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About mattjanes100

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. Fair play getting out there!
  6. Very entertaining, impressed by Schofield keeping his cool!
  7. I happened to be on holiday in Orlando last week so was very excited at the prospect of being able to see a launch from Cape Canaveral in person. Unfortunately the original launch date of Wednesday 5th was pushed back to Friday 7th and eventually to Sunday 9th, with my return flight to the UK being on the evening of Saturday 8th - the bucket list has had to wait. Of course I still watched the launch online having developed quite an interest over the previous months. This morning I saw a post from ESA, an animation capturing the last visible moments of the orbiter on it's way to the Sun via Venus. Thought it was pretty cool and I'm sure members here will appreciate the work! https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/02/Asteroid_experts_catch_final_glimpse_of_Solar_Orbiter
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