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johnfosteruk

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  1. Lovely image with really good colour, well done
  2. Very nice, I don't think I have much by way of last quarter images either. Thanks for reminding me
  3. Outstanding image, Schroter's Valley is very sharp.
  4. Thanks Steve, there's so much detail. I studied so much more than my meagre notes attest, but I've always struggled to tear my eye away from the eyepiece long enough to take notes!
  5. Outstanding report Danny, first of many I hope Pythagoras did give spectacular views last night.
  6. Yes, the 102 has an extra stop doesn't it, 12.7 to the 127's 11.8.
  7. By the look of your report, I think it already has!
  8. Thanks Alan, I don't know about beating the 127 but the 102 does certainly punch above it's weight!
  9. Although I've had a few quick observing sessions this year, my last proper session when it wasn't full moon was 7 months ago and I've been missing it, a lot. Last night when I left the office the skies were clear, the moon looked spectacular and the forecast was clear for the whole evening, as was my diary. So I put the little Skymax 102 out to cool and after dinner I had a cracking session. Seeing was a reasonable 8/10, the Moon was at a respectable altitude, and after spending 30 minutes doing maintenance I spent 2 hours observing. Lots of fun was had at the Lunar tourist spots then I grabbed the Nikon and captured some images. Small RGB moon, best 10% of 500 video frames Closer, 25% of 100 still frames, Mono Closer still, best 10% of 1000 video frames with the 2.5x Barlow. RGB
  10. Splendid Steve. I was struck by the beauty of the first quarter Moon on the 4th as well but didn't have time to do anything, thanks for sharing. Now get back to the dark side
  11. Although I've had a few quick observing sessions this year, my last proper session when it wasn't full moon was 7 months ago and I've been missing it, a lot. Last night when I left the office the skies were clear, the moon looked spectacular and the forecast was clear for the whole evening, as was my diary. So I put the little Skymax 102 out to cool and after dinner I had a cracking session. Seeing was a reasonable 8/10, the Moon was at a respectable altitude, and after spending 30 minutes doing maintenance I got stuck straight in with the 13mm Hyperion, the whole disk filling the field at 100x. Aristarchus shining like a jewel, Schroter's valley clearly visible at this magnification, familiar friends along the southern terminator inviting me to look closer, I quickly switched to the 10mm giving 130x and browsed over the southern terminator. Lots of browsing around, reacquainting myself with the Lunar tourist spots followed 45 minutes was consumed with Schickard and the surrounding area. The shared northern walls of Phocylides and Nasymith form a summit of sorts and cast an impressive shadow, I spent 20 minutes just making sense of that! On to Reiner Gamma, the peculiar swirls seeming oddly out of place then a switch to the 8mm for a closer look at Aristarchus at 162.5x (which def gave some benefit over the 10mm). On to Schroter's valley and the Cobra's head. Finally, I meandered up towards the North Pole for a look around Pythagoras, Babbage, Markov. Pythagoras' central peak was poking it's head out of the blackness below and Babbage A&C added some interest to their otherwise plain looking parent crater. Then I switched to the Nikon and grabbed some images to finish of a very nice couple of hours.
  12. Thanks for the heads up Paul but it’s miserable here so no go for me just yet.
  13. We weren’t going this year due to timing but I’m sorry to see the weather got the better of us!!! Better luck next year.
  14. You did well David. I dusted off the gear for the first time in a while ready for today. Alas, I got a look while focusing then cloud came in! That's what I get for not being faithful to the Solar gods I guess
  15. Excellent, I got a look at lunchtime, just before the rain started
  16. I've been getting warnings when loading PS since the last OS update, I think I'll be staying put for a while
  17. You'll probably progress further sooner than I Gav!! But yes at some point I'll have notes to compare.
  18. I've been looking into this as well Gav, as long as you can produce a reasonable curve, you can determine type and temperature. I've been looking at the Star Analyser SA-100.
  19. It was, but it is one of my favourites. It's one of 4 that I'm able to recite from memory.
  20. Cheers Gav, and no, RGB is the thing of the future
  21. I haven't had a telescope out in anger for 4 months thanks to crazy work commitments and things going on at home, and that was only a quick session. Yesterday I saw the forecast for the evening, decided that although it was probably wrong (because forecasts are often wrong, in case you hadn't noticed ) I was going to setup to observe the Harvest Moon. I know it's just another full moon just like any other cycle but it's special. It's lovely to sit outside with the bins studying ejecta rays, remembering harvest festivals when I were a lad (somebody always brought a can of Campbells soup!). As I grabbed 200 frames to finish off the session (I stacked 20%, Pipp, AS3!, IMPPG to process) I remembered a little Longfellow - It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes And roofs of villages, on woodland crests And their aerial neighbourhoods of nests Deserted, on the curtained window-panes Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests! Gone are the birds that were our summer guests, With the last sheaves return the labouring wains! All things are symbols: the external shows Of Nature have their image in the mind, As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves; The song-birds leave us at the summer's close, Only the empty nests are left behind, And pipings of the quail among the sheaves. I've not been unhappy with my recent astronomy-less state, but I think I shall be making more of an effort to make the time now, happily work has started to ease off a little, much obliged. Mono RGB
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