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  1. New Canon IS Binoculars

    Am rather annoyed that they don't have objective covers for the price charged. I did look at my stock of spares from the binoculars I've had previously but none of those fitted. So I've measured the external diameter (which is quite a bit larger than the OG diameter) and sent off for a suitable set. A
  2. New Canon IS Binoculars

    Rather annoying to hear this news as I have to make a confession.......... Just gone and treated myself to the 12 x 36 IS Canons (still in the box) and will do a "first light" at the earliest opportunity. Nothing about this on Google that I could see - perhaps I just looked in the wrong places . A
  3. SHA e-news, August 2017

    Hi James, Yes, just getting the app form off for the conference today. What I meant was I can't really spare the time for lots of weekend stuff what with my other commitments. However the AGM is nice & local for a day out. BR, A
  4. SHA e-news, August 2017

    I recently joined the SHA. This was a natural follow-on from enjoying the historical biographies of notable astronomers to be found in the BAA Journal. The SHA provides ideal reading material for a cloudy night , a pity at the moment I haven't got the time to really involve myself in the social side. Regards, A
  5. Is half an hour enough?

    Didn't originally intend it that way, but 30 mins solar observing was all I could do on Sunday before the clouds rolled in. Like the above poster, I had been otherwise engaged in domestic duties (including a long held promise to check the washer dryer pump) There was thin cloud anyway which precluded seeing much detail, but at least I got AR2670 sketched and recorded its lat/long before packing up.
  6. Need Some Help!

    I second Spaceweather. From a psychological viewpoint I wouldn't really recommend anyone looking at it prior to a solar observing session, but then if you're having difficulties, at least it'll give you an idea of things will be like when you put your eye to the scope. There are a couple of small spots on the disc as I type this. What's your budget and equipment storage situation? If you're getting really keen on solar observing, you'd be better off with a small refractor. Good luck A.
  7. Colour filters

    Thanks for the replies - looks like I've one or two more purchases to make .
  8. Colour filters

    I've been getting more into solar observing lately and had a good 2 hour session late Sunday morning (7th). One thing I noticed, having used them for the first time, was that I seemed to get the best image contrast using a #56 Wratten (green) filter than with orange, or not using them at all. I'm curious to know other people's preferences and experiences with using these observing aids. Regards, A.
  9. Show us your Solar Observing Equipment

    I have sent a personal reply to Moonshane, but would like to reassure readers in general that my Seymour OG filter had been removed from the scope at this point prior to putting everything away and I was not being cavalier in taking proper precautions. Regards, A.
  10. Show us your Solar Observing Equipment

    Finally got around to it.......
  11. There's a curious thing...

    Saw a moving point of light (moving NW - SE) about 19.45 yesterday evening in Auriga - whatever it was, definitely not an aircraft.
  12. Hi, Just getting back into observing after a while - would be nice to see this thread pick up again & share updated info Regards, Paul
  13. Glad you're enjoying them, Trynda After a bit of a hiatus owing to one or two personal and professional issues, it'll be nice to get out and about again with my own kit - if only there was a prospect of clear skies in the near future..... Regards, A
  14. Wooo! The whole of Auriga, most of Taurus, and the majority of Perseus in a one second exposure! Well done that man! Perhaps even a hint of Milky Way with a longer exposure? Never mind, there's always another night. Thanks AM, BTW - I'll give your website a look over. Seriously, I hope this will inspire other imaging beginners " to have a go" and not be deterred by initial failures - all the knowledge of imaging to date that I have has been gleaned from this site, the BAA meeting I attended last month and the odd online "handout". I've not spent hours poring over books and agonising over small details, just got on with it and experimented. Also I haven't (to date) spent mega-money (famous last words? ). Regards, A
  15. Thanks to everyone for the replies. The advice is a lot to take in all at once but I'll manage eventually As I implied, it was the first decent attempt after about 50 or so failures - I did have a go at the Plough and the Pleiades in the same session but the results were disappointing due to rushing things - as I said I was running short on time for the sake of domestic harmony . So one big lesson - plan my sessions better and don't rush . Dark skies are not easy to find round my way, so I need to investigate that further. Best regards, A