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About Swoop1

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  • Birthday 25/07/62

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    Cycling, reading, films, travel
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    South Bucks

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  1. I know many people use an accesory tray which most tripods come supplied with and, I would for EP's etc. if it weren'r for the fact that mounting the tray is a bit of a pain in the dark with cold fingers (I have to store my tripod with the legs almost folded due to space restrictions). I wouldn't be too keen however to keep my tablet or laptop on the tray. I have tasken to using a musette bag, the type of bag a cycle racer gets his/ her mid stage lunch handed to them in. A small, lightweight bag the perfect size for my tablet, glasses case, gloves etc. Like these- Very pracitcal.
  2. Watched last night and as a result am glad I purchased some binoculars to take to South Africa!
  3. Is that a water butt stand? You Sir are McGyver and I claim my five pounds.
  4. Nice! I intend to upgrade my finder from the stock SW straight through to a right angled finder and rdf in the future, you have given me some ideas. Thanks
  5. I got a filter set with my scope, 4 filters- red, yellow, blue and neutral density. I found the ND filter made a significant difference to the discomfort of the glare from a full or approaching full moon and it made some difference the other night when observing Jupiter. I am new to the astro field and have yet to try other filter types on a scope. My previous photography habit has familiarised me with polarising filters and I intend to obtain and try various filters as time (and Mrs Swoops magnanimity) allows.
  6. A fantastic image. I am starting to fear I do not have the patience and dedication required to achieve such images!
  7. I can't comment beyond I like it. All this talk of subs, L data and stuff? Witchcraft I tell ya......
  8. Nice images Terry! What filter did you use?
  9. A couple of lovely images there! I can't wait for Saturn to arrive in decent observing skies up her- I haven't had my scope long enough to play. I will try and hunt it down with my binos when I visit South Africa in June.
  10. Ooooh! That take me back to my youth. Had me reaching for the controller to play low grade ping pong on the T.V. with one of those new fangled video game thingies
  11. Tonight, my wife and No.1 Son were off at the theatre to see a show and No.2 Son was at the cinema with his girlfriend so, being all alone, I decided to set the scope up in the back garden in a good position for Jupiter. By 20:45 I was set and all the house lights were extinguished. There was light pollution from nearby streetlights and neighbouring security lights but I just got on with it. I actually think that the light pollution may have improved my viewing of Jupiter as, due to the brightness of the planet, the pollution reduced the dazzle from the target? Anyway, tonight, I was able to observe the disc split into 7 different shade zones, light at North pole, dark, light, not as dark, light, dark and light at the South pole. 4 moons were also very easy to discern, three to the north east and one to the south west, all on the same plane. I am not sure if I observed a 5th moon much further out. This was on the north eastern side and, when viewing with my stock 10mm super EP from Skywatcher, if Jupiter was at the very edge of the FoV, this possible 5th moon was about 1/5th of the way into the FoV? I would say at least 20 planetary diameters. I spent a good 40 minutes observing and swapping through the EP's and Barlow for different views. Then Mrs Swoop and No.1 Son returned so they had a look, both spending 10 minutes or so at the EP. Mrs Swoop then came out with a nice cuppa for me. Just as I was getting set to clear down, No.2 Son returned so he was dragged to the EP for a look! All family members were rightly impressed with the experience. Another good night.
  12. Tonights mission was to try and observe Jupiter. I loaded up the car and struck out for Cookham Dean Common at about 22:10 and was on site by 22:30. I took my binoculars with me to see how they performed against my chosen target so deployed them first, aiming at what I thought was Jupiter. It appeared that I was correct as I was met by a reasonable disc with 3 barely visible pinpricks of light adjacent which I hoped were some of the moons. I then deployed the scope and set up with the 10mm eyepiece. I aligned using there finder scope and checked through the EP expecting to see a nice disc and maybe easily identifiable moons. Boy was I disappointed! No disc, no moons..... This can't be right I thought so returned to the finder scope. It turned out that the contortions I had to go through to view through the finder resulted in me having the scope aimed and a star! A quick adjustment and back the the EP. By Jove, I had it! (Did you see what I did there?) There was Jupiter in all its glory. I had a nice disc which, as my eye adjusted to the light, was showing 2 darker bands easily discernible. Of the moons, there was one very close in, with a second a little further out and on a slightly different plane? What I think was a third moon was on the opposing side of the disc. I am not sure but I may have observed a 4th moon, on the same side of the disc as the first two moons but much at a much further distance. I was captivated. I spent the next 30 minutes or so observing using various combinations of 10mm, 25mm an 2X Barlow. I also included an ND filter to see if this helped with definition. It is clear to me why Jupiter is the favourite planet for many. I will be returning to it in the future without a doubt.
  13. Cracking image. It even looks like you have caught part of the sun in shadow
  14. I love to see series of images tracking progress of abiltiy, technique etc. Well done. Looks like you are getting the hang of it ;-)