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Hawksmoor

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  1. Waiting for the street lights in Lowestoft to go out at midnight. Maybe I might see the Auroral glow if it can compete with Great Yarmouth's lights?

  2. Was going to do a bit of observing with my small scope as the forecast for Lowestoft was a clear night after rain. Got the rain but the clear night never materialized. Gave up and now in bed.

    1. spaceman_spiff

      spaceman_spiff

      I've been there!

  3. Watched the ISS go over three tiimes in one night, got some very noisy video of Saturn when it briefly appeared between the roofs of our neighbours' houses (by heck it appears lower than Antares), took some better video of Jupiter with all the Galileans strung out on one side, had a quick look at Comet Johnson and then it was twilight again.  Nights 'up north' dont last long this time of the year, serves us right for living on a tilty planet.:happy6:  Mind you it was lovely to see the summer Milky Way again running through Cygnus and right across the sky. If the weather stays good, I might have another night with my scope under the stars. Two nights in a row - woo-hoo!

  4. 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!

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    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 :)

  5. Well I've set up my scope and I'm sat in the garden with bits of glass, cameras, wires and laptop waiting for it to get dark. This twilight malarky hangs about a bit in late May!

  6. 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

  7. Went out to the dustbin, looked up and watched the ISS pass overhead. An unexpected treat on a cold and then rainy night.

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