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  1. Hawksmoor

    Lovely moon.

    I love the Moon even though it sometimes stops me imaging faint stuff on the first clear night in days and even though some nights it makes me feel slightly melancholy. Just beautiful and pristine. Tonight in Southend it's waxing gibbous and associating with a red sparkly Mars. My grandchildren looked up and thought it looked ace! George on walk about.
  2. Hawksmoor

    Portable heater to keep the cold away

    Great fan of Aldi's middle aisle. Currently sipping a drop of Aldi's malt whiskey
  3. Hawksmoor

    My astrophotography blog

    Nice thanks for sharing. My, but rather more silly blog does something similar https://jodrellplankobservatory.blogspot.com if you want a look. Regards George
  4. Hawksmoor

    Portable heater to keep the cold away

    As a baldy a good thermal hat is the way forward. Low tech and doubles up for darks and bias frames.
  5. Hawksmoor

    Who’s out ?

    On a political march so no astronomy for a couple of nights George
  6. Hawksmoor


    Very nice image. Thanks for sharing. Regards George
  7. Hawksmoor

    How's your weather.

    Weird weather for October on the North Norfolk Coast. Went for a walk and a crab sandwich at Cromer. 24 degrees C and kids swimming in the sea. Back home in Lowestoft and now in bed as pretty cloudy over head. Night all from George.
  8. Today I started building my 3d printer in kit form. Bewildering number of parts! Thank goodness they are well labelled. This will not be a fast process - after all I'm a 'simple country architect not an engineer Jim'! 🙂 My partner is already getting twitchy with all the parts laid out in the 'clean room' or kitchen as she prefers to call it. Not sure how long she will be 'comfortable' with the kitchen table out of action?

    George in his slumber chariot considering 3 dimensional possibilities.

  9. Last night was beautiful in Lowestoft. Really clear night - all night.  On a plus side I set up to take some lights of M31 wide-style. On a negative side my NEQ6 Pro started to play up and in combination with the guiding software and my laptop turned all my stars into arcs. Got to bed at 5.30 am. pigged off!! 🐖 BUT sitting out under the stars for five hours watching the Summer Constellations set in the west and Orion rising in the South East how can that be bad? M33 was really easy in my big bins and I think I spotted M1 with averted vision. Loads of Ms all round and the Garnet Star was big and red and beautiful. Not many meteors (saw three in five hours) but one was nicely spectacular. Have spent today in the backyard re-fitting my mount on its pillar - reduced the play on the central fixing -I also cleaned all the electrical contacts. Will probably reload PHD2 software before I go 'a guiding' again. When the stars come out tonight I shall realign on Polaris but I will give imaging a miss tonight cos I'm a really tired old man and according to Metcheck its going to rain here in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

    I rarely photograph my 'refractor in action' but I did early this morning and it turns out it was the only image worth a look! 😉

    The Jodrell Plank Observatory.png

    1. JimT


      Glad you had a good night except for the photos, went for a stroll along the promenade, looked like rain this end when we started off home but stayed dry.  Up bright an early this morn to find the garden wet but not much rain fell around Kirkley.  Just wondering when I will start the pier up, still a few odd and ends to sort out before then namely PCs which I bought from a certain person whom the police have been interested in, see whats going local and get it all sorted  :)


  10. Been absolutely lovely all day here in Lowestoft. Nice now but looking at Metcheck and SAT24 it will be good and cloudy at 'midnight when the street lights go out'. So instead of doing a bit of imaging tonight, I shall be surfing the cosmos with my big bins and then it's full on sulking for me.

    George a bit miffed in Lowestoft🙄

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    2. Hawksmoor


      Hi Jim

      Nice to hear from you. Are you well? And is your Observatory fully restored and up and running after last year's  storm damage?


    3. JimT


      Thanks, the observatory is being cleaned of whatever made its home there but I have yet to get to grips with the hardware that will happen in the next few weeks.  Done a reorg of the garden which took some time and then had a stroke, am okay now, spent a week in JPH, they looked after me well.  Will be good to get all behind me and start looking to the sky again, good to hear from you.

    4. Hawksmoor


      Sorry to hear that you have been unwell. Glad you are on the mend and hope you are stargazing soon. All the best.


  11. Have just about cleared a backlog of projects and ready to go on my 3D printer kit that I had for Christmas last year. Made a great 'connection' today, for some time I have been wondering how to combine my digital photographic and artistic/ block print making  interests. Well on line I found an article in 'Print Making Today' all about using 3D printers to make - printing plates!  Job done!😀

  12. Hawksmoor

    Messier 37.png

    A combination of images obtained with the Altair 66mm. Doublet and telescope.org -Open University PIRATE telescope on Mount Teide. Put together using Registar software.
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    Messier 37.png

    From the album: Backyard Astronomy

  14. Hawksmoor

    CombineM35 and Comet GZ copy.png

    Had a brainwave - decided to combine an old image of M35 I captured with my 127mm Meade Apo some years ago with my images of Comet21P/Giacobini-Zinner taken with the little 66mm Altair Doublet the other night. Quite pleased with the result. Registar is a fine piece of software.
  15. Hawksmoor

    Double Cluster Perseus best.png

    NGC869 and NGC884 - September 2018 - Altair 66mm Doublet -on Star Adventurer mount - 0.8x flattener /reducer - Canon 600D DSLR - mean combination of stacks at 8secs, 15secs and 30secs in Registar. Quite pleased with this image - gets closer to the wonderful view through a widefield eyepiece than I've managed before.
  16. Obtained a 'book recover', preowned in excellent condition, hardback version of Chris Hadfield's 'An astronaut's guide to life' for £1 from Poundland.🙂


  17. Hawksmoor

    Widefield M35 and comet2.png

    Altair 66mm Doublet on a Star Adventurer mount. Canon 600D DSLR 0.8x reducer flattener. 28 x 30 sec lights at ISO1600 stacked etc Whats the hazy blue blob on the other side of M35? - faint galaxy?
  18. Hawksmoor

    2018-09-13 Comet Giaco -Zinner and M35.png

    Altair 66mm Doublet on a Star Adventurer mount. Canon 600D DSLR 0.8x reducer flattener. 28 x 30 sec lights at ISO1600 stacked etc
  19. Well yesterday morning after 2:00am turned out clear and transparent. So I stayed out in the backyard until 4:15am when I called it a day. Used my 66mm Altair Doublet on my Star Adventurer mount to take some nice widefield images. Managed to get lots of snaps of the comet as it passed M35 in Gemini. Really enjoyed sweeping the sky with my big bins - M33 very obvious and the Andromeda Galaxy virtually went right across my bins fov at 11x. Could see the double cluster and M31 unaided and the Milky Way virtually overhead was breath-takingly bright. Also noted 5 bright meteors. Great to see Orion striding up and over my hedge to the South east. Guess winter is on its way. I will post an image of the comet tomorrow.

    George now in his Lowestoft slumber chariot awaiting sleep



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