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by darrenbushnalluk
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Help Please - Astronomy Apps For Samsung Tablet
Replies: 4
Views: 4688

Re: Help Please - Astronomy Apps For Samsung Tablet

Best app for android id Mobile Observatory, it will cost you about £2.00 if that and has everything you could want including a stellar database to 11th or 12th magnitude.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d&hl=en_GB
by darrenbushnalluk
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Old astro documentaries
Replies: 4
Views: 1391

Re: Old astro documentaries

You have omitted a really good one...'Earth calling Basingstoke' which was broadcast very late 80's or very early 90's, really good to watch and still got a copy burnt onto DVD somewhere in the many thousands lying around the house!
by darrenbushnalluk
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Deepsky director wanted.
Replies: 0
Views: 866

Deepsky director wanted.

Hi All, I have been the SPA deep sky director for the past 13 or 14 years but now because of other commitments feel it is time to stand down and let someone else have a go so if anyone out there who is an actual member of the SPA would like to take on the role then please contact me or Guy Fennimore...
by darrenbushnalluk
Tue May 14, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Just made a web site.
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Re: Just made a web site.

Hi Darren, My first impression is (I hate to say it) it's a bit text dominant. I'd prefer to see an image or images on the home page with a few lines describing what to expect on the site. You could provide a link to your bio in the menu bar. The equipment page is also very wordy on first appearanc...
by darrenbushnalluk
Tue May 14, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Just made a web site.
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Re: Just made a web site.

Hi Darren, I like that. It is simple and UNcluttered unlike some web pages. I have been thinking about putting my own page together. Did you have any trouble putting yours together? How difficult/easy was it? I use Weebly.com as its the simplest thing, just drag the icons from the top of the screen...
by darrenbushnalluk
Mon May 13, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Just made a web site.
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Just made a web site.

Hi guys
Just finished a website so if you can then check it out :D

http://deep-sky-adventures.weebly.com/index.html

Love to hear feedback.
Cheers
Darren
by darrenbushnalluk
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Baader Solar Continuum Filter?
Replies: 10
Views: 2277

I use the baader filter and think its an excellent piece of kit, better than a standard coloured filter in my opinion.
Darren
by darrenbushnalluk
Wed May 25, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Horsehead Nebula
Replies: 8
Views: 1561

I've seen it in my 22cm F/6 Newtonian with the aid of a Lumicon H/Beta filter though this was the mid 90's! It still took a while to actually see with a black blanket draped over my head to stop any stray light so in the right conditions and with the right filter the Horsehead should be detectable i...
by darrenbushnalluk
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Skyhound SkyTools 3 Pro - Opinions?
Replies: 4
Views: 5076

I have used skytools since V2 and V3Pro is the dogs danglys. It is incredibly versitile for any observational astronomy, visual to imaging. I use a Watec 120N+ video camera most of the time with my 6 inch refractor so I can see below 15th magnitude so using the telescope/CCD simulation charts are a ...
by darrenbushnalluk
Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Carl Sagan Cosmos
Replies: 2
Views: 789

i bought this years ago and had to get it from Canada and it cost me about £60 at thr time.
£30 is nowt for such a superb series.
by darrenbushnalluk
Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Recommendations for Light Pollution Filters?
Replies: 10
Views: 3765

Hi Darren, thanks for the very useful advice. Would I be correct in my assumption that all UHC filters are of the 24nm type? This sounds like the type of thing I'm looking for (Birmingham's lights are also what I'm trying to defeat!) for nebulae type objects, rather than the deep sky type. I've see...
by darrenbushnalluk
Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Recommendations for Light Pollution Filters?
Replies: 10
Views: 3765

You rate your own UHC filter highly, so which make is it? I have O111 and ASTRONOMIK CLS filters, both of which I've hardly used. I have Lumicon deep sky, UHC, OIII and H/Beta from the mid 90's but I believe the Baader planetarium UHC filters are very good. The OIII filter is a good filter but the ...
by darrenbushnalluk
Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Recommendations for Light Pollution Filters?
Replies: 10
Views: 3765

I'm confused, Darren :? I'd like to purchase one of two LUMICON filters, but can't decide which one. Should I go for the LUMICON UHC filter or the LUMICON Deep Sky filter as the best all-rounder? The Lumicon deep sky has a very wide bandpass (i think high 60's nm) which means it is suitable for all...
by darrenbushnalluk
Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Recommendations for Light Pollution Filters?
Replies: 10
Views: 3765

I would say the best all round filter for nebulae is the UHC (ultra high contrast) as it passes both the two OIII lines and the fainter H/beta emission line so it will work on all nebulae (exept reflection). If you want to observe galaxies then you can get filters that sort of help but really the be...
by darrenbushnalluk
Mon May 17, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: The Owl nebula?
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

You can see that M97 is actually quite a large object. It is about 3 arc minutes across, which is about four times the diameter of Jupiter. So when using the higher magnifications which will help to darken the background, you might be expecting a much smaller object than it really is. Robin Robin h...