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About iantobach

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  1. with current credit crisis you could convince her that your financial advisor website"SGL" finance , suggest it`s a good investment?? or as I have found out with buy with family intrest - pay pennance by carting the kids every where, going to the village fetes and making small talk with the local ejits, helping her weed the garden, cook tea, pay for the holiday , so you can`t buy any more toys, be unable to afford the pub, tidy the garage, read to the children everynight after a 12 hour day at work, after bathing them and feeding them, iron your own shirts, tidy up before the cleaner, empty the dishwasher, give her a glass of vino as she walks through the door, (if by any chance you are home earlier than her), help out at the village fete, dig the local schools new garden, spend time with her mother,, go to her mothers for the weekend, avoid seeing your mates as you are spending time with the family, and her mother. I could go on. Yes I did get the camera. boy, did I pay.
  2. :Dcan anyone tell me what`s wrong with my dsi - this is the picture it took the other night of ursa major. Gave me paws for thought, thinks it`s gone all catty on me. any suggestions?
  3. I thought KP index was a brand of nuts?
  4. dslr. i can use it on cloudy nights then. taking pictures of my dog mainly.actually come to think of it i have too many pictures of my dog now. ok then a ccd. but then it`s usually cloudy and useless, and i need a new laptop as my old one has packed up. actually what i really need is more cash and have both. :shock:
  5. as on the tin. canon 40d iso 1000 exp 30secs or so.
  6. caught a meteor rather than a plane for a change on this image- bottom right.
  7. yes/no/maybe, she always says" i`m glad your hobbies are at night- fishing, astronomy, so that you spend the days with me and the kids when you`re not working", but was none too happy dinner wasn`t cooked and the kids only half ready for bed the other night when the ISS flew over house.
  8. i live between totnes and ivybridge, with me lx90 10 inch too.
  9. taken with canon 40d 11 mm lens 30secs exposure. oops put in wrong area of forum- will post in imaging
  10. this from the bbc- Asteroid to make close approach An asteroid some 250m (600ft) across is about to sweep past the Earth. There is no chance of it hitting the planet, but astronomers will train telescopes and radar on the object to learn as much about it as they can. The asteroid - which carries the rather dull designation 2007 TU24 - will pass by at a distance of 538,000km (334,000 miles), just outside Moon's orbit. Scientists who study so called near-Earth objects say similar-sized rocks come by every few years. The moment of closest approach for 2007 TU24 is 0833 GMT. The asteroid is only expected to be visible through amateur telescopes that are three inches (7.6cm) or larger. Detailed observations of 2007 TU24 could reveal whether the asteroid is a solid object or simply a loose pile of space rubble. Knowledge of how asteroids are put together will be key to working out how we might defend ourselves against future, more threatening rocks. An explosive attack - so popular with Hollywood scriptwriters - may not be the most effective approach. Many scientists believe that giving a hostile object a gentle nudge over a long period of time may in fact be our best strategy. Given the estimated number of near-Earth asteroids of this size (about 7,000 discovered and undiscovered objects, says the US pace agency), an object similar to 2007 TU24 would be expected to pass this close to Earth, on average, about every five years or so. The average interval between actual Earth impacts for an object of this size would be about 37,000 years, Nasa adds. A little over a year-and-a-half ago, a 600m-wide (2,000ft) asteroid known as 2004 XP14 flew past the Earth at just about the Earth-Moon distance. The asteroids' names include the year in which they were first identified. Story from BBC NEWS:
  11. just read your email-the ******. But looking at the stuff stolen IBM Thinkpad laptop + all my astro software Canon 300D DSLR 2'' CLS Filter and nosepiece ( arrived From bern @ Modern astronomy that very day ) and just fited to the 300D Skywatcher ST80 Toucam Webcam (fitted to the ST80) Auto Focuser Plus a box with all my bits & bobs, adapters, filters, laser collimator worth us all watching ebay- as most of that stuff won`t be much use to the local rat folk.
  12. don`t know where the widefield spikes came from- i had my 102 slt out- and was using that for the first time as well as my sct- and i`m not sure which scope took it , but i can`t explain the spikes1( but thought they looked pretty.)
  13. Been trying to get a nice shot of mars on my new canon 40d- but finding it harder to get a nice image compared to my old dsi- but a lot quicker, both shots taken with canon 40d and my lx90- the first using my trusty barlow, and my focal reducer the second shot i found after going through the shots- god know where the diffraction spikes came from!- but thought it looked pretty, taken on bulb at 1so 1000 i think as was mostly playing that night. the second was a much longer exposure as well- but chuffed with the number of stars that came out, and how easy focussing was with live view( although drowned out mars)
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