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About VikkiFord

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    Astronomy, electronics, composing orchestral-synth music, reading sci-fi, Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes stories.
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  1. Be fair, I don't have a dark site anywhere near me that I can get to easily. I also think you know what I meant.
  2. This'll make your head spin. That galaxy 'you' were looking at last night, yep, it's not even where you looking - it's, erm (waves hands generally in some random direction) over there now!
  3. O. M. G! I fell out of my chair! No, seriously, I have a balance prob.... no I don't - I was, erm, laughing too hard. Nail. Head. Bang on, LOL!
  4. Because it's more beautiful and awe inspiring than looking down. To see something for yourself that you wouldn't normally see. Everyone knows about other galaxies but to actually see one for yourself - that's just incredible! To ponder the question "Is there life there too?" Grey smudges aren't much fun so some of us whip out the camera and start snapping away so we can see the true glory of the Cosmos. What else are eyeballs for? To think, THAT is infinite! To feel honoured that as a humble creature we can actually admire such beauty. It doesn't make me feel small and insignificant, it
  5. That's pretty good. I was concerned at first that the image was so small until I scrolled back up and saw you were using a DSLR. You're going to be hankering after a webcam or planetary cam soon The important thing is you got that critter and you got 'im good. Nice one
  6. All very good images and show what can be obtained with our equipment. They certainly fill me with enthusiasm knowing that such images are within my reach. I look forward to longer darker skies.
  7. You've got yourself some fine looking pictures there Good level of detail, nice one
  8. Thanks guys. I learn something every time I capture the moon.
  9. Actually, it could be, now you mention it. You've just brought it to mind that a cluster I took a photo of came out green. The white balance sliders where all over the place, no idea how or why and not knowing I clicked on Auto and things appeared to clear up. That picture was taken later that night. Now I think about it my cluster came out colourless too. Many, many thanks, Dave. I will look into that when I get home, you're a star (no pun intended). Vikki.
  10. I would feed her a small handful of stars for a starter followed by a planet or two for main and then top off with a small slice of moon and crackers. If there's room then a small open cluster could be consumed for the road. She is a little corker
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    That's a neat idea, I hadn't thought of that. Thank you :)
  12. Thank you, Dave. It was taken at 12:15am and was only about 12 to 15 degrees up in the sky so quite low.
  13. That's a thought. Take a peek, please: I've heard of The Ghost of Jupiter but have I discovered Saturn's Ghost? LOL!
  14. 1000 frame stack. Through AutoStakkert. Same process for Jupiter and Jupiter came out in colour. The video for Saturn also lacked colour. Not bothered really as it was a good piccy for a first go at Saturn.
  15. Very nice, and colour. I wonder why my one came out monochrome? 'Twer a colour camera. It's great to get a photo of something so far away and to be able to see those glorious rings. Nice one.
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