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  1. Hi all after the disappointment that was a totally cloud covered Draconids ive been reading about radio detection of meteors using a basic digital radio and aerial set up... basic premis being you set the fm radio to a frequency that produces static where u are but is an actual radio station frequency which is located over 200 miles away. The ionised meteor trail causes the radio to pick up and 'carry' the distant radio-channel for the duration its burning in the atmosphere allowing you to 'count' meteors during the day and periods of bad weather. Sounds too easy! Anyone tried this? If so how did u get on? What freq did u use? What radios would u recommend?
  2. This past 12 months have been abysmal weather wise, seems like constant cloud... I try and get out whenever i can, silly shift patterns certainly dont help! I think ive been out observing probably 5 or 6 times in the past 12 months, lets hope this winter is clearer
  3. Hi Ian and welcome to the forum
  4. i go out mountain biking during the day looking for suitable darksky sites and have found some quality ones this way... just find out who owns the land and ask them for permission to use their land...
  5. fingers crossed and weather dependent im free on the 4th... see, i am still alive!
  6. Cheers matey, that's what I came up with too, seems strange given our ancient forbears were so superstitious about everything that they didn't make stories about the night sky. Thanks anyway
  7. Hi all, just trying to find info about the constellations biased towards celtic rather than greek mythology... anyone any ideas?
  8. it was the seeing that affected the split not the optics...
  9. My 32mm is the mainstay of my ep collection... I use it to search for dso's
  10. i nearly snorted hot coffee down my nose.... moonshanes got it spot on... im still using mr muscle to clean all my optics with no side effects whatsoever while the cleaning nazis still insist on tepid evian water baths and wafting it dry with hummingbirds wings, please dont use 240 grade on your lenses (use 600 instead)
  11. heres a twist... what about influenza... maybe thats an alien lifeform?
  12. aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhhhh! was after the exact same one as soon as payday arrived on 25th!!!!
  13. yup agree with Ludd wholeheartedly... i had an EQ1 which for low mag work is adequate but anything higher than a 10mm ep and its very rickety. With a 4" refractor and a webcam it will be struggling. If its wobbly from the scope mount make sure you have the correct scope rings/ mount, if there is any play try packing it out a little (a sheet of newspaper folded lengthways a couple of times... (doesnt look nice but works) Try rebalancing everything as per skywatcher website so that scope (and webcam) just sits there without tilting in either axis without brakes on and then go from there. I have an EQ3-2 now and thats far superior in both sturdiness and tracking. Hope this helps?
  14. with so many stars with the potential to be circled by planets whats the odds of a planet not supporting life?
  15. just removed fan from old pc in loft, red, black and yellow wires too.... tested with a 9v battery red to positive black to negative and it turned on its own with no probs
  16. my wife's a virgo and she's a list maniac too! Never believed astrology before till now... quick the otters ae coming!
  17. i noticed a subtle increase in contrast on both planets and deep sky stuff when i flocked my 12"
  18. Ive thought long and hard about my observing log and i have refined the info to what i think is useful.... here's an extract from my logbook The square above left is a printout from Nightcal and shows moon phase and libration angle, date, any conjunctions, astronomical twilight, moonrise and set and sunrise and set. The actual log page shows session number, start and finish time, location, weather conditions, transparency, seeing and Bortle dark sky scale. Ive recently started recording session start and finish temperature and humidity. Finally The scope in use is added. The text is a breakdown of what i did, what i saw, what i used, whats targets if any, any problems and anything unusual that happened. Ive been maintaining my log in this way pretty much since i restarted astronomy back in April and its interesting to see what standard i was up to then and how my knowledge and skills have increased. Its also brought home how pants the summer has been for observing. Hope this helps
  19. I do hope so, although the moon was so bright last night ive a feeling dso stuff will take a back seat to the lunar 100
  20. yes i can confirm the pimple on jupiter! Well spotted that man! I saw the pimple but not the grs before the wind almost blew my dob over... and yes its getting cold!
  21. when my dob goes out in the car its reminiscent of a hostage being bound and gagged and thrown in the boot!
  22. doesnt even begin to cover tonights debacle... Planned this evenings observing down to a tee, forecast a nice clear evening, then it just went wrong from there... My initial obs point near a coastguard lookout has been ruined with the addition of a huge security light fitted to the front of the building which the coastguard now leaves on permanantly Drove to my new dark sky site, unpacked and set up... no sooner had i put the ep in a stiff breeze blew up from no-where buffeting the scope so badly i couldnt even view the moon! Packed up swearing and came home... very very disappointed Thought id salvage the evening with a nice glass of red wine and what do you know the blinkin stuff has turned to vinegar! Someone somewhere is telling me to go to bed!
  23. cheers acey, have the weekend off so will be giving the bear, swan and the lyre a good going over
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