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About stev74

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  1. Decided to have a go at a star trail image of Orion. 30 or so stacked 20 second exposures Canon 1100D, 18mm to 55mm stock lens, ISO 3200.
  2. Bottom half of Orion captured using Skywatcher Star Adventurer, Canon 1100D with an old 50mm F1.8 manual lens. 6 x 3 min exposures and 1 x 30 sec exposure, ISO400 with the lens stopped down to F4 to avoid the worst of the lens aberrations. Stacked and processed in PS. This is my first go at stacking a widefield image with the Star Adventurer.
  3. Hi folks, Bit last minute as I've been really busy but me and and Daniel are going to make it for a couple of nights. Just finishing a bottle rocket workshop at a school in Kilwining so should just about make it on site before dark today. ? Cheers Steve
  4. I just wanted to thank David Bryant from Space Rocks UK for excellent service with regards a recent purchase of meteorites. http://www.spacerocksuk.com/ I was looking at one of the specialist study sets that had a good selection of different samples to use for outreach while doing events with my mobile planetarium and observing group. After a few emails David felt a custom box would be the best option as I was looking for a set with some samples that could be handheld. After listening to my requirements and taking into account my budget David put together a fantastic set including three larger samples that can be taken out of the display boxes and handed around. His enthusiasm and knowledge for the subject was obvious from the start and I now have a perfect set for outreach. Highlights include several slices that show internal structure (including one showing the Widmanstatten Pattern), a piece of the Chelyabinsk object that exploded over Russia in 2013 and fragments of the Moon, Mars and asteroid 4-Vesta! The set was ordered and paid for over the phone last Wednesday evening and arrived on Saturday morning, in plenty of time for this weeks school visits. Perfect!
  5. Yes everything is the same just follow the most recent info with regards not needing the null modem and you should be fine. There are UK stockists but since I bought mine they seem to have doubled in price worth a Google search though just in case or order from overseas.BTW my setup is still working flawlessly after all this time.
  6. Well done, not only has she captured a lovely image she has also got the 'lunar x', so extra well done! [emoji2] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_X
  7. I'm hoping to head down later today Mike, it will be good to catch up. That reminds me I better grab a nice single malt for the next tasting session.........
  8. Best of luck with the job jnb, I hope you get it! I'm a bit late to this thread and I see you've already made the decision to go for it which is great. I made a similar decision a year and a half ago and haven't looked back. With the chance of a redundancy from a job in an industry I'd been in for 20 years, I had the option to carry on in said industry or follow my dream. I'd been doing astronomy outreach in my own time for years and over that time found it very difficult to hire a mobile planetarium in my area for the events that I was organising so along with a friend of mine we decided to set up our own. After the initial 6 months doing research, setting up the business, buying the equipment and training the last year has been incredible. It's been a real privilege to teach all ages about the wonders of the night sky and travel all over to science festivals, schools, dark sky islands, Brownies and Cubs events to name a few. Hundreds of folks have seen our shows and it's a real buzz every time you hear a gasp, a WOW or a "I never knew that!". So many doors have been opened that I'd never of imagined and I've had the chance to work with some amazing people including professors. The icing on the cake was when we learnt last month that we had been shortlisted and then won funding from the Royal Astronomical Society's flagship outreach campaign RAS 200: Sky & Earth. We are part of a team that will be offering astronomy themed respite breaks for carers, this will give us an opportunity to engage with a whole range of people, some of whom may never have had the chance to learn anything about science or the night sky. https://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2629-460k-for-public-engagement-in-astronomy-and-geophysics-six-teams-win-ras-funding As the job will be part-time there might be scope to expand the role in the future and maybe look at taking the outreach out of the facility further afield, as part of the role or on your own, maybe even look at a mobile planetarium. I'm not sure what type of planetarium you will be working at, whether it's digital (like ours) or optomechanical but if I can offer any advice or there's anyway I can help feel free to drop me a PM. All the best
  9. Hi and welcome to SGL. I'm also in West Lothian, great choice of scope btw! Cheers Steve
  10. Great to see someone managed to capture the triple transit, really well done! I tried 3 different sites over 2 hours with a couple of other folks in my observing group but in the end we were beaten by the wind and seeing conditions. We did manage to spot two of the shadows visually (Callisto and Io) but the conditions made the third impossible. Imaging unfortunately was also impossible from where we were, I would have loved to have captured an image with my DFK. Never mind, it's great to see yours instead!!
  11. Ok looks like I was right, I've just come across this article - http://www.britastro.org/node/5886 What an incredible thing to see!!
  12. I'm glad I'm not the only one to see this! After posting here I went back out but whatever the object was it had faded from my location and I couldn't pick it up again with either my scope or binos. When I saw the object first it was about 30 degrees up and directly in line vertically from Alkaid (the end of the handle of the Plough) and if I had to guess about half a degree wide naked eye maybe a bit more. Cone shaped in the bins as described previously and very much like a tail of a comet but with no bright nucleus. I vaguely remember reading somewhere (maybe SGL) about a rocket fuel dump in orbit then had a look on Youtube and came across this video from 2007, what do you guys think?
  13. Yes, I've been out imaging Jupiter and was about to pack up at 5.30am this morning when I first saw the object naked eye. I went in to get my bins for a closer look, cone shaped as you describe, are there any naked eye comets that I wasn't aware of at the moment? I've held off packing up the scope and I'm just wanting for the object to clear the tree in the neighbours garden to get a closer look.
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