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Basil

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A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« on: 08 May, 2018, 10:31:27 pm »
Not sure if we need this thread.   We'll see how it goes.
Anyway,  all I wanted to say was; blimey, have you seen Jupiter tonight?   
Yo big boy.
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Jaded

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #1 on: 08 May, 2018, 11:12:27 pm »
Yes, indeed. Shame my telescope is in a different country.  >:(
It is simpler than it looks.

hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #2 on: 09 May, 2018, 12:59:17 am »
David will be out imaging intermittently.
His friend Martin Lewis has Tweeted this from last Saturday.

Basil

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #3 on: 09 May, 2018, 07:24:42 am »
Wow!
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T42

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #4 on: 09 May, 2018, 07:28:00 am »
Good going with a Dob. Has he got a drive on it?
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hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #5 on: 09 May, 2018, 04:15:17 pm »
David tells me Martin has made a drive for it.

I think Martin is @sky_inspector on Twitter.

fuzzy

Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #6 on: 09 May, 2018, 11:17:21 pm »
Did I read that right? 444mm Dobsonian? That is nigh on 17 1/2 inches in old money. A weighty beast :thumbsup:

hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #7 on: 09 May, 2018, 11:46:17 pm »
Did I read that right? 444mm Dobsonian? That is nigh on 17 1/2 inches in old money. A weighty beast :thumbsup:

That is correct. He calls it 18 inches...

Martin is rather bright...

T42

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #8 on: 10 May, 2018, 07:29:46 am »
I got into the ATM schtick around Y2K and built a 12". Thought about motorising it with scrounged stepping motors from old printers, but the gearing defeated me.

Once saw in a mag a twin 17" Cassegrain someone had built because he had dodgy eyes. That would be wonderful to have. Along with the crane & pickup to take it to a dark-sky site.

My Dob hasn't been used for years due to light pollution. It's just an ornament these days.
I've dusted off all those old bottles and set them up straight

hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #9 on: 10 May, 2018, 10:50:12 am »
David will be building a 500mm Cassegrain at some point.
He's had the mirrors a while and bought a suitable tube. The observatory extension and cell are awaited, as is the  re-aluminising of the optics.

David has managed some good images from light-polluted Edgware but the new LED street light might defeat him.

Torslanda

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #10 on: 10 May, 2018, 12:18:59 pm »
Slightly OT, we're still trying to find a home for my Dad's 6" Gregorian reflector. Admittedly it's more of a display piece these days but we're open to reasonable offers.

You will need plenty of room as it's around 8 feet tall...
VELOMANCER

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hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #11 on: 11 May, 2018, 07:21:43 am »
David's Jupiter from last night.

hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #12 on: 11 May, 2018, 07:59:29 am »
The OT Gallery has various astronomical threads, from aurorae to solar eclipse in America last year...

Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #13 on: 11 May, 2018, 07:45:38 pm »
I hope to find time this weekend to review the footage I took of the Ganymede transit last weekend.

I am rather hankering after a sizeable newtonian now that I live under reasonably dark skies.

Basil

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #14 on: 13 May, 2018, 10:36:58 pm »
Apparently it's 'Space Season' on BBC 4.  No idea if that means a week,  a day, or what.
Ooh goody.
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fuzzy

Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #15 on: 13 May, 2018, 11:11:02 pm »
Just watched The Sky At Night. The data coming out of Gaia is stunning!

hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #16 on: 14 May, 2018, 12:22:32 pm »
David imaged the Whirlpool Galaxy this morning.

 
so we've not had breakfast yet...

Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #17 on: 15 May, 2018, 03:03:28 pm »
Lovely whirlpool!

fuzzy

Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #18 on: 18 May, 2018, 10:29:32 am »
David imaged the Whirlpool Galaxy this morning.

 
so we've not had breakfast yet...

David has the means. I therfore declare him Git!

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #19 on: 22 May, 2018, 10:10:00 pm »
I just peered out of my window as I drew the curtains. ISS at mag -3 going overhead.
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T42

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #20 on: 23 May, 2018, 07:52:20 am »
He'd have needed a Schmidt here last night, a Newtonian would have filled up with rain.
I've dusted off all those old bottles and set them up straight

Torslanda

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #21 on: 23 May, 2018, 10:43:39 am »
Slightly OT, we're still trying to find a home for my Dad's 6" Gregorian reflector. Admittedly it's more of a display piece these days but we're open to reasonable offers.

You will need plenty of room as it's around 8 feet tall...

Woo and verily hoo! Sold!
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

T42

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #22 on: 23 May, 2018, 12:59:36 pm »
Good price?
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hellymedic

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #23 on: 23 May, 2018, 02:45:19 pm »
Slightly OT, we're still trying to find a home for my Dad's 6" Gregorian reflector. Admittedly it's more of a display piece these days but we're open to reasonable offers.

You will need plenty of room as it's around 8 feet tall...

Woo and verily hoo! Sold!

Great stuff!

Torslanda

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #24 on: 23 May, 2018, 02:58:01 pm »
Good price?

Dunno. It's something else I don't have to worry about . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.