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by The Bat
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sun in CaK and Ha - 12 Feb
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Great shots as usual, Brian. Well done. 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My first attempt
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Nothing wrong with that at all. It's a very good first attempt. Nice and sharp, if just a tad grainy. That may be something to do with the number of frames you stacked or perhaps you just overdid the wavelets slightly. Well done. Many would be pleased with that. 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 25 February 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1489

Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 25 February 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public observing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on Saturday 25 February. From 6pm we will have a range of telescopes set up and welcome anybody to come and have a look at the Moon, planets and an assortm...
by The Bat
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Copernicus Fri 3rd Feb.
Replies: 9
Views: 1092

Nice image. Well done. 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Magnification
Replies: 58
Views: 30031

Hello and welcome. My favoured magnification for Jupiter and Saturn is about 160x. On a good night with steady seeing, I can sometimes push this to around 270x. Planetary observation is scuppered by atmospheric turbulence, of which we unfortunately have plenty in the UK. At higher powers, not only d...
by The Bat
Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Double cluster in Perseus... First time!
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

I love the Double Cluster. It ranks amongst my favourite objects and I always try to give people a look at it at star parties. :D

Rachel
by The Bat
Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M 45 bino sketch
Replies: 13
Views: 1788

Nice sketch. I am just wondering how you managed to sketch that holding the binos with your hands! :shock:

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: laser pens
Replies: 14
Views: 3007

I bought mine from here: http://www.digitaldaffodil.co.uk/ It's so handy for public star parties. I used it for the first time for our Stargazing Live event, but I did hold it the whole time, partly to make sure it didn't fall into the wrong hands and partly to keep it warm. For added safety I also ...
by The Bat
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Intro and help please if you can?
Replies: 3
Views: 2378

Hello dorsetman, and welcome! :D If astrophotography is your aim, then I'm not sure that scope is the way to go. Firstly it has a long focal length and a focal ratio of f11.8, which means it's a 'slow' telescope and therefore you would need to use longer exposures than with a comparable 'fast' teles...
by The Bat
Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: BBC Stargazing Live audio guides
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

I am not going to knock Stargazing Live, because I think it's done a good job of bringing astronomy to the masses. It received a lot of criticism last year, but a few of us in our society gave feedback in response to a request from the programme-makers and I do believe that most of the points we mad...
by The Bat
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Starfest Rocks Braintree" (AN Feb 2012)
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Thanks, Brian! That's me alright! :D
I'm getting around a bit these days. Was on BBC Inside Out last Monday (very briefly, fiddling with a telescope in the background). 8) They filmed two 30 second segments at our club observatory, to sandwich a report on Cambridge radio astronomy pioneers.

Rachel
by The Bat
Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope advice - Celestron C8-SGT
Replies: 4
Views: 3024

Hello, Rob, and welcome! David is right. I have a Celestron C8, although mine is not the Go-To version. I can assure you it will be an excellent telescope. I chose the C8 based on the good reviews, the good reputation of Celestron and the design and portability of the Schmidt-Cassegrain. On the plus...
by The Bat
Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hey all. New member.
Replies: 7
Views: 3265

Hello and welcome. Hope you get much enjoyment out of your new telescope.

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Complete Novice - But enthusiastic learner!
Replies: 12
Views: 4983

Hi Jan The Moon can look painfully bright through a telescope. A moon filter would help dim it down a bit. They are relatively cheap. An alternative is a variable polarising filter. They are a little more expensive but allow you more control over the amount of light coming through. It is much better...
by The Bat
Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Jupiter 13 Jan
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Nice pictures. I looked at Jupiter last night. I don't think I have ever seen the moons configured like that with one directly below. It was a great view.

Rachel