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We don’t tend to schedule Blackheath observing events in the period June-August, as the nights don’t get dark enough. Our next scheduled event will be in September.
That said, if you want to publicise an ad-hoc session here, please feel free to do so. I’m sure that one or two members will come along, depending on availability.
Saturn is very low in the sky – no more than 16 degrees at best – so you may struggle to get a decent view even on Blackheath. By all means give it a try, but don’t expect spectacular results! Seeing conditions close to the horizon will make viewing difficult.
Very pleased that you found the session useful, David.
I’ve not used a Samsung mount previously, as I have an iPhone… but a quick Google search has turned up this:
which may fit the bill.
There is another type of mount on Amazon, here:
which is cheaper, but looks like it will do the job.
Hope this helps.
Nice images, Andy.
Yep, definitely another satellite. Quick look at Sky Safari identifies it as 31598 – COSMO-SkyMed 1
COSMO-SkyMed 1 is an Italian Earth-imaging Synthetic Aperture Radar that was launched by a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg AFB at 02:34 UT on 08 June 2007. The 1.7 tonne, 3.6 kW craft is the first of a four-satellite constellation, and carries an X-band (9.6 GHz) radar. The swath width is variable and provides images at a resolution between three to 100 meters.
So now you know… you were being spied on by the Italians 😉
Thanks for sharing that, Clive. Good preparation for our next lecture!
Beautiful image, Rupert. I love how you’ve retained the individual star colours, and the emission nebula detail is really stunning for only 20 minutes of exposure.
Makes you realise what will be possible when we’ve learned the lessons from our trip. I’ll certainly be better equipped next time!
Unfortunately, won’t be able to join you, Tej. Hope you manage to get some observing in… make sure you’ve got your thermals on! Minus 7 forecast on Blackheath overnight tonight.
Wot, no Blackheath!?!?
Oh come on, look at it…
… it’s perfect 🙂
Seriously though, that’s a great selection of sites. Hadn’t heard of the one in Portugal… worth investigating further I think.
I think you’ve had a lucky escape, Tej.
If you head to Blackheath tomorrow, you’ll be sharing your space with about 50,000 people, and several thousand fireworks 🙂
2hrs into a 13 second video
Nice one, Tej…a busy sky in more ways than one!
Thanks Andy and Tej.
How did you get your foreground to illuminate? Did you light paint it a bit or was it from Martin’s house?
The road by Martin’s house always has the occasional car going by… so I knew the foreground would be illuminated if I lined the camera up properly. All planned!
Stunning shot, Tej. Just goes to show how dark the skies are around there… but you’ve processed the shot brilliantly, and it’s beautifully composed with those trees in the foreground.
I reported the fireball to the Society for Popular Astronomy, and received the following reply this evening…
Thank you for your report of this fireball.
Reports have been received from the UK from as far north as Lincolnshire and North Wales and from as far west as the Bristol area. I have also heard, via a third party, of a possible sighting from Berwick upon Tweed. Further afield it was seem from many locations in Belgium, the Netherlands and northern France. The fireball’s atmospheric trajectory was over the English channel to the south of Sussex. Consequently, if it had produced any meteorite(s), they would most likely have fallen in the sea.
By chance this fireball occurred 4 years after a very spectacular fireball that crossed northern England during the evening of Friday 21st September 2012.
A summary of the early reports received by the SPA can be found at http://popastro.com/meteor/news/newsdetail.php?id_nw=482
Oh gawd… 9 right… it’s tough when there’s no time to think! There were some pretty tough questions there, though. It’s always a problem when people go for such generic topics like this… you can get asked pretty much anything.
We’ve realised that the “On Blackheath” music festival is taking place next weekend 10-11 September. Although their site is not in the area where we have our observing sessions, we suspect that we will be disrupted by set up activities on the Friday evening, along with parking restrictions, etc.
Therefore, we are putting back the first Blackheath event by two weeks (to avoid the full moon) to 23 or 24 September. See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-23-september-weather-back-up-saturday-24-september/
Welcome to the forum.
Our public solar observing sessions are extremely busy events. We regularly have over 500 people look through the solar telescopes.
As were so busy, it’s not really possible to make time for any photography. Occasionally, people take simple images with iPhones, etc, but connecting up a camera simply isn’t feasible with the number of attendees that we have.
I’m sorry about that.
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