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Posts posted by Catanonia

  1. gutted for you. fight what you can at every turn even if it ends up being futile. if as you suspect, planning goes ahead for the build, id still push on high walls/ fences ect and push for minimal lighting and full cut off lights that shine light where its suppossed to. why do we keep building these things ? i bet theres already supermarkets in your local area ? crazy. good luck .

    Plans are for a garden centre and supermarket on farmer green belt land facing across a single carriageway to opposing supermarket and garden center all in a small market twon of 20,000 people.

    Check these links for more info, BUT PLEASE DO NOT POST IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT

    www.stopoldmillquarter.co.uk website

    http://stopoldmillqu...k/smf/index.php forum

    http://www.stopoldmillquarter.co.uk/media/Radio30-7-12.mp3 recent radio interviews.

    Please keep politics out of this thread otherwise it will be closed.

  2. On the plus side of things though is, after it is built you may be able to get the supermarket buy you out for a lot more than the house is worth as compensation for changing your quality of life. Also I was told by a district counsellor who has a seat on the planning committee that it is virtually impossible to get agricultural land re-zoned for re-development but I believe these retail/business park or inter-prize zones get away with because it is just changing use from one form of commercial use for another form.

    Sorry all wrong and I cannot explain without breaking the politics rules of the forum. Trust me, the main reason I have been off this forum for a while is all the research and forming of a residents group I have done.

    So far in 2 weeks, I have formed the group, built the website, built a town forum, like this one, done press release, fired in countless freedom of information acts etc etc, been on the radio and managed to sleep a little.

    Kicked up a right storm in the council :)

  3. Jeez, been nearly 3 months since I have had the chance to take a picture what with the weather and personal issues with work, retail park being planned behind my house and action committee I have formed. Jeez Politics is not fun at all with local councils.

    QHY9 is still playing up and colimation on the F2.8 SuperNewt had to be re-done.

    Also found out that the QHY9 sensor wasn't square to the optical train, about 0.5mm out on one side. Doesn't show on F7.5 but on F2.8, well definately shows and causes what looks like colimation issues, but turned out to be focus differences across the image.

    Still having problems with flats and wierd gradients, but been so long I haven't nailed down all of the fixes. I just wanted to get an image.

    So on the TS SuperNewt F2.8 8incher with QHY9 mono LRGB

    40 mins per RGB in 2.5 min subs x2 bin

    80Mins L in 5m subs unbinned

    M27 and loads and loads of stars.

    Very very rough image gaining and setup and processing is even more rushed. A bit blue


  4. Thanks all and thanks to the mods for letting this pass.

    Please to all, only contribute to the site if you live in the area, outside views (more than 20 miles) will not carry much weight I am afraid.

    I am already in contact with the cllr and the MP and both are on our side and we will meet with them soon.

    We have a meeting this Wed night with all parties concerned to form a united attack plan.

  5. Well I have been rather quiet for a week or so, so much going on.

    I wasn't going to sit down and stay quiet, not with my skills on computing. Even though my web skills are rusty, my ambition is not.

    Now I might get a hand slap here, so sorry admins, please slap away if I am breaking the rules, but I wanted to show what is possible with a bit of effort to fight light pollution amongst other things.

    Search google for "Stop Old Mill Quarter" and I am sure you will see what I am on about. Please do not contribute to the search unless you are local.

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  6. I'd suggest figuring out a way to document the current light levels in your garden at night. (Digital camera shot with everything set manually and specified maybe?) I think it will be a lot easier to show that the development is spilling intrusive light onto your property if you've proof of what the "before" situation was like.

    Even if the light pollution was the same from my garden, the glow of a retail park next to the garden will kill the night sky for astro photography or visual. Basically if it goes ahead, I will have to sell up the house or astro photography, and it will be astro.

  7. I know we are onto a losing battle here with jobs being created etc etc. What is 20 - 40 households concerns when there is 40 million and jobs resting on it.

    We have a very high hedge line between us and the field, the supermarket is supposedly going to be below the existing ground level and so chances are that We will not see it from the house and definately not from the garden. It is the noise pollution for the 2 years it will take to build it, then the light pollution it will cause and then of course the actual fact that there will be a large supermarket with all the noise, traffic, light and deliveries and not to mention the social aspects of potential crime and quality of life. Then add on the value of our house and the massive increase of traffic and noise associated to it.

    If the plans are approved, then it will happen, we all know it, fact of life, it is a retail park at the end of the day, we don't count.

  8. The proposals are up in the town hall on Tuesday with a chance for the public to discuss them. Considering I am one of 20 houses that will back immediately onto the rear of the complex we are very concerned.

    I am resigned that I will probably give up astronomy if it all goes ahead as i would effectively be living on the boundary of a retail park, but having the rear of a Tesco style SuperMarket and it's car parks 50 years from my open fence line is very worrying. Our houses are obviously prime targets from the car park with a van.

    The noise, traffic and volumes of people will effectively kill our peaceful surroundings.

    Still in shock, our immediate neighbor is almost in tears after moving here a year ago after 10 years of living in a place that had a coop built behind her garden.

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  9. We moved to our house 5 years ago backing onto a farm over looking Sandbach, nice views and pretty decent skies and told the land couldn't be built upon.

    We have just had a letter through the door that there will be planning proposals for a retail part literally 50 yards from our back garden as the farmer has sold his entire farm.

    The plans are for a Supermarket, a gardening centre, petrol station, KFC, Starbucks (all drive through) and some office buildings.

    Even though across the main road from the site is already a Waitross and a Homebase......

    I am in complete shock as are all of our neighbors

    All of these will invite hundreds of cars an hour into a massive chock point of Sandbach already suffering during peak hours,

    The SuperMarket will back onto our gardens, so I can image the light pollution and noise in the late evenings and early mornings with people and deliveries.

    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, why can't they just leave things alone.

  10. I have come to the same conclusion, the scopes are packed away and only get modded during this my 3rd summer. Each one has been pants and to be honest I have better things to do and need a break from it. Even more so as an imager who wants 4+ hours of proper dark which is impossible at the moment.

    The observatory is currently the home of the spiders for the summer ;)

  11. Scope is all re-colimated and now cooling down in the observatory with the fans.

    Fingers crossed, but started to cloud over in Sandbach Cheshire now. Sat 24 shows may get some clear spells tonight, but doubt be good enough for imaging.

  12. Yes I did this recently with Cats Eye on my 8 inch primary.

    Care is al you need. I got some Acetone and a cotton bud and dabbed the old ring doghnut to loosen it. Then used a toothpick carefuly to prise it up and removed it. Then more Acetone to clean the area before applying the new target.

    Remember that this part of the mirror (centre) is actually in the shadow of the secondary to if you mark the mirror, it isn't the end of the world. But be careful.

    The Cats Eye system come with a nice target placement sheet to get it bang on the centre.

    I would recommend removing the old ring as if you are using the Cats Eye radiation ring, it will not work with the old ring in place.

    Good luck

  13. Those edges do look a bit shiney don't they? I would be interested to see if this makes muche difference.

    Incidentaly - what's that yellow marker in the middle of the primary, some kind of collimation target?

    Yes it is the Cats Eye colimation radiation symbol for precise colimation at low F stops.

    They were very shiney, and the secondary was unpainted completely. Not sure what if any difference it will make, but since it was raining and the mirrors were out :)

  14. The mirrors on the F2.8 SuperNewt needed a clean again and whilst the weather is bad, I decided to reduce the reflections on the mirror edges at the same time.

    A couple of pictures showing the nerve racking job of applying pernament black marker to the edges of the secondary and primary mirrors on the 8 inch scope.

    All back together now and just need to Cats Eye colimate tonight :)



  15. On my QHY9 can easily manage -20 even on hottest nights, so I stick with that all year around with normal 30% draw on the fans.

    Did go as low as -40 once, not much difference other than much harder in summer and much more strain on the cooling.

  16. And...


    I hate this thread... it's making me dream about a nice CCD and I've got my big spending coming up in a few months. It'll be a HEQ5ProGoto and then a little triplet... Have been saving for a year.

    Currently I'm imaging with a modded SPC900 (with some other mono Sony chip, forget which). It's a steep learning curve but VERY interesting!!

    "THE DARK SIDE" :hello2:

  17. Excellent work on a very difficult target. Try boosting the vibrance and saturation and see if that brings out more colour.

    I just tried it with the vibrance tool in CS5 and it gave nice results :(

  18. Water ingress? I have heard of one other QHY camera that I think had similar problems, but that had been left in a RORO obsy for months at a time. I dont know about anyone else, but I wouldn't leave a normal camera (or any electronics) in a shed for long periods.

    I also think that there is a lot of received wisdom which is based on rumours and gossip. Olly has mentioned it more than once, yet hasn't used one of them. Yes, some of the early cameras had QC problem (sensors not square), but that was years ago. I know of a number of people with QHY cams and they are all delighted with them. The later round-bodies cameras certainly appear to be really well made pieces of kit.

    I think that Bern at Modern Astronomy has said it a few times...he was one (if not the first) importer of Atik camera when they were nothing more than modified webcams full of hot glue and look at them now. And Atik cameras also do fail...didn't AndyUK have problems with his?

    I'm not decrying Atik (or any other brand). All I am doing is pointing out that repeating rumours based on anecdotes can be damaging and may not accurately reflect the truth.

    To defend the QHY9 a bit, I do leave mine in the obs all the time connected to the OTA and although it lasted 18months, I guess I really shouldn't leave it out in all weathers without active dehumidifiers running on it as designed. Yes when they were new out, they did have issues that were quickly sorted out, but as with all kit, failures do happen.

    Luckily with the QHY9, it is very easy to work on and as long as you are not scared to open it up, is is very easy to clean and setup / fix issues. The main problem is dirty contacts on the sensor pins that humidity cause. Fixed with acetone and a fine tooth brush on the pins.

    Price is just amazing and that is what swung it for me.

    Not to distract from Badgers awesome purchase, congrats mate and long may you and the Atik CCD have a happy life together. Massive learning curve coming up mate :(

  19. Yes an observatory really helps as in the end it is all about the amount of data. Setting up and stripping down all the time leads to problems, connection issues and never really goes smoothly and gives the random affect of alignment, tracking etc etc.

    My observatory cost about £200 and consists of 12 paving slabs and 6 fence panels with a sliding roof. Not weather proof and I like it that way as got no moisture problems and the scope is covered with a motorbike cover. I pull the roof, power on, aligned and start imaging within 1/2 hour. The scope is already cool as it is always outside and the observatory is not a sealed room due to the fence panels and gaps.

    Can be easily done with a bit of effort and space in the garden.

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