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Phil Fargaze

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  1. It`s a great place to visit, I`ve been to their Astronomy Festival many times with the family. The web site is here
  2. I have owned my XT10 intelliscope since 2005 and I have thoroughly enjoyed using it. The object location is accurate and easy to use. Funnily enough I have just recently obtained the XT14 truss tube intelliscope which I`m looking forward to getting out to some dark skies this autumn!
  3. Good to hear you like Haw Wood, I`ve been going every spring and autumn since 2014. I have had some fantastic dark sky observing here, cant wait to get back there for the November week. If the weather behaves I might do a last minute trip there for the September or October new moon as well.
  4. I`ve utilised the washing line in the past. I pegged a tarpaulin to it and was able to position it in the correct place to block unwanted light.
  5. A weekend in March and a weekend in October are my usual dark sky trips. 2 hours (90 miles) up to Suffolk with the camping gear and I usually keep it simple with just the 10" dob. In normal times I would have been going this weekend. Going to really miss it, looking forward to the Autumn already!
  6. The event was negative for me from east of London. My predicted time was 20h 20m 58s with a tolerance of +- 2 seconds. I had high level cloud but the camera could still manage a decent view of Regulus. I`m aware of at least 20 other potential observers across Europe so if a positive result turns up I will post it on here.
  7. Don`t hang about do they. That was quite quick for a rocket roll out!
  8. Awesome view at the moment. SN10 being rolled out with SN9 in the background.
  9. I built myself a shed then decided I wanted an obsy so I turned it into a roll off. (see attached pic). Before I put in my C9.25 on a pillar mount I used the obsy with my 10" dob. I got round the high wall problem by making a frame about a metre high out of steel (it could be wood or whatever else) and placed the dob with its mount on that, making sure the roof could still close without hitting the scope. Because the dob eyepiece was now too high up to easily use, I built a raised floor around the frame so that I could comfortably reach the eyepiece. The dob wasn`t fully clear of the walls but doing this gave me a lot more sky to see and still provided a bit of protection from the wind.
  10. According to this live feed here another launch attempt is in just under two hours (21:40 this eve)
  11. If I am doing EAA with my mono camera I like to go for difficult targets such as distant galaxies and galaxy clusters which would not normally show much colour and I know that I am getting as much detail as possible from a live image. So I am normally happy with the mono image I get. I have not tried EAA with a colour camera but I suspect it would be suited to the showpiece objects such as the Orion Nebula which would possibly bring out some of the colour it contains. I am thinking that your choice of colour of mono camera might depend on what you intend to view.
  12. I got my Orion XT10 intelliscope in 2005 and it is still going strong. I enjoy using it and get great views with deep sky and planets as well. It is simple to use and the object pointing is always accurate. I like it being a solid tube and it holds collimation very well. I haven't compared it to other similar scopes but I would recommend the intelliscope as a good buy.
  13. This method is kind of basic but it suits me at the moment. There is a very good web page I came across which helped me get set up and includes some warnings to heed to avoid any fried electrics etc and it goes on to describe the more advanced methods of connection. See here
  14. I have recently connected my Laptop to my HEQ5 Pro via this method. The black curled cable on the left goes to the mount. The grey cable comes out of the RJ-11 port on the handset to a serial plug. Then plugged into that is a USB to serial converter cable which connects to the laptop via the USB plug. I then run my planetarium programme, which in my case is redshift 8, to point the mount to objects displayed on the laptop. This can also be done via WiFi adaptor with my particular programme but I`m not sure which adaptor would be suitable.
  15. I`ve just come back from a short family break at Kelling Heath and it was as busy as what you would expect for the end of August bank holiday weekend. ( The weather wasn`t good but at least we were in a lodge!) The touring fields were full and the lodges and caravans were well populated as well. There is an entry barrier so that they can take party details. The weather improved for Sunday night and there was a singer in the bandstand and some visiting food vendors were parked up, so the square was full of families enjoying a normal night out. However current Covid restrictions obviously had an impact. We didn't use the pools but they were operating a time slot usage. We went to the Forge and Terrace Friday night expecting it to be busy but we were shown to a table straight away. (Although we were told it was very busy on the Monday to Wednesday because of the eat out to help out offer). There was a restricted menu and the play area with pool tables and machines was shut. The September 1940s weekend has been cancelled but after seeing how well the park seems to be operating I would expect the October Star party to be OK to continue unless of course current government guidelines change.
  16. On my quest to visually view the northern Caldwell objects I came up against the challenge to view the Crescent Nebula (C27). From a dark site in Suffolk with my 10" dob I finally bagged it in Oct 2017 after a few attempts. Here is my log book entry:- "Very faint off circular transparent structure. Wasn`t sure if I was seeing all of it or part of it." 25mm eyepiece 48x OIII filter. Conditions were good and the site is really dark and I still struggled to see it, so I would consider it a tough target. It`s definitely going on my list to revisit this autumn.
  17. Regarding planets, you may find it easier to use a dedicated digital colour camera. I havn`t really had much progress with planets with the Watec myself, but give it a try and see what you think. However, I`m confident you will be impressed with it`s deep sky capabilities though.
  18. Hello. Yes you will need a C mount adaptor as shown Here. I Have the long one as well as the short one. I use the long one combined with a focal reducer to provide a larger field of view. I also have the book Macavity recommended and also find it excellent. The book describes using colour filters and processing etc.
  19. Hello and welcome. I`ve been stargazing from my location near to London for over forty years. I found this book to be a good bedtime read when it is cloudy.
  20. If you are stuck for any bits of material give me a shout. I work with metal and I`ve got all sorts of bits laying about.
  21. Without the option of a lathe I would use a flap wheel as Doc mentions. Don't separate the part from the tube. Then I would choose a 50mm dia flap wheel, 40 or 60 grit, and use oil or tallow etc to prevent clogging. Then gradually sand at the hole and rotate the tube to get an even shape. Just make sure the drill doesn't overheat.
  22. I had a prediction from Calsky that the Moon would cross the face of the Moon from my home location at 20:39 BST. I thought I would give it a go even if the sky was still light and there was a large local tree in the way! Anyway, I manged to get something. It can just about be seen moving from top centre down to the left in the Giff.
  23. I’m a bit of an ‘offcut magpie’ at work so if you are stuck for any odd bits of metal, just let me know and I’ll see if I can help.
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