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 on: August 05, 2011, 05:22:21 pm 
Started by rjgjr - Last post by Big Dipper
Thanks Richard. I'm glad that you find Dave's calendar useful. As I said to Dave several years ago when I first approached him about reproducing his calendar on other astro forums, I think that the amount of detail that he includes is just about right. I'm not exactly sure as to how long he has been producing his calendar but I reckon it must be at least ten years or so and I know that alot of us amateur astronomers, myself included, find it very useful indeed. So thanks Dave.  Smiley

Sorry about the lack of a reply facility in the 'Events' section Richard. When Paul kindly set it up for me, we decided that sealing off the reply facility would mean that the respective threads for each month would remain in chronological order for ease of reference (normally on forums when a particular thread is updated with a new post, it automatically jumps to the 'top of the queue' of the respective section - e.g. the 'Events' section on our forum). This of course would result in the originally chronological listing of dates becoming jumbled up & hence more confusing to follow/refer to.

 on: August 05, 2011, 04:35:33 pm 
Started by markt - Last post by Big Dipper
Wow - where to look in those shots Mark!! Some stunning detail in both of those images & as Anton says, look forward to seeing more as & when conditions permit.

 on: August 05, 2011, 04:30:08 pm 
Started by martinastro - Last post by Big Dipper
You've caught some superb detail in that Martin. Do you do much solar photography, as I don't recall having seen many (if any) in the past? Thanks also for the aurora alert update in your other thread. It would be great to see a light show from my city location/latitude over the next few nights.

 on: August 05, 2011, 04:19:32 pm 
Started by markt - Last post by Big Dipper
LOL I've just finished moaning on another thread about the timing of this month's full Moon/peak of the Perseids!  Grin However at least at this time of the year the Moon has a significant southerly declination when full and so does not rise very high for us 'northerners'. I've already seen a few Perseids from my city location - although I had not gone out with the specific intention of observing them. Best one was this morning (the small hours are always best for making observations as the meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere more 'head on') whilst I was admiring the return of the Pleiades.

Thanks for the reminder Mark & let's hope that the cloud gods give us a few clear nights to compensate for the Full Moon!

 on: August 05, 2011, 04:02:02 pm 
Started by Big Dipper - Last post by Big Dipper
Yes congratulations Anton. You have recorded a fair amount of detail there as well as showing how bright & destructive the cloud was for those of us attempting to image the comet. I must admit that I was a little disappointed in what I'd managed to record as I'd led myself to believe, mainly from having read observation reports on other forums, that it would look a tad grander.

August of 2011 certainly won't be remembered as the best August ever for observing/imaging bearing in mind that we have the peak of what is arguably the best meteor shower of the year coinciding with a Full Moon!!  Angry Sad

 on: August 05, 2011, 08:09:34 am 
Started by martinastro - Last post by JohnC
Perseverance usually pays off,Tyler - nice capture.

 on: August 05, 2011, 08:06:45 am 
Started by martinastro - Last post by JohnC
Of course..she  doh..  Grin

 on: August 05, 2011, 12:15:05 am 
Started by martinastro - Last post by martinastro
Geomagnetic Forecast: The geomagnetic field isexpected to be at minor to major storm levels with a chance for severe storm periods as the effects of three CMEs are expected toimpact the Earths geomagnetic field early on 05 August. Active tominor storm levels are expected on 06 August. Unsettled to activelevels are expected on 07 August.

 on: August 04, 2011, 06:44:55 pm 
Started by Big Dipper - Last post by markt
Great work chaps!  Cool

 on: August 04, 2011, 05:07:37 pm 
Started by Big Dipper - Last post by Anton
Thanks Richard, I used the 10 - 24mm at 10mm ISO 800 F3.5 with a 36 second exposure, no crop. I'm sure Garradd is there some where. No chance of viewing here tonight due to poor weather.

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