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  1. Computar 2.6mm F1.0 CCTV lens This high quality ultra fast ultra wide angle CCTV lens is great for use with a highly sensitive CCTV camera for video recording meteors. These ultra fast lenses were discontinued by Computar several years ago and are now very rare. They originally sold for over $300 each. Excellent condition. Lenses free from scratches and internal dust. DC auto iris tested and working. £85 + £8 postage to UK mainland
  2. From the album: Cygnids in Jully 2019 from Bulgaria

    We carefully monitor the displacement of the radiant. It looks like a meteor shower!
  3. 2 x Computar HG0808 FCS-HSP ultra fast CCTV lenses Very rare, high quality DC Auto iris CCTV lens designed for ultra-low light conditions. Ideally for use with CCTV cameras with a 1/2" chip, such as the Watec 902H2 series CCTV cameras. Ideal for ultra low light conditions such as night time video capture of meteors. Both lenses in very good condition, with recently tested auto iris control, no scratches on glass and no fungus. One lens comes with original optional IR correction filter, but no front lens cap - £100 The other lens has no IR correction filter - £90 Postage £6.00 (insured and tracked)
  4. Hi i have a few bits and pieces of space stuff i have collected over the years. I have never owned a meteor though and i thought it might be nice to start a little collection has anybody on here got a collection and if so could you give some advice please looking on ebay there are lots but i really dont want to buy a piece of african quarry or something from someones back yard! i realise there are many types and various areas of the world that produce but how can a novice tell that they are genuine and are there reliable/ reputable dealers or sources available? cheers
  5. Hello all, a quick report of a bolide visible over Scotland last night (14th July 2019) at 23:02 local time. I was parked up in a garage forecourt to collect my son from back shift. The car was parked facing almost due north and I was looking towards the northern horizon for noctilucent clouds as the sky was so clear. The lat long location was at 55.7116, -3.8319. The bolide appeared visible through the windscreen of the car. It was travelling a few degrees west of north and was large and relatively slow travelling for a meteor. It had an observable shape, being round and intensely bright, several magnitudes brighter than the nearly full moon behind me. It was yellow-orange with some hint of green at the margins. Towards the southern (lower) portion of the object there appeared to be a partial halo or arc that appeared to shimmer (much like a bright planet low to the horizon through a 'scope). At the tips of this arc there were streams of plasma following the object. The sighting lasted perhaps a second at most before it dissipated in an intense flash. There was no fragmentation that I could see. I first observed it at around 25 degrees above the horizon and lost it at about 10 degrees. The angle of viewing meant it appeared to be heading almost straight "down" towards the horizon. There was no sonic boom that I could hear, even though I had the window of the car wound down. There was passing traffic however, perhaps masking any low rumble. This was very different to the "normal" meteors that one sees, even during the summer months when there are several showers and something that was quite unusual. I've submitted a report to the UK MON this morning and it will be interesting to see if any other lucky amateur astronomers saw the object. Richard
  6. Does anyone have a link to a good graphic or animation which demonstrates why meteors are better after midnight with the Earth spinning into the meteoroid stream? I can't find one and to be honest I'm struggling to get my head around it. James
  7. Has anyone been paying attention to the Orionids? How are they shaping up? I am going out for a nice long observing session tonight, conditions are great and I am heading to a dark site. I talked my girlfriend into coming along to watch meteors in between telescope objects. I was just curious if there has been much of a show, numbers-wise?
  8. For the first time in ages I've been able to see the meteor shower as it's been clear for the first time in years from where I've been. Even got the missus to finally see a meteor! As I went inside for a few minutes I also swear I heard an object hitting something hard and then our hedge move. I know it's pretty unlikely to be a meteorite but had a quick look but didn't see anything I reckon I'll have to have a gander in the morning but I wont count my chickens! Did anyone else get a chance to see any meteors?
  9. I was out taking some shots last night, testing some different exposure times contra iso settings, just shooting at random parts of the sky. I set the camera for a 6400 ISO, 15 second exposure, and about halfway through the shot, a meteor (fireball) falls through the sky almost straight above me, covering about 50% the distance of the sky lasting around 2 seconds I think. It even showed fragments falling off of it and burning separately. Not quite big enough to be considered a bolide but still many times brighter than your usual shooting stars! Even seeing that with my eyes was astonishing, as it only counts like the 3rd fireball I've ever seen, but then I just prayed that my camera actually caught it, as it was pointing at the exact same part of the sky! And it did! Unfortunately without the part where the fragments fell of which happened left of the image..! For some it might look like a simple image, or something similar as to when the space station covers the sky, but this was a biiig deal for me! And if you guys aren't impressed, then at least tell/show me some of your best visual stories or pictures you've captured! Also the meteor burned with a slightly greenish glow, which some of you might be able to make guesses of its composition.
  10. Hello, last night was the second clear night in a row. Quite rare here in Ireland! I took my telescope out side to set it up when I noticed something amazing! I inserted my 25mm eyepiece into my LCM to focus it ( I haven't even moved the tube yet ) when I noticed I placed my telescope bang on in the direction of the Orion Nebula! It was only a couple of arc seconds of the center. I was amazed but since I was looking at the Orion nebula I figured I should start my two star align with a star in Orion, so the two stars I aligned were Rigel and Deneb since they are nearly polar opposites at the moment. Also, when I was trying to center Rigel in my finder scope, a dazzling meteor fell through the atmosphere passing through Orion's belt, followed by another passing near Betelgeuse and another near Gemini. For the hour and a half I was outside I seen about 10 meteorites, very cool! I started my session by continuing to look for Messier objects I can see to add to my list.The objects I observed last night were Messier 35 in Gemini, 36 and 37 in Auriga, 50 in Monoceros and 67 in Cancer. All beautiful open star clusters. I then observed some regular stars such as Sirius, Meissa, Procyon, and Beta Canis Minor. Sadly even though it was clear and I live atop a hill, I was aware of a huge fog devouring my quaint, quiet town. And by 12:35 AM this fog reached me and the only thing I could see was my telescope and my hands. I could barely see the neighbors house it was that thick! But I enjoyed my night and I hope you enjoyed reading. Clear skies Adam
  11. Did anyone catch this? 'Green flash' meteor sightings across Britain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35829815
  12. Hello, This is my first post on Stargazer's website. I live in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and am an avid (wannabee) star gazer. I have a schedule of the meteor showers saved on my desktop so I know when to look at the sky. The North Taurids meteor shower occurred last week and I went to a secluded area to watch above. As I sat outside with my camera, which is a Canon Rebel XTI, a meteor had a trajectory that was just miles above me. Then, I heard a loud boom in the woods surrounding the lake just outside of Hermitage. Just curious if anyone got a picture of this occurrence or if anyone else experienced this same situation. Thanks, John
  13. From the album: Meteors

    Perseid early on 13 August
  14. The peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Some meteors expected to be visible between 19th and 25th April. The Moon will be at First Quarter so will interfere in early evening. ZHR of around 10 from a dark site with the peak at 4am.
  15. Hello everyone, It has been a while since I posted here. I was waiting for my telescope but unfortunately my friend could not bring it along from UK Anyway since that happened I decided to continue my search for a telescope and in the meanwhile I decided to get myself a nice binocular and carry on until I get hold of a good scope. Perhaps, I could continue with a bino for some time and gain experience and then if the passion doesn't die I can get a scope. Anyway, I went to a hill station where my father-in-law has a couple of flats (at a height of 6,000 feet) and so they spend every summer there. I usually go for a few nights with my wife and kids for vacation and then come back. I had noticed in previous years that the sky is a delight in the balcony of that flat if clear. However, in those days I looked up at the stars and well that was that. So this year I wasn't able to wait to go there and observe it rather than seeing it like before. It mostly rained however I had two clear nights to myself and I cant tell you how lucky I was in those two nights. I enjoyed myself a lot and learnt and also thought quite a lot. I also have a couple of questions from my first night that I would like to ask in order to ascertain my understanding. Anyway, during the first night I did not have the binocular that my father-in-law has as I had forgotten about it. So I just went there and saw things and tried to make sense out of them. I knew it was a pre-night to the Perseid peak but I had no idea that I will see the shower with my naked eye and that it would be that much. I saw the shower with my boy in my lap who would point out at every flash with excitement. However, there are my questions: 1. I saw the shower where different (shooting stars) kept coming. they were like little balls of fire having a head a trail of light following them. But then I also saw something else during the same time and it happened more than the shower. I saw little flashes of light in the sky. One after the other and there were about a dozen of them coming from the same part of the sky more or less. Those were like little tiny dots of lights igniting at a spot and then going out in a second or less. However, they did not have any trail or streak in the sky they were like little spots that would shine in a spot and then go out. what were those ??? 2. I also spotted a satellite that was a very bright and moving very fast. However, some website suggested that it was the ISS. How does one differentiate between a satellite and the ISS ? How to know what you are beholding ??? It was during the next night that I remembered the binoculars. When I got them from him those were a 12x25 not that good but not bad either. So I gazed at the moon and enjoyed its majestic beauty. Seeing the moon not as a disk and as a spherical object with your own eyes have n effect on you ... it was just lovely. Then I also spotted the Cassiopeia and observed it for some time. And then in the end the last thing was the seven sisters in the Pleiades and that was mesmerising. the distinctive question mark in the sky that made me think and contemplate on many things including, on a lighter note, the fact that I observed the sky and had questions in my mind but the sky responded with a question mark telling me that there is more that there are things even they don't know of I shall be writing an article about it soon. cheers, Sidd
  16. Hi, is anyone here meteor-watching using Software Defined Radios ? I read that, on average, only 84K meteors that weigh over 10g enter our atmosphere each year, but watching my favourite UK monitoring site, there's been 100s every hour for a while now. If it was 100 on average per hour for a year that would be about ten times the quoted figure above (http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/about-us/75-our-solar-system/comets-meteors-and-asteroids/meteorites/313-how-many-meteorites-hit-earth-each-year-intermediate) I see that their frequency also depends on various other factors, but the American Meteor Society reports an increasing number over the past decade (http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_fireball_stats/). I suppose there are also a growing number of monitoring stations so there are more reports. I bought an SDR but have yet to build the right sort of aerial for meteor-detection (as well as mount it without complaints from neighbours!). Anyone else been doing any of this ? Cheers, Gary.
  17. Hi all, i just spotted by chance the 2nd "fireball" / bright meteor in my life at 20:52 CET , dark orange with bright grey trail, no sound, east-northeast to east southeast, elevation 10-20 degrees ... Yay ! Unfortunately , no picture, just human observation while taking the dog out . PS.: might have been a "november orionid", they peaked yesterday.
  18. There's something you don't see every day. I was collecting Ha with my Zuiko 50mm/Atik460 combo tonight, and this appeared on one of the 600s sub-exposures. I didn't see it, but it must have been bright - and presumably have a bit of ionised hydrogen about it (from the meteor and/or the atmosphere). This is the stacked frame with the meteor frame integrated on the stack.
  19. captured during a 8 hour session in the early hours of Sunday morning looking across Llyn Dinas on a Canon 7D and Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. I've got another 2000 images to go through lol
  20. Captured on a 5D MkII shooting 20 second exposures. The 'smoke' from the dying Geminid meteor dispersed over a period of 6 minutes. The initial meteor trail was at 02:11 UTC on 13/12/12
  21. 49 images and 20 darks taken on an eq6 mounted 5D MKII and 24mm lens, 15 second exposures @ f4 iso800. A quick and dirty process through DSS and CS5, next time I'll push it to iso1600 to get more data in the images. I'm not sure due South looking at the Milky way is the best view to get the meteors because of the satellite traffic in the region, it's like the Olympic traffic lane in rush hour.
  22. From the album: The-MathMog's Images

    A fireball that fell through the sky while I was testing some DSLR settings on random parts of the night sky!
  23. My first attempt at imaging a meteor and quite chuffed with the result. Broken cloud up until around 0030 then total cloud cover. Visually I spotted 9. Out of 110 frames this is the only meteor I captured and pity about those damn clouds covering Orion! Nikon D5100, Samgyang 14mm on a Star Adventurer, 40secs at f4, ISO800
  24. Did anyone see an Orange/Mauve fireball last night, maybe around 10. I was so excited I forgot to look at my watch. Sadly I wasn't filming in the right direction. It must have been about NE to SE in Southern England.
  25. These are some photos I took of 41P/T-G-K on the night of March 29. I never ran them through much of a post editing and are grainy and no noise reduction done. They were all taken with my Nikon D7100 with 50-300mmZoom lens. All photos have been cropped from originals. #1) f5.6 52.5 seconds ISO 6400 50mm #3) f5.6 44.9sec ISO5000 195mm #2) I left this for last because it is so unique. I think the comet was entering the atmosphere, then just as it was about to eclipse 41P, it skipped out and then was pulled back into the atmosphere. f5.6 42.6 sec ISO6400 78mm Tonight I'm going to mount my Nikon to my Celestron 8SE and do some photography of 41P. I am using Stellarium to control the scope and digiCamControl for the Nikon. I'm new at this so I'm hoping I will be as lucky tonight as I was for these shots. BTW, the time between photo 1 and photo 2 was just seconds apart.
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