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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. caught a meteor rather than a plane for a change on this image- bottom right.
  6. 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.
  7. i live between totnes and ivybridge, with me lx90 10 inch too.
  8. taken with canon 40d 11 mm lens 30secs exposure. oops put in wrong area of forum- will post in imaging
  9. 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:
  10. 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.
  11. 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.)
  12. 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)
  13. Upon seeing the astrobuy sell recent advice, it transpires the fraudsters of mean and unpleasant nature nature ,wrote in a most unnatural way.It would appear engratiating text of a victorian nature would arose the most wonderous suspicouns , and another questioons to ask ofoneselff is pooor gramer and speling would ditatat the most caution. God help us if they notice the spellcheck and grammer checkers. I`ve been getting a lot of bank phishing emails- one made me laugh as one looked very proffesional- unfortunately ithe website address was "security at SPOOF egg.com"- not the sharpest then. By the way a nice man who works in a bank in nigeria says i`m entitled to 10 million us dollers if i send him £10,000. beware there seem to be loads of them out there
  14. Is it me or does everyone else find it amazing that when you show someone an image of a nebulae( occasionally a planet or a galaxy)- do you get the following questions/statement. a. what is it?- usually for nebulae people are clueless b. No way you can see/take that! Back in my school days it was every boys must to know your galaxys from your nebulas- mainly as a result of star wars, buck rogers,star trek and battlestar galctica- bring em back. Is it a case of " in a galaxy far far away " or" life jim but not as we know it",with people these days??
  15. my friend worried someone could pinch my scope as i left it out one night.it`s a 10 inch sct- if it was ever pinched, by a single bloke- be on ethe look out for a muscly man, with green hairs , ripped trousers and no top, answers to name of "hulk". sound like the buyer above would be too much hassle to sell to.
  16. deputy dawg hat ,long johns, and a north face mcmurdo coat that my mate wears when he works in the arctic, ohh and a hip flask containg scotlands finest warming juice.
  17. Here`s a link to the new pics taken by the Japanese moon probe- really beautiful pics :moon: :moon: http://www.selene.jaxa.jp/en/communication/com_information_e.htm#NEW_20071114A
  18. After hours and hours of patient fiddling,lots of cash on imaging and then buying a new dslr- I`ve found that I`m using the dslr more so for normal photography- something i also enjoyed when I was younger. Then the other day the sky was clear, and I thought I`d just get the scope and look. I`d forgotten how much fun just looking is, I`ve got thousands of books with lovely pictures in, all of which I could never match, but there is something to be said to just looking and admiring, I`d forgotten that from my childhood.
  19. voted. one other argument is car accidents(rta) at night.- better light= less accidents As a (sort of )authority ( I get called in a professional capacity to them), I would argue wouldn`t make much difference as a- most rta`s at night are drunken/joy riders/tired b- if you`re a pedestrian at night- carrying a torch with no street lights would show you up better, most pedestrians at night hit by cars are usually drunken. Bit of a generalisation, no evidence to back up, but anecdotally seems the case
  20. Do they live on that bus that was in one papers several years ago?? Could they give back Elvis?? :toothy1:
  21. I took the ring without the focal reducer btw!- used my 2x barlow, and spent ages training the scope, and polar aligning( for the third time ever!), used my hartman mask for focussing( bought from astroengineering- is really helpful as focussing iv`found is the most difficult), I`ve now enlarged it and put it up in my office.( feel like i`m cheating a bit with the amount of fiddling with photoshop colours i applied!) Thanks guys it helps make the effort feel worth it!! ianto
  22. As i`m just about to buy a new dslr(it`s my birthday next month, yippee, another year older), would like opinions on ccd versus dslr`s for imaging, ie ease of use,set up time cost, and image quality.
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