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Basil

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A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« on: May 08, 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?   
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 11:12:27 pm »
Yes, indeed. Shame my telescope is in a different country.  >:(
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 12:59:17 am »
David will be out imaging intermittently.
His friend Martin Lewis has Tweeted this from last Saturday.

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 07:24:42 am »
Wow!
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 07:28:00 am »
Good going with a Dob. Has he got a drive on it?
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 04:15:17 pm »
David tells me Martin has made a drive for it.

I think Martin is @sky_inspector on Twitter.

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 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:
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 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...

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 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.
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 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.

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 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...
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2018, 07:21:43 am »
David's Jupiter from last night.

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 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: May 11, 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.

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2018, 10:36:58 pm »
Apparently it's 'Space Season' on BBC 4.  No idea if that means a week,  a day, or what.
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2018, 11:11:02 pm »
Just watched The Sky At Night. The data coming out of Gaia is stunning!
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 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: May 15, 2018, 03:03:28 pm »
Lovely whirlpool!

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

 
so we've not had breakfast yet...

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 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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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2018, 07:52:20 am »
He'd have needed a Schmidt here last night, a Newtonian would have filled up with rain.
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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 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.

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 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: May 23, 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!

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Re: A Random Thread For Astronomical Stuff.
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 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.