Author Archives: Ed Mann

Nice solar flare today

FIrst time I’ve had the solar gear set up for a while, and it was a lovely clear day so I caught this nice flare

Skywatcher Startravel 102 F/5 + Quark Chromosphere and ZWO ASI174 MC camera. I seem to have picked up a slight Newton ring artefact in the processing so I’ll have another look at that. Strangely too, the PNG image here looks more blurred than the TIFF

 

My Astrofest shopping – 2″ UHC filter

Hi Folks
After hearing all the rave reviews about UHC filters I thought I’d buy one at Astrofest. I bought this one from 365Astronomy as their kit is usually good quality . Very reasonably priced at £52 (show price).
Here’s an interesting article on light pollution filters:-
See you on Friday

Insomnia Rules OK

Well, I seem to have joined two clubs recently. One is the insomnia club, and the second is the Roger Samworth School of Double Glazing Photography

I was awake in the early hours today and just happened to glance out of the window to see this fantastic sight. It’s (from left to right) Venus, Moon , Jupiter and Antares

 

NIce, huh?

Lunar Eclipse January 21st 2019

Hi Folks

Well, after seeing all of the photos from the other members, it looks like was incredibly lucky to have a 40minute gap in the clouds to get a few semi-decent photos. I had been getting set up for the mini event at RFC, so I had everything prepared and I just left the scopes ticking away in the background while I re-processed some images in my cabin.

I had two scopes set up, both Skywatcher 102 Startravel refractors. One had a Canon EOS750D hanging off the back, with a 30mm T2 extension. The other was connected to my ZWO ASI174MC camera. The first was on a Synscan mount and the second on an NEQ6 Pro and both setups were taking ont frame per minute

Anyway, here’s what I managed to get over the course of the evening, bearing in mind I went outside about 2.30am (Silly me):-

3.10am – Absolutely Zip, nada, nothing but clouds

3.11am  – a glinner of hope

Back to 100% cloud until 4.19. I was on the verge of giving up then I noticed that the All sky camera picture had changed and the clouds were breaking a bit

Back to wating patiently …….. Until 4.54 and the first glimpse of the Blood Moon

 

And ONE MINUTE LATER ….. All the clouds disappeared as if by magic. It completely overexposed the first  couple of pictures

Here were my best three pics of the night (still to be improved on)

 

Roll on 16th July for the partial eclipse

Cheers

Ed

 

The PBO – latest

Hi Folks

 

The builders have now finished for Xmas so I thought I’d just send a quick update as to where the build has got to. The walls are up, the roof is on, the path is laid

They are back on Jan 3rd to do the next stage of the concrete pour (the floor and pier)

I have attached a few pics  from today. The site is still like a swamp due to all the rain over the last few days

Cheers

The PBO – First few days

Hi Folks,

As you’ve seen from Heather and Andy’s blogs, YES,IT’S ACTUALLY STARTED !!!!

I’ve been taking loads of photos and the timelapse camera seems to be working very well. So far it’s taken about 10000 photos. Of these, obviously only a small proportion are relevant, so if anyone wants 6500 photos of an empty field, let me know. The individual photos are 5MP

I’ve just added a few photos here of the important bit – the pier base. It’s the bit I was sweating about the most. The first pic shows Tim standing in the pier base former. He’s about the same height as me so you can see it’s going to be a fair chunk of concrete. As you can see from the second photo, the ground is anything but level. Three of us did a lot of checking to prove that the rebar skeleton is really vertical. I know it doesn’t look it !!! The land is on about a 7 degree slope in three directions.

The third photo shows the first concrete pour of the base , ready to be topped up when the full column is added. The final floor level is to the top of the plywood

The fourth pic is the completed footings just after the cement had been poured. Don’t worry, it’s not that shape – it’s a panoramic photo

I’ll be doing a full update at the RAG end of month meeting., along with my talk on fractals

I’ve tried to upload a low res version of one day’s timelapse (PBO12Nov_640_480.avi). It’s 29MB so I don’tknow if it will work.

When everything’s done, I’ll get Andy to upload the full version. With just 3 days of the build it’s up to 73MB so far but needs editing etc.

 

PBO12Nov_640_480

Message from George – Greek astronomer from Skopelos

Hi Folks

I had a reply from George Mihail that I met in greece. It’s worth having a look at his website. Very interesting setup, a great view. The last photo is the latest live feed from his webcam at 1711 15th september. If you read further down, the english translation of my message is at the bottom

 

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Dear friend
We manage to communicate and to take pictures of every activity of the stargate we have a very interesting winter here in Skopelos.Thanks with the best wishesGeorge Michail

https://www.facebook.com/george.michail.16

http://volnet.gr/home/index.html

——-Original Message——-

From: ed.mann@btinternet.com

Date: 12/9/2018 9:18:21 μμ

To: george@volnet.gr

Subject: Αστρονομία στη Σκόπελο (Astronomy in Skopelos)

Γεια Σας  Γεώργιος , το όνομά μου είναι Ed, σας μίλησα στη Σκόπελο πριν από λίγες εβδομάδες στο φεστιβάλ. Είμαι ο αστρονόμος από την Αγγλία.

Μου άρεσε να μιλάω μαζί σας και με ενδιέφερε πολύ να μάθω ότι έχετε ένα παρατηρητήριο στο νησί. Θα ήθελα να έρθω και να το δω την επόμενη φορά που θα είμαι εκε

Είμαι μέλος της Ομάδας Αστρονομίας Rosliston που συναντάει κοντά στο Burton on Trent στην Αγγλία (http://www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk/)

Αν κοιτάξετε την Αρχική σελίδα, εγώ είμαι στην πρώτη φωτογραφία (μπλε παλτό) και την 5η φωτογραφία (λευκό πουλόβερ). Μάλλον θα με αναγνωρίσεις από αυτό

Έχω επισυνάψει ορισμένες φωτογραφίες που πήρα. Ήταν τόσο ωραίο να βλέπετε κάποιον άλλον να κάνει δημόσια εκδηλώσεις προβολής. Κάνουμε αρκετά στο κλαμπ μας

Είπα σε άλλα μέλη για το γεγονός της Σκοπέλου και ήταν πολύ ζηλιάρης για το πόσο καθαρός ήταν ο ουρανός

Θα ήταν καλό να μοιράζεστε μαζί σας πληροφορίες και φωτογραφίες, αν θέλετε, και αν έρχεστε ποτέ στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, θα ήσαστε πολύ ευπρόσδεκτοι να έρθετε στις συναντήσεις του συλλόγου μας

Θα σας δούμε το επόμενο έτος το 2019

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My Greek is not very good so I have written it again in English just in case

Hi George, My name is Ed, I spoke to you in Skopelos a few weeks ago at the festival. I am the astronomer from England

It was great talking to you and I was very interested to know you have an observatory on the island. I woiuld like to come and see it next time I’m there

I’m a member of the Rosliston Astronomy Group that meets near Burton on Trent in the UK   (http://www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk/)

If you look at the Home page, that’s me in the 1st  photo (blue coat) and the 5th photo (white jumper). You’ll probably recognise me from that

I have attached some photos that I took . It was so nice to see someone else doing public outreach events. We do quite a few in our club

I told the other members about the Skopelos event and they were very jealous of how clear the sky was

It would be good to share information and pictures with you if you’d like, and if you ever come to the UK, you’d be very welcome to come to our club meetings

Bye for now

 

Stargazing in Skopelos, Greece in August 2018

Hi folks,

 

We’ve just got back from a holiday in Greece, and as part of a local festival of music, dance and culture, I met a really nice chap George (Giorgiu),who had set up a viewing area for the public to see the Moon (Selene in Greek), Mars (Aris), Jupiter (DIas) and Saturn (Kronos). That’s George checking the view of Saturn in the second photo

He has the first, and only, observatory on the island and it’s in a great location away from the town lights (the lat long coordinates are on the poster in the first picture)

He was interested in what we are doing too so I’ll drop him a line and hopefully get to see his obsy next time

Taken with NightCap. Long Exposure mode, 7.12 second exposure, 1/3s shutter speed.This was the night of the full moon (Sun 26th August 2018). Mars can be seen above the right hand set of masts although the photo doesn’t show very well here and I don’t know how to make it zoomable