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Beulah last won the day on May 4 2014

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  1. Yep, this. I've had to recently say "no" to a tonne of obligations just so that I can have a wee bit of time in the week for hobbies! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...
  2. Sorry to be boring but the TeleVue Plossls and the Explore Scientific 82 degree EPs are VERY good with the Skywatcher Dobsonians, having owned four dobs over the years and still using 3 on a regular basis.
  3. Nice one! So difficult to capture this year - well done! You must have been pleased when that came out of the camera.
  4. Beulah

    Sometimes less is more.

    Wow! Lucky you. Sometimes we get too hung up about aperture/magnification when all you need is the Mk1 eyeballs. I sincerely hope you manage to get up there again with some astronomy equipment. It's safe to say that my 'low magnification' observing session was just as rewarding as getting the 16" dob out! Hope you get some clear skies soon - it's gets darker than that... Thank you. Rural Herefordshire is one of the darkest counties in England so make the most of those skies! South Shropshire had readings of about 21.5 NELM and the assumption is that the western border areas of Herefordshire are going to be more impressive. Thanks Stu. M57 was stabilised; lying on blanket and a tripod of elbows, back and face. Thanks Jules. Hope you can get back to Muker (GORGEOUS country) - it's pretty dark, there! If you do go, hope it's clear and look forward to a report! 'My' skies can get darker than that and since I've lived here it's been a real revelation as to how much can be seen without too much light pollution. If it's possible it's a great idea to have a variety of optical equipment to suit the conditions. If you're not tired and it's clear, a massive photon collector is great. If you need a quick fix between the clouds, good quality binoculars are the trick. It's taken me ten years to learn this!
  5. On the 10th August I took myself, two, keen stargazing members of my family and two 10x50s up on the mountain to stargaze and watch for perseids. Average SQM readings are around 21.7MPSAS here so I knew the binoculars would reveal much. We saw 4 bright ‘smokers’ and a few smaller Perseids between 10.30pm and 12.30am. Alberio was visible through the 10x50s, orange and blue component visible, with the orange star more dominant. We spotted the Saggitarius Star Cloud plus the Lagoon, Triffid, Omega and Eagle nebulas. M13 was a diffuse and neat ball of bright fuzziness and M19 was clearly seen. M13 was just about visible with naked eye. M57 Ring nebula was a surprise – a barely perceptible smudge was discerned through the 10x50s and verified by my observing pals. The Milky Way was amazing with the unaided eyes - the Funnel Cloud, Northen Coalsack, the Great Rift, Scutum, Smaller and Larger Star Cloud all spotted and much appreciated. A bright and awesome iridium flare was seen in the Northern sky at around 11pm, give or take. Seeing so many wonders with such low magnification and aperture really made up for the relatively low number of Perseids. A night to remember!
  6. Beulah

    It's WotW day!

    Forever Autumn is just amazing. We were having a Seventies night the other night, playing some stuff that came to memory and it struck me how ultimately creative that decade was for music.
  7. Carl Sagan's Cosmos - reading that at the age of 8 and scratching my head... And also some Reader's digest books on space, and what would happen to an astronaut if he landed on Jupiter, Mars, yada yada...
  8. Lovely, stunning image. It's dead tricky catching enough photons to light landscapes in extremely dark areas. Often I have to create a composite of different exposures. Hate to say this but in this case, one up for light pollution!
  9. Managed to get out on Friday night and took a blanket up the mountain to watch the Perseids for a few hours...saw a few smokers but generally quieter than previous years. Good job we took a few 10x50s with us so we could view some other objects! Clouds have been forecast during the peak days of the meteor shower. Ah well.
  10. Fantastic, well done. It's great have visual confirmation of what I saw through the 12" Dob a couple of nights ago.
  11. Beulah

    Heads up- 10" homebuilt dobo on Gumtree

    Nice one, managed to get that one down a fair bit! I was looking at another optics site. Bookmarked! Let us know you how you get on.
  12. Beulah

    Heads up- 10" homebuilt dobo on Gumtree

    Ooof. Needs new mirror recoating, methinks... add £140 on top of that for recoat plus SiO overcoat.
  13. It really does work, I have been using this setup for 4 years. Breeze is a bit of a pain but if the setup is secured properly it shouldn't be a problem. Make a drawstring hem in the blackout curtain and feed some of this through, knotted and looped at either end so you won't lose the rope. I stuck a bolt and screw through the plastic feet at either end of the gazebo leg for the loops.
  14. I live in a dark sky area with streetlights Light pollution screens work well - I can get around 21.4 MPSAS. Someone on this forum inspired me to use a collapsible gazebo side as the structure to hang a light pollution screen - basically the gazebo side is upended with the legs pointing upward and a line is strung between with a curtain made out of weed suppression fabric (7ft high if needed). The whole lot collapses/folds into a small bundle that can be stored away. You do need an exisiting fence to tie the gazebo side against. http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7643680 It's worth it of you can grab a used from from Ebay, etc.
  15. Beulah

    Observing the sun with no filter!

    Last year...I remember that day. Fortunately, I was at home that day and was able to capture such an unusual phenomenon. This was straight out of the 500D, no tweaking. October 2017 and the aftermath of Ophelia https://stargazerslounge.com/search/?q=sun ophelia

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