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by LeoLion
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Projection Screen
Replies: 6
Views: 2715

Hi Anthony , You could try 'A Plantpot Solar Projector' as in this article by Cliff Shuttlewood http://www.britastro.org/iandi/shuttlewood.htm . You should also Google for Sun Gun for another screen device for Solar . When I read your post I had a quick look for TAL telescopes and bits & bobs on eBa...
by LeoLion
Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sweeping for comets - help and advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Whoops, I've been Stella 'd :lol: . I can't blame the lager (it was a wee cider last night ) . Thanks for the correction . :oops:
Len E
by LeoLion
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sweeping for comets - help and advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Hi Chris , Visit Don Macholtz' webpage http://thecomethunter.com/gallery.html and download his 131 page document on how amateur discoveries were made ( I believe he has ten so far !) . We only have one surviving visual comet discoverer in the UK now , Roy Panther . There used to be a pamphlet from t...
by LeoLion
Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:21 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Meade LXd55 Schmidt-Newtonian for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 2004

Hi Andrew , To be constuctive/helpful I think the scope may be a 5" refractor model . Here is a link to a review of what I think it may be on Cloudy Nights http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=751 . I have not yet found a manual but you may find one ( Meade Instruments LXD55 AR-5 Refractor )...
by LeoLion
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: New Results from Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)
Replies: 4
Views: 982

Hi David , Google Chrome browser is pretty good now at translation and will identify the language and offer you a 'translation' . It is also worth a go with Babelfish http://uk.babelfish.yahoo.com/ . Occasionally a PDF of size will make them fall 'flat on their face' with Too big to translate. Hope ...
by LeoLion
Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: A classic Moon film from 1953
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Thanks for that . Perhaps they might allow it on the S & N CD ? Apart from PM' s books from the Halifax Central Junior Library ( back in the 1950 s ) I greatly enjoyed H P Wilkin's "Instructions to Young Astronomers" . I have now purchased my own copy of the Wilkins book on a nostalgia trip. Those w...
by LeoLion
Tue May 11, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Logitech Pro 9000
Replies: 6
Views: 4933

Hi Cliff , There is a Garry Honis group of webpages on this webcam for lunar,solar and planetary use http://ghonis2.ho8.com/Pro9000mod.html

A well illustrated photo set guide to re- housing etc plus comments on its use.
Hope this helps,
Len E
by LeoLion
Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: More floodlight nonsense
Replies: 6
Views: 5330

Hi , Surfing the net re Clifton Viaduct I found that the Forestry Commision had this out as a tendering item on Tenders Direct -Document GB003YM79491 - Note this direct quote '-The Forestry Commission seeks quotations from appropriate lighting contractors to supply, install and commission a floodlig...
by LeoLion
Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: More floodlight nonsense
Replies: 6
Views: 5330

Hi Cliff, It does sound like 'lighting for lightings sake. LED's may be energy green. Why light up this hidden 'item of interest' so the yobs/vandals can see it and damage it or 'lift it' in bits for gain . The Forestry man is ooop in Peebles . This link [http://www.prestwichandwhitefieldguide.co.uk...
by LeoLion
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: anyone in north cumbria interested in astronomy/ cosmology
Replies: 4
Views: 1103

Hi, There is also Cockermouth Astronomical Society . http://www.cockermouthastronomy.co.uk/ They have just started meeting again post the flooding , I believe ,
Len E
by LeoLion
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever meteor on camera
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Beaten to it by Stella !! The Iridium's are nice party pieces to use to impress the un-initiated. An accurate watch (radio linked to DCF or MSF) - so called atomic time - is used plus a quick transfer of Altitude and Azimuth on to a combination of local landmarks and stellar background. It is well w...
by LeoLion
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever meteor on camera
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Hi David , I believe that what you have captured is not a meteor but an Iridium satellite flash.You may have well have captured the Iridium 42 satellite which Heavens Above identifies as giving a -8 flare at 19:07:00 UT on 09 Feb 2010 for Romsey,Hampshire. This ties in fairly closely with the Exif d...
by LeoLion
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Greetings from a newby
Replies: 11
Views: 3696

Hi , I hope this link might help you with setting up the German Eq Mount [url] http://www.backyardvoyager.com/coordinates&alignment.html [url] . With a bit of luck the last Society member to have had the kit on loan should have it set at close to the correct latitude ( so that may be an adjustment y...
by LeoLion
Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Lunar Occultation
Replies: 3
Views: 1057

Hi Paul , There is some free software that will give you all you need and more (LOW Lunar Occultation Workbench ) .[url] http://low4.doa-site.nl/ [url] This is far more than you need for your query. In this specific instance if you have Cartes du Ciel sky mapping software enter a time a few minutes ...
by LeoLion
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Listening to Meteors on your FM dial.
Replies: 5
Views: 2127

Hi Guys , Have you checked out under SPA 'Meteor' in the 'Header' above and worked through what is available on radio meteors . David Entwistle is an SPA officer of that section is a very active radio meteor man . If you watch Sky at Night on the Beeb you may well have seen him in Patrick M's garden...