I dont know about vapour trails but I actually do keep an eye out for when it rains because after the rain, we tend to have decent seeing conditions from a “cleansed” atmosphere. But I’d also like to know what other useful signs of good seeing conditions we can use. Mike and Rupert are well knowledged in this area, hopefully they can give us tips?
That’s a fascinating capture of a mysterious transit, Nick! And a lovely pan of the moon in its own right. But the final image is fabulous, nice work. Also, great detective work from both of you!
That was an informative session, Clive. Thanks for organising and your powerpoint presentation.
Sorry for my belated comment, I havent been on these boards for a while. That’s my favourite cosmic target that I love viewing. Two contrasting galaxies for the price of one. Nice capture, Thomas, you make it sound easy but I know its not!
Cool, I always suspected space was full of heavy rocks.
That was a pretty epic video, thanks Brian, I have an urge to mash up some pulsars now.
Great work, Christina! I was trying to download the pdf but I think you accidentally linked to the one that’s on your own computer. I would have hated going down a well for telescope viewing though!
I think its still worth a look. I did get it in my 8″ scope last time (after comically looking at a slight greenish star and thinking that was Uranus…I had kicked the tripod leg so was out of alignment). But I could make out a disc, although quite small and had an in-between green-bluish tint
We have another opportunity at this Friday’s Blackheath Stargazing and it coincides with the Leonid’s meteor shower so we might catch a bright meteor or two if we lucky.
Hi Clive, I have not made many timelapses but for all of mine, I buy tracks for a pound (or a few more pounds for a complete album if I like it) from an indie publishing music platform at http://www.bandcamp.com. Many of those songs have “some rights reserved” which allows re-use for anything as long as they are credited and of course those are the songs I use. The search facility absolutely sucks though as can only search with one tag at a time. So you either have to search “etherial” tags and plough through the songs that “some rights reserved” or use tag “creative-commons” for all songs with that have “some rights reserved”.
But I find Bandcamp to have a lot great music for “pay whatever you want to pay” as oppose to free royalty free music sites which I find to be rather lacking in quality, generally.
My timelapse workflow is using Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw (both in combination is actually equivalent to Lightroom) to batch process frames and assembling the timelapse. Then a couple of times I use VirtualDub with Deflickr plugin to remove flickering and give a smoother transition of changing light in timelapses. Then finally I add a music track and final touch ups in either Adobe Effects or Windows Movie maker.
But you can achieve the whole workflow with completely open source software and I intend to try out some with my next timelapse as my Adobe suite is getting old and I dont want to subscribe to CC.
Great pictures of the eclipse and amazing to see those crimson prominences on the chromosphere too.
But I was especially wowed by the video you showed to everyone at Monday’s lecture. That was awesome! I loved it, including the response of the crowd around you (in video that is, not the Flamsteed audience, though I did hear some justified “wows” in the lecture room too!). I hope at some point you might be able to upload that video somewhere? Or maybe Andy can incorporate highlights of the eclipse beginning, totality, diamond ring stages in the members astrophotography video.
So glad you had the clear skies for it and congratulations on a what looks to be a most memorable and successful Solar Eclipse trip.
Thanks for joining me, Mike and we had another member popping along too.
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.
Mike says its the hot weather. Just as well we have our Flamsteed stargazing sessions in the winter season and not summer!
Anyway, in between flailing our arms at invisible mosquitos and buzzing bees, we got to enjoy plenty of targets, starting with the always glorious Saturn, its rings titled more than previous years (its maximum open tilt was around June this year). Can also observe the various brown/yellow stripe tints on the main body itself as well as the Cassini division on the rings quite easily.
On Mike and my telescopes, we observed Hercules globular (M13), Dumbbell Neb (M47), Ring Nebula (M57), Landing areas of Apollo 11 near Armstrong Crater, Number 7 Cluster (looks like a 7! but mirrored in my SCT). With Mike’s knowledge of double stars, we also observed Albireo, Double Double plus two more really nice binary doubles with contrasting stars of sizes and colours. (Mike, what were those two other doubles called again?)
Now to treat those bloody mosquito bites…
Great, see you there! Another member will also join us at some point.
I’ll be there for 8:30pm, Mike. Usual spot we use for the official Flamsteed stargazing.
Looks certain to be a clear sky night tonight.
Although looks fairly clear tonight, I will be going tomorrow instead as it looks to be an even longer and clearer night.
My cricket season almost over, I’m going to overlap my stargazing season and hopefully start this Sunday night which is currently showing a clear sky forecast after sunset.
So I plan to go to Blackheath with my 8″ SCT and enjoy some visual astronomy. I welcome any of your company, whether you bring your own gear or if you dont have your own gear, I will gladly share views through my own telescope and give a tour.
Using my trusty Turn Left at Orion guide, I’ve made up a list of targets I hope to observe, and will be experimenting in using my focal reducer for the first time to observe some familiar deep space objects.
Just make sure you let me know if you will like to join me and make sure I have your contact in case I need to call it of if forecast changes for the worst
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