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  1. 3 points
    Always worth remembering that the likes of Galileo and other iconic astronomers - you know, the ones who discovered the things we look at - used small telescopes with optics so bad even cocacola would use them for the bottoms of their bottles! Your daughter is awesome, as is your scope. I hope you both enjoy it.
  2. 3 points
    Another go at this large but faint target M33. A stack of two 600s subs @ ISO1000, no darks/flats. Camera - Fuji S5 Pro, scope Altair Starwave ED80. From dark sky site in Mid Wales. Dont think the autogiuding was the best as one of the subs had eliptical stars.
  3. 3 points
    Just to add more food for thought, as a general rule of thumb the brightness of an object will decline as you up the magnification. If I up the mag twofold, say, I'm reducing the image brightness by a factor of four. If I keep on doing this eventually details just disappear. On the other hand, increasing the mag does make detail more apparent, so, as you can appreciate, we're now at a trade-off: will increasing magnification gain more detail even though I'm making the object fainter? I've found that playing around with this trade-off - dependent on the evening's seeing (I've found that LP doesn't really affect planets) - does make a difference. Even as little as 1mm increase or decrease in the mag - about 10% to 15% difference of magnification - can be quite surprising. You'll probably find that on a decent night your sweet spot is around 140x to 160x on viewing Jupiter and you will probably only be able to push 200x on the most excellent of excellent nights. With this is mind, I think barlowing your 10mm on an f/5 was a tad optimistic. You've got a wonderful 8" telescope reaching out across the universe some 675,000,000 kilometers and I'm sure - on another better evening - you will be able to see the Great Red Spot, those delicate reddish-brown belts, a darker, greyer hue to the Polar regions, and so on. You'll be able to trace the movement of the Jovian moons and observe their play of shadows over Jupiter in times of transit or of their eclipses by Jupiter's own shadow. From time to time, if you want to enhance that colour of the giant maybe a light blue filter will work nicely, or a Wratten 11 or 12. If you can, try to sit with Jupiter for a peaceful twenty minutes or so on your next observation session and I'm certain they'll be moments of great clarity and seeing. I've been following Jupiter since late July and every week it gets just that little bit better, the moons are getting brighter and more detail can be tweaked from the planet. Stay with it and as the weeks go by you will notice quite a difference.
  4. 3 points
    If I had been treated like that I would have gone home, put the kettle on, and had a nice brew.......... then, I would have: Called the shop. Explained that I was new to Astronomy and was looking to buy a nice new telescope. I would explain that the shop had been recommended by a friend as being a great place to buy from, but that I needed some help. I would mention one or two (fairly expensive) telescopes that I had been recommended to consider, and ask for their help and advice with "all the other stuff I might need to go with it" At this point you can probably imagine the £££ signs starting to cloud their vision at the other end of the line! I'd keep this going a bit further though. Making them build a considerable list of items and accessories, then make them add it all up for me..... "do you have it all in stock?" "how much for delivery?" "ok, sounds good. So, how much is that altogether then?" "How much?" "Great, that seems very reasonable........ however....... I'm afraid I don't do business with shops that are rude and discourteous to customers, and who snigger at people who only have a Celestron 114eq...... good day!" Click, burrrrrrrr.......
  5. 2 points
    Well, on a positive note 2029 and the end of the world might bring clear skies!! Just be a shame we wont be here to see it!!!
  6. 2 points
    Yup, I have a WO carbon 2" diagonal with 1.25 adaptor. Zoom is for ultra grab'n'go-one EP. Plus, when I'll have guests it will me the "Mascara" eye piece :grin:
  7. 2 points
    So Stellarium did not go Bang when you went all the way back Jim
  8. 2 points
    Your shopkeeper snobbery post reminded me of this NTNOCN sketch. Enjoy!
  9. 2 points
    Visit the other shop and just call in to see what they hold, see if they are any better. Could they be worse? If the internet doesn't bother you ring Alan at Sky's the Limit for appropriate bits. When I ordered 2 eyepieces from him he did point out that I was either mad or brave - which was an accurate description of the situation. He was nicely warning me, then I explained the scope(s) and the reason for the eyepieces. Said previously your 114 is bigger then any of the 5 scopes I have. I am sat here trying to work out what the consequences would have been ahd he passed to same comment to another woman who posts on SGL. The picture I have in my mind is "Messy".
  10. 2 points
    Great report. I'd describe the Orion Nebula through my 16" (even at home with bad LP), 13mm Ethos and UHC filter as completely ridiculous. It's the only object that when presenting it to my occasional observing buddy, warranted the use of the word 'behold'.
  11. 2 points
    I don't think so. I would say instead that we seem to agree that the person in the shop was unprofessional, unkind and inconsiderate. Yes indeed, people are who they are.... but shop assistants engaged in serving customers in a rude and unprofessional way most certainly can change their ways. They can realise their mistakes and modify their behaviour (learning) or they can be warned about their behaviour by the shop manager or owner. If the person is the manager or owner then they learn via complaints, poor sales, or by reading forums such as this one. Absolutely! No need to worry about it, but you don't just accept rude and unprofessional behaviour. You deal with it..... then move on.
  12. 2 points
    When you go into a shop that sells astro gear, you can tell the difference between a sales person and an astronomer. A sales person will try to sell you the biggest and best scope because they are earning commision on every sale. If the sales person is an astronomer themselves, then they will listen to you and your wants/needs and advise on the best way to go. When i bought my first scope, the guy in the shop (who is an astronomer and a friend of Sky at night tv show) took into consideration my disability(wheelchair) and guided me towards a scope that was half the price of the one i had in mind (i was actually going for a 114mm), but i came out with a 90mm on an EQ mount. Summary: Never buy a scope from a person that does not know their backside from their elbow. If in doubt...............GO WITH THE FLO http://www.firstlightoptics.com/
  13. 1 point
    I've been playing around and have been developing a web site dedicated to binocular astronomy. Still lots to do on it, but I think I have enough there to launch it "as is": BinocularSky - Home I hope you find it useful.
  14. 1 point
    Is one of mine (with my professional hat on) - enjoy! http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121012.html The exposure is about 8mins per filter. The colour image was constructed in GIMP. NigelM
  15. 1 point
    Thanks for the info Mark. Walking up the garden to the obsy if I see Jupiter I just look up right and there they are, bright and beautiful Jim
  16. 1 point
    Beautiful Mark, a lot of difference, hope you don't mind me picking but I like the second one, looks more orignal to me Jim
  17. 1 point
    Ive never had shots fired at me lol. But i was out doing some imaging at the end of a visual evening. Only being able to do short exposures, the shutter was going off often. After about 80shots. I start packing up, walk down the drive and theres a police car parked outside! My guess is someone could hear the shutter and called the police.
  18. 1 point
    Thanks Scott. I have the Skywatcher Skymax 127 Supatrak.....although the tracking is a bit of a mystery as it doesn't appear to work, i'm reaching the conclusion it's because I'm using batteries instead of a psu...I might have to make a post about it, see if anyone can shed any light on that issue. I think it's great as a first scope, it does everything I need it to (except for the tracking part) so I've been pretty pleased with it on the whole. Got my eye on upgrading the mount to the synscan AZ goto to help me find things more easily but also don't want to solely rely on that and get lazy. It's looking good out there right now, dry and clear, going to set up in a bit, fingers crossed
  19. 1 point
    A short video showing 2 1/2 hours at 5 frames a second
  20. 1 point
    Agreed I hate spikes too and that is a vast improvement There's a lovely lot of blue nebulosity showing in the second image
  21. 1 point
    I also have this chair and can second everything you say. I would say this is the most useful accessory that I own - being comfortable allows to to spend much longer at the eyepiece and it is when you do that that you really start to see things. It is heavy and sturdy, but as a big chap, I can appreciate that it isn't going to collapse under my weight any time soon! Rich
  22. 1 point
    That shows some clear improvement. Any chance you can list what kit / processes were used for the two shots? Might help the newbies understand the learning curve etc Im itching to get back out and shoot stuff.
  23. 1 point
    I would think quite accurate, modern Science can predict from known facts the general movement of the Heavens as we see it from Earth, hence your published star position tables and relative Astronomical data which is updated and republished from time to time John.
  24. 1 point
    Galileo had far worse optics and discovered absolutely loads, he'd have dreamed to get an eyepiece with 50 degrees AFOV, or even 70% odd reflectivity, unlike the closer to 88-95% of today's amateur market.
  25. 1 point
    I think it's against forum rules to criticize suppliers, so it's good no one's done that. I am amazed that people like this are able to stay in business at all. Vote with your feet and don't go back. And enjoy your scope - nothing wrong with it at all...
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    I run an astronomy holiday place so work can't get in the way... What's it like turning your fun activity into a job? It is totally, utterly, fantastic!! Olly
  28. 1 point
    I'm buying the Celestron astromaster 130eq and it will be here on Monday. Dont feel bad, his purposes are differnt from yours. If you get one too big you cant move it. Also smaller ones take less time to warm up.
  29. 1 point
    When I was a beginner in astronomy I encountered some outlets where the salesperson's idea of his job was to show how much he knew and how little I knew. Now that I'm not a beginner I still avoid those outlets and I certainly never recommend them, or even mention them, when asked about suppliers. Some vendors just never get hold of the crucial idea that negative comments of any kind just rebound directly onto them. In WIrksworth there was a butcher whose sign insisted that their home cured ham was 'not wet and rubbery.' For me they were just the 'wet and rubbery ham people' and I never went in. Olly PS I was too curious and visited their website. The whole mentality is writ large in almost every syllable. Fascinating!
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Memo to self: never use iPhone to write long posts again. I promise I'm not usually this illiterate with a normal keyboard!
  32. 1 point
    no i cant see it here in berkshire, the light pollution is pretty bad here, I cant wait to come to wales, just hope its not cloudy. I have never seen the milky way before. As sad as that sounds. Just wish i could bring my scope, Binos will have to do
  33. 1 point
    Belle, my take on it all, for what it's worth after what everyone else has (very accurately) pointed out......... I would take the stuff back, on principle and then, if you wish to avoid any confrontation, write a brief letter to the store outlining your experience and why you will not go back, and also perhaps pointing out what has transpired on here They will likely read it, purely out of human curiosity. They may take notice, they may not but at least it will make you feel better. The key thing to remember in all of this is, that a 114 will see far more than your eyes will and in it's own right is a good optical instrument! It was a gift from your daughter, which is to be cherished as such anyhow. Lets face it, this guy doesn't know you or anything about you and has treated you poorly, whether you were there to buy a 'scope, a microwave, a car.....you see what I'm getting at He's clearly a fool, with no knowledge of what he sells and his loss in all this is strangely enough, your gain. We are all with you. Who's grinning and sniggering now
  34. 1 point
    I'm pretty sure he was the owner, he was an older man and he did speak as if he had loads of experience, most of which went straight over my head! There were lots of questions I wanted to ask but as he'd already made me feel a fool I didn't bother. I have learned one important lesson from this - just ask SGL members!
  35. 1 point
    M32 has a high surface brightness and shouldn't be too difficult to spot. M110 is much harder and a little further out. Happy hunting!
  36. 1 point
    hi lisa im from north wales as well. welcome to sgl
  37. 1 point
    Chin up Belle, it's a learning experience... Now you know one shop you prefer not to shop in or recommend. I hope the owner of said shop is made aware of the experience and is able to address the issue. As I only have a 90mm refractor from Celestron on an EQ mount he may have snickered as well, but being 6'2" and 15 stone I doubt it. Best to seek advice here and listen to the tried and true recommendations of those who have been around for longer than us. I hope you enjoy your gift for a long time and if later you buy another scope you'll have a better experience..
  38. 1 point
    unfourtunatly these types lurk in all walks of life, enjoy your kit and make the most of it. they are the ones who loose out in the end because word of mouth is a mysterious and powerfull thing !!
  39. 1 point
    I'm my own boss. I make my own work hours. I always meet deadlines i set and deliver on time.
  40. 1 point
    Sounds like the organ grinder was out the back, you obviously dealt with the monkey!
  41. 1 point
    Food/Water/Air is our atomic input, that's where we get our atoms from
  42. 1 point
    I think the idea was based on a scene from a favourite film of mine....... can you guess which one? Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you? Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn't wait on me. Shop assistant: Oh. Vivian: You people work on commission, right? Shop assistant: Yeah. Vivian: Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now. There were so many great lines in that film!
  43. 1 point
    Ive never been South Wales i must visit there and bring my scope.
  44. 1 point
    So the old "life after death" thing is in theory true?? Not getting in to God or anything just in the case of we re use and recycle atoms that were here from the start of the planet? Can further atoms from elsewhere in the universe though come through are atmosphere and become more building blocks on earth? I have read a book not sure who by it was a while ago and the scientist believed that atoms could retain information????? Bit far fetched if you ask me but he was the scientist not me
  45. 1 point
    mmm Patrick is certainly showing his age now .. he looked so very left out of it in this episode, being put at the back like that. The show was OK but I can't help thinking it's not what it used to be (content wise). For instance, I think it would be mighty educational of them to show an episode or two on the technical differences between telescope types and mounts, what you can expect (or not as the case may be) to see through them on good nights. Subjects like that I'm sure would be more interesting than these marathons with made up asterisms etc. Personal choice I guess.
  46. 1 point
    Hi and welcome from me ,and congrats on the new scope pat
  47. 1 point
    For DSO photography you really want: A short focal length ED refractor A motorised, sturdy EQ mount GOTO is advisable An ED80 on an HEQ5 pro would be ideal. You can just about get away with an EQ5.
  48. 1 point
    I saw a picture that someone posted on twitter yesterday of a picture of M31 which comprised 250 x 2.5s sec exposures - so lots of really short subs ... and it looked great - much better than anything I've ever managed with a handful of 20sec exposures. Certainly re-ignited my interest and something I'm definitely going to experiment with.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    Lazy AC option : http://www.modernastronomy.co.uk/accessories.html#accPSU DC option : need to know what the PSU is (cigar, poles?)
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