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  1. Sir Patrick would like to say Via Trudie and Trevor. I am shattered by the number of good will messages I have received from you all. I really dont know what to say and am lost for words. I am getting better although it is a very slow prosess, but I hope to be back in action as soon as I can. Just as soon as I am well I will go through all my messages and answer what I can, although to respond to you all individually would take me to Christmas 2010. so once again thank you all very much and a happy 2010 to you all. Very best Ever Patrick.
  2. One from Christmas Day. Trev.
  3. Kieron. You have answered your own question I think, try knocking the frame rate down to 15fps and make sure your histogram is about ¾ the way up, try and keep the gain low. Trev.
  4. A copy of the World Record Lunar image (one of only 3 signed copies on canvas) signed by all the team & Sir Patrick Moore is up for sale on ebay.... All proceeds from the auction will be going to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, so even if you don’t actually want it for yourself, please let as many people as you can know about it & hopefully we’ll raise lots of money for CFT http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140334910178
  5. There is just something about the atmosphere at Hersty in the evenings surrounded by those old domes and telescopes, when the Yapp was built in the mid 1930s it cost something like £15000 in those day’s a 2/3 bed roomed house cost about £1000 so if you have never been it’s well worth a visit, to visually see M 27 fill the field of view in the Thompson Refractor is something one never forgets. Saturday afternoon was quite busy with lot’s of children using the exhibits and we showed quite a few some shuttle launches and an old Apollo 11 launch video, the evening session kicked off with a talk from a rocket scientist explaining the early Mercury missions up to the Apollo missions. We had a good selection of Sir Patrick’s personal photographs on display along with some 120 digitised slides from his collection that we are archiving run through the computer and projector and I gave a short talk about the recent LRO images of the landing sites that were released Friday, we also had the full size Lunar Image on display which made quite a talking point. The Lunar Image will be on display during the Astro Festival and some talks will be arranged regarding the capture and processing of it. We have a few ideas for the Astro Festival in September especially the evening now we know how far we can project an Image. Without the help of people like Richie, Steve C, Mark and Lea and a few others giving their time to help educate the general public non of what we do would be possible Trev
  6. Just a reminder of this event this coming Saturday 18th July. We will also be showing the full size Lunar Image measuring 2.0m x 2.5m as shown here: http://lunarworldrecord.com/ Regards Trev.
  7. Thanks guy’s for making this a sticky, it’s for a very good cause. Now please remember to donate thank you Trev.
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  9. Some of the activity on the 17th May. Tried a close up shot of the AR it’s somewhere about F/50. Trev.
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  13. Nooooo I name my Prom’s after human body part’s, it’s Pete that names his after Animal’s lol
  14. Here’s a shot from early afternoon, quite a few proms visible today, could this be the start of something??? Trev......
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  17. Quite a way to go before it’s completed. The reason to announce it was to show that the imaging attempt has already been completed at a said date before anybody else submit’s a claim, which maybe quite likely although theirs probably will come under different submission terms. Edit: Nick made sure it was covered see page 7 here: http://wasnet.co.uk/NWAS/May09.pdf
  18. I think Nick’s original estimate was a tad out, just between Nick and myself we must have run off nearly ¾ million frames about 600 Avi’s and over 200Gb of data.
  19. Well it’s about time this was let out of the bag so to speak. We completed the run over the evening of the 4/5th April and hopefully when all the processing is finished it will work out ”famous last words” Personally I ran off 116 Gb of data 319 Avi’s Over 370000 frames Trev. Imaging Team Aim for the Record Books An ambitious project to create the largest amateur image of the Moon, and enter the Guinness book of records is set for this Spring. A team of people, comprising of some of the worlds foremost Astro Imagers, are meeting up with a barrage of Celestron SCT scopes and Lumenera cameras to create an image which will eclipse any image so far taken of the Moon by amateur astronomers. The aim, to image the Moon at very high focal lengths, using the Skynyx 2-0 cameras attached to C14's and C11's will create an image close to 90 mega pixels in size, and comprise of almost 1 million frames of video, totalling almost 900GB of data processing. The final image, of a 10 day old Moon will be made up of close to 300 separate high resolution panes, which will then be painstakingly added together to form the final image. The image will see the like of Damian Peach, Pete Lawrence, Dave Tyler, Bruce Kingsley, Nick Smith and more congregate at Sir Patrick Moore's Selsey home, all working on assigned segments of the Moon. “This will be a monumental image, worthy of the IYA, and our way of honouring Sir Patrick's incredible work in mapping the Moon for the Russian and American Moon missions in the 1960s, on this, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing”, say's Nick Howes, who is part of the imaging team, and came up with the original plan for the record attempt. “To have secured such an immense pool of imaging talent for this is a real thrill, and to be allowed to attempt it from Sir Patrick's garden, will only add to the excitement”. “This is a huge team effort with every single person playing a huge part” continues Nick. “We have additional imaging team member Trevor Little, making up 7 who will be working at the high focal lengths, as well as additional team members working on other aspects of the imaging at lower focal ratios, which we hope will add some colour to the final creation. Ninian Boyle, of Venturescope, and BBC Sky at Night Magazine astronomy consultant will be coordinating the team on the night, and Captain Mark Irving, and Leanne Irving will be providing additional support. Independent verification to satisfy the Guinness requirements will also be on site” All proceeds from use of the final image will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity designated by Sir Patrick, with all team members contributing their time for free.
  20. An informational post....... From: http://wasnet.co.uk/NWAS/May09.pdf Mountains and the Moon 4/5th April 2009 Been quite a busy month this month, started with the world record attempt at Sir Patrick Moore’s house in Selsey. The team, comprising of Damian Peach, Dave Tyler, Pete Lawrence, Bruce Kingsley, Nick Smith, Trevor Little, Dave Moran and Mark/Lea Irving, were either on site or imaging from home (which in the end worked out quite badly for Bruce Kingsley, as sadly he got clouded out half way in to his run, as did Dave Moran). Still, we think we have captured all of the images needed. In total over 1000 separate images we think were captured, with over 1 million frames of video being stacked. Between Trevor and I we have over half a million=2 0frames of video, and 5000+ separate images, though still with gaps. The Moon dropping at 13 arcseconds/minute made this a really difficult job, and myself, as well as Dave Tyler, a vastly more experienced Lunar imager had gaps (thankfully we had overlap coverage). Seeing was at best 3-4/10 with thin and sometimes thick cloud trying its best to spoil the attempt The day was fraught with issues, my C11 focuser locked up totally (Ninian saved the day on that one), I had a minor issue with the Skynyx camera too (thankfully which did not affect the imaging run, and is now resolved courtesy of the nice people at Framos UK), but we got there in the end. At time of writing , we are mostly through the initial image processing, and should hopefully have the final image ready soon, so watch this space.
  21. As part of the Apollo 11 Celebration event to be held on the 18th July 2009 from 19-00 to 23-00 hrs at Herstmonceux http://www.the-observatory.org/ Leanne Irving, Mark Irving and Trevor Little will be showing some of Sir Patrick Moore’s slide collection, this collection covers some 40 plus years of Sir Patrick’s work and travels. This Collection has never been shown in the public domain before. We will be in with the 36 inch Yapp and a guided tour of the Telescope will be included. The centre charge a entrance fee but there is no charge for coming to see the collection. If anyone requires more information please contact Herstmonceux or visit our websites. Adur Astronomical Society: http://www.adur-astronomical.com/index.htm Worthing Astronomical Society: http://www.worthing-astronomical-society.com/ Trev, Mark, Lea.
  22. Interesting prom today it started out looking like a heart, conditions not very good with lots of high wispy clouds ho hum. Trev.
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  24. Nick……that’s some guide scope……..
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