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Jimmy Stix

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  1. Hello again! It's been a long while since I was here last. Hope those I got to know a little last time are fine and well. I had a bad summer, my Mum was quite ill (OK now!) and I had some personal problems too. Looking forward to a winter of stargazing (weather permitting ) and climbing back onto the "learning curve". If past experience is anything to go by I know I will get lots of help here and it will be much appreciated.
  2. Glad you got it sorted Bev. I am still relying on my battery pack and whilst it does slow down after a few hours I have managed to get what I thought was a decent run from one set of Duracell. Really need a power tank though! Have fun! Isn't Saturn cool!
  3. We could always see if Patrick is still in touch with this guy! YouTube - Can You Speak Venusian?
  4. It would be nice for us all to spare a thought for Colonel Gagarin today. Maybe a quick toast with a shot of vodka (or whatever your tipple) to remember him and what he achieved as an "ordinary bloke" from a humble background. One of the first things I learnt as a kid when I became fascinated with the space race was the name of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin. Here's to you Yuri.
  5. Thanks for that steppenwolf. Is there an easy way to determine which is the pos/neg wires? Can any of my fellow Synscan users have a look at their battery pack and let me know perhaps? They should all be the same right or am I assuming too much? Thanks in anticipation.
  6. Bev, I have the same setup and, whilst sometimes I need a little adjustment, after 2-star alignment the object I want is generally in the FOV. Difficult to offer any better advice than that given to double check your setup of the handset. Hope you get it sorted.
  7. What a chump I am!!! Came in last night from the garden carrying my Skywatcher fully assembled. Plonked it in the middle of the kitchen foor, turned round and walked to the door to close it and forgot that the battery pack was in my pocket. Duh Wires are now pulled off the terminals. Looks as if I can just nip them back under the connectors but do you think it will be ok? Being an electrical duffer I also don't know where to connect black or white wires. Any help much appreciated.
  8. Welcome from another fellow Sheffielder, Ismangil. Have you seen the "South Yorkshire Stargazers" social group?
  9. Glad you found it in the end Stick. I'm a fairly newbie too and I got it the first time in January (early morning). It's a real "wow" moment isn't it! It was always my favourite planet as a kid and still is!
  10. In my experience it does make a big difference. The other night I popped my head out the back door and was convinced it was not worth venturing out (I could not even see The Plough!), my wife was in the kitchen so the light was on, but when I actually shut the door and went out properly I could see loads of stuff. I ended up having a good night.
  11. Hey, no worries! That's what the forum is all about surely. Prompting discussion and development of a theme. You were totally on topic with your question and it has led other members to provide even more info for me to digest and advice to take.
  12. Thanks for all the congrats messages and the heads up on where to go next. I actually managed the split with the SW 25mm (which I was very suprised about!) which in my MAK gives me a mag of only x60. I was beginning to think my scope was only good for planets, the moon and a few of the brighter nebulae but I am so glad that I have found it performs well on stars too.
  13. Well maybe not but I was rather chuffed that last night I was able to split Castor into a double. My first attempt at a double and I was so pleased that I was able to do it. I just have to put in another big thumbs up here to "Turn Left At Orion", what a super book and so easy to understand with it's naked eye, finderscope and telescope drawings. Wonderful! My first proper night out in weeks with my scope and despite the moon I was able to see that double (twice the size of our sun, ten times brighter and 45 light years away ) and also the faint orange star close by. Little steps maybe but big strides as far as I am concerned and a great sense of achievement.
  14. Many RSPB sites are closed to the public at night so please don't assume that you can use them anytime. There are some sites that are indeed open at all times, due to public footpaths, but please check at the RSPB website first. The RSPB: Reserves Please also remember to respect the wildlife, particularly during the breeding season. Sorry, I am not trying to be "preachy" or assume that people on here are not responsible but sometimes it's easy to forget that there are other things to consider when we are "out there".
  15. From what I remember, it's not that bad a trek from the car park at "Mam Nick". However I have never done it at dusk/night nor have I carried a scope up there. To be honest, looking at the PDF download for Mam Tor, they seem to be trying to encourage newbies and families to "get out there" and don't mention anything about optics. They just want folk to enjoy the sky I reckon. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-walk-mam_tor_dark_skies2010.pdf
  16. Great to read your blog as ever Isabelle. I love Saturn. Always my fave as a kid and still is! Sorry you have had a setback again, keep smiling (something my Mum always said) and get well soon.
  17. But that's my point! Why is the BBC4 showing longer? Usually it's 10 mins but in this case 15!
  18. Does anyone know why the BBC add an extra 10 minutes to the S@N when it's repeated on BBC4. Is it to encourage the switch to digital? Seems a piddling amount of time to add if it is especially as there are plenty of digital only progs already.
  19. I think you will find that in England it's actually on slightly earlier at 23:25.
  20. Surely there were lots of "Wonders" in there? The sheer mind boggling numbers for a start! Trying to get my head round the "wonder" of those is enough to keep me gripped and Prof. Cox helps me to understand just a little bit of the physics I struggled with at school. My goodness that was taught in such a boring way that I soon lost interest and then could not catch up properly. I wish my teachers had been as interesting!
  21. I was going to say the same thing Pete as I was puzzled too. I too have the book and noticed that Destiny was chapter 4.Also in this months S@N magazine "Time" ("Destiny" as they now have it) was listed as being 4 of 4. Had to double check in the Radio Times to see that someone had not messed up! Chaos from order? To me the "end of it all" would seem a much better choice for Episode 4 than 1. Even if it would have meant leaving it on a bit of a "downer". Anyway, don't worry, we sure as hell won't be here.
  22. Shut Up! Shut Up! Shut Up! It's been nothing but cloud here for days and days. Not been out with my scope since I don't know when.
  23. Hi Abbie and welcome. Don't expect too much from the skywatcher eyepieces and especially the Barlow. Having said that the 25mm will give you some nice views of the moon planets and some larger nebulae. I have not found the 10mm very satisfactory as yet and have been disappointed with the Barlow. However, I have much to learn and, despite the temptation, have not plunged in and spent a fortune on premium eyepieces. Don't be disappointed if your first session or two is a little underwhelming, mine certainly where. Have fun and keep warm!
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