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Everything posted by OXO

  1. Once you start mentioning savings to them they may,May sit up and take notice Caz. But your right ignorance is bliss in there eyes n ears ..
  2. The upgrade to Skyscan with a HEQ5 mount cost 400 quid alone..
  3. When searching for life in the universe i can't help coming up with the notion that maybe somethings are so alien we wouldn't know if it was stareing us in the eye The Maths = Life as does the probability etc etc(as we know it) phewww
  4. Thanks Rog/Martin/SR There is a few positives to the image as pointed out thanks for that, just i was expecting, much more than i got Mmmmmm better luck next time me thinks Cheers James 8) PS:Un Sulked :)
  5. Aha good explanation WH/Gary yes i would go with that 8)
  6. Yes Ian thats what o meant Cheers Thanks Rog,Ian James
  7. Maybe the Pacman Again but i will never tire of seeing a great image Rog and this is another one James
  8. M31 from last night completley un happy with it but the conditions were carp! ED80 CANON 300D 50X30 SECS ISO 1600 1 Sulk. James
  9. Inwards travel, not an easy fix Col iam affraid i would do as Russ suggest's and do some piggyback Astrophotography first, Iso wise depends really but i alwyas use 1600 and get a few frames to stack so itoo elminate Noise..
  10. You can also make diffraction spikes by placing say fishing wire over the front of the tube(Not optics) in a X shape..
  11. Some of the images you see on SGL use Noel Actions for Photoshop and there artificially created.. James
  12. Looks like you need a 2" Extention for the T-Adapter Col? this will give you more freedom to focus mate, as is evident in your images its out of focus like others have said.. Was there much focus travel?
  13. Bags of info in that image Martin fantastic :shock:
  14. Planet-Finding by Numbers More than a decade after the first planets beyond our solar system were found, astronomers have discovered about 200 of these "extrasolar planets," as they're called. Using a common-sense definition of potentially habitable planets, coupled with extensive computer simulations, scientists have calculated how many potentially habitable planets might be detected around other stars by the SIM PlanetQuest mission. ("SIM" stands for Space Interferometry Mission.) The mission, scheduled for a launch in the next decade, will target planets with specific traits in common with Earth: a similar mass and an orbit in the "habitable zone," not too close and not too far from its parent star. With this mass and location, it's believed a planet could have liquid water on its surface and an atmosphere -- conditions considered necessary for life to gain a foothold. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/features.cfm?feature=1209
  15. Personally i think its one suited to DSLR's but it's a good start Martin and it does show plenty of details so don't be hard on yourself.. James
  16. It does indeed look prmiseing Martin, far more detail than i managed last year with the Canon after 30x30 subs :) Nice one. James
  17. Tiny Moons, Big Effects The two prominent dark gaps in Saturn's A ring contain small embedded moons and a host of other intriguing features. Here, three unique ringlets are visible in the Encke gap (325 kilometers, or 200 miles wide). The innermost ringlet (topmost here) is faint but continuous. The center ringlet brightens substantially toward upper left and displays a few slight kinks. This ringlet is coincident with the orbit of Pan (26 kilometers, or 16 miles across). The outermost ringlet is discontinuous, with two bright regions visible. The narrower Keeler gap (42 kilometers, or 26 miles wide) hosts the moon Daphnis (7 kilometers, or 4.3 miles across, not in this image), which raises waves in the gap edges as it orbits Saturn. http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/image-details.cfm?imageID=2336 Pretty Cool eh?
  18. Enjoyed your report and i just love those 8" Skywatchers Here's to many more clear nights this year/Week James
  19. Spacecraft to make 3D Sun movies Nasa is launching two spacecraft to make the first 3D movies of the Sun. The Stereo mission will study huge eruptions from our parent star known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). These colossal clouds of energetic particles can "fry" the electronics of satellites in Earth orbit and disrupt electricity distribution grids. Stereo is expected to improve the ability of researchers to forecast the worst aspects of this "space weather". "Coronal mass ejections are a main thrust of solar physics today," said Mike Kaiser, the Stereo project scientist at the US space agency's (Nasa) Goddard Space Flight Center. "With Stereo, we want to understand how CMEs get started and how they move through the Solar System." The mission comprises two spacecraft which are being lofted on a Delta-2 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch window opens at 0138 GMT on Thursday. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6076212.stm
  20. Learn how to polar align your mount/telescope then use Starcharts with the coordinates and you will be able to find anything in the sky esp with some guidance from Stary Night software..
  21. Nice image and nice re edit! Well done MD and Martin of the re edit.
  22. Cheers Phil and thx Astroman for the Info, most Super giants Swell to 100x there Mass though at some point in there life? James
  23. Oddly yes Steve, this time though Caz's can be explained as Astroman did a great job of Astroman, No offence was intended sorry.. James
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