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Brian Davies
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Male
69 years old
About Me

Retired educationalist (2006) and enjoying the improved work-life balance! Long term interest in cosmology, and took up photography after retiring - so I'm now trying to put the two together and aspire to astro-photography. I'm working towards DSOs, and bought my first telescope in November 2013. Having fun!

I live near the centre of Hull - so any pictures you see taken in my back garden are taken through the city glow :-)



Bob
Administrator
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About Me

this is me



Beam
Member
Male
51 years old
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Julian
Site Owner
Male
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Stephen Levett
Member
Male
63 years old
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Doug
Moderator
Male
62 years old
About Me

Took up astronomy as a hobby in August 2009.  Started with a SkyMax 127 Maksutov Cassegrain on EQ3-2 mount - with hindsight I should have done a bit more research and taken some advice - the mount has been excellent but the scope has been mostly used for measuring periodic error - long focal length and high f ratio.  Motorised the mount with my own electronics and software to enable tracking in RA.  Have bought a Canon 450D specifically for dabbling in astrophotography, initially with the kit lens (and later the 50mm F1.8, and Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 zoom) on the EQ3, and then through a more recent purchase of a William Optics Megrez 72 FD.    Next acquisition was an EQ6 PRO Syncscan mount (Jan 2010).

18th February 2010 added an EQ1 Table Top mount & RA Motor drive, which came complete with a Sky-Watcher Sky Travel 80 achromatic reflector.  Surprisingly pleased with results though, once alignment and sagging sorted out.  Took to South Africa for use with my EOS - worked a treat although polar alignment was trial, error and adjustment.

31st March 2010 - To complete my range of instruments (well not quite) I now have a Sky-Watcher Explorer 190MN (1000mm f/5.2) Astrograph + 2" (x2) Barlow - which I have to confess was a little bit bigger than I had imagined when I sent off for it.  Spent about 10hours making a good solid carrying case for it - see Astro DIY photos.   The MN190 has excellent optics, although it pushes the limits of practicallity with an unguided mount.

Applied to join BLAS at end of March.

17/07/2010 For quick look-see scope I have just got an SW Equinox 80 Pro ED to use with the EQ3-2 now that I have mastered the use of setting circles to sufficient accuracy to place objects in the FoV of the scope.  This means I can, with a bit of discipline and a stopwatch, use the EQ3-2 as a manual goto mount.  The three holes I have made in the grass assist enormously with the speed of accurate polar alignment.

Nov 2010 - Invested (my wife has other views) in the Atik 320e, filter wheel and LRGB filters.  Took some mastering of the technique to combine into a final image using Paintshop Pro X3.  Bit of a palava setting up now, but I can at least see some significant red in Ha intense objects which is not the case with the unmodified EOS.

Feb 2011 - Bought an SBIG SG-4 standalone autoguider - was originally going for the Sky Watcher unit - but was offered a price I found hard to turn turn down. Use with the ST80 achro, although the narrow field does mean that it needs to be moved off-axis to find a suitable guidestar sometimes.  This has been significantly improved by attaching a x0.6 focal reducer which speeds the scope up and increases the effective field of view.  I can well recommend.

Mar 2011 - Bought a Sky-Watcher Equinox 120ED Pro and matching focal reducer/flattener.  Getting some good results out if guided.  A bit slow for using un-guided I suspect.  I have made up some objective lens protection cells out of Baader Turbofilm - seems to work pretty well as bonfire ash seems to be coming an increasing problem.



graham bate
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Male
67 years old
About Me
grew up in the space age and as a newspaper boy for some 6 years remember the hundreds of front page newspaper photos of moon probes, planetary exploration in general and the moon landings

Allan
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76 years old
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Colin Hayles
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Male
67 years old

Jane Sandford
Member
Female
56 years old
About Me

Lives in Brough, a newbie to astronomy and keen to learn all things astrological. My first telescope is a Christmas gift from my husband, a Zoomion Philae 114 EQ astronomical telescope with 114mm aperture and 500mm focal length.

 

I am 55 years old and am ill health retired.



JohnS
Member
Male
69 years old
About Me

I am a retired software engineer living in Brough. I spent several years in the Royal Navy where standing night-time watches started my love of watching the sky at night.

I now have a Bresser Skylux 700/70 refractor telescope (my first - giving to me as a Christmas present) and a recently purchased Celestron NexStar 130SLT reflector with goto mount.

With the Celestron I also purchased their NexImage camera, which I am learning how to get the best out of.



alex
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Male
32 years old
About Me
i live in hessle and totally addicted to stargazing i use 20x80 binnoculars to search the heavens and also have a canon 550d wich i take.my.photos with

David
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Male
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Hessle



Bernie Bentham
Member
Male
About Me

Yorkshire born, travelled the world and now back in Yorkshire again. I've been interested in astronomy since my schooldays and Patrick Moore was my inspiration, like so many others. Now newly retired (2014) after a working life in telecommunications and lately in the NHS. Also interested in computers and photography and Family History. Hoping for clear skies with good seeing, to learn about astrophotography. I was very happy to discover the club at Brough and delighted with the large telescope.



microman
Member
Male
About Me

New to astronomy.(Sept  2017). Love photography, science and natural history, social history.

Particularly love dragonflies and butterflies.

Also like exploring the countryside and country houses.

Particulary fond of coffee drinking!!.



Michelle B
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Female
47 years old

Joyce
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Female
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steve ( BLAS secretary)
Member
Male
53 years old
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BLAS Secretary



Carl
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45 years old

Mark Stewart
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