyond_Vision @spaceboy @Uranium235 http://education.down2earth.eu/impact_calculator Shall I book the rocket launcher again for next year??? Helen
  15. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    Well we've managed a few hours of viewing 😊 Lots of the time there has been lots of moisture in the air, but still managed to have some fun with the dob 😀 Great to catch up with @Tim and Julie who made an evening excursion! Well done to @SimonS for successfully setting up his mount for the first time and then getting it working smoothly with Stellarium 😎 Onwards and upwards.... Dew stopped play for me, but heading for bed happy 🤗 It has been a good day all round. Helen