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by Lady Isabella
Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Orange light
Replies: 71
Views: 20779

What I find interesting with the Australian report, is that the chap first thought it was a Police helicopter with a spotlight. During my sighting the other night, the other people observing with me had never actually seen a Chinese Lantern before, and they all said it was a Police helicopter doing ...
by Lady Isabella
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Orange light
Replies: 71
Views: 20779

I saw a set of Orange lights last night, separated by 15 minutes. No wind on the ground (I was in open countryside) yet they were moving along quite rapidly. They were Chinese Lanterns, I actually watched one of them land. Irresponsible behaviour by the person setting them off, it was the hottest da...
by Lady Isabella
Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: NLCs over Thames Valley, 16th June 2009?
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Yes, they most certainly are. We had a very large display on the evening of the 16th. Even before 10.30pm they were visible at a high elevation. I too managed to get some cracking images of this fantastic display. The best part of the display lasted for around one hour, but I was still able to see f...
by Lady Isabella
Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Exquisite Albireo
Replies: 9
Views: 1696

Re: Exquisite Albireo

Oh my, that's a lovely pair of stars and the Tak just presented them as tiny, round pinpoints on a smooth, smooth, black background. Hmmmmm..... Olly I totally agree Olly. Over the years I've looked at this double star through dozens of different scopes, and the best views have always been seen wit...
by Lady Isabella
Fri May 08, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Barlow With Camera Problem
Replies: 1
Views: 1093

Yes, I have the very same problem (flaring and focus travel) when using my Skywatcher 2" ED Barlow with my Takahashi refractor and Canon camera. The Barlow surely does show up every speck of dust in the optical light path, and I've noticed it introduce some colour fringing in the images. I like...
by Lady Isabella
Mon May 04, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Practical versus passive
Replies: 10
Views: 1602

Joe - I agree, although I do like to think there is some genuine (even if too simplistic) basis to my 2,000 suggestion. I was hoping my non-definitive number might provoke some comment and alternative numbers. Hi Cliff I remember watching a programme on the television a few years ago where they quo...
by Lady Isabella
Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: photos old telescope
Replies: 6
Views: 1814

Hi Andrew If you are wanting to re-veneer for re-sale, then I personally think that using modern 0.6mm veneers would be a bad idea. The units that I've seen all seem to turned down from a solid piece of wood. Pen makers do a similar thing, by inserting a brass tube down a square piece of wood and th...
by Lady Isabella
Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: photos old telescope
Replies: 6
Views: 1814

Hi Andrew Over the past few years, I've seen scopes of this type selling from anything from £30 up to £135. But the condition was much better than the scope you have. Given the condition of the scope, I would probably sell it as a sold as seen/restoration project, and let the market set the price. I...
by Lady Isabella
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: photos old telescope
Replies: 6
Views: 1814

Hi Andrew Looks like a nice project there for someone. The sliding shutters used on the lenses started to go out of favour by around 1850, and all the example that I've seen of this type of scope tend to be of around 1820 - 1850 sort of period. I do tend to think that the missing covering material w...
by Lady Isabella
Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: vintage telescope help please!
Replies: 2
Views: 1140

Hello Andrew Found this on the net. http://www.bo.astro.it/dip/Museum/english/can_44.html Is your scope similar to this? If so the price you payed was a bargain. P.S. I should also add that you can date the scope better by the lettering used on the draw tube, if it is in italics, then it was made be...
by Lady Isabella
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Survey - have you seen a UFO?
Replies: 18
Views: 4199

Only had one over the last 40 years. In the mid 1990s, I was observing with 8x30 binoculars, when suddenly over my northern horizon I picked-up (with the naked eye) a black triangular shaped object. running along the edges of the three sides, were what looked like small circular lights, these (light...
by Lady Isabella
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: 21 st March
Replies: 9
Views: 2038

Hi Mike Yes, fair point, it all comes down to what rocks a persons boat. From my point as a dedicated planetary observer, I find the edge on phase of the rings interesting for it allows me to pick up Mimas and Enceladus more easily and recently some white spot markings. This evening I used a 120mm A...
by Lady Isabella
Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: 21 st March
Replies: 9
Views: 2038

Hi Cliff I think it goes to show how experience plays a part in planetary observing. I think it is fair to say that Mr.Feist, yourself and I are experienced observers. I well remember how I had to train my eye to see detail when starting out with the planets. Much of this was simply having to spend ...
by Lady Isabella
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: 21 st March
Replies: 9
Views: 2038

Re: 21 st March

I could see the rings currently 3.8 degrees open quite easily. I was pleased because that satisfactorily confirmed what Mike Feist had observed with small equipment back last December when a "Lady" forum member - now apparently gone into obscurity -queried the possibility of seeing Saturn...
by Lady Isabella
Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Bulb on Canon 350d
Replies: 11
Views: 4174

Hi, I also bought an infra red release but this doesn't seem to work when the lenses are removed and the camera coupled to the telescope. It's a lovely bit of kit Cheers Nick Hi Nick On the camera back under the letters "Av" there is a button with a little clock symbol next to it. If you ...