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  1. Nice night until the fog rolled up. Mars below the Pleiades very photogenic, so took a few snaps with a tripod mounted DSLR. 1sec exposures at ISO6400 and f=55mm. Lovely full Moon over my hedge.The night sky from a semi rural location is a very beautiful thing!

    Night night Stargazers.

    1. orion25


      Did you post your snaps???



    2. Hawksmoor


      Hi Reggie

      Nice to hear from you. I haven't posted an image of the meeting of Mars and the Seven Sisters yet as have been a bit busy with non astro related stuff. Hopefully I will manage to process something soon from the data I captured . The moonlight unfortunately washed out a lot of detail. Visually it was a beautiful thing but I suspect my photo will not have captured the crispness and sparkle of the 'eyeball'event. I believe I often over process insufficient amounts of widefield data and consequently end up with rather flat dull images. Anyway I will give it a go and post the result. All the best, hope you are keeping well and benefiting from clear skies.



  2. Very nice ! Asteroids not often imaged and always fascinating to watch. Thanks for posting.
  3. Frustrating day with a 3d printer. PLA insists upon getting stuck in the extruder nozzle but wont stick to the plate. Thankfully, I have nothing better to do but I'm convinced  that I could have whittled the gismo I'm trying to print, from a solid block of ebony using a blunt spoon, in half the time I've spent to date. I am just too old and obdurate to give up!  On a positive note Mrs. H made a tasty fish soup for tea!

  4. Lovely afternoon so went for a walk. Saw a green woodpecker and the sun felt warm on my old back. Lowestoft will get snow on Sunday according to Metcheck.

    Mrs Hawksmoor and I are booked in to get our first Covid Vaccine injections on Sunday  - so  we are hoping the snow does not intervene.

  5. Benefited from a small window of clear sky on a freezing foggy night. Tried to find the comet near Capella with my big bins and took a few snaps with my dslr on the Star Adventurer. Not convinced I spotted it so must be very faint. Will look at the images tomorrow and see what shows up.

    Night all.

  6. The weather was not kind so imaging Quadrantids wasn't an option. I did however wander into 'Mission Control' (my shed) at lunchtime today and noticed that my 'software defined radio' (The LVST) was pinging like mad as radar reflections from meteors over the South of France were being picked up by my Yagi aerial. I leave the LVST running 24 -7 - 365 days a year. I must download all the data from 2020 and get on with some data analysis.  Unfortunately, like Mr. Toad,  I am a backsliding animal!

    George 'data-rich' near Sole Bay.

  7. Hawksmoor

    The Sun Awakens

    From the album: The Sun

    New Years Day 2021 - taking down the Christmas Lights in the Backyard and looked up to see our G2V star trying to punch a hole through the winter clouds. A beautiful life promoting ball of incandescent gas. I really should take some more white light images this year.
  8. Just checked out NORAD tracks Santa. The 'man in red' is going well and the reindeer team look fresh and up to the job. Hope I'm on 'the nice list'!

  9. Glad you got to see it and image it at sufficient resolving power to show Saturn's rings and Jupiter's Belts. Top image! I only managed a brief glimpse on the 20th December and the 21st and 22nd were clouded out. Have a good Christmas and stay safe.
  10. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my friends on Stargazers Lounge from 'the old man next the sea' in Lowestoft.


    1. orion25


      Same to you, my friend!

  11. From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    Thanks to incessant rain in Lowestoft this week this is the best image I managed and within 24 hours of closest conjunction. A real pretty thing!
  12. The closest conjunction has been and gone whilst the cloud, rain and wind held sway over Lowestoft. Perhaps tomorrow will be still, dry and clear.

    George slightly sad on the East Coast.

  13. From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    Not a wonderful snap, but I was hanging out the back bedroom window and I had consumed quite a lot of Sauvignon Blanc. Canon 600D at f=55mm ISO6400 and I second RAW exposure. My focus could have been better but the alcohol really steadied my hand from shaking. Very interesting how the apparent distance between them has decreased from yesterday evening.
  14. Getting even closer but I wont be able to capture future images, weather permitting, from the back bedroom window!


  15. Lowestoft weather is putting on a fine display for the Geminids - cloud cover from horizon to horizon, persistent rain and gusting winds. Great!

    Grumpy old man in Lowestoft

  16. Hawksmoor

    Auriga Stack

    From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    Should have better aligned my star adventurer mount but I really like Auriga and a shame to just ditch a lot of frames particularly as clearish moon free nights are a rarity in this neck of the woods. Canon 600 at f=18mm an 1 min exposures at ISO1600. Must try harder!
  17. Getting closer but wish the weather would improve, especially as the Geminids are due!

    Jupiter Saturn Conjunction 08122020crop.png

  18. Hi Wibblefish. Welcome to SGL from Lowestoft. Best regards from George next the sea.
  19. Had all sorts of grim weather here on the east coast. Whilst going upstairs on Sunday I caught a quick glimpse of Saturn and Jupiter starting to look quite close. I pressed the Poundland minitripod back into use and captured this technicolour blurry image with the planets in hazy cloud - with my Canon 600d at ISO6400 through the back bedroom window. The clouds made for a prettier picture?

    Looking forward to closer and clearer!


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  20. End of an era. Just decommissioned my two old DELL Windows 7 laptops - no longer wifi enabled to the internet. Will save me the annual Bullguard subscription which has just come up for renewal. Will  use them in the future for data storage,  'guiding' and other non internet jobs until their little processors fade quietly away! 

  21. From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    As I had a lot of 45 second light frames with no meteors to be seen I decided to stack them and found that I had inadvertently imaged the California Nebula NGC1499 as well as M45. Canon 600d DSLR zoom lens at f=18mm and ISO 1600
  22. Brilliant image. Particularly liked the detail at the North polar cap. Thanks for posting George
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