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by MikeCoombs
Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:25 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Mapping lunar images on to a sphere
Replies: 2
Views: 2738

Hey, Fractint - there's a blast from the past! I now think that it requires a slightly different approach - tonight I've taken a complete mosaic of the moon (about 3,500 images all together - gulp!) and I'm the the process of stacking them with Registax and stitching them in Photoshop. If I do this ...
by MikeCoombs
Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:59 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Mapping lunar images on to a sphere
Replies: 2
Views: 2738

Mapping lunar images on to a sphere

Hi everyone, Someone recently showed me an image that an amateur had created of the moon, which was comprised of images taken along the terminator over a long period of time. I thought I'd quite like to try something similar, and have so far taken 2 terminator "runs", both of which I've stitched tog...
by MikeCoombs
Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:57 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Ok - <TAKES A BREATH> ETX125EC - Polar Align
Replies: 3
Views: 2664

I've got a 105 (now relegated to guide scope) and once you get used to the procedure it's not too bad. My routine is: 1) Set up the tripod so that the leg OPPOSITE the wedge bar is pointing NORTH and level it 2) Mount the 'scope on the tripod and check the finder is aligned 3) With the optical tube ...
by MikeCoombs
Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 2381

Heehehe, yea I have a padlock at the moment, but this is exactly the sort of advice I was after. I'd have to replace the door to have a mortice, but it's worth it I suppose (huh, more weekend work!). And the roof too, but I was expecting that anyway. I designed and built the obbo myself and it's bas...
by MikeCoombs
Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 2381

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You ARE happy, aren't you?! :)
by MikeCoombs
Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:43 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 2381

Insurance

Well, it's about that time when the missus says "You're not buying THAT until you've got the rest of it insured!" And so, I thought I'd see if anyone's got particular experience of any insurance policies that cover their 'scopes and other gear, kept in an observatory in their garden. I recon I've go...
by MikeCoombs
Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

Precisely, but there must be some reason why people believe that these sightings can be attributed to craft of alien origin. I can understand people getting interested, reading books, watching documentaries and so on, but to spend a lifetime writing those books or appearing in those documentaries is...
by MikeCoombs
Mon Jun 27, 2005 8:30 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

Which is why I said "in your opinion and your opinion alone", and in rather large letters too :) Agreement of classification is one of the causes of controversy. At what point does a UFO cease to b a UFO? Or, to put it another way, how explicit a definition would render an unidentified obect as...er...
by MikeCoombs
Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

I think we'd all benefit from making sure that we're all using the same terms in the same way. As I understand it, UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object. Of course, this doesn't assign any attributes to the object in question except that it's not identified (i.e. the observer can not assign a sp...
by MikeCoombs
Mon Jun 27, 2005 2:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

Well, this is where things tend to get messy :wink: If some are to be believed, then there are all kinds of interdimensional shortcuts thither and yon which would allow "things" to move over great distances (as far as we're concerned) very quickly. But I have to say I'm not one such person. I'd agre...
by MikeCoombs
Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

This is a real can of worms that has occupied some of the keenest minds. Their thoughts are well publicised, and again they fall in to these 2 broad camps, "yes we are being visited" and "no we're not, don't be stupid". To be honest the work and comments of both camps don't really answer the key que...
by MikeCoombs
Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Shameless Website plug and request for opinions
Replies: 7
Views: 3709

I wanted my site to be more of a co-operative research tool and knowledge base. Hopefully by bringing people in, we can build a set of observations and articles that everyone can dip in to. I've been looking at globulars lately, and there's nothing worse than not having the data you're interest in. ...
by MikeCoombs
Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

The moment someone provides credible and convincing evidence I'll be convinced. It's not happened yet. Oh I agree, but saucer watchers, like new-age spiritualists, reject the idea of imperical proof and the scientific method. It's like two people arguing at the tops of their voices in totally diffe...
by MikeCoombs
Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Shameless Website plug and request for opinions
Replies: 7
Views: 3709

LOL what an idiot, might help if I put a link in!

I'm talking about this web site here!
by MikeCoombs
Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:57 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy & Space Magazine letter
Replies: 33
Views: 12809

This topic never ceases to amuse me. The conviction of believers is only matched by the disbelief of those of a scientific bent. Sometimes I wonder who's guilty of a knee-jerk reaction and who's hanging on to a viewpoint because they're set in their ways... :wink: