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  1. Cheers guys. Joe, I didn't calculate it so much as leaving it open until the cloud started coming over. Whilst that was happening, I was processing the milky way shot!
  2. Hi All. I figured this would be the right place for these, my recent efforts... Venus at the crack of dawn. http://www.flickr.co...N04/7837881516/ The Morning Sky: Venus (Centre), Jupiter (Upper right) and Orion (Bottom right). http://www.flickr.co...N04/7837900280/ The Plough on the move. http://www.flickr.co...N04/7837906800/ The Milky Way in Cygnus http://www.flickr.co...N04/7838790160/ Hope you enjoy!
  3. The physics is going quite well, I've not yet blown anything up or broken any expensive pieces of equipment which always helps! We also have a 4" telescope at home now, which coupled with my camera should be able to produce some nice results, but I've not used it once this summer due to cloud! It turns out that aircraft and astronomy don't mix, especially when one flies right in front of the thing you're trying to photograph!
  4. Cheers guys, you never know if this rain continues throughout the summer I might get a chance to fly and take some screenshots, if I can remember how!
  5. Hi all, some of you may remember me...! Once upon a time I was a regular simmer and frequented the forums, but unfortunately a degree has got in the way. However, I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that have been keeping me away from my trusted old FS9. Pictures, including cycling, railways, aviation, and astronomy: http://www.flickr.co...s/64632300@N04/ - To jump to a set just go down the right hand side... My family and I followed the Tour de Francec this year: I hope you are all well!
  6. Joe, no tripod! Just very bright conditions, and a lens with IS (Image Stabiliser) which does seem to have a very positive effect.
  7. Hi All! It's been ages but I have just popped in to say hello and share a few snaps. As a late birthday present I got myself a Canon EF-S 55-250mm zoom for my camera, and on the way back up here to Durham for a new term, we stopped off at Manchester for a few shots. It was really the wrong time of day for that viewing area sun-wise, so they are nothing special at all but I thought I'd share a few anyway! Hope you enjoy
  8. Cool stuff, that German tiger Tornado looks angry!
  9. Nice set Kieran. Similar weather to when I was there...fairly standard!
  10. Nice shots! That Finnair, one of my favourite liveries too... I'll be flying in to ESSA in a few weeks time!
  11. Is anyone off to Fairford this weekend? I was working outside yesterday as a B-52 made it's arrival, seen a few fighters coming in too...might pop up on the Monday to watch departs!
  12. I had that one too! Nice a/c as well Kieran, I've got my Maiden t-shirt on at the moment!
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    3 Peaks

    Cheers guys! Kieran - Wish we'd had a 67, thrashing it down Lakeland lanes in a minibus at 2.30am was an experience! Dai - The Pyg ascent was pretty crazy and included some running on flatter sections. Not to mention it being the coldest I've ever been! Wiggo's chances in the Tour? Maybe soon I'll get a chance to fire the old FS up and get something in the Screenshot section...
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    3 Peaks

    Hi All!! It's been a while, I hope you are all keeping well...I'm back for the summer now, thought I'd share with you something I did during the period between exams and results. (Yes, it wasn't all alcohol consumption...) I did the 3 Peaks Challenge with the University's charities committee, raising a good total for Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Rescue Service. For those who don't know, the 3 Peaks Challenge is when one climbs the highest mountain in each of Scotland, England and Wales - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon respectively, within 24 hours. Unfortunately, due to various inju
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    Berlin 2011

    Great shots George, looks like you had a great time. Love the animal shots especially!
  16. Strange, I've never had a problem with them... Maybe I'm just lucky!
  17. Brilliant selection, love the Avient one!
  18. Dai - I haven't yet come across much Plasma Physics unfortunately! The first year focuses heavily on the elementary stuff in all areas, though I'm also doing the optional 'Introduction to Astronomy' which has been really interesting! Micke - I haven't read any Stephen Hawking yet actually! However if you enjoyed them then I recommend 'Why does E=mc^2 and why should we care?', which explains relativity very cleverly...
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    My Subject...

    Many of you will not know, I'm currently doing a physics degree, so I thought I'd share with you a few links to things that I think show off my subject best, and help explain why it's so fascinating! The first link is the Astronomy Picture of the Day, along with a description of what it shows. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html Second is the final in a series of programmes by Professor Brian Cox on the Wonders of the Universe. For the non-UK members, I thoroughly recommend the series on DVD! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0101h6w/Wonders_of_the_Universe_Messengers/ Thirdly, a
  20. Cheers guys, can't wait to get some more flying done! Oh and revision of course...
  21. Very interesting, loved the refuelling and seeing the old tanker in action!
  22. Hi All! Back home for Easter (already), and soon I was off to visit friends in Jersey, flying BMI Baby from East Midlands. Being my first flight in over a year there was one thing I had to do... For the first time since going off to University I slid FS 2004 into the CD drive and fired her up! I needed reminding of a few things but made a safe and correct flight as if I hadn't even had a break! Something of interest: on my return flight today, despite reaching FL 260 according to the Captain, we didn't once break through the top of the cloud! It was such a pleasure to fly from two small, q
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