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  1. Alex, what exactly do you use to connect your camera and scope? 2" extender tube maybe??? I have a 600D and a Skywatcher 300P, so pretty similar to you. I usually put the 600D on the back of my Meade OTA, but just fancied do a bit through the Dob. with it for fun. For example, Jupiter looked good last night visually....so I fancied taking a few shots...
  2. Both v nice pics! (Wish I'd thought of stitching last week when i needed to. Damn, damn, damn....)
  3. I'm lining up a purchase of a Star analyser, for a dabble.
  4. Hey nice effort. Just goes to show what one can do in a city!
  5. A presentation from the CfdS suggested playing down the Astromomer-angle, which is purely lack of enjoyment of land/amenity, as the sky in this country is not legally protected; and suggested playing up the 'can't sleep at night/trespass' line - which is.
  6. A friend has got the Meade MySky. Interesting, for what it is, but a bit of a gimmick I thought. Not to knock it though, I'm sure it has its place and would be great for education purposes.
  7. Nibor, top man. Useful info. I've saved that company's website as a favorite & will be checking it out. Mike
  8. Me too, Bish, me too! I'll be extremely surprised if I don't have one by the summer! Now trying to find reasons not to buy one, if you know what I mean!
  9. Most people I know swear by the Telrad. Top of my list! Especially if you match it to the Telrad charts you can get on T'internet. Double-bonus!
  10. If doing on the cheap as you say, you can also put hypothermia foil sheet under your airbed (otherwise known as bacofoil), and the old explorer trick of zipping you spare jacket up and putting the bottom of your sleeping bag in it to keep you feet extra warm.
  11. Well I've learnt my sky - it's one big blob of cloud most of the year. So with a GOTO, I can lock on to an object without seeing it in the finder....wait for the cloud window...wait a bit.....wait a bit...nearly there.....waiiiiitttttt......NOW, there's M27....oh, it's gone again. GOTO fan, don't get me wrong, did 14 hrs observing over last 3 nights with binos and eyes only....
  12. What's that curved trail at the bottom of your pic. Have you caught a UFO as well! LOL.
  13. This just came on on t'internet: Top 5 spots for stargazing By Travelbite Astro-tourism is on the rise and it's not hard to see why - there is nothing more magical and mysterious than the night's sky. From the deserts of northern Chile to the highest peak of Hawaii, here is Travelbite's pick of the world's best spots for stargazing… San Pedro de Atacama, Chile A picturesque oasis village - turned tourist hot spot - San Pedro de Atacama, located in northern Chile, is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. The Atacama Desert's crystal-clear skies and dry climate allows observers to view celestial wonders that are impossible to see in other parts of the world. Few will forget the sight of some of the astronomical treasures of the southern hemisphere, such as the 'Southern Cross', which includes a cluster of sparkling young stars aptly named the 'Jewel Box'. SPACE offers 'star tours' which are ideal for the amateur astronomer. The tour begins with a guide to the constellations of the southern hemisphere, visible to the naked eye; on a good night the entire zodiacal arc is able to be seen. The second part of the tour takes place in a large park of telescopes, where you can observe the moon (and even photograph it through the telescope), Mars and Saturn as well as a multitude of breathtaking nebulae. Find out more Sutherland, South Africa Sutherland, known to locals as the "gateway to the universe", boasts the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere (SALT). The climate, reportedly the coldest in South Africa, combined with the minimal light pollution makes Sutherland a perfect location for stargazers and even without a telescope the sky is a sight to behold. Take a tour to 'Africa's giant eye' and gain an insight into the mysterious and magical secrets of the universe or just lie back and marvel at the heavens. There are tours and stargazing events almost every week of the year. Find out more Hawaii Known for its idyllic beaches and tropical beauty, Hawaii is also a haven for the stargazer. Perched high atop Mauna Kea - Hawaii's 'big island' - lies one of the world's most celebrated astronomical locations. At 2,600 metres above sea level, the air is clear and pollution-free - and the sky is a twinkling quilt of stars. Head up for the spectacular Hawaiian sunset, as dramatic as the night's sky, to add to the occasion. You can also study the stars from sea level at the Imiloa Astronomy Centre in Hilo. Imiloa, meaning 'exploring new knowledge', befits the planetariums purpose - to highlight the relationship between the Hawaiian culture and the universe; including an IMAX-style movie presentation of the wonders of space. Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers stargazing tours, which includes a tour of the observatories, the use of the powerful portable telescopes and a guide throughout to help you explore and understand the sights. Find out more Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Lake Tekapo, situated at the base of the southern Alps in the heart of New Zealand's south island, has the clearest skies in the country and stargazers flock to see the southern stars in all their pristine glory. Study the sky for satellites and iconic constellations, such as Canis Major, home to the brightest star in the sky -Sirius 'the dog star'. The University of Canterbury operates the observatory atop Mt. John and a variety of tours are available with Earth & Sky. Join a day tour to explore New Zealand's largest telescope or, even better, book yourself in for a 'dark sky tour' and enjoy navigating the southern stars with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Find out more Tenerife, the Canary Islands The Canary Islands are another astronomical hot spot - and as the locals like to say -"let the stars smile down on you". Their position in the northern latitude means that it is possible to see all the constellations of the northern hemisphere throughout the year. Tenerife is home to the Tiede observatory, which boasts some of the largest solar telescopes in the world. Located at the summit of the dormant volcano Mt Tiede, standing at 2,390 metres above sea level, astronomers enjoy clear skies - thanks to the government's crackdown on light pollution. Spot some of the northern hemisphere's well-known constellations, such as the plough and Orion's belt. Take a cable car to the summit of Mt Tiede or join a stargazing tour.
  14. Nice one. Good for you. I saw similar a few years back. Awesome sight. A couple of others also saw it tonight....see similar thread a few hours ago. Just goes to show, to see stuff you have to be: i. outside ii. looking up Not: i. inside ii. chatting on this forum. LOL
  15. I went down in London today on the train. I managed to escape and am now back in Gods' country. LOL!
  16. Yes the student forum is very good esp. for those that can't/won't go to class sessions. Helping each other with interpretation etc. In some courses, it is a requirement that the students collaborate in research together. That's very good. Mike
  17. Just for interest, I saw a study once that showed you'd have to cover about 15% of the primary with dust before you'd perceive any drop-off in visual performance. Since then, I've never bothered about it!
  18. I'm alternating 60,30 and 10 point OU modules to give a chance to balance other stuff....incl the same modules as AndyExton. As it's a hobby, linking it to practical stuff really helped with motivation. But balancing home, job, kids etc. does make it a tough drain on the hours, hence the strategy... Don't care how long it takes. Totally recommend it...Go for it!
  19. Hi everyone. How's it going at Kelling? Just need to clear some work and hopefully planning to come over Fri./Sat/Sun AM. Are pitches still available? Not booked anything yet, so will call in the morning. Not too worried about the sky, but would bring a scope or two anyway. Camping with my son so that will be nice - need someone to bring me my beers and do the scope alignment for me. haha. Bringing the bikes also so we'll do a bit of cycling. He likes birdwatching so thats a few hours sorted then. Might pop into Maplin before I leave, so if anyone wants anything just holler. Cheers Mike
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