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Everything posted by laser_jock99

  1. Quick image Sadr in Cygnus and it's surrounding nebulosity- a favourite subject of mine for a quick imaging session as it easy to find! Dodgy stars in the corners- but technically these are outside the corrected image circle anyway! Taken with GSO 8" F4 Newtonian telescope working at F2.9 using a 0.7x ASA Keller coma corrector/reducer, modifed Canon 40D full spectrum camera @ ISO1000. Stack of nine images totaling 1620s of exposure from a dark sky site in Mid Wales.
  2. Sounds like a plan. A roll off shed is definately 'one up' from the outside pier concept (my covering consists of few tarps (I hope they are still in place......will check next week!)). I think an 'observatory' should be defined as a structure from which a person can physically observe from though!
  3. I'm almost glad I didn't go this year! Was going to do some fungi photography this morning- it's hissing down and I can't find my water proof trousers, so I might abandon the trip.........!
  4. Gina makes an interesting point here- my build is based on standard timber lengths and sheet metal sizes. It's one of reasons I ended up with 3m x 3m- minimun of cutting & wastse, everything just went together. Also possible would have been 2m x 2m- ultimately that would have be very tight with a 12" Newtonian.
  5. Taking it to the extreme you don't need observatory at all- 50% of my imaging is done on a permament outside pier. I don't see the point of deliberately making the smallest possible size if there is space available. If you move to a bigger scope of fancy a go at visual- what then? I'm imaging 90% of the time- but when at the eyepiece or with guests I'm sure glad of the extra room. Building bigger also allows the obsy to double up for other uses. I also store the BBQ and garden furniture in mine!
  6. The Rugby to Leamington train line has sadly long gone. Two trains via Coventry now......
  7. From experience- build as big as you can. About 7'x7' is the minimum operating room. More room is always better and don't base your plans on your current equipment- allow for possible upgrades like a 12" Newtonian...........
  8. Bit windy here (Warks) but better than yesterday.
  9. I've been avoiding Windows 10 for as long possible........... Good images though.
  10. Use the ED70 as the guidescope for your 'proper' scope i.e. the Newt! It's what I do........
  11. Nice star colours- the watermark detracts though. Maybe leave it out altogether.
  12. There are a couple of campsites in the border area that I know about with potentially dark skies: Powis Arms site at Lybury North (good pub & fishing too) https://www.thepowisarms.com/camping.html# Foxholes Campsite at Bishops Castle (good pubs) http://www.foxholes-castle.co.uk/index.html Kempton Farm https://www.freedomcampingclub.org/campsite/Shropshire/Lydbury-North/Kempton-Farm/4735
  13. Keeps the Oceans moving - probably should leave it where it is.....
  14. Nice image- I think the California can be a bit 'boring' for want of a better word. I think your rendition has great contrast.
  15. Nice to see a widefield version.
  16. Good to see these Southern objects
  17. Got a new radio in the collection a TECSUN PL-380. If anything I like this better than the big Tandy base station- it's nearly as good and also handheld (can use this in bed!) Tried it out connected to the obsy long wire antenna (25m) and logged a staggering 60+ separate FM broadcast signals (although many were duplicate stations e.g. Classic FM three times) including a French station from Wales! Not too shabby on shortwave and medium wave either.
  18. Sounds nasty- got to keep an eye that kind of thing!
  19. Most gear is from China- therfore the USD$ to UK£ ratio is more important than the Euro. The Euro is less important than various scaremongers would have you believe.......
  20. Nice concept but probably not cheap.........might even be more than buying a house in a Dark Sky location?
  21. The tripod/pier top/mount does not need to be pefectly level for good PA- the polar axis of the mount just needs to be stable & pointing along the polar axis of the earth.
  22. I suggest as part of their tour they measure they altitude of Polaris at these venues: Newquay lat 50.4155° N John-O-Groats lat 58.6373° N And then try and explain the observation...........
  23. Wow- expensive stuff. The £539 stereo on the front page would set you back £2,500 in todays money. I bet it probably wasn't even that good- Realistic are not really a respected/collectable audiophile brand. Good link though!
  24. Thanks- I'll look into that. Apparently listening to the astronauts on ISS is possible too.
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