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  1. I'd offer a 'tour of the night sky with an experienced astronomer' in exchange for a packet of Jaffa Cakes
    7 points
  2. Wow. What an idea!! I'm just off to post an add for all serious petrol heads. A sit in my vw polo for £300 or a quick run to sainsburys and back £400.
    5 points
  3. Looks like a few mates got together for an imaging session , But only one of them knew how to Polar Align so they used his mount . . . . Steve.
    5 points
  4. He he - its official! I am now in post as the new Observatory manager for the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory in the Galloway Dark Sky Park. I started on Monday and am getting to know the place and sort out how to use the equipment etc. Its my job to make sure this place is a success, to get bums on seats, to host and give talks and to do outreach to local schools etc. Its a fabulous facility in gorgeous surroundings - you can find out about it at www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk but heres a few piccies to whet the appetite.......... You are all cordially invited to visit...... Of course, I
    4 points
  5. Get the wife out there to clear it away......
    4 points
  6. OK, let's be clear that I couldn't see a witch's head. But, but... snuggled down in the lounger in my arctic gear I spent a nice long time looking to the west of Rigel and I'm confident that I was picking up that suspicious milkiness and reduced star count that whisper 'nebulosity.' This was in our 8x42 Leica bins. The Witch is utterly enormous and totally dwarfs M42 so I reckon I had a whiff of it. Nice. Olly
    3 points
  7. Screwdriver nerd alert !!!!!!! I'd say the small x-heads that Tal use are more like the 'Frearson' type, rather than the phillips. As I mentioned previously, a phillips will work though. Different sizes of slot headed types. Anything different means they've probably been added by a previous user. Andy.
    3 points
  8. Cant you put the boys in the boot - surely the scope takes priority
    3 points
  9. 3 points
  10. Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire will be so delightful And since we've no place to go Let It Blow! Let It Blow! Let It BLOW! It doesn't show signs of stopping And I've bought some corn for popping The lights are turned way down low LET IT BLOW! LET IT BLOW! LET IT BLOW! Yes it's snowing.
    3 points
  11. Hiya and welcome - the only limit is how much cash you have. Mine are listed in my signature at the bottom of this post. Its a good place to look and see what other people are using.
    2 points
  12. he's cut his price down to £350 or best offer [i have emailed him offering a pack of jaffa cakes and a hot mug of tea hope he accepts it] although his telephone number was on it earlier seems to have been removed
    2 points
  13. drilled two more sets of holes in the mirror box on Sunday, allowing variable alt bearing positions and as a result the scope now balances with no movement even when changing at horizon level from a BGO to a 26mm Nagler. Also tonight I tried out the scope to have a final check on the balance and focus points in action. it's all go for final prep and finish! I'll be going with the walnut colour and possibly a black stain with two clear overcoats inside the mirror box.
    2 points
  14. I know where the 'tour' button is on the handset. Doesn't that count
    2 points
  15. It does make me wonder about the success of the human race when common sense seems to allude so many. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
    2 points
  16. Had a touch of advice from Olly, and have a small update to this....
    2 points
  17. Yesterday I waited and waited but just had milky cloud all day but I did catch a plane transit 12th Jan 2013 Plane transit by Alexandra's Astronomy, on Flickr Today, despite the forecast was the same again I was just going to pack up when I had a sudden clearance and brightening of the sky just long enough to capture a quick Hydrogen alpha and Calcium K with the PST's and DMK41 2013-01-13 by Alexandra's Astronomy, on Flickr and black and white for those who prefer Calcium K 2013-01-13 12-11-07 by Alexandra's Astronomy, on Flickr Hydrogen alpha 2013-01-13 12-06-19 by Alexandra's Astronomy
    2 points
  18. Globs are what gave me aperture fever I find that the 8SE gives nice views of M13,92 and friends, but bigger is better Also, given their new prices, the CPC is a much more stable platform than the SE for the extra. Putting your Dob on a trolley could save you a lot of money though!
    2 points
  19. Hi Chris. If you need any further help/info regarding the setting up/general use of the scope etc, don't be afraid to ask. No such thing as a silly question, here on SGL !!
    2 points
  20. Just got to flog the 4se now or the wife will most definitely kill me Its starting to look like the FLO showroom in my house! Oooh now that needs a photo doesn't it
    2 points
  21. How about a roof rack and a roof box and put the scope in that ?
    2 points
  22. I wonder if people buying them from the states is one of the reasons why they are pulling out of the UK? More likely that they just don't sell enough of them to justify having a presence here, maybe they would sell more if they sold them at a more competitive price compared to other countries
    2 points
  23. I bet Macdonalds would sponsor it.
    2 points
  24. Just had my first stargazing session with my xmas pressie bargain scope. It was hosted by Sunderland Astro Soc whos members were very welcoming, helpful and knowledgable. There were some interesting talks too, before proceeding outside to set up my new toy. At first I felt a bit inadequate next to all the super massive equipment others had. This soon changed however, when the skies were kind and the stars came out to play. I had an excellent view of Jupiter and 4 moons, the nebula in Orion and the seven sisters. And even when I looked through other peoples super-duper scopes, they really
    2 points
  25. ahhh.... i was getting all besides myself....
    2 points
  26. Last week I had clear nights nearly every night for a change! So this is my first proper image through the new equipment, Vixen ED80 and HEQ5. Exposure was 8.5 Hours (51 x 10 minute subs) over 4 nights with the QHY10 at -15C, fully calibrated. Hope you like it! Erik
    2 points
  27. The evolution is now complete... For now
    2 points
  28. I guess good seeing conditions override problems with LP, and assuming collimation is spot on, you'll also find that on average, Jupiter doesn't really need much more than about 140x - 160x. My 4" frac can easily make out the north and south equatorial belts, great red spot, the equatorial band and the north and south polar regions. If you stick with him, gradually, after 15 minutes or so, Jupiter reveals even more subtler markings especially in the north and south temperate belts and larger markings in the north and south tropical zones. The entire image in the eyepiece is really no bigger th
    2 points
  29. For easy viewing I would suggest you look at the following: Celestron Omni XLT 150 A reflector telescope, so there is a bit of a learning curve around collimation (aligning the optics), it comes on a manual equatorial mount which again will require a little learning to use correctly, but it's very simple to grasp. Motors can be added for tracking planets and starts (not goto though). The Omni CG-4 is a very good medium-weight mount in my opinion. Celestron Omni XLT 120 This is a refractor, requires very little maintenance - the classic grab and go scope. Same mount as the 150. Should be po
    1 point
  30. I can't answer all of those questions, but the mirror cell is easy to remove from the OTA -- it's just held in with the six(?) screws at the bottom end of the tube. If your water butt base is large enough I don't see why it should fall over, but you could always add some clips of some sort to hold it in place. The Mak is good for lunar, solar and planetary observing. I'd expect it to be fairly good for splitting doubles, too. I've never tried it on globs. I'd expect binoviewers to come to focus with the Mak because it focuses by moving the focal plane rather than the eyepiece(s). I can get
    1 point
  31. Funny you should link me to that video as that is the one I used to clean the primary. The only difference I did was drag the cotton wool over the mirror while it was submerged under water so the weight of the wet cotton wool didn't apply any force to the mirror. Used deionised water to rinse the mirror thoroughly after soaking the mirror about 5 times, cleaning the plastic bowl and changing the water between each soak. Primary looks so different now! On my first viewing with dirty mirror I could just about make out the cloud bands of Jupiter. The second night with clean mirror I could see muc
    1 point
  32. Make your own, rc pinion gears and m4 bolts.
    1 point
  33. I'd say you might as well have a large screwdriver set with you just to cover you. Good thing about the bouncing , I'm planning on doing something similar with my modded bag for my OTA, build here
    1 point
  34. Thats top info from a top chap and an amazing astrophotograther .
    1 point
  35. EBay is a great place to sell... But generally a bad place to buy
    1 point
  36. Welcome to SGL, buffalo Bill! Dana
    1 point
  37. As was stated on this forum in another thread by Paul Abel, all four will continue the Sky at Night programme.
    1 point
  38. Sounds naff to me, in 40hours you should be able to charge the hms belfasts jump starter battery!!
    1 point
  39. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12-Dobsonian-Telescope-/300846118362?pt=UK_Photography_Telescopes&hash=item460bd375da
    1 point
  40. In the future the 200 will sit very nicely on an EQ5 or better an HEQ5 with GOTO and the ST4 port when the mood takes you....
    1 point
  41. hi guys tried to go through a lot of my old avi files tonight to try and tweak some. Results didnt come out that much better to be honest. So feeling slightly defeated i decided to make this All images taken with my skymax127 (apart from the image of the skymax127 in the picture of course )
    1 point
  42. I have a CG-5 but I am afraid I have never used an EQ5 so can't offer a direct comparision. As said above, the CG-5 is only noisy when slewing at full speed. You can make it substantially quieter by stripping it down, adjusting worm meshing, and re-greasing it but the newer mounts are much quieter than the older ones that earned the "coffee grinder" moniker. The strip down can also improve tracking accuracy considerably and is dead easy to do. You'll probably never use most of the objects in the GoTo database so I wouldn't worry too much about that. What I can say is that I have a CGEM DX m
    1 point
  43. Congrats on your scope and your star party! What sort of scope did you get?
    1 point
  44. ebay amazes me. A 2nd hand scope for more than you can get it (delivered!) new! Still - a great scope to start with and if it doesn't work out who knows, sell it after next years Stargazing Live - maybe for even more! From what I've read - getting the Right angled finder is the best "1st" accessory (or a telrad maybe).
    1 point
  45. Probably the best M42 I've seen! I agree that the core is perfect. I hate dulled out cores. It'd be like a picture of child blowing out candles on a birthday cake, but all the flames are photoshopped out. Just wouldn't look right. The brightness it there....leave it there.The color in the dust is wonderful too. Thank you for your image.
    1 point
  46. If it's any help This image was taken in Norway last year at f4 15 seconds iso 800
    1 point
  47. It'll be an emotional watch I agree - but I'm sure he'd want us all to celebrate the fact he was here at all to impart the wealth of knowledge that he clearly loved gathering and sharing. Let's hope the beeb find someone as dedicated as he was to continue the cause - but he was too unique to ever be replaced and will hold a special place in our memories for all time. (I'll only cry if they put Jeremy Kyle in charge lol)
    1 point
  48. Here's a pic of the type of ties used: cable ties. You can get them at any decent hardware store. To work out the length of the tie you need, work out the circumference of your given OTA. For example, an OTA with a diameter of 200mm will have a circumference of C =π x d. In this case, more or less, 3.14 x 200 = 628mm. So to do a single tie job you'll need a cable of about 628mm or 25" long. I'd say you'll need a little more than that because an OTA is always bigger than just its diameter and you will also need room to tie the thing, but you get the idea. As 25" cable ties probably don't exist
    1 point
  49. Skywatcher, get an SGL t-shirt and wear it to Sugar Hut, sort of subliminal advertising. And I 'm sure in a couple of weeks they will all be wearing them
    1 point
  50. I have absolutely no idea what you just said To be honest, I can't pass judgement on it because I have never even seen it, don't know any of the characters or places. I know a number of the girls at work LOVE it, and my rule of thumb is if they `LOVE` it, there is every chance I probably wont.. I was born 40 mate! Whereas when I was in my 20s my mates would drink Archers, I would much prefer to listen to the Archers on Radio4.. Still, you are an astronomy-nut so you're alright by me!
    1 point
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