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laser_jock99

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  1. Thought the aurora pics were from Birmingham.......I was about to rush outside!

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      GyCx

      You never Know 😉

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    Pier height recommendations

    looks like a solid build- hopefully no 'leveling bolts' in this design?
  3. Sounds like more of a 'man cave'! How big is available space?
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    The old chestnut (M42)

    Good start- as others have pointed out, the very brightness of M42 makes it it a difficult subject!
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    DLSR Rosette Nebula

    Liking that!
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    The Horse Head in HaRGB

    Great image.
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    teleskop service ? corrected

    Can only say I had no issues with buying scopes & equipment from them - usually things that are not availble from this forums sponsors I might add!
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    South Pole Aurora Video

    Just seen this on Spaceweather.com - best aurora video I've seen. Watch in 4K if you can!
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    South Pole Aurora Video

    Yes must be a technical challenge. I also suspect dew/frost is not the main problem as the air must be very dry.
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    Show us your Observatory in the Snow

    Thanks. The skies are fairly dark (Bortle 2-3) but still some LP on the N.Eastern horizon from Birmingham 75 miles away...... Southern horizon is good though.
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    Why was my wife a little upset??

    Keep doing this sort of thing and you'll soon have permission to build that observatory......
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    Show us your Observatory in the Snow

    Some legacy shots as I'm not there this week.
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    Show us your Observatory in the Snow

    There was a proposal to put lights on the Welsh wind turbines- there is a lot of MOD activity in this area, but to my knowledge this has never been enacted. Curiously the MOD were interested in infrared lights as opposed to visible (red) lights as these were more visible to the pilot's night time vision equipment (and also my full spectrum cameras.....). The last thing I wanted was a load of IR light pollution!!
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    Looking for some where in Wales

    Mid Wales is dark and has a Dark Sky Park in the Elan Valley area. Brecon & Pemebroke are a bit near the large conurbations in South Wales The Milky Way as seen from my observatory in Mid Wales- there is about 60 miles of Green Desert between here and those large towns in South Wales Some possible accomadation links nearby https://www.cwmbiga.co.uk/directions https://www.bronyllys.co.uk/ This site lists plenty of cottages https://www.wales-cottages.info/search-results/brecon-beacons-and-mid-wales?adult=2&child=0&infant=0&nights=7&range=3&pets=0
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    I need a collimating tool!

    Agreed. I collimate my uber critical F2.9 Newtonian astrographs (yes F2.9!!) with a Howie-Glatter. Nothing else comes close.....
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    NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Fox Fur

    Nice image- I love this area of sky.
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    2019 CPRE Star Count

    I don't believe this is meant to be a fully scientific survey as there are way to many variables. It's more for public particpation and raising awareness of the issues. The result of the last survey in 2012
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    2019 CPRE Star Count

    The Campaign To Protect Rural England are running another star survey to monitor the spread of Light Pollution- details here: https://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-do/countryside/dark-skies/star-count-2019?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=campaigns-update-2019-jan&utm_content=Campaigns+Update+2019+Jan TAKE PART: 2 February - 23 February Help us reclaim our dark skies Dark, starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer. But light pollution means many of us can’t see the stars. We want to reconnect people with the wonder of our glorious night skies. You can take part in #StarCount2019 and help us map light pollution, to ensure more of us can enjoy the most magical sight the countryside has to offer. Our Star Count will take place this February, when we’ll be asking you to look up at the night sky and tell us how many you can see in Orion. You can do this from anywhere in England. The results will help us to create a new map to show how light pollution affects everybody’s views of the night sky.
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    What did the postman bring?

    Had a bit of kit from Nevada this week- none of it really astro related (although it is destined from my obsy/radio shack!). A Scanking Discone antenna and an antenna tuner amongst other things. Quote
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    Bewitched Witch...

    Nice- but the 'Witch' is lying down!
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    IC 2177 Seagull Nebula...just!!!

    Good effort - something not often tackled in the UK due to being low in the sky. Needs a dark southern horizon!
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    Isolation of central pier plinth

    If you can build a wooden floor above the concrete, that helps. I can jump up and down while imaging to no effect!
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    Winter solstice !

    Thats depressing. The nights are getting lighter and I've done almost no imaging........
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    Time joke

    Seen on a house in the village of Long Itchington......
  25. Super image- love the those TAK Epsilon scopes.
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