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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
  11. Fair play getting out there!
  12. Very entertaining, impressed by Schofield keeping his cool!
  13. 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
  14. For various reasons (primarily weather), I haven't been out for a session for quite a while. Over the course of the day in Bournemouth we had rain, sleet and wind so I wasn't holding out much hope for the evening. Fortunately, the clouds parted! I knew I wouldn't have long for a session as I had to drop my wife off and pick her up 90 minutes later, but having bought a DSLR in the new year and spent many rainy nights since poring over Covington's book, I was determined to get out and look at/photograph something.... The problem then was that I had set up the scope and camera but with no pl
  15. I've recently acquired a DSLR so am starting to look at the next steps for image processing. As a Mac user it looks like my options are relatively limited, but Nebulosity seems to be a good one stop shop for pre-processing. I just wondered if there were any users here that could provide a bit of a review? I do love my Macbook so would be loathed to end up having to buy a Windows machine! Thanks in advance to all.
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