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About Porl

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  1. very cool photos!! I love the one with the band of cloud through the middle of the sun with venus in the top right. I wish I'd gotten up to try and see it but I dont have a good view of the horizon and the weather was nothing but cloud
  2. I was out viewing both Jupiter and Venus around the same time with my 200p and I saw Europa sticking out the side of Jup' and the dark circle and wondered if it could be the moons shadow. That's ace that its been confirmed! I found Jupiter a little hard to get a good focus on as well, I was just visually observing but it certainly didn't seem as sharp as I've seen him in the past. And I was quite surprised one of the equitorial belts seems to have faded I haven't looked at Jup' for a while because i've been waiting for mars. Great pictures you've got there dude! Ace to see what the 200p can do! Porl''
  3. Those photos are absolutely astonishing!! The fact you can see the clouds and even the surface details like that amazes me. Porl''
  4. When I saw Neptune yesterday it was sitting right next to Venus. I kept seeing it skirting around the peripheral of the eyepiece when re centering Venus. If you defocus Venus pretty much right out Neptune appears. In my eyepeice Neptune sat to the left of Venus if thats any help. I was using a 10mm with a Barlow and it was a small but perfectly spherical blue dot. Both planets are in the same field of view. Very cool to see. Porl''
  5. Great observing report! very similar to my session yesterday bagging venus and neptune. I know what you mean about it seeming so remote. To think its so far away, blows my mind we can even see it with a telescope in our gardens I've got to get my eyepiece on mars! What scope do you have? you say its a 200mm, is it a skywatcher 200P? thats what I have and im curious to know what detail you would see on mars. Porl''
  6. yeah thats what i saw exactly Deejay! The white turbulence. Its got to be the GRS right? Porl''
  7. Hi Everyone, I've just come in from a great hour session in my new observing location (new garden). I set my scope up at 3pm to cool off till the sun started to set so I could finally see Venus before it dipped below the holly tree in my back garden. 5pm comes around and Venus is nice and bright and high so I set the scope on it. I was amazed at how bright it is! Hard to make out the phase but its definetly there. I think the seeing is very steady for me as there was no dancing around in the focus. I kept seeing a star just off to the side of Venus when I re-centred Venus in the eyepiece. I got Google Skymaps out to see if there was anything else for me to aim at and noticed that it said that Neptune was right next to Venus. I couldnt believe it, two planets in the same view!!! I focused Venus out and low and behold, a perfect blue planet hiding in the glare to the side of Venus! Focus one way and you get the second closest planet to the Sun, focus the other way and you get the furthest planet out in the solar system! Very cool! I then decided to train the scope on Jupiter as he's nice and high early now. Awesome view as ever! I can never get enough of Jupiter, it always fills me with awe as you really get the size of the planet when comparing it to the moons. I noticed a dark spot in the middle of the northen equitorial band. Im pretty sure from spending some time on the eyepiece that its the shadow of Callisto traversing the planet. Or the nearest moon to the planet in the eyepiece anyway. Also in the southern equitorial band there look suspiciously like a large storm near the edge of the planet. There was definate white cloud ripples trailing or leading it along the band as well. It wasn't red, does the GRS show definate red in the eyepiece? I came in to check stellarium but it didnt show the GRS for the time i was viewing it though. Is stellarium super accurate for things like the GRS? And moon shadows? It was a great short session! 3 planets in one hour! loved it! Porl''
  8. ace! Mars is one im still waiting to see, hopefully i'll get to see it from my new garden, im hoping mars wont be too low down :S Can you get much detail out of Mars yet? does it need to swing round a bit closer to us really? Porl''
  9. Hey Chrismann1, thats what I did with my focuser cap too I used a combination of chesire and drilled focuser cap to get my collimation a lot better. Its pretty daunting taking the main mirror out but like Dag says, if you take your time and are careful not to drop it or touch the mirror with your fingers you should be good to go Hope you guys get your scopes collimated as I think its a great little scope Porl''
  10. Thanks Ron Im certainly going to be pinching the camera from my girlfriend and getting more night shots with it. I used the standard kit lense for the 350d for these photos. I think its a 18mm-55mm. I tried the 80mm-300mm but that wouldnt get the buildings in well enough. Porl''
  11. Hi all, I noticed that the clouds started clearing the other night and thought i'd run out with the 350D and have a go at getting some shots of the constellations while trying to get some of the buildings on my girlfriends farm in to make some interesting scenery. Im really pleased with how they turned out, the light pollution and the wispy clouds made the sky have a burning apocolyptic feel to the pictures i think I can't remember the settings but these are single shots of 5 seconds i think. Hope you like them. Paul''
  12. I think im going to have to borrow a pair of binoculars from my gf's mom when i go out with the scope next, if it stays as clear tonight as it is right now I'll be out tonight. I guess using a pair of Bino's gives you a wider field of view to spot with then go with the spotting scope then the eyepiece? Im determined to see these now haha Dude, I have had the same thought about having Goto a few times now haha. I absolutely love it when I eventually find an object manually but jeebs it can be awefully frustrating cant it!!! haha Porl''
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