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Everything posted by laser_jock99

  1. I tried to photograph Zodiacal Light from my dark sky site in Mid Wales. Unfortunately I chose to try the eastern apparition of this light (i.e. pre-dawn Autumn sky- October 2014) which is my least dark horizon- so contrast wasn't ideal. The original image (15mm fisheye lens)- the bright 'star' is Jupiter & Mars is centre, bottom. Approx FOV Finally- a contast stretched version (or what it might have looked like if eastern horizon was darker!)
  2. And we wonder why the Earths insects are in decline........ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619122456.htm
  3. I have the 12" and 10" Revelation Astro/GSO F4 Newtonian scopes. The 12" F4 is a bit of beast to tame but can give interesting results especially with the 0.7x ASA Keller coma corrector/reducer. Imagine a 1000mm focal length F2.9 scope..... I did some galaxy imaging with this set up- a single 140 second sub of M51
  4. I've got a 10" F4.7 Skywatcher 250PDS going cheap/free if you want it? Focal length is 1200mm- just about long enough to get some galaxy details.
  5. Well I like it anyway! The 'Galaxy Season' is a challenge to be rellished though.....
  6. A bucket of water or wet sand is safer/heavier.
  7. Congratulations to Welsh photographer Alyn Wallace for getting National Geographic Photo Of The Day for these pictures of the Elan Valley night sky. https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/amazing-images-wales-starlight?fbclid=IwAR0hz92NXMnCh-ZaMw_MyFNkjKhRHYXIZLcygZGkTV_lHpNjjtvHWtNDXZg
  8. Submitted my counts now- 18 in Warks, 26 in Powys. My eyes are getting older now- straining to see those fainter stars on the edge of visibilty!
  9. Thought the aurora pics were from Birmingham.......I was about to rush outside!

    1. GyCx


      You never Know ?

  10. looks like a solid build- hopefully no 'leveling bolts' in this design?
  11. Sounds like more of a 'man cave'! How big is available space?
  12. Good start- as others have pointed out, the very brightness of M42 makes it it a difficult subject!
  13. 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!
  14. Yes must be a technical challenge. I also suspect dew/frost is not the main problem as the air must be very dry.
  15. Just seen this on Spaceweather.com - best aurora video I've seen. Watch in 4K if you can!
  16. 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.
  17. Keep doing this sort of thing and you'll soon have permission to build that observatory......
  18. Some legacy shots as I'm not there this week.
  19. 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!!
  20. 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
  21. 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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