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Hawksmoor

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  1. Today  Suffolk County Council swapped an all new LED lamp for the old high pressure sodium lamp outside our house. Looks very bright but luckily our house is in between the lamp and our backyard from which I stargaze. Let's hope in my lifetime, the Council continues to turn the street lights off at midnight.  I will let you know how I and the new lamp get on!

    George from Lumenstoft.

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    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Yes Jim,  I'm a bit worried  as they have left a lot of sodiums all around me but changed the one outside my house to LEDs.  As LED lamps are cheaper to run I'm hoping they dont leave mine on over night whilst turning out the rest. It did go out at midnight last night but you never know what they have planned.  I dont think it would affect my astrophotography much but it would stop my wife from getting a good nights sleep. The  lamp is virtually in line with our bedroom window.  She  is a very poor sleeper anyway and  is very light sensitive.  Keeping my fingers crossed that after midnight it will remain astronomically dark in our bit of  Oulton Broad.

      George

    3. JimT

      JimT

      You should be okay George, all the minor road lights are going off, I think it was a one off over the Christmas period.  This changeover will take awhile as it seems to be a bit haphazard, one on each street every month or so   lol

      Jim

    4. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Hooray it's just gone off!:hello2::hello2::hello2:

      So I'm off to bed.

      George

  2. Interesting fact I discovered yesterday - the Dadaist and Surrealist artist Max Ernst was a big fan of the German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel - comet discoverer extraordinaire.  Max produced a series of drawings and symbols which he labelled as 'illegal astronomies'. Bloke was absolutely barking, thought he had hatched from an egg laid by his mother. However, his artistic endeavours offer wonderful off world and alien landscapes. Creations no more strange than the false colour images we routinely capture. I also discovered that he  used state of the art 'wet photography' techniques to achieve his finished works. Sounds a bit familiar? What he might have achieved if Photoshop had been available will never be known!

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    2. orion25

      orion25

      Here is one of my astronomy-related music videos. I use these as educational tools as well as cool vehicles for my music:

      I incorporated some video from one of my piano performances at the local hall, some stock astronomy footage, studio shots, and some of own space cam footage and processed images of Mars. I hope you like it :) 

       

    3. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Hi Reggie

      Your video and sound track are excellent. You are a very talented man! Thank you for your kind words re my bits and pieces on my blogs.  Merry Christmas to you from a very cloudy Lowestoft.

    4. orion25

      orion25

      Thanks, George. Merry Christmas to you and yours from balmy Macon, Georgia in the southeastern U.S. :) 

  3. Glad I popped outside before I went to bed tonight! Really clear sky at the moment in Lowestoft.  Tonight, even before the street lights went out, I could see M44 with the naked eye as quite a bright cloud. Got a real grip on its apparent size with regard to the constellation Cancer, as much easier to do with unaided eye sight. When I looked at it through my 11x80 bins a real treat -lots of stars on view. Bonus - M67 a very easy spot  with handheld bins tonight - not always the case from my backyard.

    Looking west was fantastic. Orion, Gemini, Taurus, Auriga and Perseus all visible in one view without having to move my head absolutely fabulous. One off treats that stood out - Sirius, Orion's Sword, Betelgeuse, Aldeberan, the Pleiades and Capella. Through my bins the open clusters in Gemini and Auriga were top notch and the view of the Orion GMC was stunning.

    Looking south, Leo on display always nice to see - spring on its way. The Bear remains on its tail and Arcturus was shining yellow as it rose above my tall hedge to the east.

    My wife came out to have a look and spotted a meteor.

    Nighty night stargazers wherever you are.

    George in Lowestoft about to turn out the light.

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    2. orion25

      orion25

      Very nice. Thanks for pulling up the images, George. I find that I like the Hind's Crimson Star a bit better because it is more challenging to see and glows a deeper red. I was stoked to get an image of it!

      Cheers,

      Reggie :) 

    3. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      In your image Hind's star 'glows like an ember' Great image!

    4. orion25

      orion25

      Thanks, George. I shot it at prime focus with my 127mm Mak and tweaked the exposure to bring out the color and not wash it out by too much luminance.

  4. Well I think I captured an image on the 20th Jan 2017 of the asteroid Vesta with my Canon DSLR at  f=45mm mounted on my Star Adventurer, but it is one small dot amongst many!  I will collect a few more images towards the end of the month to see if it has moved against the fixed starry background.

     

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    2. JimT

      JimT

      George just done the one shot, just spent longer getting it on here then setting up the obsy :)

      You got it in the right place.

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    3. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Excellent and well done! :hello2:

      George

    4. JimT

      JimT

      Thanks George but really it's the equipment, spot on and an excellent camera but am really chuffed :)

      Jim

  5. Snowed here today. Too cold for astronomising - if you are a wuss!  So I've had a lot of warm bread, molten cheese and the best part of a bottle of Chardonnay for dinner. Now sitting happily twixt sleep, a bar of chocolate and TV.

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    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Yes. Venus is often a bit low and a bit too far west for me using my 127mm. refractor which sits at the rear of our house between our sitting room extension to the west and a tall hedge to the east. Add weather into the equation and Venus is only a viable imaging proposition once in a blue moon! :happy7:

      George

    3. JimT

      JimT

      If you take the Jolly Sailors at Pakefield as my center in the East I have a good view North thru East to South, a fair bit of sky when theres no cloud ;) 

    4. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      If I go early morning comet or mercury hunting with my mobile rig I relocate to the Fish Labs Car Park. I guess a very similar view from your garden.

  6. The crescent Moon with earthshine and bright Venus were so pretty last night!  Even the intermittent fine hazy cloud added rather than detracted from the beauty of the scene.  No need for any kit, two eyes were quite sufficient to take in the simple grandeur of this wide visual solar system pairing.

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    2. JimT

      JimT

      Like it George, I just looked behind me and although quite light Venus is there in all her glory, last night I really got annoyed as the Moon and Venus was only a fingers with away from each other and although very cloudy I attempted to take a photo.  I gave up after half an hour as if the Moon was in the clear Venus was not so it ended up either one or the other.  As said I can see Venus but the Moon is a little far off, watch this space :)

      Jim

    3. JimT

      JimT

      Lovely sky George, watching the Moon moving towards Venus, hipe you are out there watching this

      Jim

    4. JimT
  7. Whoo hoo! we had stars in Lowestoft last night. ?  Not sure what was to blame for the dodgy images, was it the bad weather/Christmas lay-off affecting my kit or was the old astronomer using it  to blame? 

    Got out the 66mm Altair refractor on the Star Adventurer and my trusty bins , didn't get to bed until 3:30am.  Anyway I have a few more blurry images of 46P/ Wirtanen and I think I managed to capture a smudge that might be 38P/Stephan-Oterma. Could see 46P through my 11x80 bins handheld but very diffuse and cloud like would have missed it 'sweeping' but knew where to look. 38P not visible through my bins even though I knew where it should be, however the mince-pies aren't what they used to be.

    Real nice treat - saw a very bright and orange coloured meteor - slow moving in the east comiing from the direction of Orion.  No it wasn't a flare or firework!

    Nice clear night and dark after the Moon set, M81 and M82 very easy handheld through my big bins.

    George tired but quite content in Lowestoft.

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    2. orion25

      orion25

      The pictures may be blurry, but the effort was pure and I'm sure very exciting :) I am well and doing more observing than imaging these days.  I did just get a nice image of M42 (an annual shot) and I'm looking forward to get a few pics of the lunar eclipse this weekend. I'm wishing you the clearest skies for this event. Oh, and how was the cold dive for charity?

    3. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Hi Reggie

      Glad you're ok. Hope you have clear skies for the Lunar eclipse, I might try and image it if the weather looks good. As for the cold water dip on Christmas morning; well the good news was we had sunshine and no wind, the bad news was the hard frost and air temperature of 1 degree celsius. It was so cold!  My partner stayed in the water for 10 minutes, I managed 2 minutes but she had the benefit of a wet suit

      All the best George770472555_AnitaandGeorgeSouthwold25-12-2018.thumb.png.84bcb86d2a9e0e934a9c89f722940065.png

    4. orion25

      orion25

      Haha! The pictures say it all, George! Hope you both had a cup of hot cocoa by the fire afterwards :)  Thanks for posting the pics and best wishes with the eclipse. Our forecast is chilly but clear after rains pass through!

      Cheers,

      Reggie :D 

  8. 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

      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?

      George

    3. JimT

      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.
      Jim

    4. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

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

      George.

  9. All Christmas decorations taken down and put away but still no stars in Lowestoft.?

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    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Yes that Lowestoft and it still has Pleasurewood Hills open during the warmer months. High winds and tide today so currently enjoying a bit of local flooding. Our house on high land so not affected. A few stars visible tonight so better weather on the way? Fingers crossed.

      George awaiting sleep in bed in Lowestoft.

    3. SacRiker

      SacRiker

      I used to visit Pleasurewood Hills every summer when I lived in England. Loved it. Sorry to hear the weather is rough! I live in California now and we are having a lot of rain! Shock!

    4. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      In the words of 'Woody Bear' " Pleasurewood Hills is your biggest day out ever"! However, even in the rain, California probably offers a much bigger day out. Glad you enjoyed your visits to Lowestoft in the past. Only been to LA in California once long ago, had an excellent weekend on route to Auckland NZ. As a 'fossil nerd', La Brea Tar pits a highlight for me. Sea lions and pelicans in the harbour pretty special too.

      Best regards George

  10. Had a medley of meteorological treats in Lowestoft today. Started with torrential rain, then hail, then sleet followed by snow. Finished off tonight with thunder and lightning with clearing skies and stars visible as I made my way upstairs to Bedfordshire.

    Nighty night stargazers wherever you are.

    George in bed in Lowestoft.

     

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    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Nice to hear from you Jim. I haven't done much stargazing in the last few weeks. Weather and Christmas have combined to keep my scopes in their cases. Did get one night with my bins and saw a very bright and beautiful Geminid meteor. It just dropped out of the sky and fell down below the Great Bear's tail. Real pretty thing!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      George

       

    3. JimT

      JimT

      Hi George, just had a one night outing myself, the dew stopped that night in it's tracks after an hour, since then it has been either the snow or rain so that is it till the new year.  Thanks for the Christmas greetings, wish you and the family the same, I'm afraid we don't bother with Christmas, no children and being a distance from any relatives we tend to have a quite time, this year we are away to Switzerland for  a week courtesy of Belle Coaches, a small village enclosed by glaciers so will be getting heavy gear on.  Okay, take care and enjoy the next couple of week and don't get cold out with your bino's  :)

      Jim 

    4. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Have a great time in Switzerland, stay safe and warm.

      George

  11. Weather wise today we have had a tiny bit of snow, some rain and sunshine.  Plus, one of the most striking rainbows I can recall in Lowestoft.  At least a double bow and at best and momentarily a triple bow. Physics can be breathtakingly beautiful!

    Double Bow.png

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Certainly missed the snow but did get the rain whilst down town.

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Easy to miss Jim.  It literally snowed in our backyard for a minute. Not enough to make a snowman!  Plenty of rain and no stars again tonight. I still haven't tried out my Mark2 homade spectrometer. I guess I shall have to be patient.

      George

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      Certainly missed the snow but did get the rain whilst down town.

    3. JimT

      JimT

      Yes all clouded out till maybe midnight tonight so may give it a try then, am getting impatient to get all the cameras focused then it will be perfect :)

  12. Last night was a beautiful night in Lowestoft. I didn't crack out any of my imaging rigs as some of my children and grandchildren are staying with us this weekend. Did however, watch the ISS sail across the sky in its own majestic way. It always cheers me up. However much the news is full of grim stuff about our species, it remains such an inpiring symbol of what Homo Sapiens can achieve when we cooperate,  collaborate and celebrate our intelligence rather than our prejudices.

    After midnight, I also 'snuck in' an hour observing with the naked eye and my big Bins. The Milky Way was truly magnificent stretching from almost horizon to horizon.  I also believe that with averted vision I could just make out the misty patch that is the Andromeda Galaxy. If I did, its the first time with the naked eye from our backyard. The sky was pretty transparent as I could see quite a lot of stars within the square of Pegasus.

    I finished the night in my shed monitoring my laptop screen as my homemade SDR radar meteor set up captured some pretty hefty pings. I know interpreting this information is quite difficult, but I presume the duration of a ping is in some way proportional to a meteor's momentum and that if meteors from a shower share a common velocity, then these meteors had a greater mass than many of the others my set up has recorded over the past two days.

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Great report. I love watching the ISS, too. The Milky Way must be gorgeous from your location. I live in a small city with a Bortle scale of about 5, but sometimes I can get away to the country and take in our galaxy in all its glory. Love the idea of having a meteor radar in the shed!

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Thanks for your kind comment. You can't best a shed for versatility! Ours multi-venues as : an artist's studio, a kiln room, a craftroom, a lab and control room for the LVST (The Lowestoft Very Small radio Telescope). All accommodated in a cosy 4 square metres!

      Best regards George

    3. orion25

      orion25

      That's wonderful, George! I just may follow your lead :hello2:

  13. Well the BBC Weather forecast for Lowestoft tonight is set faiir and at the moment I can see stars through light cloud.  I've set up my DSLR on my Star Adventurer and after I've had a bit of tea I'm going for imaging the asteroid Vesta which is currently tracking through Gemini.  I have never knowingly imaged an asteroid so thought I would go for it.  If I get some wide-field  frames of the constellation tonight and a few more towards the end of the month I can hunt for the star-like/asteroid that has moved.:happy7:

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Well I waited and waited for the clouds to clear, but they just crawled up the coast skimming the land and by midnight I gave up.  I was all set for a view of Vesta myself if possible that is but it was mainly a photo shoot and check later.  A bit miffed but as I have installed Vesta in Stellarium I might still have a go at it if clear tonight.  This will my last weekend with the NEQ6 and 80mm scopes, hopefully next weekend I will be using a CGE Pro and the 11" RASA :)

      Jim

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Sad you were affected by cloud. The couple of miles we are further inland than you seems to have made a difference this last week. Though my images from last night were not all cloud free. Managed to stack and process some of the images I took and should have captured Vesta. It's definitely there somewhere in amongst a  widefield containing a lot of stars!  I've run one image through astrometry.net so have some markers to go by. The new kit arrival must be an exciting prospect. I look forward to seeing some really deep images from you soon!:happy7:

      George

    3. JimT

      JimT

      Morning George, yes I ran them through the plate solve and like yourself got markers but again so many stars  :).  Yes am excited about the arrival but have worries about weight and strength of floor so a wait and see game.

      Jim

  14. Batteries charged, mount polar aligned,white light solar filters made and fitted and laptop clock synchronised with atomic clock. Come on Mercury!  I'm up for it and prepared.

     

    1. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      The countdown has begun!

      5

      4

      3

      2

      1......... :) 

    2. David Smith

      David Smith

      Good luck! Looks like it will be clouded out here.

    3. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Thanks for the good wishes. Got to see it through the eyepiece and take some images, sadly the hazy high level cloud got me in the end, but my partner brought me out a big gin and tonic which cheered me up!  Not use to catching a tan pursuing this hobby!

  15. Merry Christmas Stargazers

    from George in Lowestoft

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, George :) 

      Reggie

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Reggie.  I am currently sitting by a fire in our house, eating a tangerine and working up the courage to take a dip in the North Sea on Christmas Day with my wife and youngest son.  Swimming in the sea off a local beach on Christmas Day for charitable causes is a local tradition which we have not yet actively participated in. The sea is very cold at this time of year.

      All the best George

    3. orion25

      orion25

      I get chills just thinking about that cold dip! Best wishes to you and your family :) 

  16. Completed the free OU 'Moons' short course. Very much enjoyed it! Thanks to the SGL member who gave the 'heads up on this'. Have now embarked on a free Data Analysis course - Auckland University via OU. Thought this might help me make sense of the copious amounts of data being produced by the LVST meteor detection software defined radio.

    Another clear night here on the coast but windy and the Moon is becoming gibbous and quite bright.

    Night night stargazers.

    1. Lurcher

      Lurcher

      Thanks for posting this. I just happened to see it, and it raised my intrigue to have a look at the OU website.

      I've just signed up and downloaded the free course on the moon. The others look good too.

      (Looking forward to getting out and trying another sketch tonight now).

      Many thanks. 

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      You're welcome.

    3. Fraunhoffer

      Fraunhoffer

      ooh thanks for this - looks good - as do the others (galaxies etc).

  17. Visited the Berlin Zeiss Planetarium on Sunday. Recent renovation and new projection kit when coupled with a 25 metre diameter dome provides a stunning visual experience. Just as well as my understanding of the German language is zero and the presentation was in German without translation. Would recommend this 8 Euro ticket for a fifty minute show as serious value for money particularly if you are fluent in German. Nice health food cafe almost opposite that does great coffee and a proper cheesecake. Nice! :icon_biggrin:

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Wunderbar! I'm glad you had a nice time. The experience transcended the language barrier!

      Prost!

      Reggie

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Hi Reggie. I'm back home now and have clear skies overhead. Just been out in the backyard with my big binoculars. I'm pretty sure that I glimpsed M1 with averted vision. If so it was a first with bins for me. 

      Now off to bed as all the travelling has worn me out.

      Best regards George

    3. orion25

      orion25

      Clear skies! Hooray! I'm out observing tonight myself, mostly clear here. I have both my 127" Mak and 150" reflector out. Glad you made it back safely. Have a good rest!

      Cheers,

      Reggie

  18. Help! We are being overrun by snails. It must be the incessant rain?

    1. Furious pez

      Furious pez

      Haha i am over run with slugs ?

    2. wxsatuser

      wxsatuser

      Go out after dark with a bucket of salt pick em up an put in bucket.

      Do this about 4 nights on the trot and you will eradicate most of them.

    3. Furious pez

      Furious pez

      that is cruel

  19. Lovely starry night in Lowestoft tonight!

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Agree, still is but today I part dismantled my mount so hopefully back up by the weekend :)

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Hi Jim, strangely I also had dismantled my mount only to be presented with the best run of clear nights for months. Frustrating hobby astronomy! Anyway in Lowestoft freezing fog has settled as the weather norm so no longer missing a rare imaging opportunity.

      Best regards George

    3. JimT

      JimT

      Thanks George, yes is frustrating, hope to get the whole setup sorted by end of play today.  Took a drive over to Kessingland for a meal last night, knew with the fog it was going to be quite :)

      Jim

  20. Nearest I've been to 'imaging' for some time. Balancing my little Canon compact camera on top of my barbecue and getting a shakey mov. video clip - converted to avi and then Registaxed and manipulated to remove any direct relationship with reality.  I give you my technicolor version of last night's Moon Venus conjunction, which was a very pretty thing to witness!

    Moon Venus Conjunction 02-01-2017.png

    1. spaceman_spiff

      spaceman_spiff

      Great shot!

      I saw the conjunction from Oxford - there was a big crowd of people taking shots of it.

      Dan :happy7:

    2. JimT

      JimT

      I must be the only one to have missed this   llol

  21. Moon tonight looked beautiful through my 11x80mm. binoculars!

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Great! I'm getting out there to peek between the clouds, haha.

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Clouds can't live with them, can't live without them!

  22. The Observatory is looking good Jim! Nice kit too!

    George

    1. JimT

      JimT

      George, nice to hear from you, thanks.  Am afraid I had a lot of problems getting to where it is now, mainly the weather and a bad roof design but all okay now.  Been a very busy time the last few months now it's relax time, sitting back and enjoying it all.  I have not been able to look in on you so was wondering how your pier was getting on.  Was out tonight learning about the CGE, it's wierd, does the opposite to what one would think it should do so a bit of a learning curve :)  Off to bed now, just clearing up here, take care and thanks again :)

      Jim

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Glad you've sorted your roof out. The whole set up looks impressive.  My pier is working fine but have been away looking after grandchildren so it has not had much use since end of May.

       As have been elsewhere - have laptop can travel -  I've been using the PIRATE Open University robotic scope on Mount Teide, Teneriffe  - via the Internet.  Bit of a 'one shot pony' but a 17.5 inch scope on top of a volcano packs a big punch on a 3 minute exposure. 

      Clear skies from George in Bed in OB.:happy7:

  23. Lovely night in Lowestoft. Daughter and 3 grandchildren staying with us. Showed them lots of binary stars, M14, M57 and the Andromeda galaxy group through my 127mm refractor. They really enjoyed some nice views. Sadly the grandchildren were too young and tired to view the moon. Took some quick high ISO and noisy snaps of the galaxies so they can take home a memory of a beautiful warm evening in our garden.

    1. cloudsweeper

      cloudsweeper

      Great times, great memories!  

      Doug.

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Sounds like a great night. Glad you shared the views with your family. :) 

  24. Just returned home after a day out in Wells next the Sea with friends, Moon followed us all the way home nearly full and quite beautiful peeking between diffuse 'rainbow' clouds.

    Night all :happy7:

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Beautiful report. The full moon peeked out from behind rain clouds and played hide and seek for a bit before the clouds took over. We're in a rainy "dog days" pattern (ugh). I'm praying for clear skies for the upcoming eclipse here in the States.

      Reggie

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Hi Reggie

      Hope the weather stays good for your eclipse. In 1999 my partner and I were in France for the solar total eclipse. We saw the diamond ring and totality rushing across the fields towards us. We heard the birds getting ready to roost. The temperature dropped. Then the clouds obscured the sun's disc and we never saw totality and the corona. We enjoyed the experience but we have always been saddened by missing those vital two minutes.

      Hope you fair better.  Let us know how you get on and post a photo of totality for us. From our location in the UK and if we are lucky we might get to see a tiny bite being taken out of the Sun just as it sets.

      Best regards from George in Lowestoft.:happy7:

  25. Purchased some mild steel reinforcement bar today for my concrete astro pier. Getting quite excited. Over my professional lifetime I have designed quite a lot of rc columns etc but his is the first one I will have built myself. If it turns out well I might name it George's Column, if it turns out badly I might have to hire a Jack hammer. My good natured partner is beginning to give me funny looks as I squirrel the pillar construction materials away in my shed. She has agreed the pier's location but I'm not convinced she is fully aware of its size relative to the rather minimal dimensions of our backyard. :happy7:

    Sleepless in Suffolk

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Ohhh know what your going through George, good luck with getting it finished, hope this wind don't affect you in any way.  Just been out to check on the garden, a couple of problems but happy to say my half built observatory is withstanding the wind well, can't see a quiver.  Am happy to say my design will be helpful in this type of weather, no loss of roof :)

    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      No wind damage up to now Jim and the wind seems to have dropped. Just been out in the backyard with my big bins. Really nice clear sky. Got some good views of a few  clusters etc. Beehive rather nice in a widefield view must try and image it with my 66mm Refractor plus focal reducer. Glad your observatory build is going well and that the wind did not cause you and it any problems.

      Regards Georgeo

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