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by Paul Sutherland
Mon Dec 06, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 32
Views: 2559

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

michael feist wrote: Sun Dec 05, 2021 9:08 am Shouldn't the date given when taken be 4th December not 4th November.? Regards mike f.
Oh yes, well spotted Mike!
by Paul Sutherland
Sun Dec 05, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)
Replies: 32
Views: 2559

Re: Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1)

Despite low mist and some patchy thin cloud, I was able to see the comet with 10x50 binoculars, and take some photos on the morning of 4 December, from Walmer, Kent. I stacked four cloud-free 30-second exposures together to produce this image, which is cropped and processed. I used a FujiFilm X-A10 ...
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Pop Astro Live
Topic: Welcome, Vicky!
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Welcome, Vicky!

And a big welcome to Vicky Duncalf - otherwise known as Vicky Video - who has just joined the Forum!
by Paul Sutherland
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Winter Skywatch
Topic: Welcome to our Skywatch campaign
Replies: 0
Views: 3480

Welcome to our Skywatch campaign

Hi to everyone taking part in the SPA's first ever Skywatch campaign. Winter Skywatch 2021 is our bid to get people looking up in lockdown. We may not be able to go anywhere, but we can tour the night sky. Our free downloadable Winter Skywatch guide will help. This section of the SPA Forum is for an...
by Paul Sutherland
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Affinity Photo adds stacking for astrophotography
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Affinity Photo adds stacking for astrophotography

I wasn't sure whether to add this here or in the Computers/software section, but I see that the latest version of Affinity Photo (Windows and Mac) has added a feature, stacking for astrophotography. There are also several video tutorials on the subject. I bought the app a while back, and it seems to...
by Paul Sutherland
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: New to SPA *helloooooooo*
Replies: 8
Views: 1318

Re: New to SPA *helloooooooo*

Welcome Sonia! We hope you enjoy many years with us. I've been a member since 1967 . . .

Paul
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Sky at Night Forum closing after 15 years
Replies: 7
Views: 2644

Re: Sky at Night Forum closing after 15 years

Like many, I have not often visited the Sky at Night forum, despite often writing for the magazine. However, now I have revisited, I see there are some threads that are quite useful. I hope the magazine doesn't just vape them as they could be useful for future reference.
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 7160

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

This all has little to do with joining the SPA, I know but amateur astronomy is just not about meetings and talks. Someone on the committee of the Foredown Tower Astronomers, (which I set up 20 years ago as the Foredown Tower Astronomy Group), asked me recently why I joined an astronomy group if I ...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: OK OK I'm back :)
Replies: 1
Views: 1547

Re: OK OK I'm back :)

skyhawk wrote:Thank you
Welcome to Society for Popular Astronomy.

Membership
Membership:Adult 1 year (UK)
Fee:£22.00
Start date:Mon 13 May 2019


:)
That's great news! Thank you.
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 7160

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

This has been a very interesting and informative thread. Can I just mention a couple of things? Firstly the Society officers are unfailingly helpful in my own experience, for example, my subscription became due in March when I was out of the country for a long time. I tried to renew by paypal but c...
by Paul Sutherland
Fri May 17, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 7160

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

I think I prefer "doing" than listening which is why I never attend local club meetings, I WILL make an effort to travel to an SPA meeting now I have re joined, and am glad I have. It will be great to see you! We are always interested in our members' views on how we can improve! Thank you...
by Paul Sutherland
Sun May 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: I see the SPA are asking us to join
Replies: 25
Views: 7160

Re: I see the SPA are asking us to join

I was a SPA member but there were no benefits to me being in Wales. I can not afford to travel to the one venue, London, there are none in Wales, which is a shame. We had a meeting in Wales last year (Cardiff). Almost all our meetings are now videoed, so that those who cannot attend may still view ...
by Paul Sutherland
Sat May 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Please join the SPA!
Replies: 0
Views: 3998

Please join the SPA!

A special message to users of the Forum. Thank you for using the SPA’s Forum, and we are glad that you find it useful. We know that not everyone here is a current member of the SPA, and there has never been a requirement to be a member to take part in the discussions. However, as one of the service...
by Paul Sutherland
Wed May 02, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Nova in Perseus
Replies: 2
Views: 1679

Nova in Perseus

Here is a crop from a photo I took on the evening of May 1st from Botany Bay, Broadstairs.
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by Paul Sutherland
Wed May 02, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Bright (mag 6) nova in Perseus
Replies: 9
Views: 4218

Re: Bright (mag 6) nova in Perseus

I imaged the nova last night. It appears to be below magnitude 7 now. The session was enlivened by a lovely slow fireball that dropped below Polaris at around 20.10 UT and looked of similar brightness to Venus. http://popastro.com/forum/download/file.php?id=1239&sid=115a96bb67fda1f6dff6ffad8e5d4...