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About Hawksmoor

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  1. Great night in Lowestoft tonight. Managed to capture some more video clips of Mars. Unfortunately, very similar aspect to the captures I obtained in September. Also captured two videos of the crater Clavius and tried out Topaz DenoiseAI (now purchased) for the first time on a lunar image. Much impressed by how much this software improves high res views of the Moon.

    Now in bed and awaiting the arrival of the 'Sandman'.

  2. An unexpected clear night. Went outside and looked up. The Milkway is directly overhead running from Auriga in the east, through Cassiopeia and onto Cygnus in the west. Looking south Pegasus and Mars take pride of place. With the street lights off, M31 is visible to the naked eye. The Pleiades cluster is now quite high in the South-east and Betelgeuse is just visible over our hedge. Winter is on its way!

    Nighty night stargazers.

  3. 21st September last clear night in West Yorkshire, Weather Clouds n more Clouds, Met Office, Accu Weather, BBC, Clear outside, all way out with forecasts !!


    1. Hawksmoor


      The accuracy of forecasts for Lowrestoft is mixed to say the least. The tide can often delay the onset of weather fronts coming from the west by several hours. I therefore always check Sat 24 images. The Jet Stream is also a pain. My last captures of Mars on th 9th of October were badly affected. Oh to live on a large landmass at altitude!

      Regards George in a currently damp cloudy and last night misty Lowestoft

    2. 2STAR


      Lets hope things improve on all fronts


  4. Yes I was out last night and watched the image of Mars on my laptop screen 'shimmy' about. Haven't tried stacking any of my video clips yet but would be pleased to have something as good as Trevor achieved. It rained in Lowestoft in the afternoon and then cleared by 21:00. Usually this portends 'good seeing' but not last night. Tonight there is cloud from horizon to horizon. So in bed. Regards from George on the East Coast.
  5. Weather terrible but Metcheck advises me that there is an imaging window of opportunity in Lowestoft  between 22:00 and 2:00 tonight - so going to set up at 21:00 and hopefully capture some more Mars video clips.  I have become so stir crazy that I've started buying air plants. on-line and am making little  rock, driftwood and Tillandsia tableau. 🙃


    1. orion25


      Did someone say "imaging window", George? I hope you went for it! Look forward to seeing your clips ;)


      Reggie :)

    2. Hawksmoor


      Hi Reggie. I did go for it and the weather was compliant. The 'seeing' was not as good as on the 19th September. The image on my laptop was wobbling all over the place due to atmospheric turbulence. Managed to take a lot of video clips and am currently processing them. I have been trialling Topaz AI Denoise software and it really helps if applied to the stacked image before any other processing is used. I am likely to purchase this super smart software.

      Hope you are getting clear skies and managing to capture some great Mars images .

      Stay safe George

  6. Decided to try out Topaz Denoise AI - Quite impressed by use on a couple of planetary images. Will have a go with some widefield photos tomorrow. Think I may well be investing $99.99 of my 'paper-round' money in this software. If so there will be no more astro investments until 2021. 


  7. Wonderful detail and an explanatory write up. An all round top post.
  8. Still grim astronomy blight weather here on the East Coast but on the whole a productive day.  Made a metal sleeve from a bit of scrap stainless and fixed it over a crack in the ABS on Mrs Hawksmoor's Jenome sewing machine. Said crack was preventing the cotton from moving correctly and this in turn was causing stitches to be dropped and some stitches not to work at all!  Generally it is a well made machine but why use ABS in a location where a moving thread over time is likely to wear a groove and mess everything up?  It now works Igor! and I am in her good books.  The other 'result of the day' was addressing the stripped thread in my x2.5 Barlow. Overtime and due to my real fear that one or other camera was going to drop out and fall to its doom on the concrete paving, I had overtightened and stripped the thread in the soft aluminium. Yet again the £5.99 Tap and Dye set from Lidl's middle aisle has saved the day. I await the M4 al thumb bolt from my friend Mr Amazon Prime as I now have a new M4 threaded hole awaiting its company. Now this small engineering feat may not rate with all you proper engineers but for an ' itinerant artist and bodger' like me, this is a "small step for man but a giant leap for Hawksmoor"

  9. Glad you are doing well. I had a look at your post. Very nice image of Mars you captured! Weather has been poor in the UK over th last week. Particularly bad where we live on the East Coast. Had gale force winds and torrential rain. Still plenty of cloud about tonight but I can see the Moon and a few stars. Maybe a chance of imaging tomorrow night. Fingers crossed! I am well but my partner has not been so good. She has developed a form of arthritis which is related to her immune system malfunctioning. Thankfully the hospital has put her on medication that seems to be working. Covid 19 is on the rise again in the UK so we are social isolating as a matter of course but we miss seeing our grandchildren. Stay safe where you are Reggie! Hope you get clear skies for opposition and look forward to seeing your images. George
  10. Have started re processing some of the videos I captured on the 19th September adopting a less technicolour and over sharpened approach. Have abandoned Autostakkert3 and gone back to Autostakkert2 +Registax wavelets and all is crash free. This is my favourite effort so far. Saw a little bit of blue sky today so hopefully I might get to capture some more M\ars videos soon. cheers George
  11. Hi Reggie thanks for your kind comment. How are you? Hadn't seen any of your posts for a while so wondered if you were ok. best regards George
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