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by Paul Sutherland
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: SPA's final Diamond Jubilee meeting is in Cardiff
Replies: 0
Views: 3442

SPA's final Diamond Jubilee meeting is in Cardiff

We have had some excellent day-long events, to celebrate the SPA's Diamond Jubilee, in Preston, Edinburgh and Belfast. The next and final of these will be held in Cardiff on 7 December. It is free to attend and you can find full details on our special web page.
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Old astro documentaries
Replies: 4
Views: 1372

Re: Old astro documentaries

I'm surprised you haven't run into any copyright problems with some of those!
by Paul Sutherland
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Edinburgh Meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 986

Re: The Edinburgh Meeting

Just back in my B.and B. after a brilliant meeting at the Scottish Royal Observatory. Congratulations to all involved in the organisation - carried off with efficiency and humour. No excuse not to be your local expert on exoplanets, the James Web telescope, Piazzi Smyth or taking photos outside in ...
by Paul Sutherland
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: SPA's Jubilee event for Scotland! June 15.
Replies: 3
Views: 4227

Re: SPA's Jubilee event for Scotland! June 15.

Yes. Applicants after that date had to apply by email or print a ticket. I'm looking forward to hearing how the day went.
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: SPA's Jubilee event for Scotland! June 15.
Replies: 3
Views: 4227

SPA's Jubilee event for Scotland! June 15.

If you're in Scotland or the north of England, don't forget that the SPA is coming to Edinburgh on Saturday, 15 June as part of our Diamond Jubilee tour. We have an excellent day of talks at the historic Royal Observatory, including: The search for E.T. Dr Duncan Forgan reports on how he radio teles...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Eclipse of the Moon - 25th April 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1196

Re: Eclipse of the Moon - 25th April 2013

I took a few images of the eclipse from Walmer, Kent, where we had clear skies. Here is a wide-angle view of the Moon in the penumbra at 19.21 UT (8.21pm BST). http://www.skymania.com/images/eclipse_begins.jpg And this is a view at 21.13 UT (9.13pm BST) when it had dipped into the umbra. http://www....
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Climate Change - Global Warming CC-GW PART 1
Replies: 46
Views: 7535

Re: Climate Change - Global Warming CC-GW PART 1

Cliff, there is no need to set up three separate threads for your contributions about this subject. I've merged them into all into this first one.

Cheers,

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: SPA user unfriendly website
Replies: 12
Views: 2188

Re: SPA user unfriendly website

We don't carry any advertising or pop-ups on the website or the forum, Cliff, so there must be another problem. Which browser are you using? Are you visiting the SPA site via a link from another site, which might use frames? What appears in the URL (website address) box when you visit out home page?...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Favourite Patrick Moore book
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

Re: Favourite Patrick Moore book

I enjoyed his Naked-Eye Astronomy in the late 1960s. Sadly I left it outside one night and it got soaked by an unexpected shower.

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore
Replies: 53
Views: 13722

Re: Sir Patrick Moore

Brian, whatever your views, I think they are entirely inappropriate at a time when many people are mourning the loss of someone who inspired many in astronomy, and your comments say more about you than about Patrick. I am saddened to see such a post on this board, but heartened to see so many positi...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Saturn & Venus & Mercury before Dawn
Replies: 15
Views: 3945

Re: Saturn & Venus & Mercury before Dawn

I've been following this wonderful gathering of the planets too! We've been luck to have clear starts to the day on many occasions recently here in East Kent and I have an unobstructed view over the sea. I took a photo on 2 December which you can see here.

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Admin- SPA Logo link incorrect (top left of page)
Replies: 8
Views: 2273

Re: Admin- SPA Logo link incorrect (top left of page)

I have now restored the links that were previously in the header - all except the Albums one. Sorry about that, but the problem is that it stopped working and restoring it is beyond my own capabilities. If webmaster Martin ever manages to do this, we could put back the link.

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Admin- SPA Logo link incorrect (top left of page)
Replies: 8
Views: 2273

Re: Admin- SPA Logo link incorrect (top left of page)

Your long wait is over. I've nipped in and done it myself. (Took a little while to figure out, mind).
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Doorstep Meteorite?
Replies: 15
Views: 2755

I was at Colin's talk to the Royal Society. One interesting aside that he did not mention is that Lake House is now the home of Sting.
by Paul Sutherland
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: stellarium
Replies: 14
Views: 3522

I'm not an expert on Stellarium (or much else) but such planetarium programs are often unable to deal with events such a long way in the past or future due to the extra levels of data/complexity/precision that would be required. These would bloat the software and slow down its performance in normal ...