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  1. Thank you all! Cheers, I haven't had a working laptop for ages now and life has got in the way a bit but now I have dusted off everything I hope to get out a bit more and I can borrow my kids laptop too so fingers crossed I will have more to post soon. Thanks, I took these from my backyard in Spain.
  2. Thanks guys, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. It was a good night watching this.
  3. Hey all, it's been a while since I have posted anything so I thought I would share some of my eclipse pictures from the other night.
  4. The thing is in Spain, it can be an absolute minefield to buy any property and even more so a nice rural one. In the end we chose not to buy a rural property in Spain even though we found many we liked simply because of the legal situation surrounding the land and such. There is so much that needs to be considered and the market is already flooded with cheap properties so it is going to be difficult even before you start. That said any extra selling point can and will help so definitely worth adding the extra info. Short of taking an ad out in an astromag or maybe even ABS I don't know what else you can do.
  5. It just shows up on a 50mm lens and camera, would be better without all the LP too.
  6. Last night after a couple of unsuccessful nights prior managed to get an image in a 30 second exposure using a 50mm lens and my camera. Nothing spectacular though and my tracking was off but may iron out the kinks and scale the lens up.
  7. I have been meaning to point the camera in that direction and see if anything shows up. It has a nice long tail. Seems to have brightened considerably too, I have read reports of as much as mag 8. Worth a shot at least.
  8. Not to give away any spoilers but the show Expanse kind of deals a little bit with this. Absolutely no idea how much research they have put into it but worth a watch.
  9. Not the best timing I suppose, what part of Spain are you heading to?
  10. So Leonids peaked last night? How did that get by without a mention.

  11. It's a lovely book isn't it? I received a copy as a gift too, very interesting from a perspective you don't get to see too often. Enjoy your copy, I love the thinking behind getting a copy for you too.
  12. I haven't really done much stargazing at all of late but have taken at least during the day time to gardening and bonsai. That is helped by the fact that our garden needs lots and lots of work to get it close to where we want it so there is plenty to do. Plus lots of little DIY jobs too. By night sleep kicks in much earlier these days but I'm ok with that.
  13. It is all really dependant on just how involved you want to be. I mean you could take a job at a small aerospace firm that might just make one component of a satellite for example but at least you are in the industry in one way or another. And if you look at it that way then it's not all just engineering and science jobs. Every company needs and administration, IT, sales etc... Now I know that these sites are for the USA and EU mainly and it is often restricted to their citizens but maybe by going over the listings you can find something that does interest you and then choose to follow it through and apply it in Canada. That said the ESA is open to applicants from Canada as are some smaller companies. http://www.epiqspace.com/jobs/?gclid=CMCe--WcntACFWsz0wod7aMDXQ https://www.space-careers.com/jobsearch.html
  14. Briefing live now. https://livestream.com/ESA/marsarrival
  15. Here is another link... http://livestream.com/esa/exomarssocialtv
  16. Today is the day when ESAs ExoMars mission will attempt to land on the red planet and you can watch it live on Livestream via the missions website here or on facebook.... http://livestream.com/esa/marsarrival http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ExoMars/Watch_ExoMars_arrival_and_landing Also an article via the bbc http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37700042 Unfortunately for me I will probably be out on the road at the time but hopefully this serves as a heads up for others.
  17. This years Draconids may not amount to much but I haven't seen it posted elsewhere so here is a belated heads up for tonight. All info from the earthsky link below as they usually give a good write up. http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-draconid-meteor-shower If nothing else this could be a nice practice run for the upcoming Orionids and Leonids.
  18. Great to see another success. Mr Bezos shall be pleased. I think we are on the brink of a new pioneering period in space and thankfully the private sector are pushing all the right buttons.
  19. Well it is a thing. Basically you set up a camera to observe the dark half of the moon and if an impact occurs there will be a flash. Lots of info here. http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/lunar/program_overview.html
  20. So a couple of updates overnight, it seems they have pointed ATA at the star but as of yet not found anything which is not all that surprising. http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/a-seti-signal?utm_content=bufferc8c19&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer Then you have Eric Korpela who works at SETI being a damp squib in this forum post. Fair enough really. http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=80193
  21. Agreed, on all counts. It seems the Allen Telescope is or has already looked at the star this weekend so no doubt there will be more info soon.
  22. I happened across this curious article today in which it seems Russian astronomers have detected a signal similar to the now famous WOW event. Paul Gilster broke the news on the Centauri Dreams blog and the story hasn't really gathered any steam as of yet but it is definitely interesting enough to warrant further investigation and discussion and as we speak there are now telescopes being pointed at the star in question. It's not just the detection of a signal that is interesting but the star itself HD164595 is already known to have a confirmed exoplanet orbiting it and more on point the star is extremely similar to that of our own and quoted as being in " Its metallicity is almost identical to that of the Sun". However the Russian astronomers first detected this blip over a year ago and only now is it being reported on, so that in itself will raise questions there are already calls to have the star permantly monitored. Of course there are any number of things that this could be but without further monitoring then we will never know, it's definitely interesting and after all this is what SETI does but I don't believe anyone is getting ahead of themselves. Here is the link to the Paul Gilster article and some choice quotes. It's always worth reading the comments too as peers weigh in. http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=36248 Here is another article with some added info. The comments there are, well lets just say not as academic. http://www.geekwire.com/2016/signal-seti-interest-hd164595/ Hopefully there will be news soon.
  23. Mine has far more score marks than that on it, I would doubt that is the problem. How long are your exposures? I had similar issues in the past with mine, from memory I tried a number of things but it was a while ago now. I guess the very first thing and this is far trickier than it might seem is to make absolute certain that everything is as tight as it possibly can be and do double check, slippage can cause these errors easy enough. Since you say it improves after a while I would then look at things like the tripod and ground it is sitting on, even on cement I was getting vibrations at times just from me moving around. While the photographic tripods are perfectly fine with the Polarie they can be a little light so maybe you can try weighing the tripod down by hanging something heavy off it somehow. I went through two photo tripods before settling on an EQ-2 mount. Another thing I had trouble with was mirror flop, basically every time the shutter would snap shut or open it would cause a slight wobble on the mount and it would definitely test out how tight things are. Not sure how I solved this but a heavier mount helps for sure, although I don't think that is your immediate issue. It's tough, you sound like you are aware of the tightening up issues and everything and all I can really suggest is to keep doing that right and maybe weigh down the mount a bit. If there is no improvement then I guess it needs more trouble shooting.
  24. Same here and there isn't much point washing it for the moment. I use this link to follow the dust forecast, looks like more might be coming next week too. http://forecast.uoa.gr/dustindx.php
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