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About Hawksmoor

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    Proto Star
  • Birthday 28/11/1949

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    Travel, art, astronomy, photography, music, the theatre, chess and mathematics.
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  1. Misjudged the weather. Set up my scopes for a night of adventure. All my kit and software working in concert. Then the clouds rolled in. I waited and waited whilst the cloud thickened overhead. I consulted Metcheck. The cloud was predicted to worsen. So at 23:45 I packed up my kit and retired to the warmth of the living room. By 00:15 the sky over Lowestoft was as clear as a bell. As protocol forbids the use of swear words and common oaths - "Oh dear, what an unfortunate decision I made"

    George currently fuming in bed in Lowestoft.

  2. Foggy tonight in Lowestoft and I'm the worse for alcohol - so no astro -imaging tonight.

    George inebriated in Lowestoft.

  3. Hello from Holland

    Hi Gert, welcome to SGL from your neighbour across the North Sea in Lowestoft. Clear skies! Best regards George
  4. Very clear and chilly night in Lowestoft. Spent a half hour in the garden after the street lights went out. Nice to scan the winter sky with my big bins. Lots of interesting clusters and fuzzies to see this time of the year. 

    Leo Major just about due South and at a good elevation - lots of galaxies just about visible through my 11x80 bins as tiny smudges or fuzzy stars. A bit further east and lower in the sky Virgo is now on show with a few more fuzzies on the edge of visibility.

    Had a look at Mellotte 111 in Coma Berenices - a large and beautiful open star cluster. Not far away the globular star cluster M3 was an easy spot.

    Galaxies M81 and M82 were easy to find near the nose of the Great Bear. This time of the year he stands on his tail and has moved sufficiently East so as not to be hidden by the bulk of our house.

    I finished off my session with a quick look at the Beehive Cluster, M35 and the three Messier open clusters in Auriga.

    A quick trip around the Universe in 30 minutes. Not many hobbies can offer so much in so little time.

    George in bed in Lowestoft.

  5. Cold but clear night here in Lowestoft this evening. Too tired  for astronomy as have just driven home from Sheffield via Barton on Humber. Off to bed to catch some zzzzzzzs.

    George 'counting sheep' in Suffolk.

  6. Its officially 'Spring' here in in Lowestoft, yesterday and without prior warning, I developed an irresistible urge to reorganise and clean out my tool shed. Putting up shelving is almost as satisfying as tearing out the foam rubber inserts in aluminium flight cases. Well almost! :happy7:

    1. teoria_del_big_bang


      Wish I could get the same enthusiasm to do the same in my garage. 

  7. Super Blue Moon video

    Nice! Just like being in orbit , the view from the command module window. I howled at the end. Thanks for posting Reggie. George about to go to sleep in Lowestoft.
  8. NGC1097 - Interracting Barred Spiral Galaxy

    What a beautiful looking galaxy! Thanks for posting. George
  9. Backyard Astronomy

    Thank you very much for your kind comment. George
  10. What did the postman bring?

    On my doormat this morning ............. a Baader Ultra Short Canon EOS T-Ring......... and it has sorted out my 'back focus issue'....... so thanks very much FLO - quick, efficient and just what I needed. George - currently under too much moonlight in Lowestoft (having said that, its preferable to the unrelenting rain we've currently been enjoying)
  11. Toot and I had a great time in Norwich last night. Dr Michael Foale CBE gave a talk about his life as an astronaut to a packed audience at the University of East Anglia. What an accomplished, kind and measured man. A couple of hours in his company passed very quickly. He has great interpersonal skills and although we only spoke to him very briefly, both my partner and I felt we had 'met him' rather than just 'heard him' speak. What an exciting, if not at times scary, life and career he has had? Highlights include: a spacewalk to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope's computer from a 386 to a 486 ( I had one of each but I only had to fetch them from Currys) stopping the MIR space station from spinning out of control after it had been hit by a supply vessel commanding the International Space Station There were many children in the audience who were very interested in space and science. Dr Foale encouraged them to do what they were good at, pursue their dreams and not to be deterred by setbacks. He paid particular care to encourage girls to pursue careers in science and aerospace. He very kindly - let anyone who wanted to - have their photograph taken with him. A long queue of excited children formed down one side of the Lecture Hall. "Dr Foale, I could tell you that the photograph is for my grandchildren, but really its for me" said a very excited and pleased old man. If you get a chance to hear him speak and/or go to events organised by ISSET or a 'Pint of Science' - go for it!
  12. Old member has returned!

    Welcome back. The Star Adventurer is a good bit of kit. I use one quite a lot. Great with small refractor- camera combos. I quite often use mine with an Altair Astro 66mm. Doublet and a Canon 600d. You can take some nice widefield images with such a rig . It's also easy to set up and transport to dark sites. All the best
  13. Most memorable observing moment?

    Must have been about four or five years old in the early 1950s. Partial eclipse of the Sun. Looking down at the concrete path in our back garden, I saw hundreds of little crescent suns. I guess the leaves on a neighbour's tree acted as multiple pinhole cameras. That remains one of a very few pre-school memories and my earliest astro-observation.