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From: Sgl - How To Use The Blogs

Posted by ant in SGL - how to do stuff., 07 June 2012 · 1,418 views

Hi All,

It'll take a little time to write all of these things up, but here is the first.

A guide to making an entry on your BLOG. Wasn't quite what I hoped adding content mid post, but I guess I still need to get...


observing night 21st/22 october 2014

Posted by mickmurphy in mickmurphy's Blog, 23 October 2014 · 16 views

Here is a list of a few thing i saw on the night/morning of October 21/22

M1 The Crab Nebula in the Constellation of Taurus
M45 also in the Constellation of Taurus
M36-37-38 in the Constellation of Auriga
M42 In the Constellation of Orion

And about 15 Orionids in a short period of time before the clouds rolled over and put an early end to my obseving fo...


A telescope, a telescope! My kingdom for a telescope!

Posted by Andy69 in Andy's Column, 21 October 2014 · 69 views

There are a couple of things I’d better point out about this article.

First off, I have no affiliation with Skywatcher or any other astronomy equipment manufacturer or distributor. While I’m doing disclaimers I should probably also say I have no connection to Argos or Ford either.

Secondly, I appreciate that I have ignored a huge number of telescopes o...


Cocktails under the moon!

Posted by Faye92 in Faye's blog, 20 October 2014 · 102 views

Cocktails under the moon! The best nights!


DIY mount power hub

Posted by MagnaMan in Olly's Astrophotography Pages, 16 October 2014 · 218 views

Source: DIY mount power hub


SW 200 Dobson - Eyepieces - My mods

Posted by daiwelly in daiwelly's Blog, 10 October 2014 · 454 views

After changing my mind in July and going for the SW200 dob, I love it I have come up with a list of 2" eyepieces these include:
32mm panaview which will give me 38X mag, Purchased
SW SWA 22mm which will give me 55X mag on wish list
SW SWA 8mm which will give me 150X mag on wish list
SW SWA 3.5mm which will give me 343X mag on wish list. Well within the 40...


finally a first test report

Posted by crashtestdummy in crashtestdummy's Blog, 06 October 2014 · 354 views

Finally after just over 100hrs work spread over nearly 10 months I've finally had my mirror tested for the first time.
There are good and bad bits.

Good:nice spherical curve and no turned down edge.
Bad:it has astigmatism in the form of a depressed centre.



We're off and running..... well, walking.... well, maybe just milling around a bit.

Posted by Andrew W in Andrew W's Blog, 05 October 2014 · 262 views

So it's happened!

I've got a scope.

My initial intentions of getting a small refractor were well and truly side-swiped by RobH on here doing me a corking deal on his ST120.
Having thrown in some extras including the dovetail and scope rings, a basic electronic focuser, an old EQ3 mount and a couple of eye pieces within the price I came away a very happy...


I've gone a bit technical

Posted by Hawksmoor in Blog 19648, 05 October 2014 · 293 views

Well normally I'm a bit of a " give it a go" or "I wonder what happens if I push this button" sort of bloke. Anyway for whatever reason I purchased a couple of ledger type books from Poundland and started two observational logs. One log for visual observations and one for the LVST (the Lowestoft Very Small radio Telescope). So last night, I used the mo...


The Effects of Air Velocity on Sound Waves

Posted by Geryllax Vu in Geryllax Vu's Blog, 04 October 2014 · 215 views

In the 1632 book entitled Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei (translated by Stillman Drake), he presented his historically important ship thought experiment:

“Shut yourself up with some friend in the main cabin below decks on some large ship and have with you there some flies, butterflies, and other small flying animals....



Posted by andyin2014 in andyin2014's Blog, 30 September 2014 · 298 views

I will be traveling by car and want to transport my telescope. I have a refractor and I understand this type is the safest to transport, any advice?


Urser major

Posted by Jobie in Jobie's Blog, 26 September 2014 · 267 views

The sky is clear tonight, looking with the naked eye I caught sight of a star and there were other twinkling stars round it and also a line, having looked on the sky at night website I realised that it might be Urser majors galaxy. Has anybody else seen this?



Posted by American flyer in American flyer's Blog, 26 September 2014 · 194 views

Hi All
I bought a Nexstar6 se as I have always fancied looking at the planets and stars anyway I am all set up but it's been quite cloudy.
I have tried to focus on other things buildings etc but nothing comes into focus I know there is quite a bit turning the knob but nothing seems to happen.
When I turn the knob is the inner mirror supposed to move becau...


Here is a picture of ganymede seen through a 10" scope

Posted by Astrodob in Jupiters moons, 12 September 2014 · 744 views

Here is a picture of Ganymede seen through a 10" scope (NOTE THE PICTURE IS NOT MINE).
So here is some evidence that It might be possible...
I hope I really will see detail on Ganymede and the other moons.
Alas Jupiter is not in the sky so i will have to wait :)


Lodestar beginnings..

Posted by kerrylewis in kerrylewis' Blog, 11 September 2014 · 242 views

Finally began to see something after some helpful advice from a couple of forum members. My error was not setting the white levels etc in relation to the histogram. It's all new to me - except in terms of ordinary photography, so I was in the dark - literally. I now have 'live' images which are essential for alignment and focussing. Conditions were not g...


From: Cassiopeia Double night

Posted by MattJenko in Confusion, 07 September 2014 · 231 views

Source: Cassiopeia Double night


Blacken the Cursed Sun

Posted by rolpol in Explosions in the Sky, 30 August 2014 · 291 views

Blacken the Cursed Sun The story doesn't really start here, but I expect this is gong to be a common theme. It's cloudy.

It's cloudy because today I decided to get rid of the red dot finder that came with my baby telescope. It's cloudy because I stuck my Telrad finder on in its place, spent a good 15 minutes making sure it was calibrated properly, and spent a further 20 minute...



Posted by cutepetgroomer in cutepetgroomer's Blog, 22 August 2014 · 227 views

I am hoping that soon enough I can have my new 1.25 eyepieces. I love the format I have as well. I just want to be able to use filters as well. I know most of the time I am in light polluted skies and the use of a filter is beneficial even if by a small fraction. I still have yet to discover which telescope for me four millimeter, but that's okay. Right n...


Live Stacking now available!

Posted by Paul81 in LodestarLive Development, 13 July 2014 · 575 views

It ha been a while (thanks to a hectic work schedule) but there first beta version featuring live stacking is now available:


I am looking forward to seeing the results of peoples observing sessions!


plan executed

Posted by pojara in pojara's Blog, 06 July 2014 · 328 views

Last night highlights.
the Moon and Mars :cool:
M 29 :smiley:
Cygnus Rift :grin:
M 103 :smiley:
M 52 - next time
NGC 147 and NGC 185 - some other time or never
M 110 :cool:

the sky was very clear - 360o no clouds :) smallest visible star: mag 10 :) (or better - between 12 and 1 o'clock visibility was great)
I was playing with the mount and...


My first try at observing in years

Posted by Scruffy in Stream of Bewilderment, 04 July 2014 · 357 views

So, the day is here! Actually, I am getting an early start. I have the scope (a little Celestron Astromaster 114) set up. The sky is still quite bright at this time. I set up early because it's been so long, I didn't think I could do it in the dark. I forgot about my neighbor's trees. My view to the south (in hopes of looking at Saturn) is significa...

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