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Marvin Jenkins

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  1. Seriously, computers and software. I might just stick with an eye piece and do some sketching. On the other hand, computer wrangling does give someone something to do when the skies have been this bad for two months. Turned monstrostly hot all of a sudden but a blanket of high thin white overcast. So still no viewing!!! Back to the pc I guess.
  2. If your done looking at Jupiter.... Your done, full stop.
  3. Thank you very much for this simple but much needed info. I did notice that the power box on the mount has one RJ45 socket and a separate smaller socket for an auto guider. I thought the hand set must be redundant because if the handset is plugged in then EQDIR cable has nothing to connect into. Thanks for the heads up about Stellariumscope.
  4. There is plenty of info out there about EQMOD and connecting my mount to a laptop and controlling it with planetarium software. Perhaps I have missed a thread somewhere, or something obvious, but I still have a question. I have an NEQ5 synscan V5. I have just bought an EQDIR USB to RJ45, Lynx Astro 5m (I stand to be corrected if this is incorrect) and I would like to operate my mount using my laptop (Acer Windows ten). Can I connect the laptop directly to the mount with what I have and make the synscan handset redundant? I have a bunch of Ascom drivers on the laptop and I have already downloaded EQMOD. I plan to use Stellarium as the planetarium software. This is much more of a hardware and physical connectivity question as I can get to tech, driver and software questions later. Any imput greatfully accepted. Marv
  5. That last line says it all, and I am depressed with a couple of weeks of windy cloudy weather. Stay safe, I hope all will be well. Marv
  6. I have recently reread a fantastic book. A man on the moon. The voyages of the Apollo astronauts by Andrew Chaikin. Really brings it home to you the effort, man power and money needed for such things. I think it is in the trillion dollar bracket at least to get people back to the moon. I do hope we go back and to lands anew, I would hate to think that the great age of physical discovery is coming to an end. I look up at night and wonder what awaits us ? ’In the end, when we confront the fact that human beings have been to the moon, we continue to have magic thoughts about the experience. We hold the magic, the awe, not the moon voyagers themselves. They flash quickly upon it and move on. The significant journey takes place not in their minds, but ours.’ quote Andrew Chaikin
  7. Don’t give up fellow Vacuum. Is there any chance you can get that four inch frac to a darker site? You say ‘that light shining in your garden’ perhaps the end of the street is a dark site compared to your garden. I have B4 skies with no immediate lights at all and I am planning to go north ten kilometres for darker skies. Never accept what you have, improve if you can, no matter the effort. It will be worth it. A dark or darker site will really show you what you can see even with small scopes. I use a newt but only five inches and darker skies make all the difference. I have noticed that weather is the main issue for astronomers. If you have the view that due to weather and seeing issues, plus work and family commitments you may get three or four nights a month at best. Two of those sessions will no doubt be troubled by moon light. For the two nights of clear skies, good seeing, without moon and work and family commitments at best...... getting somewhere dark, away from towns and villages for say, perhaps three hours will get you what you desire. I can assure you it will be worth it. Get out there and please let us all know what you see, even if you think we have all seen it before. I can assure you that seeing for the first time will make us all smile. Me in particular as I am seeing a lot of this stuff for the first time this year. Marvin
  8. That’s a really impressive build. Now you say remote set up, but how do you get the lens caps off?
  9. Congratulations, If I had known I would have offered this little number. Some of the objects don’t seem to appear on NGC or the other lists.
  10. Jupiter was great last night despite it being hot. The four Galilean satellites were two either side. Got excited for a fifth more distant moon, turned out to be star hip84543, forever the optimist.
  11. I have seen two bolides since starting astronomy two years ago. I have another interest ‘carp fishing’ which is mainly a nocturnal pursuit. I have a friend who has witnessed first hand meteors that have turned night time to day for a second or two. He fishes a minimum of three night a week regardless of the weather. Makes you wonder what just missed us while we are tucked up in bed, shopping or at work. Most go unnoticed. There is an organisation called UKMON (I think) that has people with webcams monitoring the skies to triangulate meteorite impact sites. I am sure someone on this site has all the info
  12. That’s a very kind offer. I would love to come and have a look at your set up and have a ‘natter’ about star gazing. I have only been doing this a couple of years, 130 newt on an NEQ5 go to, but our skies!!!! Would be nice to meet up as I know no other astronomers here (French or English or other). Don’t worry about the language, a little bit of effort, a little bit of help and many misunderstandings you will be doing just fine, it will come. I do remember allo allo ‘clop’ The outreach comment was a little joke, baby steps. Get your site up and running fully and tested and then it might be for you. Speaking as a landscape gardener with said business here since 2005 I am very impressed with what you have done. Enjoy Agen, it is a good town. The usual provincial town centre with a couple of zone industrials with lots of shops. I am near a little village called Bourg de Visa just in Tarn et Garonne, on the tri border of Lot and Lot et Garonne. I think there is a way on here to contact directly so I will try that for a meet. Marv
  13. Yeh weather is great. I am twenty minutes the other side of Agen from you and wondering if we will get any opportunities soon. What was that about people buying equipment and ruining the weather? Look at what you have accomplished, probably fog now for the next six months. Seen as you are contractually obligated to start an astronomy club or your planning permission inspection after four years could be a problem, can I join. Are we doing outreach?
  14. I’m a bit lost. Maybe I have missed something but I thought this thread was about whether cameras that use 35mm roll film are now completely out of use. Perhaps I have got the wrong end of the initial question.
  15. There’s a PPM catalogue as well! When will it end? Thanks for the link by the way.
  16. Don’t want to sound stupid, but what are SAO numbers? I am unfamiliar with this list.
  17. It never rains but it pours. Seriously though it is raining so it doesn’t matter one way or the other.
  18. Sorry can’t comment on the technical side of your achievements, but really nice picture of an object that I saw for the first time only a few short weeks ago. Averted vision was needed to pick out the dark hole in the centre, but clearly a small polo.
  19. It’s one of those items that you see and think I have to get one of those. After a day or two I will calm down and go back to saving for a laser collimator, more important I think.
  20. Couldn’t agree more. I tried some ep shots of Jupiter with a Nikon cool pix and deleted then after five seconds. I know it hardly compares to some of the ‘more well equipped’ members of this forum, but to get bands and details with a phone! More power too you. Marv
  21. Hell, I am out of the country, why are these things not happening at Christmas when I am meeting my Australian brother and Finish nephew at the natural history museum for a look at the iron nickel meteorite from somewhere in our galaxy. Seems location is everything. M
  22. Really happy you are here. I have quite a few places in Italy that I want to visit and Turin is one of them. Great country, good people. In no particular order... Turin, Bologna (Ducati) I love moto’s. Venice before the seas rise. Naples for a real pizza. Twice I have been to Rome with my wife and I never tire of the eternal city. What a history your country has. Ice cream opposite the pantheon for four cost me a small travel set up. Sorry I don’t speak Italian by the way. All the best Marvin.
  23. They could have just worn polarising shades like me.
  24. Thanks for the info, I hope Santa brings you what you want. Can he get a ten inch down the chimney? Marv
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