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Beulah

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  1. Indeed, it is a problem when some of us work FT+...but the pain and regret at missing out on gazing into the night sky, or missing rare astronomical events seems to outstrip the need for sleep, coupled with the rarity of clear skies at night in the UK.. Life, work and stargazing seem to take their turns in priority and somehow it works...but how I long for more free time!
  2. I own both (300p) 12" Skywatchers: flextube and solid. There are pros and cons to both. The flextube definitely requires more frequent collimation although once set up for an observing session, the truss design is stable. The benefits to this design is space saving, although you may get questions asked, such as, "what are you brewing in there?". In addition, you can use binoviewers with the flextube as there are two stop positions, fully extended for eyepiece use, partially extended for binoviewers. The flextube is also slightly heavier. The two stop positions don't exist with the 400p and I don't know about the 250p. You will also need a reinforced shroud due to the three truss design letting in stray light (astrozap is the go-to brand for these) I like both types of telescope...the solid tube can hold collimation for a few sessions although it is good to check every time. Oddly enough, I prefer the flextube design...
  3. Ouch! That's a heck of an impact to dent the ota edge ring! It looks like it's melted!
  4. Great thread. That concrete base was crying out to be an observing pad, glad you saw the potential.
  5. Wow? Where was I when this happened? Ah right, blind drunk in the student union bar...
  6. I found it last night with the 12" during a quick session before an early start - it does look oblong shaped with no coma.
  7. Don't forget Mercury, rising in the SSE as this conjunction is happening. :)
  8. Dave Eagle's book is great for astrophotography - highly recommend it. It's great that the Affinity suite of software, especially Affinity Photo, is getting more recognition and is a cheaper, viable alternative to the Adobe suite (Which I have through work...). On a professional level and out of curiosity, I published a few design projects, printed and digital using Affinity Designer and was pleased with the results.
  9. Those who are able to obtain a copy of a legacy photoshop program could also use DNG converter to enable newer RAW files to be opened in them. Convert from RAW to DNG, then open the DNG in Camera RAW to edit. https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/using/adobe-dng-converter.html
  10. Absolutely stunning, Boren - understand totally about the lack of time to do what we enjoy! Life is getting more busy!
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