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MEMBERS' CONTRIBUTION EVENING, Thursday, 14 July 2016

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"MEMBERS' CONTRIBUTION EVENING" reminder
When
Thursday, 14 July 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Crown East Scout Hut
Notes
Members are invited to give a short talk (max. 15 minutes) on any astronomical subject they wish. Past subjects have included; Credit Crunch Astronomy; Coma Correctors; Afocal astrophotgraphy; The Kielder Forest Star Party and Constellation Folklore. It's that time of year again to come along and hear a selection of short presentations given by society members. Why not join in and tell us about your favourite star atlas, your latest project or show some of the astro-images or sketches you've produced? Please arrive no earlier than 8:30pm. Event starts soon afterwards.
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Re: Any C++ programmers out there?

Michael Morris
 


Hi Martin

Thanks for your reply. As I said in my original post, I've already looked at photocells.  Whilst I'm sure they would work, for a variety of reasons, they just aren't going to be the best solution in my circumstances.


(No subject)

martin renouf
 

Hi Michael
In answer to your query
i think your easiest way is to use a photo electronic circuit operating a relay or  daylight sensor
there are many circuits schematics on the internet
Martin
 

I have two video cameras for detecting meteors, each sending its signal into a separate PC via a USB video grabber.  Each PC runs a copy of the brilliant but completely inappropriately-named 'UFO Capture' software.  The UFO Capture software automatically calculates local sunrise and sunset and I can configure the software to start up and shut down at user-set intervals before and after sunset/sunrise.

 

The power supplies to each camera and associated cabinet heaters is via 4 x 12v transformers, each  plugged into to a separate simple plug-in timer.  Every month I have to remember to re-programme all these timers.  The LCD screens on these timers is very difficult to read and on several occasions I have programmed them incorrectly.

 

What would be neat would be a small piece of software running on the PC that operates a relay that automatically turned the cameras on and off at user-set intervals before and after sunset/sunrise, with the software automatically calculating local sunset/sunrise times.  There are loads of cheap USB powered 12v relays available on EBay ( http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5V-USB-Relay-1-Channel-Programmable-Computer-Control-For-Smart-Home-CF-/272041590503 ), but I can't find any software to make it work as a sunset/sunrise timer.

 

I've looked at loads of alternatives including photocells,Ardunio and specialist astronomical timers, but they are all not practical, too complex or too expensive.

 

My programming skills are non-existent.  Are there any programmers out there who could write a simple programme to do this?


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Members' Contribution Evening, Thursday, 09 June 2016

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"Members' Contribution Evening" reminder
When
Thursday, 09 June 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Crown East Scout Hut - see website for details
Notes
It's that time of year again to come along and hear a selection of short presentations given by society members. Why not join in and tell us about your favourite star atlas, your latest project or show some of the astro-images or sketches you've produced? Please arrive no earlier than 8:30pm. Event starts soon afterwards.
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Members' Contribution Evening, Thursday, 09 June 2016

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"Members' Contribution Evening" reminder
When
Thursday, 09 June 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Crown East Scout Hut - see website for details
Notes
It's that time of year again to come along and hear a selection of short presentations given by society members. Why not join in and tell us about your favourite star atlas, your latest project or show some of the astro-images or sketches you've produced? Please arrive no earlier than 8:30pm. Event starts soon afterwards.
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An existing poll has been modified, check it out.

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What do you want to hear talks about? We're keen to find out what members want to hear about in our monthly talks. Please indicate which subjects you would like more talks about.
Created by: michaelcharlesmorris
  1. Gravity (added by: mikclement . May 29, 2016)


Thanks!


New poll for worcesteras

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Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the worcesteras group:
What do you want to hear talks about? We're keen to find out what members want to hear about in our monthly talks. Please indicate which subjects you would like more talks about.
Created by: michaelcharlesmorris
  1. The History of Astronomy
  2. Cosmology
  3. Visual Observing
  4. Imaging
  5. Telescopes
  6. Spaceflight
  7. The Sun
  8. The Planets and the solar system
  9. The Moon
  10. Extra-solar planets
  11. Astrobiology
  12. Deepsky objects (Galaxies, nebulae and star clusters)
  13. Variable Stars
  14. Astronomical events (Transits, ecluipses etc)
  15. Atmospheric phenomena


Thanks!


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Any C++ programmers out there?

Michael Morris
 

I have two video cameras for detecting meteors, each sending its signal into a separate PC via a USB video grabber.  Each PC runs a copy of the brilliant but completely inappropriately-named 'UFO Capture' software.  The UFO Capture software automatically calculates local sunrise and sunset and I can configure the software to start up and shut down at user-set intervals before and after sunset/sunrise.


The power supplies to each camera and associated cabinet heaters is via 4 x 12v transformers, each  plugged into to a separate simple plug-in timer.  Every month I have to remember to re-programme all these timers.  The LCD screens on these timers is very difficult to read and on several occasions I have programmed them incorrectly.


What would be neat would be a small piece of software running on the PC that operates a relay that automatically turned the cameras on and off at user-set intervals before and after sunset/sunrise, with the software automatically calculating local sunset/sunrise times.  There are loads of cheap USB powered 12v relays available on EBay ( http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5V-USB-Relay-1-Channel-Programmable-Computer-Control-For-Smart-Home-CF-/272041590503 ), but I can't find any software to make it work as a sunset/sunrise timer.


I've looked at loads of alternatives including photocells,Ardunio and specialist astronomical timers, but they are all not practical, too complex or too expensive.


My programming skills are non-existent.  Are there any programmers out there who could write a simple programme to do this? 



Practical astronomer - Double Star Observing, Thursday, 19 May 2016

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"Practical astronomer - Double Star Observing" reminder
When
Thursday, 19 May 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Crown East Scout Hut - see website for details
Notes
Double stars are a great observing target, especially if you have light polluted urban skies. Find out how to observe and record them. Please do not arrive before 8:30pm. Talk starts soon afterwards
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Transit of Mercury

Mike Clement
 

one photo - white light


Historical Novae - Gary Poyner, Thursday, 12 May 2016

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"Historical Novae - Gary Poyner" reminder
When
Thursday, 12 May 2016
09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Lower Smite Farm,Hindlip - see website for details
Notes
Gary Poyner is one of the UK's preeminent variable star observers. His talk looks at Novae through the centuries - from early Chinese records, through the middle ages and Renaissance where religious views held sway, to a more detailed look at some landmark discoveries of the 19th/20th centuries. Talk starts at 8:00pm
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Historical Novae - Gary Poyner, Thursday, 12 May 2016

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"Historical Novae - Gary Poyner" reminder
When
Thursday, 12 May 2016
09:00 PM to 10:00 PM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Lower Smite Farm,Hindlip - see website for details
Notes
Gary Poyner is one of the UK's preeminent variable star observers. His talk looks at Novae through the centuries - from early Chinese records, through the middle ages and Renaissance where religious views held sway, to a more detailed look at some landmark discoveries of the 19th/20th centuries. Talk starts at 8:00pm
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Space Day 2016 - Wednesday 5th October 2016

Michael Morris
 

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Liz And Mark Perman" <liz.mark@...>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 at 8:33 AM -0700
Subject: Space Day 2016 - Wednesday 5th October 2016
Cc: <west-midlands@...>


Hi Folks

 

Great News – Space Day has a new home!

 

This year’s event, which is timed to run in conjunction with UN Space Week, will be held at the Hive in Worcester http://www.thehiveworcester.org/ during the afternoon and evening (expected to be 16.00 – 20.00) of the 5th October 2016!

 

It’s a little sad having to move away from Droitwich but as you will remember we have been rather short of room in Droitwich and the library has been undergoing a revamp which means even less floor (potential exhibitor) space than in the past. So BIS WM have been liaising with Caryl at the Hive and excellent news we have a new home for the event and of course more room and better facilities!

 

Caryl has mentioned that the library staff would like to aim the event at children from the age of 6 upwards and as usual the event will be an excellent opportunity for Space related local’ish organisations to have a stand (for free) and promote themselves.

 

I do hope you/your organisations can have a stand at the 2016 event. Do come back to me As Soon As Possible to let me know if you want to have a stand or if you are prepared to give a talk.

 

As usual if you know of another organisation/society/club that might be interested in a stand don’t hesitate to pass along this e-mail.

 

Regards

 

Mark Perman

Hon. Sec. BIS West Midlands

Tel. 01905 772 479

https://www.facebook.com/groups/569776719819420/

or for those without a Facebook account please see below

https://www.facebook.com/BritishInterplanetarySocietyWestMidlands/


Lunar Eclipse

Mike Clement
 

photo


Photo for Gallery - Mike Clement

Mike Clement
 

Photos


Re: Observing Evening (Cancelled), Thursday, 28 April 2016

Rod Stewart
 

Message from Chris: Due to unpredictable weather forecast, tonight's viewing is cancelled.


Observing cancelled 28/04/2016

Rod Stewart
 

Message from Chris: Due to unpredictable weather forecast, tonight's viewing is cancelled.



Observing Evening (if clear), Thursday, 28 April 2016

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"Observing Evening (if clear)" reminder
When
Thursday, 28 April 2016
08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
Where
Crown East Scout Hut (see website for details)
Notes
Observing only if clear. Check our Yahoo Newsgroup after 7:45pm for news about whether the sessions is on or not. Event starts at 8:30pm
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Photo for Gallery - Mike Clement

Mike Clement
 

Please could the attached photo be added to my photos in the Gallery.

Thanks



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