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by Kaustav
Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Are Amateur Astronomers Scientists?
Replies: 37
Views: 13843

Interesting question

Interesting question, Mike - and I agree with your consternation about the use of the word "but" to open a new sentence or paragraph! Lynn Truss would definitely not approve! :-) The other one which bothers me is when someone writes "your" when s/he actually meant "you're". Or “alotâ€
by Kaustav
Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astro London Podcast
Replies: 11
Views: 3075

Volume!

OK so here's the WHOLE story! hehe. makes me chuckle. When I first produced the final cut of this podcast my voice was FAR TOO LOW compared to the interviews and intro music - so I faded my voice up. Now having read all your comments and having gone back and listened the master I agree that my voice...
by Kaustav
Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astro London Podcast
Replies: 11
Views: 3075

Volume

Ah yes - the volume issue - know what you mean. I need to "normalise" the whole track so that the levels are balanced out through the whole time line. Will do that soon(ish) or for the next podcast - depending on available time. I'm not sure of the little flash player supports sound - I'll ask the a...
by Kaustav
Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:39 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astro London Podcast
Replies: 11
Views: 3075

Astro London Podcast

Well I had been threatening to do it for months and today I got around to putting my podcast where my mouth is - so to speak. It's still rough around the edges and needs to be refined - but anyway here it - my first Astronomy podcast . The plan is to make these regular, probably once a week, and pos...
by Kaustav
Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Saturn taken on the 8" Fry telescope - Cooke refractor
Replies: 3
Views: 1639

Three images processed

Finally processed the other AVIs. Many of them were dud but the three best ones produced some interesting images

Does any know if it's worth using an IR filter when imaging Saturn? Does it make any difference? I might give it a go next time I get time on the Fry 8".
by Kaustav
Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:08 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Saturn taken on the 8" Fry telescope - Cooke refractor
Replies: 3
Views: 1639

Update images

I ended up getting tonnes of feedback from many people on the image I took and as a result I've managed to get a much better image processed.
by Kaustav
Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:04 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Saturn taken on the 8" Fry telescope - Cooke refractor
Replies: 3
Views: 1639

Saturn taken on the 8" Fry telescope - Cooke refractor

Last night I got to use the beautiful Fry 8" Cooke Refractor at the Univesity of London observatory and do some webcam imaging using the Philips Toucam Pro II. I posted my results here . I've only managed to process one of the AVI videos so far and have five more to go. I'll post more if they come o...
by Kaustav
Sun Mar 05, 2006 2:02 am
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: MSSL
Replies: 2
Views: 2746

The Ball Room

That old ball room has now been reduced by two thirds in size. The smaller half is now just a junk storage area and the other two thirds are being converted in to a special "clean room". All very gleaming white inside there now!
by Kaustav
Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: MSSL
Replies: 2
Views: 2746

MSSL

I recently visit the Mullard Space Science Lab in Surrey and had a great time there. At first glance anyone would wonder how on earth they make such high-tech equipment in an old country mansion and a couple of old sheds!
by Kaustav
Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Double vision..
Replies: 9
Views: 3940

Double vision

I got a pair of Celestron 12 x 60 bins and I see double vision through them. I paid £69 for them. I was contemplating the purchase of the more pricey Helios but during the day there was no way I could check how well the optics we collimated. I'm considering returning these Celestrons in exchange fo...
by Kaustav
Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: New Time Galleries at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Replies: 3
Views: 1177

Sobel

Indeed! Just bought the re-issued 2005 edition of her book with a forward by Neil Armstrong.
by Kaustav
Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:08 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: New Time Galleries at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Replies: 3
Views: 1177

New Time Galleries at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

The new Time Galleries at the Royal Observatory Greenwich are superb. I attended the opening this Monday and had a great time there. It's well worth a visit. The new exhibits and interactive displays are excellent. Over the next few months they will be opening up the new space galleries as well. Al...
by Kaustav
Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astrofest 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 1666

Astrofest 2006

I've not seen any recent posts in here about this years Astrofest so I thought I'd get the ball rolling. Who went? I did! What a wonderful event. I decided to attend both morning and afternoon lecture sessions. I didn't make all the talks but the ones I did see were superb! I harped on and on about ...
by Kaustav
Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M37 in Auriga
Replies: 5
Views: 2187

True that

Very true.... I see your point. I'm only two days in to doing this kind of image processing after watching a facinating demo by Nik Szymanek at Astrofest. Obviously I've got a LONG way to go :-) Nik did something similar to an image of an open cluster but whatever he did it had must more dynamism. M...