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Everything posted by johnfosteruk

  1. Single frame, captured at 450mm handheld with the Tamron 150-600, plus a crop.
  2. So that's settled then, you're going to leave off your PST mod for a while, that'll cause 25 & 26 to be the busiest on record, just in time for me to have saved up for a quark. Is that how it works?
  3. Sod's law you'll not prioritise it and they'll be the busiest cycles on record
  4. Good seeing last night. Mono RGB Close ups
  5. That's a beauty
  6. Amazing images Wouter. Now to spend 3 days having a proper look around
  7. I finally had the opportunity to do some decent imaging last night. These are the full disc images, and some close ups with Barlow are cooking now. Best 50 of 500 frames. Processed my usual way - Pipp>AS!3>IMPPG>Photoshop. Worth clicking through for a look around at full scale methinks. Mono RGB
  8. It looked gorgeous through the 8x40 bins just now, I grabbed a quick snap as well.
  9. Pipp can do channels as part of alignment.
  10. I popped my head out the door at 8pm and it was lovely so I setup the Skymax which had already been out cooling. 2 minutes later, clouds. During the next hour and a half I got precisely 1 usable image. I had a nice catch up with the neighbour though, and had a fascinating conversation with a nutter which was enlightening. The gist of said conversation was The science they teach you in school is wrong. According to the school science the Moon and Sun should be opposite each other in the sky. I saw them both in the sky together earlier today, plus we shouldn't be able to see the Moon now because the Sun is down under Australia (45 mins after sunset!) therefore the earth must be flat. Also Covid-19 is a hoax. Oh, and chemtrails. So there you go, we've all been doing it wrong Anyway, the Moon, single frame, captured this evening.
  11. Another winner from you there Wouter. Absolutely terrific.
  12. Outstanding image, well done
  13. It’s Elon’s Iridium enthusiast appeasement scheme.
  14. Funnily enough Steve, I did a similar thing on our neighbourhood Facebook Group and there has been quite a good response. Lots of questions answered. It's nice to help others take their mind off the crisis.
  15. Evening all. We're not self isolating, so far all fit and well. Unfortunately/fortunately (depending on how I'm feeling on the day) we're both still having to go to work (all possible precautions being taken) but obviously when I'm not at work I'll be at home 100% of the time so I do have a lot more spare time now. Like many here, I have a number of projects 'on the go', which I plan to put more time into for the foreseeable future. One of them is the perfect, comprehensive, all encompassing stellar atlas. There are so many available, each with their advantages and disadvantages, but is there something missing? I'm just fettling with data at the moment, putting some Python scripts together to pull/collate/manipulate some data from various sources (Vizier etc) and before I move on to next steps I'd like to ask for some input from my SGL friends. What would make the perfect atlas for you? A few (but not all) things to think about: Presentation (size/weight, colours, fonts, labels etc) Angular resolution Grid format, line width Structure/layout/flow of the atlas Selection/type of objects (Variables, Doubles, DSOs, asterisms, groups etc) Presentation of non stellar objects (how to give the observer a better idea of what they're looking for) Limiting magnitude (stellar and non stellar objects) Representation of objects (marker shapes, sizes, colours) Other useful information that could be represented (eg Milky Way contours, Spectral type, proper motion etc) I'm also thinking about a web version. I'm going to be using code to put it together, so it just needs a bit (maybe a lot ) more code to present it online and interactive. So what would you love to see in a web edition? A few (but again, not all) pointers: Limiting Magnitude again (ability to change this) Coordinate systems (eg switching between RA/Dec & Alt/Az) Zoom/scaling Filtering Objects Producing printed charts Including solar system objects So, what niggles you about the existing Atlases on the market? What's missing? What are the best bits of one that you'd like to see put together with the best bits of another? Do you have an atlas that's otherwise perfect except for one really annoying omission or error? All thoughts will be given due consideration, no guaranteed completion date will be given (Think of it like Microsoft )
  16. This evening's effort. A little cloud for atmosphere, and a few stars as well.
  17. That, and it's just quite simply one of the most lovely things you can see with the naked eye. It's bloody beautiful
  18. I got home from work and the Moon looked just spectacular. I didn't have long to play as the Present Mrs Foster wanted to serve dinner but our neighbour would have set by the time we'd finished eating, I grabbed the Tamron and the Sigma and grabbed a few snaps handheld. Here are the results. Crescent Earthshine Conjunction
  19. Stunners Roger, Luna did look stunning this evening hanging under Venus
  20. I Saw it on the way home from work at 8pm (key worker so not breaking the rules, not that anyone here would jump to conclusions anyway ) and smiled a lot. It's been a few months since I've caught a thin crescent so thanks for sharing Michael
  21. Single shot with the Tamron, not handheld this time.
  22. Shot with the Tamron again, a bit hazy this evening but still managed to capture a reasonable single frame.
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