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About mattjanes100

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  1. If astro journalism is of interest to you, you might want to consider starting a blog, vlog or YouTube channel. If you're good at it and engage your audience, you'll quickly build a following and can easily monetise your platform. It might not pay the bills but could add a little pocket money and get you started in the direction you are interested in.
  2. Sorry chaps missed all this. I ended up doing something else so didn't make it out. How about you?
  3. Haven't been out properly for a good long while but it's looking clear tonight and I don't have anything to do tomorrow! New moon as well. Thought I might head over towards Wareham and try either that Steeple overlook car park or the one in Creech.
  4. Ah, not been on for a couple of days so missed this! Is there a recording/catch up option by any chance?
  5. Finally got a clear night to see it myself too, after admiring all of your wonderful work. Spectacular! Took a couple of untracked 25 second exposures and this was the best.
  6. Jealous of you guys, I seem to have had constant cloud cover here over the last few nights coming up to opposition. Haven't been able to get a proper look at the giants or the comet yet!
  7. Thanks @BinocularSky this is exactly the kind of feedback I was hoping for. And thanks for the tip regarding the tripod too, means I won't need to splash out on a new one for these bins. Much appreciated.
  8. I've been looking at a couple of pairs of binoculars and see that Celestron offer Skymaster and Pro versions at varying magnifications and diameters. From what I can tell, the Pro version is a slightly higher spec. I just wondered if anyone had experience of using both versions and if it's worth spending the extra for the Pro version? Looking at a pair of 20x80's. Thanks in advance!
  9. Afternoon all. After watching the Dragon launch yesterday afternoon, I thought I would finally try my hand at an ISS trail image. I knew I would have quite a good view of it in front of my flat with the moon in shot too. I tried a couple of settings and this was the best result I could come up with. 5 seconds exposure at ISO 200 if I recall correctly, f/5.6. I guess there will always be a challenge trying to expose enough to get a bright trail but without a super bright moon as I've managed. Any suggestions for future captures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  10. The Red Arrows memorial in Bournemouth provides a wonderful foreground. I've wanted to try and capture something here for a long time and tonight, finally got the chance. Here is the best single jpg from a series I've taken. I'm going to have a work through the RAW files and see if I can improve the detail but wanted to get something posted up here this evening. The memorial is for Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, who sadly crashed his Arrow after a display in Bournemouth in 2011. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-19398268
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