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  3. Doc

    A trip to Hoe Grange Quarry.

    I'll be up about 20.00 Rob. Only bringing my bins as I have an early start tomorrow.
  4. Today
  5. Bino-viewer

    A trip to Hoe Grange Quarry.

    Nice clear shots Mick 👍 Are you free to join us for an hour or two up at Belper later......??
  6. Been here a few times now, usually really good, packed full of stuff, but this time a little quiet. The owners have built a couple of ponds which I'm sure in time will attract loads of dragonflies. All taken with Canon 6d and a Canon 100mm F2.8L Common Darter Small Skipper Mating Ringlets Common Darter
  7. Bottletopburly

    5v 3amp usb

    I may have another Solution you can get a dual usb male to c connector cable so can possibly achieve 3amps as battery bank has two USB ports , need to check my battery bank but I’m sure it’s 2.1amp x2
  8. Yesterday
  9. Streetbob

    Tuesday 16 July Tannenbaum for eclipse.....??

    I should be able to pop in too.
  10. Graham

    5v 3amp usb

    Thats a shame ☹️
  11. Bottletopburly

    5v 3amp usb

    Yes but only 2.1amp graham
  12. Graham

    5v 3amp usb

    Hasn't your USB hub got a fast charge socket on it already ??
  13. Bottletopburly

    5v 3amp usb

    Yes Ron but it needs to be 3amp to power a raspberry Pi4 I’m assuming this will do the job , I need to redo my power box on the near future
  14. Nightspore

    Baader ClickLock 2" DiElectric

    I finally got first light on the Baader dielectric with the ED80. Seeing was better than usual for such a humid night and seemed to dance between Antoniadi I and II. The transparency combined with a near full Moon wasn’t so good. Only a few hours earlier the mendacious BBC Weather app claimed that there would be blanket cloud at this time. Which wasn’t strictly true as I could see the Moon and Jupiter. In my haste I grabbed a fistful of eyepieces and headed out yonder. Jupiter was up first with the 4.5mm and 4mm TMB lookalikes. I usually use an Amici prism for lunar and planetary observing, especially viewing the Moon. The upside-down world of the Newtonian is basically normal for me but lunar mirror-reversed images seriously bend my mind. And believe me, it takes a lot to do that. Detail was good at 150x but I was a little too early for the GRS. I could see Callisto right underneath the planet. Io would only become visible when Jupiter was behind my roof. Ganymede and Europa were easily seen. The Moon was pretty good at 150x with the 4mm TS Optics wannabe and at 187.5x with the 3.2mm BST StarGuider. The 4mm and 4.5mm EP’s get a lot of use with various scopes but the StarGuider doesn’t get out so much these days (or nights). I got a very clear ‘through the looking glass’ view of Schroter’s Valley and Aristarchus and could see a lot of clear detail. After observing a rising Saturn at 150x and 187.5x the Moon had right ascended sufficiently to be hidden behind my roof. This made some rich field/DSO with the Baader Clicklock and the 19mm Luminos a lot easier. I had a good sweep around Cassiopeia, Perseus, Ursa Major, the Summer Triangle and elsewhere. I was pretty impressed with the Baader dielectric. The safety smurfs were on the ball and the diagonal was relatively easy to safely rotate. Ergonomically it is a nice diagonal to physically use and feels smooth and comfortable in the hand. Varying between the 36mm Baader Aspheric and the Luminos I could see the Andromeda Galaxy and the Apple Core Nebula, albeit faintly with the bright Moon. I couldn’t actually see the Moon by now but it was still there doing its ‘Devil’s Searchlight’ impression. I occasionally switched to the 4mm TS Optics Planetary HR to split doubles like Cor Caroli and Albireo, not to mention the Double Double. The Ring Nebula proved elusive though and eventually I discovered why. The objective on the ED80 had dewed. The finder went first as usual. I mean, it’s July right? I honestly didn’t expect that. Overall, the Baader Clicklock did what it says on the tin, whether it’s that much better than my Sky-Watcher and Altair 2” dielectrics is debatable. The clicklock mechanism alone is worth the extra cost in my opinion. Lunar image by courtesy of Moon Atlas
  15. Ron Clarke

    Low Level aircraft - Mach Loop - Wales

    Looks like a EMS day out sometime!! Thanks for the F15 shots! Ron
  16. Ron Clarke

    5v 3amp usb

    That looks good, I use a cigarette lighter plug with a USB 5v output. (same difference!!) Ron
  17. Ibbo

    Saturn 14-7-2019

    Good luck
  18. Bino-viewer

    Saturn 14-7-2019

    I've not seen it yet this year ; its too low and behind trees from home. But hopefully Tuesday evening up at Tannenbaum, i'll get a chance in between Lunar shadow chasing.
  19. Bottletopburly

    5v 3amp usb

    So I’m looking to power the pi4 at the mount and seeing as I have 12v at pier I need a 5v 3 amp usb socket I think I have found one could someone more technically minded than me confirm this will do the job for me then I could use a usb lead with a C connector to power pi4 https://www.amazon.co.uk/CHGeek-Charger-Voltage-Waterproof-Motorcycle/dp/B07F8RV145
  20. tuckstar

    Tuesday 16 July Tannenbaum for eclipse.....??

    I spoke to Sharon. Gate will be open about 8.
  21. philjay

    Saturn 14-7-2019

    Thats good. I actually had a glegg at this the other night, it was just scraping the tops of the trees from my garden and atmospherics made the image very poor
  22. Al.Grant

    Low Level aircraft - Mach Loop - Wales

    Thanks for the comments .... Currently the aircraft don't come through as often as they did at this time last year, but still through most days. It's like fishing .....you don't know if or when you'll get anything, but even the blank days are enjoyable. It took a while (and a new lens) before I started to get on top of the tracking needed to follow them at that distance and speed. Still not mastered it but getting better and of the images I get there are far more 'keepers' than I used to get Here's a couple of 15's for you. Not the best quality image as it was at the far end of the 600mm reach, but I love trying to catch them head on with the wingman slotting into position behind. If you do get over there give me a shout, we might be there at the same time. There is a campsite just over a mile down the road that costs £5 per person/night and the aircraft fly directly overhead. We had an RAF Puma helicopter pass low overhead at about 01:30 a few weeks ago - got woken up but just laughed and rolled over. Also there are times when the aircraft will NOT come through, like weekends and bank holidays. If you find the 'official government timetable' then totally ignore it, it's not even for that area! I'm lucky to be able to get over there at least once per month and even luckier that my wife likes it as much as I do. If fact, today she's suggesting we go back next week - who am I to argue! Finally, as an indication of how low they are compared to where we are on the hills Not many places where you can stand and look down on an aircraft doing over 500mph! These F-15's came through early in the morning just as we parked the car and were about to head up the hills - we walk up that slope on the left Heard them with just enough time to grab my phone. Cheers again for the comments ..... Al
  23. Smithysteve

    Moon and Jupiter

    I just viewed it naked eye, in Wales. Conjunctions are very appealing. Nice one Phil! 🌙✨
  24. Graham

    Saturn 14-7-2019

    Thats more like it Steve. Awesome shot.
  25. Ibbo

    Saturn 14-7-2019

    Maybe I spoke too soon, a bit of decent seeing and things improve. Or maybe forget the colour cam and go for IR filters is the way to go. I have more data to prod and poke but am in need of sleep. 200mm SCT x2.5 powermate IR642 filter Chameleon mono cam.
  26. Last week
  27. Bino-viewer

    Tuesday 16 July Tannenbaum for eclipse.....??

    I'm the same. Theres nothing happening till 21:00hrs, but then we have a three hour window to HOPEFULLY see something. Mind you, we said that at Wymeswold last year and saw nothing !!! 😄 I'll be getting there for about 20:00 time.......will the gate be open for me ??? Or......do i need to give Sharon a call ??
  28. Awesome pics. That guy in the back of the Tucano is holding on for grim death. 😄
  29. Bottletopburly

    Low Level aircraft - Mach Loop - Wales

    Brilliant, we had a Hercules fly over the train carriage as we waited on the snowdon railway very very low great photos
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