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by Robin Scagell
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Satellite or Meteor?
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Satellite or Meteor?

Just found this list of suitable programs on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... predictors

Any preferences, Stella?
by Robin Scagell
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Satellite or Meteor?
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Satellite or Meteor?

I'd go for satellite, on grounds of likelihood these days and at this time of year, and also its symmetry. In the recent past I've recorded many of these but been unable to link them to any of the satellites shown on heavens-above.com for the time. However, I think that many satellites, including th...
by Robin Scagell
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Board upgrade alert!
Replies: 0
Views: 527

Board upgrade alert!

The version of the software used to run this bulletin board is seriously out of date, and so we shall be upgrading to the latest version on Saturday, 27th June, 2020. Jeff Stevens has very kindly agreed to undertake this upgrade, which is essential to maintain the security of the site. The process i...
by Robin Scagell
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Board upgrade alert!
Replies: 0
Views: 505

Board upgrade alert!

The version of the software used to run this bulletin board is seriously out of date, and so we shall be upgrading to the latest version on Saturday, 27th June, 2020. Jeff Stevens has very kindly agreed to undertake this upgrade, which is essential to maintain the security of the site. The process i...
by Robin Scagell
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Board upgrade alert!
Replies: 0
Views: 466

Board upgrade alert!

The version of the software used to run this bulletin board is seriously out of date, and so we shall be upgrading to the latest version on Saturday, 27th June, 2020. Jeff Stevens has very kindly agreed to undertake this upgrade, which is essential to maintain the security of the site. The process i...
by Robin Scagell
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet 2019 Y4 ATLAS
Replies: 25
Views: 7187

Re: Comet 2019 Y4 ATLAS

I looked for the comet with my 300 mm Dob last night (24 March) from near High Wycombe where the skies are not brilliant but not as bad as in a town. I was surprised that I couldn't spot it using the standard 32 mm eyepiece (2 inch barrel) even though I was looking at just the right spot. Then I fol...
by Robin Scagell
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A decade of astrophotography
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: A decade of astrophotography

Lovely -- that is good to see, particularly as it is from the UK and not some desert location. I look forward to seeing and publishing your 'How To' article in Popular Astronomy, which I think people will be very interested in.

Robin
by Robin Scagell
Sun May 12, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5189

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

As an old member, who did not rejoin some time ago, should I wish to join again, can I rejoin with my old number or do I need to join as a new member? Regards maf Yes, we can certainly give you your original number, Mike. The joining procedure is quick and automatic (note that payment is taken by P...
by Robin Scagell
Sun May 12, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5189

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

I have NEVER used the Celestron as I have not managed to figure out star alignment, times, location, and when I have tried the star sense if left to itself it just keeps trying for ever, when I do it manually not enough stars so I give up. We do of course have an Instrument Adviser in Ian Morison. ...
by Robin Scagell
Sun May 12, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 5189

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

A lot of what the SPA provides, such as the enormous amount of helpful material on the website and of course this forum, is available to all. In that respect it is worth supporting, and the cost of the annual subscription is really comparatively trivial to many people. Few of us will have to go with...
by Robin Scagell
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 6338

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

As Regulus is a multiple system perhaps I saw the brightest of Regulus's companion. What do you think? As you first spotted the star using binoculars I'm sure you wouldn't have seen the faint and close companions to Regulus, but it does have a mag 7.9 companion about 3 arc minutes away which you co...
by Robin Scagell
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 6338

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

Some of my photos from last night included Regulus and although the photos show stars down to about mag 13 there is no star that isn't on SkyMap. What atlas are you using? UGC is not visible on the photos either, and it couldn't be confused for a star as it is a very faint but large dwarf galaxy, al...
by Robin Scagell
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1
Replies: 29
Views: 6338

Re: Observation Report Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1

My site on the London side of High Wycombe is not great for faint objects, though we are right on the edge of the Chilterns AONB. While the camera was taking some driven shots I took a look with 10 x 50 and 16 x 50 bins just after midnight on the 12th. Iwamoto was only faintly visible using averted ...
by Robin Scagell
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Loughton 50th Anniversary Astro-Festival, 10 Nov 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 1656

Loughton 50th Anniversary Astro-Festival, 10 Nov 2018

We invite you to join the Loughton Astronomical Society on the 10th November 2018 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary Astro Festival. Originally formed from an evening class to teach mirror making, the LAS continues to thrive with an active weekly programme and also organises the Autumn Equinox Skycam...
by Robin Scagell
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Tutorial on photographing the 'blood moon'
Replies: 0
Views: 1754

Tutorial on photographing the 'blood moon'

The SPA has received the following email: ------------------------ Hey there This is Fred from COOPH (Cooperative of Photography). We make short videos and tutorials about photography. As you’ll know, last month saw the longest lunar eclipse so far of the century. We teamed up with astrophotographer...