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Phil Perry

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  1. It was Hand coloured, according to the original source Sir. . . Good though Eh ?
  2. Join us in remembering Stefania Cecylia Wojtulanis-Karpińska, born on this day in 1912. In January 1, 1941 Stefania was appointed as the first foreigner (along with Anna Leska) to the British ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary), which provided airplanes from factories to the airports of individual units and damaged machines to repair factories or scrap yards. Flights were carried out without radio communication, navigation maps, often in bad weather, and it also required learning about the piloting of various types of aircraft supplied, including twin-engine bombers like Vickers Wellin
  3. I'm fine Nev, thanks for asking. I'm sorry if that last post seemed a little depressing !! . . . My good Lady and I are doing OK at the moment, I hope that you are too, notwithstanding the brilliance of various Government people and their weird ideas.
  4. Thanks to the Nanny state, along with the dumbing down of society in general; I doubt we shall see their like in years to come. . . .
  5. Remembering Joan Lily Amelia Hughes, MBE. Joan was a WWII ferry pilot and one of Britain's first female test pilots. Joan started flying training when she was fifteen. At that time, you could fly a plane at any age and so by 17 had she become the youngest qualified female pilot in Britain. As an experienced aviator, Hughes was one of the first eight female pilots accepted into the Air Transport Auxiliary on January 1, 1940 and Hughes was the youngest female pilot to join the service. Initially, Joan flew Tiger Moths from Hatfield Aerodrome, Hertfordshire
  6. On the secondary retirement policy Jerry,. . .no. Abigail is way out of my league mate; . . .but a man can dream ?
  7. Notwithstanding Jerry,. . .I'm still completely in love with Saffer Wimmins . . . . Been online chatting to a self made millionaire Lady oop Liverpool way for some years now. She's in her sixties and has a lovely cruel S.O.H. I knew several Saffers when working in Brisbane also. It was amusing when my good Lady said she couldn't work out what they were saying ! ! ! I think Afrikaaners have a gorgeous Lilt.
  8. Interesting tale Jerry,. . .just one minor detail though,. . .The GORGEOUS Jackie was a 'Saffer' born in Sarf Effrikeh and Not Lahndon. 🙂
  9. I shouldn't say, [obviously at risk of being labelled a pervert of some kind ] But will anyway that this is a really attractive lady. ( Jerry is obviously in agreement, so I'm not alone ) I just wish that I'd been able to see and thank this Lady for her service Personally.
  10. Remembering Jackie Moggridge – the youngest World War II Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who safely flew over 1,500 aircraft during the war. There is now a Jackie Moggridge Spitfire RAF Award in memory of the pioneering aviator, and it is awarded annually to the 'Best female aircrew or engineer who has demonstrated outstanding potential.' Born 1922 Pretoria South Africa. Died 2004 - FIRST Lady Airline Captain. Lest we forget. ( Source wikipedia )
  11. Maureen Dunlop, of Buenos Aires Argentina, joined the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) in April of 1942. Maureen served with the Ferry Pool at Hamble, Southampton, exclusively delivering Spitfires straight from the factory at RAF Southampton. During the war 168 women of the ATA were designated as the "Atta Girls" - The premier female pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary. Women from Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, the Netherlands and Poland all volunteered for this elite group. These skilled pilots would ferry aircraft such as Spitfire
  12. One from last night. 7hrs of exposure under new moon of part of the Heart nebula and the Fish-head nebula. 102mm triplet telescope, CEM70G mount and ASI 2600MC-Pro camera. Bigger, less compressed image on my Astrobin page here: https://www.astrobin.com/full/xp57gh/0/
  13. Another Pic from Rob Greaves. Another Astro image from my back garden last night. IC1396, the Elephant Trunk nebula in the constellation Cepheus. 3hrs 30mins of exposure on this one. Made it to bed by 0345 BST rather than dawn! No hedgehogs this time This is about 2400 light years away, meaning that the photons of light that landed on my camera sensor last night set out 2400 years ago, travelling at light speed ...
  14. Allo Planey. Rob answered the same question on bookface yesterday, it answers all of your obvious questions. I'll see if I can re-find it. **Found it.** How do you take the photos? Husband has a telescope and we had a great view of the moon the other night but trying to take a photo with our mobiles was, well, rubbish I imagine whatever the solution it will be expensive? Emma Louise Hi Emma, a lot is down to the equipment. First, a tracking mount that will follow the stars, and on that, something called an autoguider that watches a single star
  15. One from last night, the Cave Nebula. Had some issues with the computer locking up and having to restart everything and re-cool the camera, so lost a lot of data in the process. This is about 3hrs worth of exposures, not enough for this target really, so a bit noisy. No signs of the hedgehog. Rob Greaves.
  16. Rob said that he was playing a Queen classic, Bohemian Rhapsody . . .I had no idea that he tinkled the bloody ivories. . . but that he got a sketchy applause for his effort.
  17. NGC 281 PacMan Nebula, 2hrs total exposure after rejecting an hour of iffy data. 102mm refractor, L-eXtreme filter, ZWO ASI 2600MC Pro camera, on CEM70G mount. Was accompanied briefly by an inquisitive hedgehog who came across to see what I was up to.
  18. Is there no end to the multi - faceted talents of this young bloke ?
  19. Astro-photographer Rob Greaves: Going for the 'how many gadgets can I fit to the instrument panel' record
  20. Some rainy day reprocesses of old data - Elephant Trunk Nebula with Ritchey Chretien 150mm telescope, and Pelican Nebula with 102mm refractor telescope. Pics by Rob Greaves. Gathering the data is one thing - getting focused shots with round stars and good mount tracking (and no satellite trails!) then the processing of the raw data into finished images is another! Like
  21. Crescent Nebula from last night. A rich area of nebulosity in Cygnus. Just over 2.5hrs of total exposure, 102mm apochromatic triplet telescope, and narrowband filter. Full frame shot, and a crop for Crescent Nebula detail. ( Rob Greaves - Cornwall UK )
  22. When a bunch of Elon Musk's sodding Starlink satellites spoil one of the subframes of a deep sky object you're trying to shoot... ( Pic: Rob Greaves Photography - Cornwall UK )
  23. Just as an aside. . . .In the UK, we have SSDR. Single Seat Deregulated, ie, no Permit to fly regulation. Maintenance purely assigned to the owner pilot. ( crazy, wide open to abuse ) But machines in this category still require Registration ID to be displayed prominently. Interesting that. . .
  24. Merci Monseiur . . . zees was ze point of moi double entendre Mon Ami. . .
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