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  • in reply to: Stargazing at Blackheath #16923

    Mike Meynell
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    Thanks for your message Venkat.

    Please remember to check the website before departure (or our Twitter / Facebook feed) so that you know for certain that the event is going ahead.

    We will be making a “go/no-go” decision by 5pm today.

    If we go ahead, I look forward to meeting you later… remember to wrap up warm (it’ll be very cold out there!).

    in reply to: Planet Uranus Due South #16904

    Mike Meynell
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    Had a look at it at the last Blackheath Observing session, and must say that it was difficult to even discern it as a disk.

    Always worth a look, but don’t expect to see too much!

    in reply to: Clear Skies!…So whats on sky? #16538

    Mike Meynell
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    Where did the mosquitos come from!!  I got bites on both my hands, my neck and even  on my leg despite wearing trousers.   They attacked us in the first hour, like some Michael Caine B-movie horror film.

    That was unbelievable… I’ve never seen so many. I managed to avoid any hand or face bites (mostly cause I ended up wearing my big woolly hat and gloves, despite the warm temperatures), but stupidly forgot to tuck my trousers into my socks, so was bitten all over the backs of my legs. Ah well. Hydrocortisone cream is the best treatment, Tej! Give that a go.

    we got to enjoy plenty of targets

    Yes, it was good fun. I particularly enjoyed treating some of the passers-by to a first ever view of Saturn. That’s always a great thing to show people… particularly those who have never looked through a telescope before.

    Mike, what were those two other doubles called again?

    Rasalgethi (Alpha Herculis) was the pretty orange-red / greenish double star.

    Izar (Epsilon Bootis) was the very closely separated (3″) double of golden yellow / greenish stars.

    Glad you enjoyed viewing them.

    in reply to: Clear Skies!…So whats on sky? #16534

    Mike Meynell
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    I’ll be there for 8:30pm, Mike.

    Great stuff, Tej. See you there.

    in reply to: Clear Skies!…So whats on sky? #16531

    Mike Meynell
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    What time are you getting there, Tej? I should be able to join you.

    in reply to: Blackheath viewing in July #16323

    Mike Meynell
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    Welcome to the Flamsteed forums!

    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.

    in reply to: Introduction to Astrophotography #15424

    Mike Meynell
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    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:

    http://www.tringastro.co.uk/bresser-universal-smart-phone-adapter-12072-p.asp?gclid=CO36_ZXXltICFUUq0wodPFIGiA

    which may fit the bill.

    There is another type of mount on Amazon, here:

    http://amzn.eu/6kgLZw7

    which is cheaper, but looks like it will do the job.

    Hope this helps.

    Mike.

    in reply to: ISS seen from Galloway #15413

    Mike Meynell
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    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 😉

    in reply to: Junocam #14937

    Mike Meynell
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    Thanks for sharing that, Clive. Good preparation for our next lecture!

    in reply to: Images from E-Eye Trip #14936

    Mike Meynell
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    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!

    in reply to: Clear Skies!…So whats on sky? #14428

    Mike Meynell
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    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.

    in reply to: National Geographic's top places for dark skies #14274

    Mike Meynell
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    Wot, no Blackheath!?!?

    Oh come on, look at it…

    Blackheath

    … 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.

    in reply to: Clear Skies!…So whats on sky? #14266

    Mike Meynell
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    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 🙂

    in reply to: Milky Way in brecon Beacons, Wales #14136

    Mike Meynell
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    2hrs into a 13 second video

    Nice one, Tej…a busy sky in more ways than one!

    in reply to: Romney Observing Session – 30 September 2016 #14108

    Mike Meynell
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    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!

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