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by The Bat
Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: How do I insert an image?
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Hi Rob If you have your pictures on a publicly viewable website (which it sounds like you do), then use the Img button when writing your post. Click on Img, then paste in the web address and click on Img again. Your picture should then appear in the post. Details on how to post images can also be fo...
by The Bat
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: ngc 4449 - Box-shaped galaxy
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

I just think that is so quirky, it's fabulous.

Rachel
by The Bat
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: jupiter 16th june
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Nice pictures there, Neil. I am looking forward to having my first go at Jupiter but I think I will be waiting until it's around at a more sensible hour. Since you have a similar camera, you have given me something to aspire to.

Rachel
by The Bat
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: I keep trying..!
Replies: 11
Views: 1480

Hi Jack I think you are being a bit hard on yourself. Those images aren't all that bad. As still very much a beginner myself, I'm still working my way up the learning curve and am finding out that focus is everything, and it can be a devil to pin down particularly when its turbulent outside. The sta...
by The Bat
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: the moons phases
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Hi Astropete You have to think about why the Moon looks the way it does at each of its phases. At Full Moon, the Moon is opposite the Sun and rises as the Sun sets, which is why we see it fully illuminated. At New Moon, the Moon is between us and the Sun, and rises and sets with the Sun, so only the...
by The Bat
Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: polaris as reference point?
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Yes, thanks for that, Stella. Still not going to happen in my lifetime though. :)

Rachel
by The Bat
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: polaris as reference point?
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Hi Paul I think you are forgetting that the imaginary ball we call the Celestial Sphere is very, very, very big, whilst the Earth's orbit around the sun, by comparison, is very, very, very small. As such, we are effectively stationary and our overall view of the stars does not change (not in our lif...
by The Bat
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another Moon Pic
Replies: 7
Views: 1791

Yes, that's the Straight Wall, Rupes Recta.
It's approx 110km long and something like 300m high
Nice widefield picture.

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Daytime Moon 31 May
Replies: 0
Views: 603

Daytime Moon 31 May

Bit of an experiment, but here are some Moon images captured in broad daylight yesterday, around 3-4pm BST. Made a change, sitting in the sunshine instead of shivering in the dark. I used a polarising filter to darken the sky, which seemed to work quite well. It was a bit breezy which made focusing ...
by The Bat
Thu May 28, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Relative newcomer
Replies: 12
Views: 4509

Have you got a good view of The Plough from your garden? If so, have a look at Mizar, the second star in the handle. It's an optical binary with its companion Alcor. An easy target, and makes a nice view for a beginner, and hopefully you'll also be able to see that Mizar itself is a double star. Goo...
by The Bat
Wed May 27, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Relative newcomer
Replies: 12
Views: 4509

Hi Andy Glad you enjoyed your first night. It can be tricky to find even the Moon without the finderscope and telescope aligned. Focus on a chimney pot or aerial through the scope in the daytime and adjust the finder until the object is centred in the finder too. After that, hopefully it will only n...
by The Bat
Wed May 27, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: TERRIBLY faint planetary...
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Hi Olly

The colour picture makes the Bubble stand out better, so I was then able to go back to the b/w image and see it. I too prefer the b/w image. Well done on capturing something so faint!

Rachel
by The Bat
Tue May 26, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Relative newcomer
Replies: 12
Views: 4509

Hi Andy and welcome. You'll soon learn the Murphy's law of astronomy that states that any expenditure on astronomical gizmos is sure to bring on a spell of blanket cloud cover, it's duration being proportional to the level of anticipation. Example: I have been wanting to try an experiment imaging th...
by The Bat
Mon May 25, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: M 13 - WHERE?!
Replies: 10
Views: 2286

Hi Homer About a third of the way from Vega to Arcturus, you should be able to see the keystone asterism, kind of like a squashed square of 4 stars tilted over (looks like a keystone! :) ). M13 is between the 2 stars on the Arcturus side of the keystone. Check on Stellarium that you know which 4 sta...
by The Bat
Sun May 17, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Arp 281 in Canes Venatici.
Replies: 13
Views: 1895

Nice picture there, David. I think the Whale was the first galaxy I managed to navigate my way to without the guidance of Turn Left at Orion. I do remember that distinctive shape.

Rachel