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  2. 2STAR

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    January not looking good so far !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Bengrant76

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    Happy new year everyone!
  4. 2STAR

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    Happy 2019 all, lets hope we can get to a darkish sky site as and when the Clouds and the Moon do one !!! eric
  5. Mark62

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    Happy new year to you too Vicky and Damian and all other members
  6. mapstar

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    Same to you Vic and all the members of WADAS
  7. Vicky050373

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    I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019 and hoping for many a clear night for all
  8. Vicky050373

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    Thanks D. It was a bit disappointing that it was so hazy with lots of high cloud, but she was fascinated with the Orion Nebula. For a 76mm scope it gave pretty good views
  9. mapstar

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    Well done Vic with that and great to bring another pair of eye's to the hobby.
  10. Mark62

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    I’m sure she’s going to love it Vicky and it won’t be long as shes upgrading. You will be picking her up and bringing her to the meetings
  11. Vicky050373

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    Well, I finally got to show my niece, Emmie, the Prinz 660. I also gave her a large fold-out poster sized Moon map, Nightscenes 2019, Tim Peake's "Ask an Astronaut" and an Astronomy dot-to-dot book. She absolutely loves the scope, although it takes her a while to see the objects in the eyepiece. We initially set up in the front yard and viewed The Orion Nebula, Betelgeuse, The Pleiades, Hyades and Mars. However, the street lights were bright so we moved to the back yard to see what we could see there. Unfortunately, a haze began to set in and we were unable to see anything more than the brighter stars so we called it a night. Next time we are hoping to do some lunar viewing to see if Emmie can name the features by using her Moon map. A budding astronomer in the making
  12. Mark62

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    Had a super Christmas thanks V, hope you had a good day too and everyone else too
  13. Vicky050373

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    Hope everyone had a really lovely Christmas, and that Santa bought you lots of nice goodies. I got a really sweet mini telescope on a pendant, which extends out to around 3". You can even look through it and things are slightly magnified. It's cute
  14. Mark62

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    Same to you Damian, hope you have a super day
  15. mapstar

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    Merry Christmas to all. Hope everyone has a great day.
  16. mapstar

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    Well the moon was full on last night and really bright. Like daylight here at 4am. Quite a frost this morning
  17. Mark62

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    What you need to do is dig a trench all the way around for you to stand in when your viewing the zenith
  18. Vicky050373

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    It's very very looooooong, but it was quite comfortable for viewing the Moon with the tripod extended. Wouldn't fancy viewing anything too close to the zenith though haha. I'd have to kneel down!
  19. Mark62

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    It looks like you would have to sit on the ground to look through it
  20. Vicky050373

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    I've just had another look at my photo. It does look as though the scope is low down haha. It wasn't really as the tripod was fully extended, you just can't see the bottom section due to the shadow. Man, that scope is long...... that's a 6 foot fence I'm viewing over haha
  21. Vicky050373

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    It's so much fun to use. Never viewed with anything quite like it. Goodness knows what the neighbours think haha, it's like a bazooka! Hoping we get some clear skies Christmas Day or Boxing Day as it will be coming to the in-laws for my niece to use. I've done it up primarily for my 2 nieces (one my brothers daughter, and the other Terry's brother's daughter) to use under my supervision as they are both really interested in astronomy. It will have to be used with my mounts and eyepieces etc. as the cost would have been too much to start buying it's own accessories. However, to be honest, I think they'd only use it when I am there showing them how to use it properly and helping them find things. I only had a brief look at the Moon last night, and didn't get chance to do any other observing, but it seems like the optics are cracking. I don't think I'll need to start cleaning inbetween the lenses, as the small dust specks and mould (?) spots were not at all noticeable despite viewing the bright full moon. Seems like a successful project and well worth the £30 I have ended up spending on it (tube rings and Vixen adapter) to get it to a fully useable state
  22. mapstar

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    Long and low there Vic
  23. Vicky050373

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    "First light" for myself with the vintage Prinz 660 for a quick bit of lunar. Wow! This thing this is boss to use! Pure joy! The Moon looked incredible, even when full with contrast lacking. Can't wait to test it out with some terminator detail to be seen. Definitely going to try to make a dew shield of sorts to finish the look. Thank you @Marci for sorting the finder scope. I haven't had chance to get the focus set yet, but it looks great
  24. Mark62

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    I’m not getting notifications again
  25. Bengrant76

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    Nice images Vicky, love the pleiades one, lots of detail you have captured!
  26. Vicky050373

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    M45 The Pleiades imaged 13.12.2018 Skywatcher Equinox 80 ED refractor and Altair Hypercam 183C 10 x 300 second exposures
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