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Everything posted by johnfosteruk

  1. Well, what a blast that was. I feared the alarm wouldn't wake me, or would wake the Present Mrs Foster. Happily, neither was true. I opened the door and was greeted by a blanket of cloud, but I setup nonetheless. The cloud started to clear soon after, at about 3:20am and a good time was had by all me. I have an arty image thanks to the still clearing clouds early on, a sequence of sorts and a widefield shot with a few stars at or near maximum. I may have sufficient data for an animation as well.
  2. Quickly processed one from just before totality. Now I'm off to bed for an hour
  3. Cracking set, well done. My processing will have to wait until after work alas.
  4. Clouds are back in force so back to bed for an hour before work I think. Happy with what I saw/captured though.
  5. No colour to it here yet thanks to clouds but we’re capturing something anyway.
  6. Ooh nice, about time too. Let's hope this one's a keeper then.
  7. I've got work tomorrow, so have to get some sleep somewhere, early night for me. I'm rather upset that my spare battery died a death last night so I think I'll need the hairdryer to keep it warm!
  8. The eclipse is easy, getting up will be the problem
  9. I was going to go out again to do some widefield but alas more clouds.
  10. You've ruined it now
  11. I've had barely any time to observe or image for a few months now, and when I've had time the weather has been awful. Tonight I broke my duck I spent an hour splitting doubles with the frac, watched ISS pass a few times and did some lunar observing, focussing on the fine details on the Western edges of Oceanus Procellarum, the seeing was good and 250x yielded some nice sharp detail I'm pleased to say. Then it was time for some images, including some test shots at 600mm for the upcoming eclipse. All in all a good evening. Wide mono Closer mono Closer RGB Closer still mono
  12. So I can say I've at least bagged a look/image of something in the night sky in Jan '19 I just grabbed this. Saying that, I'm optimistic for later, looks like it'll clear as the Moon approaches the Meridian, it's also looking 50/50 for the eclipse which is better than it's been.
  13. Nicely done Steve, I was hoping to get out tonight, it's the first night in a while I've had free time and it's cloudy of course
  14. I think the av mode will overexpose the moon it's nearly filling the frame. I'd get out before hand and test it tbh.
  15. I don’t know how, it’s straight out of the phone. PP required next time!
  16. During these long cloudy nights which seem to be the norm lately I'm using my evenings constructively, as one does. Among the tinkerings is iOS shortcuts. This started out as an app called Workflow but was recently purchased by Apple and integrated into the OS. What the app does is automation (Similar to the Android app Tasker, but nowhere near as advanced yet), the integration with iOS is pretty good so far though, plenty more for Apple to do in future releases I feel but very useful. It can set variables, run IF statements, While loops etc but before it can play nice with your apps, the developer has to plug into it and Sky Safari hasn't as yet. So last night I started thinking about how else I could make use of it for astronomy and here's part of what we've got so far. It fetches Moon info or weather info from www.timeanddate.com, parses the page to pull the info we need into a list then formats and displays the list items in a panel, all in the home screen 'widget'. I'm liking this a lot, and as it can also do Javascript, and Python (via a 3rd party app), plug in to your device's location, present menus, ask for input and more I'm planning lots more features. Asteroid/comet data from MPC, rise/set/transit time for a user input target (via Heavens Above for example) are a few examples. I might need to dust off my copy of Jean Meeus' Astronomical Algorithms and get it calculating stuff too (which means I can then get data from services like Simbad which have a structured query language and calculate my own location based data, rather than 'scraping' sites like timeanddate which could change layout without notice) It's a bit of fun, just to see how far I can push it, but any ideas/thoughts/suggestions will be well received, so chip in and have your say. Quick vid of it in action (only 7mb, maximise for best viewing experience) ScreenRecording_01-03-2019 23-35-21.MP4
  17. Another inspirational series John, I must get out to see the nose again myself in 2019. The problem with the moor is there's so much to visit, so little time to visit it in.
  18. That's lovely Reggie, our Christmas, much like most of December, was cloudy!
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