Ed Mann

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?
Cheers

Ed

‘Almost’ Supermoon last night

HI Folks

*Update – sharpened the picture very slightly in PS ***

Last night was pretty clear for a while so I thought I’d do some prep work so I could get some good images of tonight’s Supermoon (21st March).

Well, as we can all see outside, that’s not going to happen (100% cloud here)

Anyway I got this nice one last night, with the SW 102 and the ZWO 174 camera, stacked in Registax 6 and tweaked slightly in PS

Enjoy !

T2 to 2″ adaptor

Hi Folks

After buying my nice new shiny UHC filter from Astrofest, when I got home I realised I hadn’t actually got any way of using it with my DSLR. If I attached it to my 2″ diagonal, I couldn’t get enough back-focus and if I connected the DSLR via a T2 adapter, I couldn’t connect the 2″ filter.

After a bit of digging, I found this T2 to 2″ adaptor on eBay for the princely sum of £4.99. It arrived in 12days from China:-

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-to-T2-Adapter-M48-0-75-With-Thread-Black-Aluminum-Alloy-High-Quality-Durable/143111007190?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

Here was my original DSLR to T2 to 2″ connection:-

 

Here’s the new version with the adaptor:-

I haven’t tried it yet but I can’t see why it shoudn’t work. I’ll let you know

 

If the cap fits …….

A couple of days ago the sun was shining nicely (that’s the big yellow thing that hangs in the sky occasionally) so I though I would try some more solar observing. I was just slewing my scope tound when it suddenly occurred to me that my guide camera was about to get fried as there was no cap on the guide scope.

I looked around my junk box for an old binocular cap but of course none of them fitted.

Rather than going into full-blown Blue Peter mode I thought I’d look on eBay for a cap, and I came up with this. It’s like a DSLR lens cap but slightly smaller (52mm)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lens-Cap-52mm-Lens-Camera-Cover-Lens-Cap-Cap-Protection-rg-UK-lens-cap/202031877076?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

It works a treat and was only £1.79 from a UK source. It clips in very firmly and even has a string attached so you cant lose it