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by dazcaz
Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

Taken from the issfanclub site:- ISS crew often talking with Moscow flight control on 143.625Mhz (FM/N). Also today (14 April) I heard crew in two passes. 20:29UTC Russian cosmonaut speaking Russian to Moscow flight control. 22:04UTC Space toerist Charles speaking english to Moscow flight control. T...
by dazcaz
Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A.S.I.G.N. Observatory by night. (Image)
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Hay DazCaz I see your from Cardiff..where do you live ? and where do you view..? RoCkHoPpEr, I Live in good old Splott. Rough as hell but near the sea so the sky is only polluted on 3 sides :) Where do I view????... Good question. The only real hope of DARK skies is to head west along the coast. No...
by dazcaz
Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

The ham sats are in use every time they pass overhead. They work on different frequencies at different times, so you need to know what to listen for. They might be in data mode. The down link might be up on 1200Mhz... It all depends. Amsat UK and other sites will be able to tell you more. As the pas...
by dazcaz
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

There are a great many of these satellites but I haven"t heard much other than faint "bleeps" (can"t expect much more realy though). With the right equipment you can convert weather satellite signals into images of weather systems etc. Dave. The ham sats are called OSCAR, Orbiti...
by dazcaz
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

According to http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#ARISS%20Status there is no school contact scheduled for tonight. This doesn't mean that the hams on board won't be playing radio. They might be, but then they might be busy doing astronaut type stuff :) the ARISS project is important, but it always tak...
by dazcaz
Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A.S.I.G.N. Observatory by night. (Image)
Replies: 6
Views: 1692

Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking?


EXTERMINATE!!!!!!


Darren
by dazcaz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Camera lens for the Moon
Replies: 6
Views: 2267

Many moons ago (pun intended) I read in "You and Your Camera" that on a 35mm frame/negative you get 1mm of moon per 100mm of lens. This seems about right, but this site http://photo.net/learn/nature/sunmoon makes it more like 1mm for every 110mm of lens. This changes for digital use. A 100...
by dazcaz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

This taken from http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#ARISS%20Status An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 19:00 UTC with Fairborn High School students in Fairborn, Ohio. Telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia will assist in the...
by dazcaz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

It should be noted these are only recievers, and you can't talk with them. Get yerself a ham licence and you can!!!!! Mir used to be an orbiting ham repeater. If you never got to speak to the occupants, you could work trough the "box" Transmit up on one frequency and listen down on anothe...
by dazcaz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:23 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267167

The majority of scanners will cover 145.800Mhz as that frequency is in the ham radio 2M band and AFIK all scanners cover the 2M band. Being a ham I have heard the ISS, shuttles, and even Mir many times. It's quite common for hams to speak to the astro/cosmonauts on the missions. AFIK all manned spac...
by dazcaz
Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: D'oh!
Replies: 1
Views: 1430

D'oh!

Though I have had an interest in the nigh sky since I was a young child, I never really lerned that much about it. The other night proved just how little I knew. I wanted to get a look at Venus as I've been told it's really bright (unlike me) and easy to find. I can't see venus from my garden due to...
by dazcaz
Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Saturn again.. getting better... I think :)
Replies: 0
Views: 830

Saturn again.. getting better... I think :)

I had another go at photographing the ringed one last night. The viewing was stunning. The clarity through the eyepiece was amazing. I see now what you guys are on about when you say the viewing/seeing changes. Last night was sooo much better than the previous night. Anyway... I managed to get 6 hal...
by dazcaz
Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: DSLR focusing
Replies: 10
Views: 4009

My 200 came with a 2X barlow with T-mount thread. My Nikon D-100 connects to it easy. I haven't tried the direct connection yet. Focussing can be a problem. The sweet spot is very small. I find that not having the object smack in the centre helps for some reason. Sometimes I get the focus spot on fi...
by dazcaz
Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First pics through Explorer 200
Replies: 6
Views: 1707

Thanks Mat, Most interesting. Yes the camera will allow to alter the shutter speed. To be honest it wasn't a serious attempt, I just wanted to test the water. Things I'm learning 1) Focusing can be a female dog 2) The screen on the back of the D-100 isn't big enough :) 3) Te view through the camera,...
by dazcaz
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Skywatcher 6" 150 Dobsonian
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

The man is a God!!!!

Thanks Steve. I'm looking to buy an eyepiece or two. This will help me decide.... A very useful tool indeed.

Darren