Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sky 90 collimation statrep

I spent a couple of hours yesterday taking the imaging Sky 90s off the mini-WASP frame, collimating them with the Takahashi collimator, and then putting the whole thing back together again.  Well – as far as the collimator goes, both … Continue reading

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Takahashi collimator delivered – mini-WASP fine-tuning good to go

Nick Hudson (True Technology) visited the New Forest Observatory yesterday and brought with him an essential piece of kit for tuning up the mini-WASP array.  Yes – the thing that has been halting any further progress on mini-WASP commissioning has … Continue reading

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Scary skies 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th April 2012

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!

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Carbon star makes an appearance on Simon Parkin’s Meridian Weather 05/04/2012

Simon Parkin used the recent UU Aurigae Carbon star image to introduce his Meridian Weather slot on 05/04/2012 at 10:30 p.m. Video footage Copyright Meridian News & Weather 2012.

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Today’s EPOD – Comet Garradd in 3-D – together with Dr. Brian May :)

This is turning out to be quite an eventful day. The Carbon star image (below) will be on tonight’s late Meridian Weather forecast after the 10:00 p.m. news. As I left the observatory this morning after picking up last night’s … Continue reading

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UU Aurigae – a Carbon star in the constellation Auriga – SAO 59280

Moon blazing away overhead last night, but it was nice and clear up to around 11:00 p.m.  So what to image?  How about a nice Carbon star?  This little beauty is UU Aurigae in the constellation Auriga (SAO 59280) and … Continue reading

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The Matrix explained

I have discussed (in my Inaugural lecture and Matrix articles) why the Universe seems to be mathematically based, but Max Tegmark explains it all a little better.  Definitely worth a long wander around his fascinating web site.

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IOM April 2012 – The Pinwheel galaxy M101

We are still in galaxy season 🙂  So I have chosen another galaxy for this month’s “Image of the Month”.  This time, what I consider to be the most beautiful face-on spiral galaxy in the northern hemisphere – Messier 101 … Continue reading

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