London Film and Comic Con 2014

This year I decided to visit one of the biggest Comic Cons in Europe, the London Film and Comic Con. Purpose of the visit was not to gather signatures and the photos of movie/comic stars, but the see and experience the event.
Tickets have arrived. Luggage packed. Ready to go.

On preview night in Friday there was entrance queue, halls were calm and you could visited the stalls in peace. Saturday was just the opposite. When I arrived (around 9:30) the queues for both the Early Birds and no tickets were wrapped twice around the exhibition hall. Fortunately I found one that moved were quickly and was inside in less than half an hour. Some with no prepaid tickets were not so lucky and had to wait 5 or more hours just to buy the ticket.
Crowd waiting for entrance to the main event hall in Earls Court 2.

Main hall in Saturday was packed.

In front of the Brompton Hall there were four different Transformer cars (two Bumblebees, Optimus Prime and Barricade) on diplay.
Bumblebee and Optimus Prime in front of the event hall.

Cosplayers were every where. Inside and outside the hall and always happy to pose for the pictures.
X-Men group photo.

Cosplay masquerade.

I visited some of the free talks given by the Star Trek, Star Wars and LoTR cast members. Philip talked about his role of many Orcs, the process of getting in and out of the costume. David (Faramir) described how all the scenes in extended version of the movies were shoot after all the movies were already done and shown in cinema.
LoTR talk with David Wenham and Philip Grieve.

In addition to the Transformer cars, two replicas of Batmobils were on display in Brompton Hall. First from the movie released in 1966, the second (with very dusty surface) from the 1989 movie. Way more photos can be seen in gallery.
Batmobile replica from 1966 Batman movie.

Overall I was pleased with the event (various guests, cosplayers, stalls, free talks, cars on display …), but there were many bad things (overcrowding, bad sound system at super stage, strange queue systems for photo shuts, raffle and programme …) that should be corrected for the next events.

Sun surface 6 July 2014

Object: Sun surface
Date: 6 July 2014
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm + 2x Barlow
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2, Registax, Gimp
Object: Sun surface
Date: 6 July 2014
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2, Registax, Gimp

Noctilucent clouds 4 July 2014

Noctilucent clouds are clouds that can be seen in summer from July to August, shortly after the sunset or before sunrise. They are located much higher than normal clouds, at a height of approximately 80 km, therefore seen when the Sun illuminates their the bottom side.

Object: Noctilucent clouds
Date: 4 July 2014 01:25 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 18-55mm@55mm, f/5.6, ISO 800, 30s
Object: Noctilucent clouds
Date: 4 July 2014 01:36 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 200, 10s

Object: Noctilucent clouds
Date: 4 July 2014 01:45 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 35mm, f/2.5, ISO 200, 15s

Sky this month – July 2014

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.

JULY 2014:

02 – Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) crosses perihelion.

04 – Pluto reaches opposition at 3:00 UT.

02 – Comet C/2013 UQ4 ( Catalina )crosses perihelion

05 – Asteroid (1) Ceres passes 10’ from asteroid (4) Vesta in the constellation Virgo.

12 – Full Moon at 11:27 UT.

12 – Mercury reaches maximum elongation of 20.9° W of the Sun, shining at magnitude +0.4 in the dawn.

27 – Asteroid (105) Artemis occults a +11.6 magnitude star at 23:15 UT for 19.6 s and magnitude drops for 1.0, detailed info.

30 – The Southern δ-Aquariids (SDA) meteor shower with variable peak time somewhere around July 28–30, ZHR predictions about 15-20 per hour.

30 – The α-Capricornids (CAP) meteor shower with variable peak time somewhere around July 30–31, ZHR predictions about 5 per hour.