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Message 1882405 - Posted: 6 Aug 2017, 12:57:50 UTC

Bernie, as always your pictures are very soothing, and a pleasure to see.

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Message 1882438 - Posted: 6 Aug 2017, 17:29:46 UTC - in response to Message 1882282.  

I drove this today, and will be getting a similar one shortly!



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I hope you'll be posting some still photos here in addition to
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Message 1882448 - Posted: 6 Aug 2017, 18:26:32 UTC

Of course. One thing I am really looking forward to, is being back in the woods without having to over exert myself. I will be taking pictures of wildlife and scenery and posting them here. Guessing from where I will be riding, I should see moose. This machine will give me access to some very interesting habitats.

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Message 1882735 - Posted: 8 Aug 2017, 7:04:54 UTC

So by moving the wildlife cam much closer to the squirrel feeder I have discovered the culprit(s)

Unfortunately the only place near the feeder meant the actual feeder is too close and just out of focus, bit it did reveal these;



Then after dark:





So as I suspected the culprits are field mice not squirrels, there must be several as they get through 20 or so hazelnuts each night.
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Message 1882866 - Posted: 9 Aug 2017, 20:24:03 UTC

First shot is of the ISS and an iridium flare last year. Was taken from my parents back garden in Cheshire - it just popped up in my Facebook feed.

Second picture was taken in Cornwall - nearly ended up with a space station in my wine!




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Message 1882892 - Posted: 9 Aug 2017, 23:52:32 UTC

Beautiful pics, now I have something that was inhabited a few days ago, but on Tuesday a fire happened, it's only the 2nd that I know of in the park. It was a rental, now it's a worthless wreck. My place is a lot newer though, pre 1978 vs 1987.

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Message 1882915 - Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 3:39:08 UTC
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@Victor.
You are right. As far as habitation goes it is toast. Now there is a recycling goldmine waiting to be had in all that metal.
Now I noticed something on the roof that you might want. If it is the right size for your manufactured home. That weather guard might be worth a midnight shopping trip. Lol. Just kidding. Who knows if you ask the right person it might be given to you.

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Message 1882927 - Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 4:53:48 UTC - in response to Message 1882866.  

Nice pics John.
Well done on capturing the ISS - every time I've tried it's been too cloudy , indeed the "watch the station" emails are a good indicator that it's going to be a cloudy night for me.
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Message 1882939 - Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 5:28:06 UTC - in response to Message 1882915.  

@Victor.
You are right. As far as habitation goes it is toast. Now there is a recycling goldmine waiting to be had in all that metal.
Now I noticed something on the roof that you might want. If it is the right size for your manufactured home. That weather guard might be worth a midnight shopping trip. Lol. Just kidding. Who knows if you ask the right person it might be given to you.

It belongs to the park, as to the size, I don't know.
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Message 1882962 - Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 11:45:19 UTC - in response to Message 1882961.  

I cheated a little if I'm honest. There's an iOS app on my phone called NightCap - I think it just has a 'smart' algorithm that picks up any changes in images and merges them intelligently. It's quick and easy to do and captures the memories nicely, albeit not in the greatest quality. I couldn't find a comparable app for my Android devices.

I've tried using my DSLR a few times using long exposures and then trying to stack/layer them using Photoshop, but my editing skills aren't really up to standard - they just looked like I'd drawn a white line over a blurry landscape in Microsoft Paint.

Hopefully we'll get a few clear nights over the weekend for the Perseids. Whilst we're in the garden looking skywards I'll have my camera on auto-timer taking 30-60 second exposures (depending on the time of night). It's a lazy way of doing it but I've caught of handful in the past by doing that. I've just moved house though so I'm not sure how the light pollution (or indeed the weather) will play out.

Moon was very impressive last night at around 11pm.
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Message 1882965 - Posted: 10 Aug 2017, 12:29:32 UTC

When I have clear skies I do much the same, but use a shorter exposure time, no more than 20 seconds with exposure time plus 2 seconds intervals. I also manually lock the aperture down one stop from wide open. I normally use either the kit lens (18-105) or a super-wide (10-??) at just off shortest focal length. While the this exposure time results in slight over exposure around dusk/down, it is pretty good in the middle of the night Then I use one of the free image stacking software to merge them (far easier than using PhotoShop).
One issue is lens misting, to which end I will probably get a "dew heater", but that's on the Tuit List.
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Message 1883488 - Posted: 13 Aug 2017, 1:03:20 UTC - in response to Message 1882866.  

First shot is of the ISS and an iridium flare last year. Was taken from my parents back garden in Cheshire - it just popped up in my Facebook feed.

Second picture was taken in Cornwall - nearly ended up with a space station in my wine!

Nice pictures. The ISS was in the sky here the other night, but I missed it. :~(
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Message 1883553 - Posted: 13 Aug 2017, 11:43:38 UTC

Didn't get many Perseids pictures last night/this morning, I saw maybe 40+ between 1230 and 0200, some were proper fireballs too and very impressive - I ended up just using my phone as opposed to the DSLR in the end, which resulted in very noisy shots!





Will try again tonight - hopefully we'll get another clear evening (this time I'll actually charge up the DSLR batteries!)
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Message 1883717 - Posted: 13 Aug 2017, 23:54:38 UTC - in response to Message 1883712.  

Same thing has happened to me - saw a fair few with the naked eye, but with the exception of a few flights coming out of Manchester I didn't actually capture anything. Think there was a thin layer of high level cloud masking them from the sensor (or at least that's what I'm telling myself).
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Message 1884113 - Posted: 16 Aug 2017, 5:01:37 UTC - in response to Message 1883191.  

If I haven't seen it. I would like too.
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Message 1884124 - Posted: 16 Aug 2017, 5:41:07 UTC - in response to Message 1884122.  

I think sometimes it's the other way round - you need the good luck to see the shooting stars!
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Message 1884138 - Posted: 16 Aug 2017, 6:29:17 UTC
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I seen a few but right when the best is to start old man fog rolls in. :( and the moon didn't much before that either.
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Message 1884147 - Posted: 16 Aug 2017, 7:49:07 UTC - in response to Message 1884138.  

I seen a few but right when the best is to start old man fog rolls in. :( and the moon didn't much before that either.

I've been chasing for years. Most times we are over cast and or the moon masked them. A couple times were great, one back in the early 90s was WOW! This year was over cast with 3/4 moon.
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Message 1885334 - Posted: 21 Aug 2017, 19:38:35 UTC

I know it's all exciting in the US at the moment with the eclipse, but this is what I managed to get in March 2015 when we had a not-quite-full-eclipse in the UK - can just about make out a sun spot in the top left!

Although it wasn't 100% coverage in Cheshire, it was still enough to make the light and shadows go very eerie for a few minutes.



I spent ages building a custom lens cover out of a Pringles tub and some solar film for my DSLR, then one of my friends got a much better shot with a dirt cheap bridge camera by just holding my solar sheet in front of it! Typical!
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Message 1885361 - Posted: 21 Aug 2017, 21:50:02 UTC - in response to Message 1885334.  

Just to make you envious over across the pond,I have taken a snapshot of our eclipse here in the States--right here in Tennessee.

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