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Further to my earlier post below, I have upgraded the spec as I will be using a different capacitor for these custom units.

The spec now reads:

  1.  Light output power 100 Joules.
  2. Light pulse duration 25-microseconds (1/40,000th of a second).
  3. Recharge time less than 5-seconds.

The units are powered by a 12 Volt battery pack which is supplied with a charger and the flash unit.  Estimated cost of flash unit, battery pack and charger is £2,000 plus VAT at 20% plus p&p.

Let me know if you have any interest in this type of equipment.

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You will see from the new Title on the Main Page that the New Forest Observatory is now a Registered Trademark :)

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Two very nice people turned up completely unannounced to see the New Forest Observatory.  As they had come all the way from the States it would have been churlish to say no :)  You can read their story here under the heading Godcidentals.

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The New Forest Observatory is able to supply your project with stunning images of deep-space.

Check out the New Forest Observatory Image Agency here.

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Oliver Sacks took a drug cocktail trying to see the colour Indigo.  Wish he had talked to me before he passed on as I might have been able to help by putting the appropriate RGB values into Photoshop as in the image below.

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At this very moment I have the BBC2 Horizon programme about multiverses on.

They are taking complete and utter garbage to an entirely new level.

The lisping female narrator is really the icing on the cake.  Absolutely nothing wrong with hiring someone with a speech impediment BBC – but to narrate a science programme?  Come on, time to get serious, you are after all well on your way to losing the licence fee – this sort of Idiocracyformat is not going to do you any favours at all.

This isn’t dumbing down – this is the creation of a creature with a negative IQ.

Get a grip guys!

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In order to keep my hand in the HSF world, I will be making a batch of high-speed flash units that will be available early 2016.

Talking to a number of professional users I have decided that the specification for the new batch of units will be:

  1.  Light output power 75 Joules.
  2. Light pulse duration 25-microseconds (1/40,000th of a second).
  • Recharge time less than 5 seconds.

The units will be powered by a 12V dry battery pack (supplied with charger unit).  Estimated cost of a flash unit, battery pack and charger is £2,000 plus VAT at 20%, plus p&p.

Let me know if you have an interest in this equipment.

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Please look under the “Courses” heading for a brand new course available from today.

This is the “I have been given a telescope for Christmas and I don’t know what to do with it” course.

Get up to speed with one-to-one tuition from Prof. Greg Parker at the New Forest Observatory :)


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Another nice long 6-minute ISS pass tonight at 10:04 p.m.

As you can see, there was thin high cloud about which thickened considerably – so no imaging for me tonight :(

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Another 6-minute long ISS pass from last night.  The earlier 21:41 pass was completely clouded out.

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