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  1. 9 points
    Ibbo

    DWB111 Ha

    Quick and noisy 5 x 1200 secs with the reduced FS102 and QSI cam. It might need a click or 2 for full res depending on your screen size.
  2. 5 points
    Ron Clarke

    Roll on/off shed obsy build

    Think that's it finished now. Gravelled around the base and put the power, USB and de-humidifier in a pipe into the shed.
  3. 5 points
    Coyo

    Mercury Transit

    We got some long breaks in the cloud here in Gretton. I set up the 6” reflector and projected the image. First shots were taken soon after first contact. The others around 3.00pm.
  4. 5 points
    Bottletopburly

    Saved a Bee

    Noticed a bee fall to the patio earlier ,rather wet i assume a queen looking to hibernate ,obviously worse for wear struggling on her back ,nipped out with some honey on a spoon ,she soon lapped it up half hour later having refuelled and dried out in the sun she was up up and away ,sometimes it's the little thngs that make the difference .
  5. 4 points
    Bino-viewer

    Face to face with 'The Ark'

    I was back again at Stoneleigh Park for another visit to this years 'International Astronomy Show'. I think this was my 5th or 6th visit. This years venue, while at the same place, was over on another part of the complex. I was impressed with it, and although i only spent 4 hours there, i enjoyed my visit very much. I will be back next year..... Plenty of kit to look over, and there were more exhibitors there this year which is nice to see. There was a good atmosphere, and it reminded me and had the same sort of feel to it, as the PAS show in Kettering, held in March. I only attended the one lecture (Peter Jenkins' astrophotography talk was excellent) and spent most of my time looking around the exhibits and chatting to the vendors. It was nice to bump into @Derbyshire Dave and have a chat and check what astro goodies he might have in mind. I myself purchased one or two things...... This year Rother Valley had their own room, with plenty of space to show off their vast array of scopes and accessories. And one of the highlights was the late Sir Patrick Moores old 1956 Ford Prefect, which they had restored to it's former glory. It looked great ! A few photo's...... Rowan Astronomy's new AZ100 Alt-az mount looked very impressive. I spent a bit of time at the 'Astrograph' stand, and chatted with Rupert Smith and bought a couple of bits. I'm a good customer of Ruperts, having purchased my TEC refractor from him earlier in the year. Also there, from Australia, was Serge Antonov, head of 'Astro Devices'. It was nice to meet him and have a chat. This last photo is something i treated myself to. Yes, its a meteorite, not some leftover cake ! 😀 I'm purchased my first 'spacerock' 3 years ago, and thought it was about time i added to my collection.
  6. 4 points
    BAZ

    Light pollution petition.

    Found this on Facebook, signed by Noel Kerr (Glider). I have signed and think that the more who sign may get the attention of those who make the decisions. https://www.change.org/p/surrey-county-council-change-street-lights-to-full-cut-off-to-combat-light-pollution?recruiter=false&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=9e31bc60-059f-11ea-ba03-bb3396c622db&utm_content=fht-18918534-en-gb%3Av2
  7. 3 points
    Chris P.

    IC1396 - The Elephant's trunk - wide field

    Hello good people of EMSG. This is a wide field shot of IC1396 aka the Elephant's Trunk Nebula in Cepheus. Taken with my WilliamOptics Redcat, STC duo narrowband filter and Canon 5D. 3hrs integration. Hope you like it 🔭😉
  8. 3 points
    Graham

    The Pelican in Hubble.

    Took this on Thursday night. GT 81 with 0.6 FF / FR QSI 683 HA 11 subs at 600 seconds. OIII 11 subs at 600 seconds. SII 11 subs at 600 seconds. Captured and stacked in Maxim Processed in PS 6
  9. 2 points
    Bino-viewer

    Face to face with 'The Ark'

    You mean the 'sparkly bits' ? Various metals i assume ? I brought it under the guidance of a good friend, Graham Ensor who like me is former DDAS member. Graham is a meteorite expert, and owns one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the country. This specimen is a NWA stone type (North west Africa where is was found) and weighs 432g
  10. 2 points
    tuckstar

    Possible meteor storm!

    I know, don't believe the hype, but it looks like there might be a chance the alpha Monacerotids could develop in to a storm, but only for a very short time on the morning of the 22nd of November (next friday) from about 4:15am. Might be worth getting up early for. https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/intense-meteor-outburst-expected-alpha-monocerotids/?fbclid=IwAR0gFdNE3AtvSidfW6CanBJ8VliWIr_HWGP7dKxUfbgzZzwyuVDuZDpi2mY Of course, we know that Procyon isn't in Monoceros. Thought S&T would of got that right!
  11. 2 points
    Doc

    Saved a Bee

    Yep always help a bee they are so important.
  12. 2 points
    8472

    Pentax SMC Takumar 200mm F/4 @F/5.6 first light - M42

    Due to clear skies lasting longer than expected, a few test shots led to a full unguided run with my Star Adventurer, new-to-me adapted vintage glass and Oly M43 MILC. 3 hours of RGB and 45 mins of Duo NB. Not sure I'm keen on lens diffraction spikes, so I've now got an apeture ring to stop it down to around F/5
  13. 1 point
    BAZ

    Ultima thule gets official name.

    Personally, I preferred it's original name. But at least the real Americans got to name it.
  14. 1 point
    seven_legs

    Belper Monday 18th Nov

    Don’t think I can make it. i thought it was flooded around ambergate area unless it has gone. Even though would the campsite be waterlogged or at the very least really wet? would wymeswold be better? anyway hope you have clear skies and enjoy your new mount Barry.
  15. 1 point
    Graham

    Quiet week this week

    Made a foul up of that,. Try again.
  16. 1 point
    Derbyshire Dave

    Belper Monday 18th Nov

    Wife’s birthday, can’t do it ...
  17. 1 point
    Clive

    SW alignment star selection

    My observing location suffers from local obstructions (houses, trees etc.) to such an extent that when trying to align my SW mount, on many occasions one or more of the chosen alignments stars are hidden behind on of the many obstructions. This has resulted in repeated attempts to achieve alignment and the time taken could have been better spent actually observing. In an attempt to avoid this situation, I’ve developed an Excel spread sheet. The local horizon is entered by the user into the spread sheet using a few selected points and it’s simply creates a list and plots a star map of all the possible Synscan controller alignment stars (and any other objects added by the user) that are actually visible above the local horizon at any particular date and time. It just saves time over entering the selected alignment star names into a sky-map software package and estimating whether they are actually visible or not and can be used in advance of the observing session to select 3 alignment stars that will be visible. The following is a screenshot of one of the sheets. The spread sheet and a ‘user guide’ can be downloaded from: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ai8Fm1S8maX_gmZWjhpV9ePWopMO?e=ngLfqr I’ve found that after downloading it, when the spread sheet is first opened, the following error message appears. Simply click END and the spread sheet will then operate as intended and will continue to do so afterwards.
  18. 1 point
    Stephen

    DWB111 Ha

    Nice image Steve looks like there is plenty of detail
  19. 1 point
    Doc

    Face to face with 'The Ark'

    What's inside the lump of rock Rob?
  20. 1 point
    Streetbob

    Face to face with 'The Ark'

    Thanks for the review. I’m going today and looking forward to it. I’ll keep an eye out for you Alan.
  21. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Latest Purchases

    Surprisingly small 😀 deepskydad dc powerhub 2
  22. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Misc

    Deepskydad dc powerhub2
  23. 1 point
    tuckstar

    No instructions Skywatcher Explorer 130p supatrak!

    That looks like the one Craig. Well found. Batteries must go in the head.
  24. 1 point
    Craig

    No instructions Skywatcher Explorer 130p supatrak!

    Hi Amy, Somebody might confirm if I'm right or wrong, but I believe the AZ manual may cover your mount: http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/documents/126.pdf
  25. 1 point
    Graham

    DWB111 Ha

    Nice one Steve. I do like this target.
  26. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Tri Band filter

    Tried the filter out on the Canon 1000dm tonight, with a very bright 98% Moon. The Blue and Green channels were dominant and the Red channel less? Maybe due to the bright Moon? Anyway 20 x 180s at ISO 800 + Flats.
  27. 1 point
    Graham

    Roll on/off shed obsy build

    Don't know about the gravel Ron. Floats might have been more appropriate 😅 Looking good.👍👍👍
  28. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    IAS This weekend.. Anyone going?

    Theres a Berlebach on UKABS at the moment, same one as my own. Not sure what fitting it is though......? https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=155456
  29. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    IAS lecture going free (or swap for Bacon Bap)

    Me ! 😀 I'll be there Friday. (i've posted on your other thread) Allan : if you've not seen Damian Peach, his lectures are very good, despite there obviously being an emphasis on Planetary stuff. I've seen him 3 or 4 times, and always enjoyed his lectures.
  30. 1 point
    Streetbob

    IAS This weekend.. Anyone going?

    I’m booked in for Saturday. Hoping to arrive about midday.
  31. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    IAS This weekend.. Anyone going?

    Would i miss an astro show Dave.......??? Of course not !! This will be my third this year !! I'm going down on the Friday too........not 100% sure how long i'll stay for as i may need to get back by mid afternoon. Probably get there fairly early. I need to sort out my tickets i guess : i'm planning on attending lecture number 2. Possibly just that one. The last two years have been pretty quiet, almost subdued at times actually. I could probably buy my talk tickets on the day : i'm sure they will be nowhere near full ? If you're only planning a visit with the same sort of time parameters as me, you'd be welcome to come down with me ; i'd be happy to drive.
  32. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Moon Nov 8th

    A similar one from tonight. I felt ill this afternoon, so did not go out with my Mak.
  33. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Mercury Transit

    I normally have Mondays off. The weather forecast is sunny intervals and showers, so I have a chance of catching a few shots but will not see the event from first contact to sunset. I will concentrate on white light.
  34. 1 point
    AstroTim

    Mercury Transit

    Managed to get a 10 minute break in the cloud and rain as well. Based upon my later observation I actually think I caught a glimpse of first contact just before the clouds first blew across. Hope everyone else had/has some good luck with clear skies too. Cheers, Tim
  35. 1 point
    philjay

    Mercury Transit

    Got 10 minutes or so, missed first contact but saw tge tear drop effect. Using my vintage 80mm F15 Towa with Lunt wedge. Good views with Delite 18.2mm despite bad atmospherics. No sunspots evident but granulation on sun disc. Given up now, deep cloud plus a few rain spots
  36. 1 point
    AstroTim

    Mercury Transit

    Oh well, had a 30 minute break in the cloud ending at 12:34. Thick cloud and rain blowing through now. At least I managed to test my filter out. Hopefully there will be another short break before the end of the transit.
  37. 1 point
    Adrenaline

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Yes, just mono and generally NB. The 25-EC is amazing.
  38. 1 point
    Graham

    Saved a Bee

    Nice one Dave. Every little helps 👍
  39. 1 point
    BAZ

    IC1396 - The Elephant's trunk - wide field

    That's a different view of it. A lovely image.
  40. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Pentax SMC Takumar 200mm F/4 @F/5.6 first light - M42

    I was hoping that somebody had a decent shot at something this month. I've only bagged the Moon and Sun so far.
  41. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Tri Band filter

    Tried it last night on the CCD and had a game getting focus!! Colours were good but out of focus! Will try it on the DSLR next time it's clear. Ron
  42. 1 point
    Stephen

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Hi welcome to the EMS
  43. 1 point
    philjay

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Welcome Adria, another south derbyshire dweller here
  44. 1 point
    8472

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Hi, Adrian
  45. 1 point
    tuckstar

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Welcome aboard Adrian.
  46. 1 point
    BAZ

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Hi Aidrian, a warm welcome to the forum. Sorry I can't help with the AP side of things, me doing imaging exceeds the capability of my medication. I am also not considered competent at tying knots in cables but I am on the right track as I can cuss a bit, but not to the standard required for imaging by all accounts though. Have a look round and make yourself at home.
  47. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Hi Adrian. Welcome to EMS I'm Rob, a wannabe imager too (read : all the gear, no idea) Look out for some very iffy looking images from me, in hopefully, the not too distant future. Hope to see you at a meet sometime 🙂
  48. 1 point
    Derbyshire Dave

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Welcome Adrian, I joined about four years ago. Great forum, dark sky sites, star parties, great people and loads of advice..👍
  49. 1 point
    Brantuk

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Hi Adrian and welcome to EMS 🙂
  50. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Hello from southern Derbyshire

    Welcome to the forum Adrian 👍
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