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SIR PATRICK MOORE 1923-2012

Norman Lockyer Observatory.
29
February
2016

SkyFi WIFI

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.
Ken

Write comment now Author: Ken Osborne Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:51 pm
03
December
2012

QUAD COPTER

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.
Steve

Write comment now Author: deepskysteve Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:39 pm
16
September
2012

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.

Keith

Write comment now Author: Keith Ball Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:31 pm
25
June
2012

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
11
March
2012

ISS ?

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.

Colin

2 comments Author: Colin Lionvillas (deleted) Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:18 am
24
June
2011

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
16
September
2010

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.
Steve

Write comment now Author: deepskysteve Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:02 am
15
September
2010

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.

Dave

Write comment now Author: Dave Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:42 pm
14
September
2010

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
12
September
2010

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)


Or...

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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