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    • How to share images in your post
      If you'd like to share images in your posts on EMS, the following guides will show you five ways of doing this.
       
      The guides do not show you how to use each of the services, only how to share an image you've already uploaded.
       
      Flickr
       
      OneDrive
       
      AstroBin
       
      Dropbox
       
      EMS Gallery
       
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    • We're back, and with upgrades!
      Thank you for your patience while this upgrade was completed. Unfortunately it took longer than expected due to some technical issues with our server.
       
      EMS has been upgraded to the latest software that runs our software, bringing with it some improvements (stuff you won't really care about, like better spam defense) and a significant new feature.
       
      Web App Push Notifications
       
      If you're on Android and use the default web browser, you can create a web app using Chrome which adds EMS to your smart phone screen, like an app, which will allow push notifications. I'm not an Android user so that's as much as I know, but if you want to know more you can check out the instructions for adding a website as a web app, provided by Google, here: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/9658361?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
       
      Achievements
       
      The headline features for this update are the new rank system and achievements.
       
      Previously, forum ranks were based solely on how much you posted in the forum and gallery. Each post or gallery image added "1" point towards your overall rank. That meant the only way to increase your forum rank was to post content, with no credit given for other activities, such as giving and receiving reactions. These old ranks have been replaced with new ones, which are more visible and based on more than just content created in the forum and gallery. You now earn points towards your rank by posting in the forums, uploading images to the gallery, reacting to posts (which gives reputation to the poster), receiving reputation, having your content followed or being followed by another member. The more you interact with each other in various ways, the more points are earned towards your forum rank.
       
      You can also earn badges by performing certain actions. Newer members can earn a badge by making their first post, or replying a few times to posts, while more established members can earn badges by posting their 500th post or by receiving the..................
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    • Wymeswold Dark Site open - WITH RESTRICTIONS.
      All,
       
      I am pleased to announce that we have the green light from Wymeswold Parish Council to start holding meets again but (and its a strong but), there are a number of restrictions in place.
       
      If you intend to go up to the Wymeswold dark site, then the following MUST BE ADHERED TOO......
       
      1. 12 people MAXIMUM will be permitted to attend at any one time and the 2 meter rule is to be adhered too.
       
      2. NO looking through other peoples equipment and / or sharing of equipment.
       
      3. You must state you are going up to the site by creating a post on here, it will be 12 people only and first come, first served.
       
      4. A one way system will be in place.  You are to arrive and park as you currently do but access the field via the gate way (to the right of the club house if the scout hut is behind you).  If leaving or going back to your vehicle, please make your way to the car park walking around the other side of the club house (so you emerge from the left hand side of the club house, if the scout hut is behind you).  This means the 2 meter rule can be maintained while setting up / dismantling your kit.
       
      5. The club house will NOT be opened up, so please bring any food / drink with you.
       
      6. No exceptions to the above.
       
      Also, this can be revoked at any time in line with local and national guidelines, if we the staff decided to, or if Wymeswold Parish Council decides too.
       
      The staff have decided to NOT open the club house up, as the cricket team (both home and visiting teams) are using the club house and we cannot guarantee that a sufficient level of cleaning has taken place.  It more than likely will have but we cannot 100% guarantee that. 
       
      Any questions, please ask a member of staff.
      • 10 replies
    • Belper Dark Site open - WITH RESTRICTIONS.
      All,
       
      I am pleased to announce that we have the green light from Sharon to start holding meets again but (and its a strong but), there are a number of restrictions in place.
       
      If you intend to go up to the Belper dark site, then the following MUST BE ADHERED TOO......
       
      1. You can ONLY go up to the site Monday to Thursday (No weekends).
      2. You will have to set up in the middle of the field (NOT at the edges).
      3. 6 people MAXIMUM will be permitted to attend at any one time and the 2 meter rule is to be adhered too.
      4. NO looking through other peoples equipment and / or sharing of equipment.
      5. You must state you are going up to the site by creating a post on here, it will be 6 people only and first come, first served.  EMS staff still need to agree gate openings with Sharon.  Sharon will also monitor amount of people in attendance.
      6. No exceptions to the above.
       
      Also, this can be revoked at any time in line with local and national guidelines, if we the staff decided to, or if Sharon decides too.
       
      Please bear in mind that the site is Sharon's business and livelihood, so please DO NOT abuse the above instructions.
       
      I also need to point out that school holidays are now in affect, so it is very likely that she will be busy on weekdays too, I know from talking to Sharon that she is fully booked up at weekends for many weeks to come, hence why there are NO meets at weekends.  If it turns out that she is at full capacity during the week, then meets may be temporarily suspended, until a time that number of people on site reduce.
       
      This applies to the BELPER DARK SITE ONLY - Wymeswold IS STILL CLOSED.
       
      Any questions, please ask a member of staff.
      • 4 replies
  1. Information

    1. Information & Announcements

      Information & announcements from the East Midlands Stargazers.

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  2. Dark Site Member Area

    1. Dark Site Information

      Information, maps and directions to our dark sites.

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    2. Dark Site Events

      Events exclusively for our Dark Site Members.

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    3. Dark Site Meetings

      Fancy a bit of observing? Arrange adhoc meetings in here whenever there's a break in the clouds.

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  3. New Members

    1. Introductions

      Introduce yourself to our community!

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  4. General Discussion

    1. Beginner Area

      Do you want to know the difference between a refractor and a reflector? Not sure how to choose your first telescope? There's no such thing as a silly question... Ask away!

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    2. General Astronomy Discussion

      General astronomy related discussion.

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    3. Weather Discussion

      Could there be clear skies soon?

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      General off topic (non astro) discussion.

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  5. Observing

    1. Observing Discussion

      Hints, tips, techniques and general observing discussion.

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    2. Observing Reports

      Upcoming targets, things to look out for and star charts.

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    3. Observing with Binoculars (BINS)

      Observing with binoculars instead of a scope?

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  6. Imaging (Astrophotography)

    1. Imaging Discussion

      Hints, tips, techniques and general imaging discussion.

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    2. Imaging Software

      Software discussion, hints, tips and best practice.

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    3. Imaging Video

      Electronically assisted observing and imaging.

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  7. Astronomy Equipment

    1. Telescopes / Complete Setups

      For discussion of Optical Tube Assemblies (OTAs), mounts, accessories and complete setups.

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    2. Mounts

      In depth discussion of mounts and accessories.

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    3. Eyepieces

      In depth discussion of eyepieces, eyepiece kits, barlows, cleaning, etc.

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    4. Cameras

      For the discussion of cameras and other imaging accessories.

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    5. DIY & Self Mod

      For the discussion of DIY and self mod setups.

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    6. Member Equipment Gallery

      Show off your shiny kit.

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