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  1. Messing about with Lunar images in Image Composite Editor. Looks cold in our garden but even bleaker at the South Pole.

    The Lunar South Pole.png

  2. 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


      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

  3. Saturn and Mars too low on my southern horizon. Gave up at 1.00am. One blurry video of Mars and some Moon clips. Sky very light , probably time for a short summer break.


  4. Its 19:38 and looking a bit clear outside. Not wishing to tempt providence I'm trying to move towards my astro-kit, which I store in the sitting room, without making any obvious committments to 'serious viewin' with or without the 'g'. Fingers crossed then!

  5. Just watched 'The Martian' on DVD. Really enjoyable and not completely 'daft' scientifically. So I didn't start playing the banjo halfway through and consequently in partner's good books.  Now in bed, as outside it's still cloudy in downtown Lowestoft. All I need is my telescope and a star to sail it by!



  6.  Just got back from a holiday in Brittany. Enjoyed some nice although small views of Mars and Saturn through my Altair Astro 66mm. Refractor.  Viewing these planets this year from a lower latitude really helps. If the weather is kind this week, I will try to image them from my backyard through my larger scope. Hopefully both will appear sometime through the night between the roofs of my neighbours' houses. Such fun!


    1. RichM63


      Glad you had some decent views.


  7. I'm wondering whether another mouthful of cake will result in an irreversible gravitational collapse of my energy depleted body?

  8. Bathonian fossils.

  9. Quick image from my time spent in our Lowestoft backyard in daylight!

    Mercury 01-12-35-22Z.png

  10. 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


      The countdown has begun!





      1......... :) 

    2. David Smith

      David Smith

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

    3. 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!

  11. Children's eyes are far sharper than those of adults. When asked what he could see through his small plastic telescope, my 5 year old grandson Ozzie said " Tim Peake on the space station". Clearly I should have gone to Specsavers!

  12. One transit, two shadow transits and the GRS and...................wall to wall cloud.  GRRRRRRx3.  I'm right pigged off!  It doesn't matter how many times I look at BBC weather for Lowestoft or SAT24 or out the window, all I can see is CLOUD with a high chance of precipitation. GRRRRRRRx27.  Thats pigged off cubed.

  13. A very cold and frosty night on the east coast. The moon just passed full, complete with atmospheric halo, is being followed closely by a very bright Jupiter. I'm off to my warm bed, too cold and bright for scopes and cameras!


  14. M44 from our backyard a real pretty thing with lots of red giants  and white dwarfs. 127mm Apo-refractor, Altair Astro Field flattener and x0.8 focal reducer + Canon 600D DSLR. February 2016 + some Neil's spikes.


  15. Latest images I have taken of Comet Catalina in the early hours of 19th Jan show no ion tail.  Should have been clearer than in first images taken on the 15th as much higher in sky and after street lights turned off. Much more moonlight though. Dust tail better in more recent images.  I have been thinking that moonlight might affect visibility of ion tail more than the dust.  Otherwise, I suppose it could be a line of sight geometry issue?  Any useful comments would be welcome.

    Comet Catalina 19th Jan 2016.png

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