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About Alkaid

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    City based Lunar & Planetary observing, with an interest in the Messier objects when on trips to darker skies.
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    Leeds, West Yorkshire

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  1. I use the 102, totally agree that these ST’s are great bang for buck. At low powers I find mine just great.
  2. I might add that I’m the sort of person who gets irritated when discovering small ‘faults’ that originally escaped my attention. Probably some kind of OCD thing haha. I must admit, I would be annoyed if say my kit was out of warranty and I received a (well intentioned) message advising of it’s defects. Particularly if I was quite happy with it...sometimes ignorance is bliss... Going back to my OCD and thinking of other purchases (non Astro related), I realised that most things have an acceptable tolerance regarding perfection...nothing we buy is 100% perfect...there will always be that li
  3. Having spotted the problem with someone's scope, I would... a) Tell them if I knew them / conversed with them a lot. b) Not tell them if I did not know them and they haven't asked for mine / others opinion. c) If I saw one of the many "what do you think of my image / how can I improve it" threads, I may respond to that as it's a direct question. But I would do it gently..."bit of astigmatism there, feel free to PM me and I'll be happy to tell you how I arrived at that conclusion" etc.
  4. Longshot....could there be a separate setting on the controller for use in the Southern Hemisphere? Just a thought..
  5. Very nice! Yes, the seeing was truly good last night. I had a think about it and thought it could be down to it being cloudy all day, meaning that the sunshine didn't warm the ground and there were no thermals coming off the land..then it suddenly cleared. I had some of the best lunar viewing for about a year and spent some time counting craterlets in Ptolomaeus. A really nice evening.
  6. Great images Michael. I like the M13 one, can you tell me what is the galaxy shown at 8 o'clock in the image? I've seen many pics of M13, but only on yours did I spot that little galaxy! Nice!
  7. Great read, particularly amusing about having a model twice in some cases....it's hard to get off the merry-go-round! I had a vision of you standing over the larger Maks, berating them for their slow cooling... Cheers Steve
  8. For full moon (I’m guessing from last night?) they’re fairly sharp, it’s really hard to get definition with direct illumination. Nice effort!
  9. I was also going to suggest ED80 or one of it’s variants, maybe also a 72..
  10. Admittedly no experience of these, so apologies if this is a little woolly. There is a difference in the alignment software and method of alignment. If I remember rightly, the Celestron is apparently slightly easier to align, with a simpler process. But I think I’d have the 102 over the 90.
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