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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. 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. :)

  3. 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 :rolleyes:

    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. :D

  4. 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.

  5. BTW...sorry for butting in on your thread jimmy.

    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. :o

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :o) 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.

  8. Interesting , we used an RSPB site adjacent to the Humber Bridge on Monday for our clubs first meet . Apperantly anyone can come down any night so. I would assume most RSPB sites are the same ?

    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". :(

  9. Mam Tor is lovely, but it's a struggle to get your legs up there, let alone anything else!!

    Probably easier to go up Grindsbrook onto Kinder scout, but not in the dark!!

    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

  10. 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.

  11. you probably all know, but hey a wee prompt anyway BBC1 23.55 the 700th episode ,awesome all hail sir Patrick !:)

    I think you will find that in England it's actually on slightly earlier at 23:25.

  12. 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!

  13. I enjoyed the show, but having read the Wonders of the Universe book beforehand I was quite surprised to see that the first episode shown is actually the last chapter in the book... I have a feeling someone at the BBC decided the get the doom and gloom episode out of the way first instead of leaving it until last.

    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". :p

    Anyway, don't worry, we sure as hell won't be here.

  14. 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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