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  1. 9 points
    Sheila

    Another bit of Sky, the other veil

    10 hours data, Ha sii and oii with tak 106 reduced bit of a play, process was a nightmare will have another try later
  2. 8 points
    angusw2

    Finally, a garden dome!

    Well I have finally got a home observatory! After living in light polluted Arnold for 15 years with a back garden surrounded by tall trees I moved with my new wife to the border of Derbyshire with a back garden looking west over fields. Obviously there were certain priorities on the house front before a dome could make its appearance like decorating, curtains, carpets, rugs, furniture etc. but eventually she was happy for the astronomy facilities to evolve beyond a dob and eq mounted refractor stuffed in the back of the garage. June saw the laying of the concrete base and early July saw Pulsar deliver and install a shiny new 2.2m full height obs. The first job was a wood false floor covered in rubber matting to protect anything that may be dropped from the concrete base and give a space to run power and data cables underneath and up the pier. Halfway through this carpentry chore I saw that the rain we were having (sorry, that must be my fault with a new dome!!) had seeped under the silicone that sealed (or so I thought) the obs to the concrete base. So it all had to come up, be dried off and a new better water seal applied. The base was covered with 2 coats of concrete/pave seal and the interior has been sealed with Sikaflex EBT. The exterior leaky silicone hasn't been replaced yet, I'm waiting for some drier warm weather but after last nights heavy rain the interior seal has ensured the obs in dry as a bone so the floor is going back in. After re-reading the Pulsar base laying instructions I can't see any mention of sealing the surface of the concrete before they come and install the dome, but in the instructions for doing the installation yourself they do mention that sealing is a good idea. Obviously after my experience I say definately SEAL THE BASE FIRST!! So far I have a pier bolted to the concrete and nothing else. I have a AZ EQ6 ready to go in and an getting a second hand Celestron C11 OTA hopefully in the next week or so when the seller comes back off holiday. I have had a test connection through EQMOD of my mount and laptop and can't wait for the lift off of dome observing at home. Lets hope we all have some good clear skies this winter!
  3. 6 points
    Sunny Phil

    Best of my Perseids so far

    I took both of these on Aug 12th.
  4. 6 points
    Graham

    Sun from today 18.08.2017

    Managed to grab a few AVI's this afternoon between the clouds. 60mm Lunt Double Stacked. Blackfly Camera Captured in Firecapture Stacked in Registax 5. Quick lick and false colour added in PS 6. Close up of Sunspot.
  5. 6 points
    Bottletopburly

    Robin fledgling -Portmerion Wales

  6. 6 points
    stash

    Holy Cosmos its Pacman NGC281 - sorry Adam West fan

  7. 5 points
    Ibbo

    ISS Solar transit 12-8-2017

  8. 4 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 18-8-2017

  9. 4 points
    The Bagman

    Canon 700Da Cooler First Light

    Picture shows when I paste the link but the link is reduced to above, will try jpg Thanks Pete
  10. 4 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 14-8-2017 Ha

  11. 4 points
    Graham

    Solar from today 13.08.2017

    Finally got a break in the clouds this morning. Unfortunately not a great deal of action going on. 60mm double stacked Lunt. Blackfly camera. Captured in Firecapture. Taken advice from Steve and reduced the number of frames to 1000. Stacked in Registax 5 at a quality setting of 95% to reduce the stack size down even further. Total number of frames stacked 172. After advice from both Steve and Mike I reduced my use of wavelets to a barest minimum to keep from over sharpening it. Quick touch up in PS 6 using the shadows and highlights function. For full resolution image. Click on image for full screen. Click on image again to go to the original. Click on this for full res. Colour added in PS 6.
  12. 4 points
    stash

    meteor going thru m31 12-aug-2017

  13. 3 points
    Orion

    Perseid 13/8/17

    Captured a few beautiful Perseids with my Canon 1100d, fixed tripod. 18mm. I saw this Perseid and was brighter than Jupiter. I would go as far as saying, Venus brightness. Time 02:25 BST 13/8. I was able to run the radio setup from 12/13th Aug, which showed some echoes, though there is not always correlation with optical or visual detection because the ones detected by radio might be outside the UK (I think - e.g. nearer France) . I've not yet got round to looking at the optical and radio data together (too much to do). I managed to get a pic on BBC East Midlands weather on Monday night, but I missed it.
  14. 3 points
    BAZ

    Phew!

    God bless Baader Wonder Fluid. I was checking my 127mm Refractor and there was some sort of blooming on the objective lens. It looks like where condensation has dried but there was a fine layer of mould on it. A good clean with the old wonder fluid and we are back to good old shiny and clean again. Fortunately it was on the front of the glass and not in between the lenses.
  15. 3 points
    DeanWatson

    Phew!

    They're using it on the James Webb before it goes up. No, not really... If they had enough I bet they would though! Its also just the thing for cleaning my 50 inch TV screen. Mix it with orange juice and it makes a super screwdriver too.
  16. 2 points
    Tweedledee

    ic10 Galaxy - i think its there - one for Pete and Steve

    Another unusual local group irregular galaxy that rarely sees the limelight. It is a bit closer to us than M31 or M33 but is difficult because it is trying to shine through a rich area of Milky Way gas and dust in Cassiopiea. This is an active starburst galaxy and is quite unusual in that it is embedded in a mostly invisible envelope of hydrogen gas hundreds of times larger than the galaxy and rotating in a different direction to the galaxy itself. Great to see these lesser known galaxies Clive.
  17. 2 points
    stash

    ic10 Galaxy - i think its there - one for Pete and Steve

    ic10-confirmed by clive stachon, on Flickr
  18. 2 points
    BAZ

    Road Trip

    I am just sorting through the Astro kit as we speak. My Eyepieces have just had the spa treatment with the wonder fluid, they look brand new again. It's got all the snot and fingerprints off from the last outings, particularly the Baader Zoom which inevitably gets used for outreach events. If the weather looks like playing ball I will bring it along for it's first outing with it's new coat on.
  19. 2 points
    The Bagman

    camera power/Pier power

    Bought one of the these and used the mains adapter case, lead and battery adapter and found a cigarette lighter plug and lead. Set output to 7.4V but it climbed to 7.6V with no ill effect to camera. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5A-Adjustable-Power-CC-CV-Step-down-Charge-Module-LED-Driver-With-red-Voltmeter-/253049629672?hash=item3aeaeeebe8 Cut hole in lid, covered with red film to read displayed voltage
  20. 2 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 17-8-2017

    Opps forgot these
  21. 2 points
    Bottletopburly

    Robin fledgling -Portmerion Wales

    And then it flew away
  22. 2 points
    Tweedledee

    Dropbox how to post images

    Following changes to Dropbox a while ago, a lot of people seem to struggle to put Dropbox images into posts. So did I and the Dropbox instructions didn't help. Eventually I put the query out on a Dropbox forum and got the answer. The key part (that they seem to keep secret) is step 5 below. It is very simple when you know how, and here are the instructions tailored to posting on EMS. Try it... 1. Go into your dropbox folder and right click the image icon you want to post. 2. From the drop-down menu click "Copy dropbox link". 3. In the EMS post click "Insert other media" then "Insert image from url". 4. Paste the link into the box. 5. Change the dl=0 at the end of the link to raw=1. 6. Click "Insert into post" and the image will appear in the post wherever your cursor was placed.
  23. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Ship in Jaw story found - sad really

    Interesting stuff.
  24. 1 point
    stash

    Ship in Jaw story found - sad really

    Think this was the reference, by Mr Robert Shaw in Jaws, to the Naval ship (US) that created the statement https://neilchughes.com/2013/03/10/the-indianapolis-speech-by-robert-shaw-in-jaws-1975/ - well its now been found http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40991326. And for once the facts were true and unaltered - except for Mr Shaw being their !
  25. 1 point
    tuckstar

    Happy birthday TasKiNG

    Happy Birthday Dave, the big 50! Hope it's a good one.
  26. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Happy birthday TasKiNG

    many happy returns
  27. 1 point
    philjay

    Happy birthday TasKiNG

    Happy birthday Dave
  28. 1 point
    Brady

    camera power/Pier power

    2 years down the line David and still powers my camera..
  29. 1 point
    BAZ

    Road Trip

    Are we there yet? The old girl has been taken to Orion Optics for a spruce up. Hi-Lux coatings, front and back and a good service and tune up. I can't wait!
  30. 1 point
    Brantuk

    Happy birthday TasKiNG

    Have a smashing day Dave and many happy returns.
  31. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Happy birthday TasKiNG

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dave, hope you have a great day
  32. 1 point
    Stephen

    Sol 18-8-2017

    Great images and what detail Steve
  33. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sun from today 18.08.2017

    Nice one Graham I would give your data a good old stretch and see if you got the large prom
  34. 1 point
    Stephen

    Sol 17-8-2017

    Very nice images and detail Steve
  35. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Sol 17-8-2017

    Great set of images Steve!
  36. 1 point
    stash

    Skyvision 400 example real time viewing !!!

    https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/298247-live-view-star-tour-with-sony-a7s-skyvision-400mm/ Interesting video on Skyvision kit which I think someone (Pete ??) brought up a couple of weeks ago - might be some different
  37. 1 point
    stash

    Skyvision 400 example real time viewing !!!

    Guy assures me that its not an advert and it was made in South of France - somewhere. His kit costs about 10K but as you bought your better half a full blown Arger the least she can do is but the 20inch and Sony camera - just about 19K ----- That does include the Sony cameras and the Dob is a goto and its French ( I know how much you liked Nice things)
  38. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 15-8-2017

  39. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Phew!

    Blooming heck, you were lucky it was on the outside then Martyn.
  40. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Sol 14-8-2017 Ha

    Very nice again.
  41. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Testing drop box link here as well

    Glad it works for you Phil. That is really detailed when you zoom right in.
  42. 1 point
    stash

    meteor going thru m31 12-aug-2017

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/151518481@N05/? Well I can see it
  43. 1 point
    Graham

    Sol 14-8-2017 Ha

    Looking good there Steve. She seems to have quietened down a bit.
  44. 1 point
    philjay

    Another bit of Sky, the other veil

    That's good
  45. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Another bit of Sky, the other veil

    Love the colours.
  46. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Solar from today 13.08.2017

    That looks superb.
  47. 1 point
    Perkil8r

    Solar from today 13.08.2017

    Very nice, practice makes perfect as this shows
  48. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Solar from today 13.08.2017

    Very nice graham
  49. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    MR B upsets meteor watching

    I think meteors radiate various different colours depending on their chemical constituents and sometimes even change colour as different materials burn up. Orange=sodium Bright blue=calcium Yellow=iron Bluegreen=magnesium Red and oranges can sometimes come from atmospheric constituents. Some meteor showers are noted for a particular colour because they are predominantly made of a particular material. I think filters would mostly make the meteors more difficult to catch, with or without the moon, but it is an interesting idea and I could be wrong. Some give off sound and radio emissions which is a whole different area totally unaffected by the moon.
  50. 1 point
    stash

    ISS near to Vep15 at 00.37am 27-jul-2017

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9aHac2P5RgVVGRmNVRnTkgteGc
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