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RIP Gaz

Posted by on December 10th 2017 in In the garden
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He OD'd on the white stuff and couldn't hold himself together. He lost his fight this afternoon:

 

Boxer Rebellion

Posted by on December 9th 2017 in Lost in translation

I can just imagine the kicking and screaming of the chefs as they are shoe-horned into the boxes at the start of their shift:

 

They'll escape soon enough though - the sodding lids never stay on for long.

Kudos for effort

It's an improvement of sorts:

At least she fully-blocked only my neighbour's ingress/egress, I had only her driver's side impeding mine.

To be fair, she put in way more effort than the two who visited here earlier...

I'd answered the front door to a bloke who, while looking straight at the adjacent number-plaque which bears a number that's clearly not 20, proceeded to ask me if this was number 20. If that wasn't enough lunacy, about a minute later he (I think it was the same bloke) had made his way up our side-garden path and was trying to get through our garden gate (the one that's marked "Private"), and when I went out of the back door to accost him for trespassing he proceeded to asked me the same question again! He was an estate agent. I was unamused.

And not five minutes later the postwoman dumped a pile of junk-mail through our door. She was unimpressed at being called back from the other end of the close for me to hand it all back to her. She claimed that she had not noticed our opt-out notice or the sign on our letter-box flap:

One of the junk-mails was from Specsavers, I recommended that she should keep it for herself but I think that she was so unobservant that she couldn't see the irony of it.

So, we've had a fair crop of eejuts already, and it's not even lunchtime. It doesn't bode well for the rest of the week.

Three strikes and he’ll be out

Posted by on November 24th 2017 in Driveway-blocking feckwits and piss-poor parkers

I must admit that I wasn't going to post the first of these pics back on 23rd October because the guy said that he was sorry and that he wouldn't obstruct my driveway again.

But he wasn't true to his word and his apology has been proven to have been empty - today he was back doing it again just as I was about to get in my car to back it out, so in addition to the withheld pic there's another one to accompany it.

Strike One:

 

Strike Two:

Observing Report 17th-18th November 2017 (Leonid meteors session 2)

Posted by on November 20th 2017 in My vids, Observing Reports, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)
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Over 650 pics... plenty of clouds and more than a few planes, but only two Leonid meteors.
I'll post separate pics of them later, but for now here's a time-lapse of 45-second frames compiled to play at 2fps.
Leonid meteors at UTC 03:05:12 and at UTC 05:00:15
It's best viewed in full-screen after it has finished buffering.

Canon 1000D, 10-18mm zoom @ 10mm, F5.6, ISO 800, captured with APT v 3.33 (http://www.ideiki.com/astro/)
Post-processing with PS CS3, Irfanview, K3CCDTools3 and VDub.

 

Observing Report 16th-17th November 2017 (Leonid meteors session 1)

Posted by on November 19th 2017 in My vids, Observing Reports, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)
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Over 650 pics... more than a few planes, but few meteors.
I'll post separate pics of them later, but for now here's a time-lapse of 60-second frames compiled to play at 2fps.
One Leonid at 02:33:24 and one sporadic at 06:26:04
It's best viewed in full-screen after it has finished buffering.

Canon 1000D, 10-18mm zoom @ 10mm, F5.6, ISO 800, captured with APT v 3.33 (http://www.ideiki.com/astro/)
Post-processing with PS CS3, Irfanview, K3CCDTools3 and VDub.

 

Where once there was a big tree…

Posted by on November 6th 2017 in In the garden
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... there are now small forests:

 

 

confused@november.uk

Posted by on November 4th 2017 in In the garden
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Some of this autumn's new strawberry plants, grown from this summer's runners, have decided that it's already springtime:

 

 

Astro Imaging – Works in Progress from October 2017 Observing Sessions

Posted by on November 2nd 2017 in Astrostuff, Pics

I've managed to get out for a few observing/imaging sessions recently. So far I've only stacked four sets of sub-frames in DeepSkyStacker, I've yet to throw any Photoshop Actions at them.

Here's what I'll be fiddling with when there's nobody looking:

 

The Horsehead and Flame Nebulae in Orion.

 

The Double Cluster in Perseus.

 

IC1848 Soul Nebula in Cassiopeia.

 

M45 Pleiades in Taurus.

 

I'll post the finished articles as and when.

 

A sign of the times

Posted by on October 30th 2017 in LMAO!, Lost in translation
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Looks like I've fallen behind again. There's plenty to post about, but not always plenty of time to post.

I'll start at the stagnant end of the gene-pool and work my way across to cleaner waters.

Here's your starter for ten:

 

 

 

It's heartening to see that someone else tried to apply a suitable spelling correction.

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