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  1. Magnificent! Well done Hamron. I witnessed most of that 40 seconds as weel, almost on the stroke of 11pm? Looked up in the middle of changing a lens and WOW! I've never seen so much happen in the sky so quickly. It hasn't been a great winter for Auroras but your image captures the very best of it.
  2. Gosh. What a to do over very little. One of the things that continues to surprise me is the fuss made over whether being gay comes down to simple genetics or a matter of choice - like deciding what your favourite colour is. Maybe it's something you can change through an act of will - "I really do prefer blue!" or maybe it isn't. The implication that "maybe it's not their fault" might make it OK whereas same sex sex through choice is somehow worse baffles me. Surely the point is...... who should really care if your favourite colour is red, you're a girl who prefers girls, or a boy who lusts after other boys this year but might not next year when you meet this most amazingly interesting lass? Who cares if choose to be gay on Tuesday and Wednesday but straight the rest of the time? In answer to some of the fears expressed over how gay marriage might affect the mankinds viability, there are a lot of things that might compromise the future of the human race. The percentage of homosexuals is not one of them.
  3. I am delighted to learn that there is an Astronomical Society in Shetland and will now be attending their Solar Storms/Mirrie Dancers lecture on 2nd Febuary. Shetlink can expand your mind!
  4. First go of my 11-16mm Tokina that arrived yesterday 3secs at ISO 1000 and f2.8 for this shot.
  5. Lovely moon tonight.......... http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8408729663_40dd4dbf75_c.jpg
  6. Not at all! If du could see dee wye tae takkin awa da next couple o poles as weel dat wid be fine as dey fair mess up da sunsets oot da voe. This where I wanted to take some shots without all the clutter and light pollution but they were all but gone by the time I got there. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8504/8393803827_c53ddc6761_z.jpg
  7. Managed to catch a bright-but-brief flare up of the Mirrie Dancers at the back o tea time last night. Apologies for the poor quality but I was really just nippin oot for a look and they went mad in the space of about 90 secs. This was a 28mm lens and shows probably about a third of the display that stretched from NW to NE. Headed out for dark places to try and get some proper shots but it all seemed to fall away to a background glow in no time. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/8392493092_a078814370_z.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8391408417_f79baff98d_z.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8391409035_866163fdc6_z.jpg Looks like there's a reasonable chance of more lights over the weekend, so have a look to the skies if you're out and about.
  8. Kavi, I've got a Nikon D90 with <7k actuations that I'm thinking to part with. I'll have a rummage around but it probably has 3 batteries, an 8GB card, a remote release, a "How to" book and a few other bits and pieces to go with it. I'm keeping most of the lenses but I'd chuck in a 70-300mm Nikon f4-5.6G as I've superceded that one. Might find a polarising filter and a UV filter to go with it. The D90 has the advantage of working with just about any lens that Nikon has produced in the last 30 years - and it's a bloomin' good camera too. £400 if you're interested. (Although be prepared to spend more money if the DSLR bug bites! )
  9. Jump out of a balloon from 23 miles above the Earth? Pfffffttt! That's nothing. I once fell down the stairs in the Lounge and survived. Well done Felix and crew - that may take a bit of beating.
  10. These were taken in Stromfirth, Dave. There was a really short window where the lights were really active, maybe only 15-20 mins. The camera always gathers more light than the human eye in these sort of pics so the display is less intense in "realtime".
  11. Bit of trial and error for me..... First three are with a 28mm f1.8 lens and exposures from 4-7 seconds and ISO speeds of 400-800. The fourth and fifth were taken on a slower f4 zoom at 14mm and 24mm with ISO's of 800 and 2500 respectively. Saw quite few meteors as well but only captured one small one on camera.
  12. Anybody catch the display between around 10pm last night? Didn't seem to last long then fell right away to just the normal background glow. http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Mirrie%20Dancers/14thOct2012MirrieDancers-1.jpg http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Mirrie%20Dancers/14thOct2012MirrieDancers-2.jpg http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Mirrie%20Dancers/14thOct2012MirrieDancers-3.jpg http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Mirrie%20Dancers/14thOct2012MirrieDancers-4.jpg http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Mirrie%20Dancers/14thOct2012MirrieDancers-5.jpg
  13. Got to admit to being a bit of an Apollo nerd, but Neil Armstrong's death has quite saddened me. I suppose he may have been one of the most famous people ever to have lived - yet he would appear to have been a modest man, unwilling to cash in on the fame of his place in maybe the greatest ever engineering achievement in human history. To anyone remotely interested in the Apollo program I'd recommend watching the "In the Shadow of the Moon" documentary with commentary from the astronauts themselves. It's available on Channel 4 On Demand here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/in-the-shadow-of-the-moon/4od One of the things that strikes you is that they are now all old men. The youngest is 76 and it there is a very real chance that there may well soon be no-one alive that has ever moved beyond low earth orbit. The Chinese have plans to re-visit the moon sometime in the 2020's but America's own plans were shelved. NASA's fleet of robotic rovers are doind some great science but it's sending humans that truly fires the imagination. One of the outcomes of the Apollo program was that people saw the earth for what it was - a tiny, fragile thing hanging in a vast emptiness and we have all our eggs in one basket, so to speak. I sincerely hope that someday humans will be able to sort out the mess we are slowly making of this planet but we also have to look beyond - and men like Neil Armstrong will have helped make it possible.
  14. No fairly night, but late enoch ta be caad night onywhaur else Taen fae da Hill o Weisdale da streen, lookin Waast ower St Magnus' Bay as da sun gied doon...... http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Shetland%20Landscapes/StMagnusBaySunset01.jpg anidder efter it wis gone....... http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Shetland%20Landscapes/Foula01-001.jpg an anidder later still wi da moon ower Foula. http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/rasmie/Shetland%20Landscapes/Foula012-001.jpg Fine night tae be oot wi. Maks you affil blyde tae be whaur you ir.
  15. From the above article ^^^ "The company said services will be extensively modernised, with a more innovative approach to marketing and improvements in customer care at every stage of the journey - from ticket purchase through to arrival and disembarkation." Has anyone used Scatsta or Broomfield House to experience Serco's customer care?!? Nah, seriously though, hope it all works out for us. Got to give them every chance as this is world's apart from what they're doing for the oil companies, or the MoD, or Kilmarnock prison..........
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