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About Gweedo

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  1. I managed to video it from South East Wales (51.6N). It seems we had 2 displays, one just past midnight and a second just as dawn was breaking. I never thought I'd see an aurora from my house! https://youtu.be/OowtVL8jl9Y
  2. Last night I set up my camera on time lapse and managed to capture the aurora all the way down here in Newport, South East Wales. I'm absolutely chuffed to bits. It looks as though it came in 2 waves; just after midnight and the second just as dawn was breaking. I'm editing the footage now.
  3. I get more specific warnings from the met office as part of my work. Over the weekend we went through the tail end of a CME which is still active. Tonight (well. a few hours ago) we get one full on hence the Red Alert. Luckily it's cloud free down here. I've not much hope, but I will keep an eye out.
  4. Just got it with binos down here in clear sky, but cold Wales.
  5. I wrote to him prior to the Beagle 2 landing sending him our best wishes as a family and hoping that the landing would be a success for British science and engineering. Despite what must have been an incredibly busy time for him, he was gracious enough to reply to my family, and did so again once it was confirmed that the spacecraft was lost. A true gent, that through force of personality and drive made something happen despite the best efforts of beaurocrats to stymy him. RIP, and thank you
  6. Mars is pretty low at the moment - as such, we're looking at it through a lot of atmosphere which causes the clarity to be affected. I was observing Mars the other night and from my site it was pretty blurry in spite of every thing; and this was a 10 inch scope. For what it's worth, here's what I think: Are you sure that your scope is in collimation? Have a look at some of the threads on here about collimating your scope. High magnifications often make the image worse; it's sometimes better to use a lower magnification. Objects higher in the sky often appear clearer as there's less atmosphere to look through. 'Seeing' - that is the clarity of the atmosphere changes from night to night and hour by hour. It could be that the general atmospheric conditions aren't that good. Have a look at your observing site. My home is at the bottom of a valley and it's pretty much atrocious all the time. I get better seeing if I go up to the mountains. Finally, your observing skills will sharpen the more you observe so keep at it! I hope that helps a bit.
  7. Have a look at these from CPC farnell. I've got 3 and I think that they're great. http://cpc.farnell.com/duratool/d01921/case-water-resistant-270x250x125/dp/SG33189 It's also worth browsing their other tool storage items
  8. That's clever, that is. I like it!
  9. Thanks to Mr Dobson I've seen wonders that would have forever been out of reach. RIP and thank you.
  10. Have a look at this thread: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/143006-1100d-external-power-help/ it may help
  11. I've heard about people using magnets for attaching taxi signs on cars - apparently they already come coated with rubber to prevent scratches to car bodywork.
  12. Sign me up for the Carolyn Porco fan club. I thought she was intelligent, articulate and fiesty and I'd love to hear more from her I thought she really added to the programme. Chris Hadfield is epic too.
  13. Great to think that you could see 4 planets at the same time (i'm counting earth here as well!)
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