It is really happening…!
At last the Peter Bolas Observatory is being built – take the chance while you may to come along to Rosliston Forestry Centre and see it going up. The observatory is located at the side of the archery field.
Photos below c/o Ed.
Today, I have added an on/off button to the battery pack Ed made for me. I have used a car/lorry 12V on/off button from Halfords, 25A cabling and connectors. This button goes between the 75AH leisure battery and inverter and is meant to avoid the situation where I accidently leave the inverter turned on draining the battery as happened to me recently. It took quite some time to get this working although for some reason I have not managed to get the 12V light to come on on the switch when it is turned on. More accurately, I did get that working too when the switch was not installed on the side of the case but it has not worked since I drilled the hole and screwed it on to the case!
The location of the switch below the plug sockets is to avoid the switch foulibg the handle of the case.
Ed Mann built a fantastic battery pack for several members of RAG including myself. These packs are based around a 75AH leisure battery and provide 12V and 230V outputs abd plenty of juice to power anything we need in the field from mounts to laptops.
However they are quite heavy. To help with transpirt i purchased a Homebase foldable sack truck.
There was still a problem left – the battery pack is housed in a plastic box that tends to slip on the sack truck and fall off. Bungy cords provided part of the solution and today I added the second aspect: I glued 3mm rubber sheet to the bottom of the battery pack and now it will never slip again! To acheive this, I had to empty the battery box first before I coukd turn the box over, but I got there eventually and aI am pleased with the result.
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
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
Date: 12/9/2018 9:18:21 μμ
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
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
Ed’s laser pointers with integratedvheater straps and powered from 12V car battery thay he madr for Damian and myself are fantastic. However the power transistor gets quite hot so he came around yesterday and swapped the transistor for a small board that switches power on and off at high frequency so that less power is used and it does not get hot. Works brilliantly! Thanks Ed. This is what we should be able to buy commercially but can’t….
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
Click on the link below to download the instruction manual for the MayPole Electronic Smart Charger MP7423 6V/12V 4A included with Ed Mann’s ATM 75AH Astronomy Battery Pack with inverter. This charger is connected in parallel with the battery in the box to enable charging of the included 75AH lead-acid leisure battery.
Click on the IMG_8691 link below to see a timelapse video I took in Mauritius recently. You can see the earth shadow creeping up the sky. The sky below the line actually went a beautiful deep blue, which doesn’t really come across in the video
Towards the end of the video, the sun obviously went behind an obstruction and you can see a big shadow being cast on the sky at the top left hand corner of the screen. It was amazing in real life
The video is in .MOV (Quicktime). If you can’t view it and want it in a different format, let me know
I was setting up my (recently repaired and returned) ZWO 174 camera a couple of days ago and I thought I’d have a play at some lunar pictures. Here’s what came out:-
SW 102 + Celestron Neximage clone camera. NIce nearly-full moon
After this I switched over to the 8SE scope + ZWO174 camera and had a look at the crated towards the Southwest edge as they were so prominent. I got a nice one of Phocylides and the surrounding area