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Ceti Alpha V

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  1. Could have been either I suppose - but I didn't notice it moving - if it was, it was moving slowly at best. It was over very quickly. However, figuring it could not be an astronomical object, it probably was a satellite or iridium flare - but, as said, it did not appear to be moving - just pulsed in, faded out, back in again and fade to nothing. Still, like I said, it was interesting to see - even if it was just a satellite.
  2. Bit unsure about something we saw while out with the scope earlier. Time - about 7:10 (1-1-2012). 3-5 degrees north north west of Dubhe. Around approx position of HIP 54064. A large star faded into view and appeared around mag 0 to -1. It rapidly faded to almost nothing then grew in intensity again to similar for about 1-2 seconds then fade to no trace. Pure white in colour. Looked with binos (scope was on Castor at the time) and could see nothing. No lights moving. No aircraft. No Chinese lantern (had a few of them in recent days). And not a meteor. Figured it may be a satellite but can't find one on Stellarium that passed at that time and the 'pulsing star' did not appear to be moving in any direction. Don't want to turn this report into a UFO hunt - just wondered if anyone had any ideas - highlight of the evening, if nothing else.
  3. Just got a Skywatcher Skymax 127 and noticed the primary mirror has some minute flecks on it. Think this has come from the paint of the tube during construction. Other than that, it looks ok. Just wonder if this is a common quality ‘problem’ with this scope and if it will cause any problems? Maybe it is just down to not top quality construction but has little impact? Also wondering if it is worth unscrewing the whole back off and blowing the few minute flecks away? But that sounds risky
  4. Thanks for all the replies. I hadn't considered a leasure battery. Found this, but how do you connect it to the scope/ devices and regulate the power? What/where do I get connections? I suppose a normal car battery type charger is used to top up the batteries.
  5. Hi SGL For all the time I'd be at a dark site, it maybe more cost effective and less maintenance to get re-charge batteries over a jump starter for powering a Skywatcher alt-az mount. Are re-charge batteries up tro the task? If so, what type? Probably for powering for 2-3 hours max at a time or are re-chargable batteries no good and only a portable power unit, like a car jump starter will do. Just thinking it would also be more convenient to charge AA batteries as and when than the almost constant charging a jump starter need and their relative short use life. You views and opinions appreciated.
  6. What is the difference in the goto motors other than it goes to over the auto flextube dob? I'd like a dob, at least auto but the £300 extra for goto seams a bit steep in price. The EQ mounts at least give better motors etc for the money - if it is just a handset upgrade (which looks much like a TV remote with about the same computing power) then, frankly, an extra £300 notes is just not worth the extra. I was going to go for a synscan az auto, like the 127 mak, 102 mak of 102 refractor to get going and see if I needed extra apeture. And, if I do, it is a heap of cash just to track yet alone goto. I wonder if the Goto is worth the rather heafty price tag?
  7. TLAO 4th Edition due for publication August 2011. As per publisher web site Search - Cambridge University Press Just in time for winter skies - I'll be getting a copy. Although I think the 3rd Edition will still be worth reading/ owning as both with cover slightly different subjects - telescopes used for example. Smaller in the 3rd edition, slightly larger in 4th (due to more people owning larger scopes)
  8. I know an 8" Dob is recommended for DSO's but, can other types show similar levels/ details as the dobs? (Without going crazy on prces). I've been looking at Maks - around 5" but could go up 6 if DSO will give some 'detail' - maybe even upto 8" but that would be pushing the budget somewhat. I suppose reflectors are out due cost and size limitations - APO's are a bit ££££
  9. I thought the programme was very good - educational and enjoyable. It was aimed at an audience not just including the Astronomy/ Science community - hence it's showing at a peak time. It is not something for the few or was made for experts or to make you an expert but, to kindle an interest in the subject and perhaps take something from it - even to go on and study it further. I don't think we will ever get prime time type learning TV - OU programmes late at night, if you are lucky. It's much like Nature programmes by David Attenborogh - you don't have to be a biologist, naturalist to enjoy them - but can learn and see things that otherwise may not be available or within ability to go and see personally. You can please some of the people.................... True statement for anything these days really. Pity so many appeared not to like it - shame as it at least promotes Astronomy and the Sciences.
  10. I've said that to a mate as well. Fishing & astronomy - similar roads, different destination. Now, if only someone could invent a rod rest/ telescope tripod combo. Tight lines - oops - I mean Clear Skies.
  11. Just a few extra questions on the 127. So far, I think it may best suit my starting requirements. Easy to transport with car full of passengers, occasional dark site, mostly inner city street light pollution, something fairly maintenance free, something easyish to set up and pack away, something to help get me to objects as I learn the ropes and something that will be able to be used by the kids. The 6/ 8" Newts are great but, I just get the feeling they are too big for us just now - but great scopes. Refractors - many advantages apart from ca. Still, I like the look of the 120 Evostar but am a bit put of EQ mounts - the thought of battling the thing to set it up and get something in view with impatient kids champing at the bit - just no. I have some info on the 127, and although not ideal, I don't have the cash for a bigger mak or apo - nice if I did. Could save for an age, but kinda want to get started sooner than later. 1) Power supplies - Tried looking at Aldi website (and Maplins too) - could not see the type of power that is needed - help appreciated. 2) Dew - don't know how much dew will be a problem and how to deal with it (don't wipe it away I think). Mate at work mentioned a camping mat cut to strips to put around business end of scope? 3) What can I get to carry the scope safely. Can't seem to find a carry case for protection. 4) In the future, I may want to dabble in some photos with it - nothing fancy - Would a Meade Deep Sky Imager 2 be ok - too much or is there a better & cheaper option. 5) I suppose, does my scope choice make sense? Or should I be thinking along other lines? Choosing a 1st scope feels like standing beside this smilie Thanks group
  12. Some great advice on what goes well with the 127. SW Super Plossls are ok then, along with the other makes mentioned Celestron, Vixen, Meade & TMB - Could not find a uk supplier of the TMB but others no problem and all within my starting budget. Think I'd go with a 9mm and a low power but don't know if 32mm is best or lower to 40mm?? I am just trying to get all the info I can on this scope as I think, so far, it may offer the best for my starting needs. Thanks
  13. Thanks, that is really useful. I think the two sizes mentioned would be good. Would a 40mm or similar (from the maker mentioned) be a benefit too? So, the Skywatcher super plossls are not very good? Assuming it is those you get with the scope and not even cheaper EP's. Thanks
  14. Hi forum Just a quick question on the eyepiece for a skywatcher 127 Mak (or even Celestron 127 Mak as the are similar. What are the quality of the 10 & 25mm eyepiece and deluxe barlow lens usually given with this scope? Are they super plossls? Or??? With a budget of up to 50 per eyepiece - which would go well with the scope? Would it be worth replacing the EP's that come with the scope? And, would the deluxe barlow be worth replacing? I also notice on some ads for the scope that the scope (by using the barlow and 10mm EP) that up to x 300 is possible but the actual usable magnification is only around 260 - So, would a barlow be pointless unless using a 'bigger' EP? Thanks for any EP info.
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