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Everything posted by laser_jock99

  1. 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!
  2. Yes must be a technical challenge. I also suspect dew/frost is not the main problem as the air must be very dry.
  3. Just seen this on Spaceweather.com - best aurora video I've seen. Watch in 4K if you can!
  4. 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.
  5. Keep doing this sort of thing and you'll soon have permission to build that observatory......
  6. Some legacy shots as I'm not there this week.
  7. 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!!
  8. 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
  9. Agreed. I collimate my uber critical F2.9 Newtonian astrographs (yes F2.9!!) with a Howie-Glatter. Nothing else comes close.....
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Nice- but the 'Witch' is lying down!
  14. Good effort - something not often tackled in the UK due to being low in the sky. Needs a dark southern horizon!
  15. If you can build a wooden floor above the concrete, that helps. I can jump up and down while imaging to no effect!
  16. Thats depressing. The nights are getting lighter and I've done almost no imaging........
  17. Seen on a house in the village of Long Itchington......
  18. Bortle 2-3 here in Mid Wales. Milky Way very obvious on a dark, clear night.
  19. Clear here (Warks). Don't know how long for though.....
  20. Pretty much what I discovered on my Skywatcher Equinox 120- my post on the subject in 2013...... When I dismantled my Equinox 120 focusser I found the flat, black metal part was not 'flat' at all. There was a build up of paint and/or anodising towards the edges which meant the adjusment rod only touched in two small areas. Net result- not able hold focus. This is a well documented & common fault with 'lower end' Crayford type focussers. You can easily check the flattness of said part by offering up a known straight edge (e.g. a steel rule) against the light. A bit of delicate work with a new, fine honing stone (check this for flatness too) and frequent checking with the straight edge soon got rid of excess paint/anodising. I now have an ugly bare aluminum surface, but it works as it should and can hold a pro sized DSLR without shifting. So no need to go and buy myself some new fancy focusser! Not good in a scope that sellls for £1400.......
  21. Fake footage. It's well known on the Internet that the Earth is flat!?
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