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Hawksmoor

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  1. Had a quick go at Venus using my ETX 90 RA on my small  rig and QHY5-11 planetary camera. Over did the gain as Venus is so bright at the moment but at least I captured an image of the crescent before Venus dropped below my kitchen roof.

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  2. 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.

    1. 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

    2. JimT

      JimT

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

      Jim

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  3. 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

  4. Started preparatory work on my fixed pier and spectrometer mark3. I like a nice 'slow burn' project or two.  Night sky over Lowestoft not conducive to observational astronomy other than in radio frequencies. If all else fails I've lots of meteor radar ping data to analyse from last year.

    And so off to bed and dream land.

  5. Nice clear night in the early hours of Valentine's Day.  Tried to find the two comets in and around Bootes. Sadly my trials and tribulations with binoculars and small refractor came to no avail. I might have got away with it, if it had not been for that pesky moonlight!  Cloud in Lowestoft tonight so in my warm  bed with March edition of Astronomy Now.

    Nighty night stargazers.

  6. Light snow and cloud in Lowestoft, so no chance of viewing the fast moving Comet in Hercules or penumbral lunar eclipse tonight.

     

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Been waiting and hoping for a little bit of clear sky all day George but no chance, grey skies all over.  Got on with resurrecting the garden observatory, coming along well, still lots to do   :)

      Jim

  7. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

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

      So I'm off to bed.

      George

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  8. No stars tonight in Lowestoft. So off to bed.

    Nighty night space cadets.

  9. Another clear night until  23.00 when according to Lowestoft BBC Weather "The Fog" will come rolling in off the sea by 'Spivey Point'.:happy7:

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Nice one George, I decided not to open up when I seen the beginning of a foggy night here on the estate, gave me a rest anyway and an evening the better half :)

      Jim

  10. 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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    1. 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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    2. Hawksmoor

      Hawksmoor

      Excellent and well done! :hello2:

      George

    3. JimT

      JimT

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

      Jim

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  11. Anyway it didn't rain so I caught some photons arriving from the general direction of Gemini.  High level cloud kept coming and going and as I was feeling tired and old I didn't await the street lights being extinguished at midnight - so I captured plenty of atmospheric sodium into the bargain. Must save up for a light pollution clip filter for the Canon.

    Did take some nicely composed widefield frames of the Hyades and Pleiades. Finished the evening in the backyard by snapping some shots of everyone's best mate Orion.

    Now nicely warm tucked up in bed. Back to decorating tomorrow. Hopefully will get to stack and play about with tonight's images tomorrow night.

     Nighty8 night Stargazers.:happy7:

  12. 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

  13. Spent a happy fifty minutes in our backyard before the clouds rolled in. Used my 66mm Altair Lightwave refractor on a camera tripod. When it cools down its a great little scope. When you spend most of your time messing about with your kit to obtain an alright image you can easily miss the beauty of the night sky which straight through the lens observing delivers.  I enjoyed some wonderful widefield views of Auriga's open clusters, the Hyades, Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy, Orion's Dagger and best of alll the Pleiades.  I reckon I could clearly see nebulosity around several of the larger stars in the Seven Sisters group.  Not too shabby for a small scope with some light pollution and all done and dusted inside an hour.

    1. JimT

      JimT

      Yes a wonderful hour spent earlier this evening until the clouds rolled in, had some wonderful views on screen using the QHY8L, I suppose another week to wait for the next hour   :D

  14. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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 ;) 

    3. 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.

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  15. Well the BBC Weather site turn out to be correct after all.  After a day of wall to wall cloud, rain, rain and a bit more rain, it cleared up and I saw stars the moon and astro stuff like that. Tried out spectrometer Mark 2 with mixed failure. Far too many reflections off chromed tubing so today has incluided corrective 'flocking'.

    Anyway to cheer myself up I took a quick video of the terminator on a waxing gibbous moon. Quite pleased with the result, bearing in mind the Altair Lightwave Doublet refractor has only 66mm of aperture!

    Widefield gives a nice overview, without 'stitching ', of Copernicus, Kepler, Aristarchus and Gassendi.

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  16. 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 :)

  17. 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!

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    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

  18. Eaten too much!

  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. When I went for a walk this evening I actually saw some stars!  It had clouded over by midnight but I did get to gaze upon my mate Orion and all the other mid winter culprits.  As I walked home I was able to watch Cygnus sinking into the horizon with Vega just keeping its head above the trees.  

    Let's hope we've all been  good girls and boys and Santa brings us clear skies in 2017.

    Nighty night Stargazers where ever you are.

     

  21. Horrid, damp and cloudy night in Lowestoft. Only improved by a glimpse of the ISS passing overhead and by watching the Martin Scorsese Bob Dylan film biographies on BBC Four. Got a new preowned/loved acoustic guitar from my eldest son on my birthday. Have put on a set of new extra light weight strings and have lowered the action. Tomorrow, in our living room and to an audience of one, I will perform  'A hard rain' with nostalgia and uncomfortable contemporary relevance.

    I have retired to my bed and await the arrival of Morpheus or Aurora, whichever comes first.

    Nighty night everyone.

  22. Fireball-meteor: 02-12-2016 between 20:30 and 21:00 GMT. Over Darsham, Suffolk travelling west to east seen from the A12.  Went by car to pick up grandchildren from Southend on the way back both my wife and I saw a very bright ball of a meteor pass over the road infront of our car. No noticeable colour. Quite spectacular, quite slow moving and curved down towards the ground at the end of its trajectory before we lost sight of it. Did anyone else see this?:happy11:

  23. 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

  24. Today I stood in front of and looked at the fossil bird Archaeoptetyx from the Solhofen Jurassic lithographic limestone.  A lot like the first time I looked at Saturn through the eyepiece. Jaw dropping stuff!

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