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    Default Re: 17 March 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Piet Le Roux View Post
    Thanks for the report Clinton, nice blog!

    I upgraded my UPS more than a year ago with 4 26Ah 12V batteries so I now have 26Ah @ 48V, it runs 3 computers for longer than 2 hours which is the normal load shedding duration. So now when load shedding takes place I usually find myself at the computer if viewing conditions are not good. The upside of load shedding is darker skies!
    Thanks Piet. I live on the border of our grid so when we have load shedding the houses behind and below me still have lights, the houses next to me are dark so that cuts out a LOT of ambient light. Like you say, it's the only good thing to come from load shedding.

    Quote Originally Posted by ozeclipse View Post
    Hi Clinton,

    Nice report. Sounds like a long deserved good night out.

    I looked around your blog, those galaxy sketches are incredibly detailed. Great work. Must have taken multiple nights at the scope?


    Many thanks Joe!
    After months of cloud this was a welcome night out!

    Many of the sketches are done from hubble or other images. Doing sketches this way is a nice way to practice your sketching technique and is also very relaxing on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Some are from my imagination and others from the eyepiece. None of the galaxies are sketched at the eyepiece, my light pollution prevents that.
    In the blog are the actual entries with all the details for each sketch, I then added all the sketches to one page for easy viewing. What I need to do is find the time to add a link to the entry for the sketch below each sketch on the page. As you already know a blog takes some work.

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    Default Re: 17 March 2019

    Nice report and photos. Round about the same day I had a pleasant short outing with Schiller, Schickard and Maksutov.
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    Default Re: 17 March 2019

    This is a really nice blog Clinton !
    I enjoyed looking at all of your entries, and your recent obs report.
    I have bookmarked your blog.
    Thank you.
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