Feb 29 2012

Had Enough

Mr Stuff

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the BBC News coverage, so I decided to send them an email via the Newswatch website. They probably won’t pay any attention to it and I’ll be surprised if I get an answer but it made me feel good to get this rant out of my system. Enjoy the text :)

There was a time when the BBC news was seen as a respected broadcaster with professional journalists covering stories that matter, but it seems with your 24 hour service that this has is no longer the case.
You seem intent on covering breaking news from other broadcasters and then only covering the pieces that are least likely to offend anyone, rather than reporting on the actual content of the story. In essence your news channel has become nothing but a glorified Google search for other peoples’s headlines using the terms “boring celebrity” and “Olympics”
As for your home grown stories, the last one I saw was about biscuits! You caould have reported on the almost civil war in Syria, the Levison inquiry, Workfare or any of the other stories with actual content that affect people. But you decided that the launch of a new biscuit would be better. I’m also fairly sure that Rupert Murdoch thanks you very kindly for all the free publicity you gave to the Sun on Sunday.
You also seem convinced that pointless outside broadcasts with reporters that know less than the studio staff seem to be a good way to go, mainly during a breaking story. You try to expand as much as possible on what little facts you have by repeating them endlessly with every other word being “urm”.
In conclusion I think you should take the “Britain’s most watched news channel” tagline off your title screens as I don’t think you could find news with both hands in a lucky dip full of headlines.

Feb 26 2012

Silver Lining

Mr Stuff

Hello there, realised it’s been ages since I last blogged anything so here’s an update and stuff :)

For the last month or so my illness has been going nuts, lots of bad days, early mornings and the like, not a lot of fun. And this morning I was up at 4am thanks to Pepper kindly vomiting on the bed, although to be fair to her I was just about to get up anyway. But it didn’t help.

So I was up early, ho hum. I’ve probably mentioned before that early morning TV is hateful and I will do almost anything to not watch it, so seeing it was clear out I set up the telescope to cool down. Once it was cooled I saw an opportunity to have a peek at Saturn, and she was looking really nice. So I thought why don’t I try taking a pic?

It sounds like a really easy thing to do, just poke the phone camera at the eyepiece and away you go, but it’s not that easy. You need to try and make sure that the camera is pointing directly into the eyepiece, not easy when the camera is flush to the back of the phone and you can’t see it. To make it harder I was using a 6.5mm eyepiece which has a really small hole to look into, then add in that Saturn is moving and only remains in the centre of the view for about 20 seconds. So there is a lot of adjusting the scope and trying to line up the camera.

I was at this for about 90 mins and in that time took about 10 pics and 2 video’s, hoping there was at least one good frame in there, and there was. The last picture that I took before trying the video’s, and before Saturn vanished behind the flats next door, was spot on. In fact I can say I’m blown away by it.

Since putting the picture onto Twitter I’ve had numerous retweets, thanks to @Peoplesastro, lots of really nice comments and a few new followers. But I’ve kind of made a rod for my own back since this is my 1st real go at astrophotography and IMO it’s a blinder, I hope I can follow it up :)

So enough of that, here is the pic in question. I hope you like it.