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Two events are happening within the south west but i will double check

Just to let everyone know that Sunday 29th December 2019 at 6pm spaceX Starlink satellites are doing a flypast from southwest direction at 6pm

The other event is on Friday 10th January 2020 there a penumberal lunar eclipse happening from 5:15pm and does not finish until 9:15pm

I will double check unless other people can find more information on these two happening.

I had a look at betelguese using just my eyes found it has really dimmed down and not bright as it used to be over the years.

Write comment now Authorin: Samantha Hawke Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:23 pm

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas

I Just want to wish you all a

Merry Christmas

Hope you all have a wonderful day.


From Sam and family here in Plymouth.

Write comment now Authorin: Samantha Hawke Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:01 am

need a bit of help and advice again sorry as regards what is the best software to use for the bresser planetary and deep sky hd camera.

just wondering the bresser planetary and deep sky hd camera I have when I use it tonight at wembury on the outskirts of Plymouth can I just put the camera straight in to the eyepiece run which ever programme either sky cap or the other one that belongs to bresser but what I am wondering is with the temperatures as they are would it be a

good idea to run the dew strap on the telescope while the camera is inside the eyepiece working?

I do need to do a polar alignment aswell with the camera inside the eyepiece?

or just rely on the polar alignment from setting up and running the synscan wifi dongle?

the software would it be best to use bresser software to run the camera on for video and photos or use sky cap ?
the other thing is when I use my mount it is pointing north if I keep the weights and the rod pointing north up say for example wembury church then the only part I have to move is the right ascension and leave declination where it is to prevent the telescope pointing downwards.

I hope this make sense if not then I can try to explain it better so it is clearer.

thank you

2 comments Authorin: Samantha Hawke Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:33 pm

Sorry i put the moon photos into the wrong place.

Sorry everyone i put the photos of the moon i took in september into by mistake the eclipse gallery and i need to know a way to remove them unless someone can remove them for me please so i do not make anymore mistakes.

I got a bit confused aswell because i am learning my way around the page/website

I did finally find the moon gallery and posted some unedited moon photos taken with the nikon b500 coolpix camera when it was the harvest moon in september when i came up last time to the observatory.

Sorry once again for the mistake.

4 comments Authorin: Samantha Hawke Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:16 am

I need a bit of help and advice please on for a couple of things

I am looking into getting a camera for linking up to both the solar telescope and my 6inch newtonian reflector and wondering what is the best camera to use a planetary camera which does planets and the sun but also deep sky objects that can get galaxies and nebulas together.

I am also researching before deciding what is best and how to go about it whether to get something for example an altair astro camera on a small budget etc also the cables along with for the newtonian reflector if i need to use only two weights as it is a goto mount or i need to get another weight bought because of the extra weight and in case the eq3 cannot handle only just two weights etc.

The solar telescope if i can mount the camera to the eyepiece and also is there a way to hold the connection between the power supply to the side of the solar telescope?

If i attached to my newtonian reflector the camera i get do i need to do the thing i hate most collimate it again along with getting a mask underneath the mirror to block any excess light out?

The other thing are planetary cameras under the cmos or ccd cameras which is the best one to go for and will i need a filter wheel with filters for using the camera on both the solar telescope even though it has a red filter (hydrogen) is it ok to use without a filter wheel, also when comes to using the newtonian reflector to use not only filter wheel but have a guide camera or something that can be mounted on etc?

I hope this makes sense if not then sorry i will try to explain it better i do have a problem such as learning disability some people i know find it hard to not only understand what i am saying but also what i type down aswell so apologies in advance.

Thanks for any help and advice can give me

2 comments Authorin: Samantha Hawke Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:56 am


Hi Guys, just joined trhe group. Am setting up new system and looking at WiFi. I see 2 units - the SkyFi wireless serial and usb adaptor and the Omegon SkyFi unit - both look the same. Both from Germany - the one is cheaper than the other.
Anybody using / have experience of these units.
Can reply to g4igo@talktalk.net if you wish or post here

Cheers All.

Write comment now Author: Ken Osborne Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:51 pm


Furthering the experimentation of imaging and video-ography!!, I have explored the minute world of nano electronics in the form of a very small quad copter vehicle, carrying a small micro digital video camera.

The machine is no bigger than a slice of bread!! the main circuit board is about twice the size of a large postage stamp, it houses four electric motors equipped with small propellers, and is powered by a 250mha lipo battery giving approx 7 minutes flight.

The copter electronics also house speed controllers and a 6 axis gyroscope function enabling it to be stable and auto corrects itself

Video of the maiden flight is in the top section of the forum.

Write comment now Author: deepskysteve Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:39 pm

Thanks for the welcome you gave me!

Thanks to Kate, with whom I have had several useful conversations recently (on both atrophotography and sweatshirts!) Through her, I have joined this forum and hope to learn much from it. I shall be attending the Introduction to Imaging Course next month and I am sure my knowledge will increase as a result. I really must try to get along on a Friday night but unfortunately I am not as local as some other NLO members and Salcombe Hill is pretty steep and windy on a dark winter night (when the stars look their best)! If anyone would like to find out a bit more about me, I have a pretty detailed profile which I have published this afternoon. Some of my (very amateurish) astro photos can be found on the Torbay Astronomical Society Facebook page.

Hope to see you all soon.


Write comment now Author: Keith Ball Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:31 pm

Street lights

Last night the seeing was not good in my garden at my home in Beer, my house is located at the bottom of the valley, around 11.30 the dew was starting to get very heavy, resulting in me, the garden, my scope and other equipment getting socked . Persisted, watting for Last night the seeing was not good in my garden at my home in Beer, my house is located at the bottom of the valley, around 11.30 the dew was starting to get very heavy, resulting in me, the garden, my scope and other equipment getting socked . Persisted, watting for the street lights to be switched off around 1am. By 1.45am with every thing very damp packed up and went indoors, looked out around 10 past 2 to see the street lights go OUT!!!the street lights to be switched off around 1am. By 1.45am with every thing very damp packed up and went indoors, looked out around 10 past 2 to see the street lights go OUT!!!

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Write comment now Author: Colin Lionvillas (deleted) Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:20 pm


Hi. during the evening of 10 march while looking with my binoculars at the Orian nebular, a satellite passed my field of view traking east to west. could this have been the ISS?

The view of the nebular was great, could just make out two points of light within it. look forward to seeing it using one of the telescopes at NLO.


2 comments Author: Colin Lionvillas (deleted) Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:18 am

Tonight 24th June, Hana and Sara are in London

hi everyone, just to let you know that Sara and Hana are in London! We'll look out here for your imaging weather permitting.See you all next week.

Write comment now Author: Deleted User Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:03 pm

Scope not at home!!

Wednesday 15th

Last night the seeing looked really good no dew on the cars at midnight and jupiter looked nice and clear visually unaided.

Early in the evening I decided to take a snap shot of the Moon with my semi-DSLR the Fujifinepix S5600.

Turned out quite well for a candid shot.

Observed Jupiter with my binoculars could see all four moons and above a tiny spec Uranus.

Write comment now Author: deepskysteve Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:02 am

Wednesday 15th

Well, Monday and Tuesday were clouded out but at least I sorted out the interface between Starry Night and the CG5 so not a total loss.
Tonight I have set up on the balcony, nice hard surface, and aligned several times to get it as accurate as possible, still a little drift but ok for 20 second subs, doing some 30 second subs now and will see how they go.
Got Uranus capture I think but think focus was way out, will check out the images and see if there is any data there at all.
The subs i am now doing is M33 the Pinwheel Galaxy, wow this is big, it is filling my screen just hope I can get at least a little detail with such short subs. I did get some data from short subs of Andromeda on Saturday so hopefully this will turn out ok too.
Apart from slight drift the mount seems steady so hopefully the mount won't need an upgrade for a while ( I see an Xmas list with an eq6 on it!)
Will upload pics later if they have any data in them.


Write comment now Author: Dave Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:42 pm

Mon night 13th

Really rubbish day, outside playing "Games" for teambuidling all day in the rain. Sent them to bed at 10pm with ligths out at 11:00pm then did a wander around to check on them and discovered that the sky was amazing. I could see casseopia clearly including some of the smaller stars between the W ones. Saw the plough and the square of pegasus. All very clear.
Totally grey, and drizzly this morning though. And have got wet again all day.

1 comment Authorin: revandBellman Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:25 pm

Plans for the coming week

Monday and Tuesday - Do further trials of new scope to try to shake down the balance alignment issues noted on Saturday
Wednesday - Try some more images of Jupiter from my warm and sedate home!
Thursday - Stream the moon on ustream ( or Jupiter and moons if it's not available)
Friday - Begin the homework set by Kate (Maybe even RGB for M27)


None of the above if the clouds don't obey!

1 comment Author: Dave Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:58 pm
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