Some bike maintenance work, and a shiny new XC helmet

After my little ground collision at speed in Wicklow before Christmas, I decided I had to retire the helmet that I was wearing on that trip. CRC were doing clearance sales on a few bits, and included was a Cratoni Terrox helmet at 70% off. I wanted a helmet that I could use with my goggles and this looked as though it should work okay with them. Opening the box I saw that the helmet has a carbon fibre frame, a range of foam inserts to velcro on for fine tuning the fit, and there’s a net insert to prevent …

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Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie. Just because you may take offence is no reason to persecute. The issue is with you and the lack of acceptance, not the entity you take offence at. That is all.

New telescope!

I saw a Skywatcher 12″ FlexTube Dob for sale on DoneDeal recently, and managed to scrape together the cash to go and get it. For once the new astro equipment curse did not hold true, and I had a clear night sky to play with. First light was with M35, M1, and M42. M42 is beautiful with 12″ aperture. Then I decided to go and clean up and start the modding process. I took the mirror out and gave it a good rinse, carefully using fingertips and hydraulic pressure to remove the crap that had built up on the mirror …

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Elite Dangerous – removal of offline play – looks like they lied to get the Kickstart backing..

So I backed Elite Dangerous some time ago on Kickstarter, and I was looking forward to a modern interpretation of the old Elite games. However, the developers have made a design decision to completely remove the offline play component of the game, meaning that all in-game interactions with planets and other ships and systems absolutely require interaction with an online server to complete. This means that there is no opportunity to pootle about in a true single-player mode, as the universe is constantly updating as other players (who likely will have lots more time to play and advance) explore and …

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Winter weather forecast from MT Cranium

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=92725959&postcount=244 MT’s forecast on Boards has generally been the most accurate for the winter – certainly beating that Kiwi liar/fraud/idiot/clown Ken Ring all of the time! So an unremarkable winter overall ahead, stormy after the New Year, a bit of cold once a month and the Atlantic steamroller dominating most of the time. A cold March though.

New astro camera arrived..

I sourced a nice Samsung SCB-4000 video camera through one of the video-astronomy Yahoo groups, and the camera arrived from South Africa recently. Testing it has been eye opening as to the sentitivity of this camera, and how well it performs under light pollution. It easily pulled about 2 magnitudes deeper than my naked eye could see in moderate moonlight, using a cheap f1.4 zoom lens working at about 8mm. The 1/2″ chip does make it harder to get wide angles without vignetting. I haven’t yet attached it to a scope, partly as the tv that I was using for …

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