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Phil Fargaze

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  1. When I do my two hour journey it is to camp out for at least two nights. I wouldn't fancy going too far on a working week either. I don't usually do short trips because they would not be beneficial enough. So I just have my twice yearly camping trip to look forward to which is timed for a New Moon and the weekend so I can never be sure what the weather will be up to.
  2. In the spring and autumn I take myself off to Suffolk to a dark site with a claim of SQM being 21.75 and located about 3.5 miles in from the coast of the North Sea. I have had occasions of dew and fog but at least I can go prepared for the dew. When the sea mist is about it can be patchy so I usually end up chasing gaps, but also with a bit of preparation I can be ready for this as well. For me, any disadvantage to being near the coast is offset by the convenience of a two hour straight forward drive up the A12 to get to the site.
  3. Got an update for you! I`ve had a clear sky this eve with a well placed Moon so I went out to double check if I could get focus with the Watec. I used my 10" F4.7 dob with a standard focuser and had VirtualDub running on the laptop. I connected my old Watec 120N+ and I could not get focus with a 0.4 focal reducer in place. I removed the focal reducer and used a short nose and I achieved focus! I then connected my Watec 910HX and got no focus with reducer but manged to get focus without reducer as well. I had it in the back of my mind that I tried the Watec with my dob without success but obviously I am mistaken. This was quite a while ago and I think back then I might have been trying to get a DSLR to focus on the dob instead. Anyway, I must express sincere apologies for my mis information, and hopefully the Watec 902 should be OK to focus on a dob as well. The F.O.V could not contain the whole of the Moon, more like about 3/4 of a Moon width. I did a bit of drift timing and got a time of 1 min 21s for a point to drift from edge to edge of the F.O.V. on the laptop monitor. It was a bit fiddly keeping the Moon in view and I need to get the dob bearings running smoother because it was a bit sticky tonight. I`ll give it another try soon on some faint targets when the Moon is out of the way.
  4. Looks like you`ve got all the gear to get up and running. However I`m not familiar with the 902H2 supreme but I`ve had a look at the specs here and it looks like the camera does not do long integration, which is desirable for deep sky. For comparison, my current Watec is a 910HX/RC specs here and looking at the `shutter speeds` the 902 has 1/50 to 1/100000 which is fast. The camera is noted for being suitable for meteor and occultation work. Looking at the 910 `shutter speeds` it ranges from 1/50 to 1/100000 plus up to 256 fields. Which means it integrates the image up to a maximum of 5 seconds, which is good for building up an image of a faint target. Anyway give it a try and see what you think.
  5. Unless I am mistaken you might not achieve focus on your dobs with the camera unless they have low profile focusers otherwise a Barlow should do it although that will reduce fov. It would help if the dobs are the tracking type cos it can get very fiddly trying to keep an object centred. I use VirtualDub capture software, which is free and quite easy to use but can look quite complicated to start with. Once you are set up it can be great fun seeing how deep you can go with faint galaxies etc.
  6. Excellent work. I saw that your capture got mentioned at the BAA meeting yesterday during the sky notes.
  7. In case you hadn't come across it, Tony cook maintains a lunar observing schedule which provides dates and times for lunar impacts and also TLP. See here Tony is the BAA Lunar Change Project Coordinator See here for lunar impact detection software.
  8. Hi Tony, you might need to double check your dates because the Thursday would be the 19’th if I am not mistaken.
  9. My sentiments exactly, an absolute roller coaster of a read, plus amazing results from a mission that proved it`s worth.
  10. I was out at night on holiday at the Isle of Wight enjoying the dark sky when a big grunting badger came past me, oblivious to my presence it seemed. Scared the socks off me though! I`ve got a bat detector which comes in handy to help decide if I am being buzzed by a bat instead of some kind of giant flying nocturnal insect with fangs. The worst thing for me back home is when the cat decides to jump in the observatory half way through a crucial observation and takes great delight walking on the laptop and tripping over the cables.
  11. I was wondering, it`s normally held in September but have now gone the for month later. I can never normally get to Kelling in the Autumn because both my childrens birthdays are centered aroung the equinox and I had best be around to help them celebrate! Maybe the new moon in September 2020 was considered a bit too early? Hope you all get some clear spells this weekend.
  12. Very much agree. I used a mono camera for the capture but the visual view was a real treat.
  13. Clear down here so I managed to capture it before going behind a tree. Rough screen shot shown here. Neptune is below and slightly to the right of the bright star in the the centre of the image. Neptune’s moon was placed roughly between the star and Neptune but the brightness of the star was a bit overwhelming to see it clearly.
  14. Yes, I use Virtualdub for recording and editing my astro AVI`s. I step through frame by frame for the best image and save it as an image file.
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