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About Ruud

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    Thank you for visiting my profile. Besides astronomy, I take an interest in photography, skepticism, science, maths, podcasts, radio and cycling. I teach mathematics.
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  1. This AZ5 would meet your requirements with just a little room to spare as it is rated for 5kg: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe-alt-azimuth-mount.html If you really want a photo tripod, remember that you need a beefy one and also some form of fine control that can handle the weight of the telescope with diagonal etcetera.
  2. Hesiodus A, my favourite concentric crater, stands out so well in the first image! And Dionysius looks wonderfully spiky with its rays. Thanks for sharing two great images!
  3. That's wonderful! Sorry, I couldn't help myself:
  4. Yes, Avani, Jupiter continuously rearranges itself, but one thing never seems to change: it is always upright! Would it not be extra nice if it had a decent tilt to its axis so we got to see views from different angles? Another thing that never changes is the superb quality of your images. If you looked in your archive, could you then maybe find images taken half a Jupiter orbital period apart, showing the maximum effect of the planet's tilt on its aspect?
  5. They're both wonderful of course, but yesterday's is just a tad better. it seems more fully completed. Great work anyway in both cases!
  6. A wonderful video, beautifully made and perfectly narrated. Great work!
  7. Oh wow, and it's already a very responsive website. But more of everything is the way to go! Good luck with the switch over.
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    Hello ScouseSpaceCadet!
  9. Excellent images, Avani. The UT 6.59 image is particularly beautiful. Thanks!
  10. You missed the point. I was describing what observing means to me. I like viewing NASA images. But that's not what observing means to me.
  11. For me, astronomical observing is seeing original photons with my own eyes. Eeva is watching an image. That's fine, I like that too, but it's not observing. It's seeing photons that travelled mere centimetres. It's not the real thing.
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    Lovely image! There's a wonderful intensity to the stars. Congratulations.
  13. I found this: https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/654199-look-what-i-just-found-in-my-cupboard/
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