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Hawksmoor

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About Hawksmoor

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  • Birthday 28/11/49

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    Travel, art, astronomy, photography, music, the theatre, chess and mathematics.
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    East Anglia UK

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  1. We have a very small backyard. Our neighbours are so close when I'm out stargazing I can hear them snoring. If I can hear them, they must be able to hear me! Why after midnight does my NEQ 6 make even more noise, it is hard to believe, but it's true. Is it better to slew fast over a short period of time or slow over a long period of time? Why at 3.00 am. has my light box which I use for taking flats suddenly become so very bright that it's visible from low earth orbit and why have I tried once again to walk through the glass patio door without opening it? Worst of all and when I finally pack it in at stupid o' clock which sadist put the added rustling in my telegizmo cover. When I took it off in daylight it was silent but at 4 in the morning it's louder than fifty bags of toffees in the front row of the cinema. You are absolutely right, a paradox it is! George with disturbed neighbours in Lowestoft.
  2. Thanks for your kind comment Adam. Yes I think it is probably football proof but we have been known to underestimate what our grand children can achieve when left to their own devices. Good job we love them. Regards George
  3. Sorry I have not replied before but I have only just noticed your kind comment. I have a Meade 127mm. Apo Refractor which I have used recently to image Jupiter and Comet Johnson using my new pillar mount. It works quite nicely and makes using my scope a lot easier. I also have nine young grandchildren who come and play in my backyard so my old tripod used to get nudged and moved on a regular basis requiring polar realignment every time. I have a smaller mobile set up- imaging rig and take it down to the Lowestoft Fish Labs carpark on Pakefield cliffs. Its a great location for catching images of horizon hugging objects (excellent for early morning images of comets , Mercury and Venus). Best regards George
  4. Well the weather turned out better than the forecast and as I didn't get 'wellied'' on cocktails I decided to trust myself  in the garden with my 11x80mm. bins.  Such fun!. :icon_biggrin: Managed to see Callisto far out in its orbit around Jupiter, two comets : 'Johnson'  not far from Delta Bootes and '41P' low in Lyra, and three Globular star clusters M13, M92 and M5. 

    It seemed to me that the coma and or tail associated with Comet 'Johnson' was more extensive than that associated with '41P' but the densest part of '41P' around the nucleus appeared brighter.

    Shame I didn't get the scope out as originally planned because I think there was an Io transit this evening.  Anyway, no moaning, all in all it turned out to be a great night for stargazing ! :icon_biggrin: 

    Hopefully, tomorrow night will be good enough to get the telescope out and look for Saturn low on my horizon in the early hours.

    George 'relatively sober' and much cheered by some top-notch binocular viewing from Lowestoft

  5. Its been a funny old day here in Suffolk. One moment sunny the next rain but hey am I depressed - not me- well just a little.  I was hoping to get my big scope out on the mount and stay up to see if Saturn cleared my neighbour's roof at the back of our yard but the weather forcast for tonight is more of the same. :hmh:  

    Any way,  I v'e had a good shed day.  Spectrometer Mark 3 continues apace.  Without the aid of a lathe Ive reduced the diameter of a round aluminium bar inorder that it will plug into my telescope's focuser.  Next step is to drill it to take the fibre optic cable that arrived through the post last week. I have no idea whether my latest design proposal  will work but thats half the fun of it!

    Good news is - BBC Weather Lowestoft says that tomorrow night it's going to be 'cloud free' Woo Hoo!:happy6:

    Just had my first ever 'Strawberry Daiquiri' cocktail - nice!

    George 'unlikely to be sober tonight' in Lowestoft

  6. Nice day but now it's raining again! Tomorrow the shed beckons, l have a plan Moriarty.

    George, soggy in Suffolk, currently and comfortably ensconced in his sleeping chariot.:happy11:

     

  7. I have just put a post in the wrong album. Can anyone tell me how to delete it or better still move it to the appropriate album?

    Confused of Lowestoft.

  8. I reckon you are right, his scopes were stopped down to about 25mm and they were about 930mm long- so assuming f=900mm- F36 ish? Must have had a very small FOV and not much light getting through to the old boy's eyeball. He did pretty well to see Jupiter let alone its Moons and no wonder he struggled with Saturn's rings.
  9. From the album The LVST

    Lucky to have been in Florence for a week and to have visited the Galileo Museum. Lots of interesting 600 year old astro kit and Galileo's index finger bone in an egg shaped glass jar . Like to think the good old boy has been giving the 'Inquisition' the finger for six centuries!
  10. From the album Other Peoples Photons

    Taken with the robotic COAST telescope on Mount Teide, BVR colour filters, 1x120 sec exposure. Credit Telescope.org. A real pretty globular star cluster in constellation Sagittarius and far too low for me to capture from my Backyard Observatory. Somewhere amongst all these stars there is a millesecond pulsar.
  11. Woo Hoo!  :hello2:

    Eight years after we put up a bird-box with a web-cam in it,  we finally aquired our first family of 'birdoes'.  All a bit blurry but good fun watching the four 'blue tit' chicks being fed by their parents.  My word those little birds work hard to raise a family and we can watch them doing it from the comfort of our living room, even when its cloudy and raining! :icon_biggrin:

    Tweet dreams Stargazers 

  12. Back home in Lowestoft tonight and I can see a few stars between the clouds. Good heavens! :happy7: 

  13. Very nice images!
  14. It's not everyday that you get to see Galileo' s telescopes and his index finger and thumb in two glass jars! :happy7:

  15. Today, without any intention or plan and purely at random, I chose to walk along a road in Florence on which was located the house from which Galileo Galilei first observed the Medicean Stars or Galilean Moons as we know them. How lucky am I and how brilliant is this?

    George currently not in Lowestoft.