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  1. Thanks Paul, interesting report I had a quick try with my 10” dob... I *think* I saw it by hopping from u aura Maj, h Ursa Maj then to a little isosceles triangle that ‘points’ right to it. Desperately ain’t in the 2” 40mm EP. Not any better in other EPs. No AC power to the EQ6 at the mo. I used to have 12v solution now moving to AC (AC to 12v cig lighter supposed to be coming from amazon tomorrow but not sure if it will come since the announcement in the U.K. tonight). hey ho might try again in a week or two unless C/2019 Y4 decides to outburst. Anyone else have anime more luck?
  2. I'll second BBC Click. A great series with very regular episodes reporting from locations all around the world. Over 50 available on iPlayer!
  3. until

    Lots of timing info here. We have to wait until July for the total lunar eclipse in the UK. On the bright side, weather prospects better for us in July? erm I think?? http://www.lunareclipse2018.org/eclipse-timings-where-you-are/
  4. Astro Adventires in North Devon, great scopes, accommodation and dark sky viewing, friendly guys - http://www.astroadventures.co.uk/
  5. Vega

    Clear night!!

    Well the Moon at least made for the fantastic lighting in your picture! :-) Competition: Name the constellation(s) behind him....
  6. This site sometimes does live streams but not seen anything on their Orionids 2017 article yet. They usually stream asteroids rather than showers - http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/orionid-meteor-shower-2017/. Forecast not looking great across the UK. Some breaks in southern England maybe buy very windy
  7. Just read this in the nick of time, thanks for the heads up!
  8. Unavailable for me 15/10/2017 @ 17:40
  9. Awesome! 27,300 miles is pretty darn close! If you're clouded out, a live webcast is available here (the article includes closest approach timings for various time zones)- http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/asteroid-2012-tc4-watch-it-live/. It looks like it's going to be tricky to track the closer to closest approach we get but should be within telescope brightness in the hours before and after. Good luck all, I think we'll need it! :-) Matt
  10. Thanks for all the replies. I've already upgraded to the latest firmware. Still the same problem. It could be the RS-232 link but he never had this problem with the CG-5 mount. It worked every time and that used exactly the same connections. My own EQ6 Pro works fine in PC-Driect mode with StellariumScope and EQAscom. With the EQ6-R it's very hard to hear the motors tracking but when looking at a target through the finder scope after slewing to it, it's definitely not tracking (or tracking extremely slowly) as the target simply moves off the cross-hairs and eventually out of FOV. I know that an EQ direct cable is a solution but don't want to give him the bad news of more expense (and probably the need of buying an xbox controller or the like so that there is still a manual slewing option off screen). I cant remember off hand if he has a spare USB slot either. :\\
  11. Dear fellow stargazers... I'm helping a friend with a tracking issue using Eqmod. He has used EQAscom for a number of years with his Celestron CG-5 no problem. Having moved over to the new fancy Skywatcher EQ6-R mount (I'm not jelous... not one bit), he now has a problem with EQAscom. Having chosen PC-Drect mode on the hand-controller, EQAscom connects to the mount and slews perfectly, however when using Stellarium Scope and slewing to an object, the mount does not then continue to track the target (even after pressing the siderial rate button on EQAscom). We have checked EQAscoms 'default siderial rate' and it is as it should be. It does work however by then going back to the hand-controller setup menu and re-selecting 'Siderial Rate' under tracking, then choosing PC-direct mode again. Then EQAscom/Stellarium Scope works normally with tracking. Although we have found this temporary fix, it is quite annoying to have to go through this procedure with every session. Has anyone else come across this issue or had no problems using the EQ6-R with EQAscom? Were trying to decipher if it is a compatibility problem with the new mount (as it is a new kid on the block with different motor drives etc). Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions Matt
  12. Oh, very interesting thanks. I missed it but good ole' catch up with save the day. :-)
  13. I've added a comment. Great image! :-)
  14. Thanks for the heads up. Info on the Comet here - http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/new-comet-asassn1/
  15. A list of events in each state in the path of totality is available on americaneclipse2017.org. As has been said, it may be a little late for accommodation though.
  16. Hi Dave I'm selling one on behalf of a local friend along with an OTA but can be sold separately. See this post if still interested...
  17. Hi Sorry if posted in wrong section but I wanted to post in the Social Groups and Observatories section of SGL but noticed there is not sub-forum for Somerset. I wanted to promote the Bridgwater Astronomical Society to any SGL members out there in Somerset. Mods, please move where necessary Cheers Matt
  18. Only, selling as upgraded all my kit. Celestron CG-5 Advanced GT Mount Good working order. 1x Alt bolt is a replacement bolt (see image) but works fine. Includes counterwieght and handcontroller. Handcontroller in excellent condition and full working order. Celestron C6 OTA OTA housing, mirrors etc all in Excellent condition, hardly used. Includes original finderscope and also additional finderscope bracket fotted (can be used for for larger versions or guide scope if required etc). £650 the lot (Or may be sold separately). Will accept cash-in-hand or bank transfer before collection Collection only (Somerset) PM for more details / any questions Thanks
  19. An interesting article outlining the possibility of observing the solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017 from the UK. admittedly it's a very partial eclipse at a painfully low altitude in the UK but anyone who fancies a challenge on 21 Aug to distract them from the fact that they couldn't get to the USA might find this handy! http://www.americaneclipse2017.org/observing-from-the-uk/ Cheers
  20. Cometwatch have an article about it with detailed findercharts... http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/650m-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-approach-to-earth/
  21. Have to admit it's a hard pill to swallow. It's similar to peak holiday charges in the summer months when the kids are off school. At the end of the day it's the nature of supply and demand. The higher the demand while supply dwindles, the higher they will charge because, well, people will pay for it. Harsh I know.
  22. I have imagesplus but (an old version, 3.82) and Photoshop cs5. ill try to find the love jovejoy thread...
  23. Hi All Does anyone know of a good tutorial for processing 2 stacked images of a comet (one stacked on stars, the other stacked on the comet's nucleus)? I know DSS has a feature but is there a better method in Photoshop? I've got two nice images of comet 41p / M97 / M108 last night and not sure where to start with getting a composite so the background stars aren't streaked. Any help greatly appreciated. Enjoy the clear skies!
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