Ed Mann

Solar Observing Safety!!!

Here’s the reason I’ m always banging on the drum when I talk to the group about safety when viewing the sun.

Just to show you how quickly and easily things can go very badly wrong with solar observing, I set my scope up the other day to look at the sun and couldn’t understand why I was seeing nothing at first, then I started getting some images
When I removed my Hydrogen Alpha filter later , I realised that I had actually left the dust cap on, hence why I was not seeing anything. As you can see, the sun sorted that out for me very quickly!
And I’m supposed to know what I’m doing !!!!

Group observing 29th November RAG

Well, it was a very cold night but great fun, with loads of people taking part. I managed to get some quite pretty Orion shots.

Setup was SW 102 F5 refractor with a T2 to 2″ adaptor containing a 2″ Optolong UHC filter connected to an EOS 750D camera. This is the processing of the first of 3 sets of subs that I took. I like the colours. The pictures of the scopes were taken with iPhone 7 and NightCap app

I enjoyed the evening and it was nice to see some many members, and non-members involved

Brow Farm weekend – October 4th, 5th, 6th – CANCELLED

Hi Folks
After looking at numerous weather forecasts, they actually all agree (for a change) about the likely weather of the weekend around Brow Farm. Unfortunately they all agree it’s going to be wet and horrible.
I think the best thing to do is to cancel it, and to rearrange it for another date. There seems to be quite a bit of interest in the event, from RAG, and other groups, so it should be a go’er
Sorry that the weather seems to have beaten us on this occasion

For sale – Acer Aspire One 10.1″ nextbook £50

Hi Folks

I’m selling a nice little netbook if anyone’s interested.

The Spec is as follows:-

10.1″ display . 1024 x 600 resolution

148GB hard drive

1.33GHz Dual Core AMD CPU

2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB with Windows 7 64 bit, or Windows 10

Currently has Windows 7 64-bit installed, along with Sharpcap. It will happily run Sharpcap, iSpy, Stellarium etc. Obviourly it won’t handle much post-processing work, or rather it will but you’d have plenty of time to go and make a cup of tea. I was going to fit a SSD but I’ve bought another netbook

3 USB 2.0 ports

1 HDMI port

1 VGA connector

LAN connector

Mains charger

I’m asking £50 for it

I’ll bring it along to RAG on Friday

Informal star weekend at Brow Farm 4th,5th,6th October 2019

Hi Folks,
As I said at the RAG meeting on Friday, I am looking to arrange a Star Weekend at Brow Farm on these dates. When we were at Solarsphere, the Shrophire Astro Group were interested in meeting up with some of our members for the weekend. I think Walsall Astro might also get involved
*** PLEASE NOTE – This is not an official event organised by RAG, so you’d be going as individuals ***
The idea is to just have an informal weekend with hopefully some clear skies and lots of useful advice from friendly chaps. Possibly we can set up some workshops for the less knowledgable (i.e. me ). There used to be some portacabins on site that we can use
For those who don’t know it, Brow Farm is on the edge of  the Long Mynd near Church Stretton, so the skies are pretty dark. These dates are the start of the first lunar quarter
https://browfarmcampsite.co.uk/. They have hard standing, camping fields and numerous camping pods for the non-campers
I’ve spoken to Brow Farm and provisionally booked the flat field so we can all be in the same sort of area.
Can you please reply direct to me if you are interested so I can get an idea of numbers?