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This was the “Close Encounters” scene over the New Forest Observatories at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th April 2012. By 10:00 p.m. it had cleared to a perfect dark sky with no interfering Moon!
Michael Hattey of Starlight Xpress brings the tested M26C down to the NFO – with Maglev fans for both cameras
Well – here’s that Starlight Xpress super customer service for you! Michael Hattey of Starlight Xpress drove my tested M26C camera down to the New Forest Observatory today – thank you Michael. Both M26C cameras are now back on the … Continue reading
Just a single 2,000 second sub from one M26C camera – no processing other than brightening up so here’s the hot pixels, the polar rotation – the lot – in all its glory. But it’s my First Light 🙂
We unexpectedly got a clear patch of sky last night – and no Moon – but of course such luck has to be tempered 🙂 Started up the mini-WASP array around 10:30 p.m. and decided to start with some Polar … Continue reading
Today Tom How fitted and ran a fully automated dome rotation system to the Pulsar Observatories mini-WASP dome. You can see a video of the system in operation HERE. You will see the telescope array deliberately slewed using the joystick … Continue reading
This is the view from my study on this blistering hot Wednesday – it’s now coming up to 5:00 p.m. and it’s still too hot to do anything sensible indoors or outdoors. Managed to fit a solid-state magnetic compass in … Continue reading
Tom How just pointed something out to me that came as a bit of a shock. The mini-WASP project has been over 4 years in the making – to be precise, my first NFO post on the mini-WASP array was … Continue reading
On this grey, murky, rainy day I thought I’d take a picture of something bright in the garden – a pair of Keck domes now reside at the New Forest Observatory 🙂
This is how the twin observatories are positioned in the garden at the New Forest Observatory.
Spent today (between the showers) fitting the all Aluminium pier to the concrete support base. Contrary to what it looks like in the photo – the top of the pier is perfectly flat and horizontal.