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  1. Think its fixed now. This morning mine was showing three clear nights next week, but now its just a wall of red again.
  2. Hi all The Moon is apparently coming to the Natural History Museum this summe, May to September. It's an artwork that includes a 6m wide model of the moon which features Nasa imagery. It's free and there's a programme of events. Sounds good. Details here http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/museum-of-the-moon.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=1400109_me-southken-20190201&dm_i=2YZ0,U0BX,3ZZS5G,33NWS,1
  3. In the battle against light pollution it seems moths may be our new best friend. This article is about the effects of light pollution on moths and the reduction in pollination that results. https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBSwdmN?m=en-gb&referrerID=InAppShare
  4. The forecast here was for total cloud and when I went to bed at midnight it was. Still, I set the alarm just in case and for once got lucky. Was really clear for a couple of hours around totality and a lovely sight. Quick shot straight from the camera. Hope others got lucky too.
  5. Go on then I'll play. Not too bad considering but I feel its getting worse.
  6. So far 55 of the Messier's. Fewer of the Caldwell as I started those a little later. I'm hoping to get back to this in the new year. I even cut down a couple of conifers in the garden this autumn to give me a lower view to the south.
  7. Beautiful pictures. I'd say mission accomplished! Love Octobers. It looks like an Easter island figure.
  8. This is a really nice challenge. I started something a little similar at the beginning of last year, with the aim of imaging all the Messier and Caldwell's I could reasonably get from here. My reason was simply to broaden the range of objects I viewed as I'd found myself just visiting the same old favourites each season. I only take about 5 or 10 minutes worth of subs, just enough to see what I've got, but it had definitely helped me broaden my viewing habits. Good luck.
  9. Always interesting to hear what others achieve. Only 45 sessions this year for me out of around 115 possible clear nights. Which just goes to show I could probably do more if work, other social commitments and laziness didn't get the better of me sometimes Although its better than 2017 its only half what I managed in 2016, so I'm hoping for better next year.
  10. A nice summary of some of the things planned for 2019 here. Pity they couldn't have put an astronaut back on the moon for the 50th anniversary of Apollo, but still lots going on. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/spacex-launches-2019
  11. I don't know if anyone else has suggested this, but if you can find an astronomy club near you, then you get to meet a few people and potentially try a few scopes before you buy one?
  12. The second one is lovely. Well done.
  13. Bit late, but spotted these the other day in the Works. The Mars one looks interesting and the other might be useful for those that worry we aren't alone.
  14. The website says As the twenty-first century unfolds and gives rise to unsettled global tensions, Orbital Reflector encourages all of us to look up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonder, to consider our place in the universe, and to reimagine how we live together on this planet. Actually this encourages me to
  15. That sounds great! Really got your excitement. Those nights when you discover or rediscover things under a really dark sky are amazing.
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