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by Brian
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Time Tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: The Time Tonight

Hi Cliff!

I suppose we must wait now for the 22nd Century before we can have the next ("22"-based) time line :shock:

best regards,
by Brian
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Time Tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 187

The Time Tonight

This clever factoid was posted on SGL, couldn't resist repeating it here (currently the Moon is the only thing visible in the sky, and that through a thick and variable cloud soup :roll: ) "At 21 seconds past 9.21pm tonight it will be : the 21st second of the 21st minute, of the 21st hour, of t...
by Brian
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sun Moon anomally
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Sun Moon anomally

Hello Pies, and Welcome. I wonder if you are seeing an effect of Atmospheric Refraction at or close to Sunrise? This is the effect of Earths atmosphere bending light like a lens to cause us to see the Sun as risen while in fact it is still below the horizon. In that case the Moon's illumination will...
by Brian
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Making a Monocular from a Binocular
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Making a Monocular from a Binocular

Well done Jeff :) Just to say it was not just amateurs who used binoculars as a source of finderscopes and eyepieces back in those far-off days before telescopes became widely-available consumer items. Some of the smaller UK telescope makers used russian and ex-WD optics as a source of components. H...
by Brian
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Making a Monocular from a Binocular
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Making a Monocular from a Binocular

Yes, in the 70's it was common practice to take a cheap(ish) pair of 6x30 (?) Russian binoculars , saw them in half and after a bit of tidying up use the side with diopter focus adjustment "as is" as a finderscope for UK-made astroscopes. Some even had crosshairs added (human hair sometime...
by Brian
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: The UFO files

"Lunatic Fringe" :D

Didn't Majestic 12 assasinate President Kennedy for threatening to release this sort of information? :shock:
by Brian
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 11
Views: 245

Re: Beast from the east

Dear Brian,
Thank You so much for cheering me up! :lol:
by Brian
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Nebulae in Auriga
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Nebulae in Auriga

A very nice image indeed!

regards,
by Brian
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Book publishers cease publication
Replies: 8
Views: 102

Re: Book publishers cease publication

Agreed! Come the next Carrington-scale event (and come it will) the Maesters will need to stock their new libraries :)
by Brian
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: new scope and camera troubles ???
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: new scope and camera troubles ???

Hello Kay. In my opinion that HP laptop should perform well enough in imaging. Depending on how much imaging you do, you might find that more storage is useful - maybe a 1TB USB hard drive. I guess most people doing imaging and processing on the same computer would go for a quad-core processor, but ...
by Brian
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: Satellites in wood
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Satellites in wood

You know, as a boy I grew up with balsa-wood model aircraft kits (Kiel-Kraft I seem to remember). It makes me smile to imagine that in future we might see balsa-wood satellites in orbit :) . I imagine one basic problem with hardwood for satellites is the weight factor on launch?
by Brian
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Logging on
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Logging on

Oh, right! It's so long since I joined the Forum that I've forgotten how that works :D

regards,
by Brian
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Logging on
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Logging on

Hi Steve and Welcome.
Not quite sure I follow your comment about cars and venus. Can you explain for others? :D

regards,
by Brian
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Censorship"
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: "Censorship"

SkyBrowser wrote: Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:38 pm Ha, I think I have a way around it ... n aked-eye!
Well, do tell? :D
by Brian
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 524

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

As I forecast on Dec 10th, tonight brings rain, drizzle and cloud a mile deep :x

I did get one or two snapshots over previous days but nothing as good as others have posted here so I'll leave it :lol: