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  1. I managed to drain the power tank as I left both the scope and the dew zapped on all day.
  2. I have not had my scope out since May due to a back injury. Got it out this morning. Cleaned it up and left it out too cool ready for a good night tonight. Trouble is, when I got it out this morning I ran a power test and then... Left it switched on all day. No power now. Words fail me.
  3. Have you focused each eyepiece separately? The central (main) focuser on binoculars is generaly used to get itright for one eye and then the eyepiece focuser on the other side is used to get the balance right.
  4. Doh! My bad- it all comes from thinking about averages. The level of protein and mineral are pretty constant in all healthy individuals but fat and water can vary considerably with age, gender, hydration status and of course level of obesity. Adult women of healthy weight are typically 25-30% fat, whilst men are leaner at 20-25% The range is much wider though and in modern society 40-50% fat is achievable with morbid obesity.
  5. Definitely Orion for me too. When I was just a nipper I was fascinated by it and especially the way the belt stars point to Sirius and the Pleiades.
  6. The said astrologer is certainly not 70% water- possibly 70% fat- in which case the heavenly bodies could impact upon him. The sun could make him melt... In fact very few people would hit 70%- the human body is approx 25% fat, 15% protein, 60% water and 5% minerals.
  7. It's a stupid idea. But then it comes from government, so no surprises there.
  8. When I was at school I was taught that the Earth is flat and lies at the centre of the universe.
  9. The alleged wobble on the SE mount is nowhere near as big a problem as people think. I have had no problems with it.
  10. Good advice above- I have 5 children and it has never held me back. I found that it made the autumn/winter more appealing as it is definitely difficult to deal with a really late night. Early nights are great. As others have said, the children can get involved too. I was dead pround when my 8 year old daughter was the only girl in her Brownie pack who did the Astronomy badge (including some nice astrophotographs) using a little Meade ETX70.
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