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Star Party Virgin

The summer equinox has passed and people are looking forward to Star Parties. I have never been to one, don't know what to expect, have never met the participants. As a solitary observer tucked away in my small North West garden I have been happy to gaze the night skies alone (Mrs Polar Bear often pops out for high mag views of the Moon and Planets) but otherwise I enjoy my own company and get along very well with myself. So I have taken the plunge and committed to attend CSP9 oop North in Cumbr

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

More spending and forgetting to do my maths.

Please treat this as an object lesson in why you should think long and hard before making a purchase. Adapters, reducers, cameras, batteries, remotes and other bits and pieces have been acquired since the purchase of the C8. I always intended to use the scope for Lunar and Planetary imaging and also for getting images of planes passing the Moon, so I embarked on 'kitting it out' My terrestrial photographic needs are taken care of with my trusty full frame 5D Mk1. A tank of a camera with a supe

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

New Scope & the 3 C's

Mrs Polar Bear accompanied me to pick up the C8. Her face was a picture when she saw the size of the case it was in. Back home further bewilderment followed when she saw it assembled on the substantial mount and tripod. I had to think quickly as I was met with a barrage of questions "where will you keep it, have you thought this through, you had better use it" Of course, being a man these things are not important, solutions tend to happen all on their own in the future so no point fretting a

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

Thanks to Uncle Rod and ebay I now own.......

It is old and it is used but like all good things it has stood the test of time and still functions (a bit like me) 'It' being a Celestron C8 Ultima. After several months of deep thought and even more of research I may just of purchased my ideal scope, if such a thing exists?. Rod Mollise over the pond in Chaos Manor South, that guru of the CAT world aided me on my path to telescope nirvana. His informative guides http://skywatch.brai....com/astroland/ were a great help (thanks Rod) A little

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

Should one drink Bruichladdich whilst browsing scope ads?

It has been a while (June 2012) since I have been on the site. This has been due to a self enforced absence whilst I gave my all to a new career (contrary to popular belief I have not been in jail) Now I am bedded in with my new career I have the time and the finances to take up my stargazing again. As the title of the blog suggests, drinking fine malt whisky and browsing ads in the small hours may lead to some interesting purchases. I last left you having sold my Evostar 120 refractor followed

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

Summer Projects The 102 Mak and putting observing to bed.

As we all know, now is not the best time for stargazing. I have just been out for an hour trying my little 102 Skywatcher Mak out on Saturn and Mars. Enjoyable as ever and the 102 certainly punches above its weight on planetary visual. It is comparable to my Evostar 120 and certainly much more manageable. My Celestron Omni 12mm suits it well giving 108x magnification and lovely crisp views of Saturn with 3 moons visible. After an hour of midge attacks I called it a night, and probably will leave

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

New Look Site New Polar Bear's Blog

Whilst having a perusal around the new look site (which I thoroughly like) I discovered my blog was just a number ! So to rectify that for those of you who read it I have closed the old blog and now have a 'proper' blog name We left off last time with me having sold on the Evostar 120. I enjoyed its short spell with me but decided I needed something more portable like a 100mm - 150mm Mak. I only do visual observing of mainly the Moon and Planets and needed a scope that could be put away when no

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

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