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Jimmy Stix

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  1. Welcome Griz. Sounds like many a long evening ahead in the garage for you then! Make sure you get the coffee on so you can stay awake.
  2. Thanks as always for your quick help John. Yes I was thinking about the NPL's. Last night I was using the SW 10mm on Saturn and it was decidely average which, as you have pointed out before, is often the case with supplied EP's.
  3. I did get a GoTo when I got my scope but I had spent 3 months with binos and a planisphere learning some basic stuff. Given how poor UK skies can be and windows of opportunity are often limited (last night I had barely 1 hour) I felt more time at the eyepiece was preferable. It won't stop me wanting to learn and I feel I will always enjoy finding stuff for myself.
  4. Can nobody help me with their experience of Vixen eyepieces?
  5. I already posted this in the equipment section so apologies if you have already seen it but I wondered if I would get more response here. Maybe from fellow newbie/Mak owners. (Thanks Chris C for your reply!) I know there are lots of threads on here about Plossls but I am seriously considering going for an 8mm Vixen for my Mak. At the moment I cannot really afford much so the Vixen prices look like a good choice. I have seen one or two recommendations for them here. I was thinking that the 8mm would be a much better choice than my Skywatcher supplied 10mm for planetary work. This would give me a mag of x187.5 but would it be pushing it to try a 6mm and hope for x250. The spec implies x254 is the highest practical so that's getting quite close. Any help and experience with Vixen and the Skywatcher Maks would be much appreciated. Cheers!
  6. Of course the moons orbit Jupiter so it depends on what time you look. I have been quite successful in identifying the moons using Stellarium. I am still learning too and maybe if you have lots of experience you can name them without reference but not me yet. Oh no, long way to go!
  7. Great! Nice when you can compare what you have seen to Stellarium. Don't talk to me about astonomy in the wind. Last month I had reasonable seeing at one of my dark sites, but it's not that sheltered, and the wind was just whipping across the fields. Boy were those stars "dancing" in the eyepiece! Happy gazing out there!
  8. I know there are lots of threads on here about Plossls but I am seriously considering going for an 8mm Vixen for my Mak. At the moment I cannot really afford much so the Vixen prices look like a good choice. I have seen one or two recommendations for them here. I was thinking that the 8mm would be a much better choice than my Skywatcher supplied 10mm for planetary work. This would give me a mag of x187.5 but would it be pushing it to try a 6mm and hope for x250. The spec implies x254 is the highest practical so that's getting quite close. Any help and experience with Vixen and the Skywatcher Maks would be much appreciated. Cheers!
  9. Jupiter is pretty cool isn't it! Congrats on the new scope. How many moons did you see? Have you downloaded Stellarium? it's free and will tell you what to expect in real time and may give you an idea of anything that puzzles you. http://stellarium.org/ BTW you do know that Jupiter does not actually emit light right?
  10. Also have you downloaded the free program Stellarium. It will show you the exact position of Jupiter (as well as 1000's of other objects) in real time and you will be able to see how low it is at the moment when it gets dark. http://stellarium.org/
  11. Hi Jim, I sincerely doubt that there is anything wrong with your scope. I too have had problems with Jupiter with my MAK. Quite a few others on here too have had poor results with it lately. It has passed it's best now and it is setting quite early in the evening which means you are looking through lots of atmosphere as it's low on the horizon. Try it just as it gets dark, so you can see it at it's highest, but it will not be really good again until next autumn. Also the Skywatcher Barlow and x10 eyepiece are not particularly good so a combination of atmosphere, Jupiter's position now and average eyepieces are almost certainly your problem.
  12. I have no experience of imaging, so I don't know what's possible with a webcam, but have had plenty of "wow" moments in the last 6 months since I started seriously. Discovering again the beauty of the Pleiades. Our fabulous moon at first quarter. Finding the Andromeda Galaxy. Finding the Orion Nebula. Getting up early last month and seeing the setting moon, the first time I ever experienced the optical illusion of it looking really big. Managing to find Saturn too that morning and seeing those rings. Just to name a few of my personal highlights so far.
  13. Hi Adam They do have regular star nights and they would be more than happy to give you help with your scope as well as look at some of the ones they have. I have only managed to get to one star night so far and unfortunately the weather was not so good. We managed about 20mins spread out over about 90 so it was a bit of a let down but hey ho that's how it is with this thing ain't it. Of course it would be nice if a few of us could get together more regularly and help each other perhaps. Jimmy.
  14. Do you think it's too much to expect a 8mm plossl with a ribbon round it? I'll be good all year darling I promise!
  15. Sheffield here too. I highly recommend the Sheffield Astronomical Society. I went to 4 or 5 meetings as a guest and then joined last month. Last night they had a great talk by David Whitehouse on "Space, The Next 50 years". There is a real mix of people and lots of seasoned astronomers who are happy to help. Stargazing night this Sat (I can't make it) and another beginners night on the Mon 21st Feb on "Orbits". Check out the website. Sheffield Astronomical Society Would possibly be up for a smaller gathering of like minds too. I have a couple of dark sites that I have found. Jimmy.
  16. Nice Tipper! I bagged Saturn the other week at about 5am. Always my fave as a kid and I don't mind admitting I got a bit emotional.
  17. Very nice. Love the moon. Thanks for sharing.
  18. I vaguely remember that now but never took much notice as to what the constellation was before. Time to dig out the box set indeed. See what you have started now....Andrew "The Geek"!
  19. You could also select the "sky and viewing" options window select the "markings" tab and click the "ecliptic line" box. This will show you path of the planets, moon and of course the sun across the sky and give you an idea of where they rise and set. The moon and planets will be close to it, the sun of course is bang on.
  20. Hi Jim from Jimmy. Welcome to SGL. Oh how jealous are we? Stargazing in the Grand Canyon!!! Oh my!
  21. Hi Rik, What Barlow do you have that you use with the 15mm. I assume that it's not the one that comes with the scope. From what I can tell it's not the best, right?
  22. Great question OP! Thanks for some very useful answers guys.
  23. I think I have just gone through the wardrobe into Narnia.
  24. I personally quite like to see what kit other people have listed and, the fact that I was so chuffed that I had just gotten my own scope when I joined, I did the same. Sometimes I read what members have and I honestly have no clue what it is but I can then have a bit of fun, Googling, searching here or whatever, and finding out. And yes maybe feeling a little envy but I know many people have taken years to build up their kit and I am sure they are as "chuffed" as I was, with my first, when they add a new bit. I don't believe for a minute that most members here are "bragging" they have just done, as I did, what seems to be common practice. As has been pointed out many times on this thread too, it helps enormously to see which other members have the same kit as me. I know that's a good place to start if I want 1 to 1 help.
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