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Marvin Jenkins

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  1. Hayduke27, how is your weather? So bad here I can’t believe it. I get the feeling that I am going to miss this one, so if you get the chance to see it please post. I will keep an eye on widefield, comets and asteroids in the hope that someone with clear skies can at least give me a description. Marvin
  2. Arrrr spell check. Biko should read Bukko.
  3. Hi Rick. Welcome on board. There are few people on here that are Living in France, Fozzy Bear and Biko to name two. I have to say I haven’t visited the Audi but it does look like we are all sharing the same universal weather. I am in Tarn et Garonne, on the tri boarder between T and G, Lot and Lot et Garonne. See you around the forum. Marvin
  4. Good stuff, well done for sticking it out. I like picture, you can see it is Saturn for sure. Jupiter and Saturn are very low at the moment. I think it is a couple of years till they are in a better position for observing at your latitude, so you could probably hold off buying that camera for a while. Marv
  5. What did you see. Can you really put it into words. Did you see any detail or ring shadow. Well done, I smiled for days. Only this morning I was thumbing through my Astro diary and I came upon my first Saturn. Reading it still made me grin from ear to ear. Keep posting. Don’t be afraid to say what you have seen with detailed descriptions. I only started a couple of years ago and some of the beginner observer threads were the fuel that got me to where I am now... addict. Keep up the good work and I will look out for your posts. Marvin
  6. I’m getting worried. Where is Demon Performer? On holiday I hope without the face paint so you don’t scare any children. Let us know all is good as I am getting spooked by your absence. M
  7. Many of you may already know about this but I have just stumbled across this on the British Astronomical Society web site, britastro.org. I have always been in awe of past astronomers that did astrophotography in the film era and even more mad, glass plate, Mr Hubble! One of the main headings on the home page is about a large archive of images that are being digitised from our past and I have to say they are astounding. Please have a look as this seems to be a treasure box of delights and at a minimum we owe it to the people that came before us. Perhaps there are some observers on here that may have known some of the earlier imagers? Marvin
  8. Thank you very much. Up until this moment I was unaware of the Sharpless catalogue. I will have a little dig and expand my mind. Marvin
  9. Don’t want to sound silly, I might have missed something, but what object is this? M
  10. What do you mean get up for work? There is a contractual get out of clause encompassed in one word “ normallament”
  11. Good job it’s not the month of May. Five bank holidays! Imagine the heavens halting for five days in one month! Would put Stellarium in a twist for sure.
  12. Just thought I would add a correction to the speed of light v distance of planets question. If the light in question is going to be seen from anywhere in France between midday and two pm then you need to add two hours to the time taken. (Nothing happens at lunch time) After lunch time, time travels at half speed till 3 pm and you need to take into account the recent clock change and also I am one hour ahead. No wonder I am confused.
  13. Education today!!! All you had to do in my day was turn up and you got a fail. Did you mention the Roman helmet was called a Galea?
  14. Breath taking, one of those super rare sessions we all dream about. I have been there a couple of times so a smile on my face for you. Great pictures by the way. So much accomplished, thank you for the report. Living in low cloud and fog right now so thank you again for reminding what is above the mirk. Marv
  15. I love it all. Don’t wish for failure but blowing ‘stuff’ up is part of the fun. Good luck with the flight. Please post on this thread, I would love to see the end result. A grade, for your grand daughter I hope. Marv
  16. Just got online and noticed your post. I saw the crescent moon before dark with a bright star below and thought it must have been Jupiter. Weather here has been rubbish, but this evening there were clear patches. I went out with the DSLR, 200mm lens and tripod and the battery died on me. On charge for an hour whilst eating dinner and then total cloud cover. Just taken the dogs up the lane and the sky is opening up again! No moon though this late. Teach me a valuable lesson about being ready with the kit. Spare battery is now on the ever lengthening list. Marv
  17. I have seen one of those before. I think I described as that bit of carbon fibre at the end of the mount! A thing of beauty to behold, that is for sure. M
  18. Utterly ridiculous, I have no idea how you managed to create a thing like that. More power to you.
  19. This will be my last reply to this thread. I am sorry, please accept my apology if you feel you have been wronged by my comments. It is not my intention to belittle your efforts in minimising your issues. I assumed wrongly that the mount in question with it’s drawbacks was a first for you as it was posted in the beginner section of this forum. As such I thought it was your first mount. A bientot Marvin
  20. Welcome, no shortage of info and knowledgeable people on here. Good luck and I hope you manage to get out observing more often. Marvin
  21. I know very little about imaging but get the feeling I am looking at something special. You must be very proud and rightfully so.
  22. Do you call that astronomy? Unless you are reading about astronomy of course.
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