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  1. Frustrating, no other word for it. Hope you have some good results in the end, though. I've been admiring the clear blue skies here all day, and even beginning to tentatively think about the possibility (whisper it) of getting a scope out tonight. No longer. Cloud sweeping in, thickening rapidly and the daytime moon has now disappeared. It's enough to make me contemplate solar observing as the daytime skies do seem to be more consistently clear than the night time at the moment. The next couple of days don't look good for anything though, at least on this side of the country.
  2. ... for which I could do with being more organised (if only ...). Saturday turned out a bit all over the place, rather than systematic, which I shall put down to 'oh my gosh, there's stars up there, how much can I look at before the clouds arrive' Thank you for the suggestion, Magnus - I had to look that one up! - it's added to the list but it's not well placed for me at the moment, too low down in the evening as yet. Something to look forward to. I'm guessing you're in eastern England at the moment, with the howling wind - I think we may have some interesting weather over here by F
  3. Thank you for your kind words. ... it's a rather long list of 'things not found', as yet, for me! I'm definitely at the beginner stage myself and still getting to grips with navigating around and moving this new scope to target. A Rigel or Telrad are an imminent addition, hopefully in the next couple of days (don't tell the clouds, but there may be some clear sky Tue or Wed), and I'm giving thought to a Wixey gauge and setting circles after that. All good fun, and what we all need is more chance to get out and admire the view - I really would like another chance to linger with M42 b
  4. I have been hoping for a decent night sky ever since my 200p dob arrived in early December – it finally happened! Arriving home at 8.00 on Saturday, I couldn’t believe my luck. I checked for imminent cloud banks and then ran around madly, getting the scope outside, wrapping up in lots of layers, and instructing family to turn off all non-essential lights. Even more amazingly, by the time I had everything in place, the sky was still clear. I am really fortunate to be in a Bortle 3-4 area, although there is quite a lot of light around from neighbours, street lights and so forth, but
  5. Thanks, Dave, I'll file that for future reference - always good to hear of confirmed results from these sort of things.
  6. Just this morning, while we were levelling up for a new shed (sadly, not an obsy) I realised there was a very sturdy old wooden tripod right in front of me. Husband not enthused for some reason, when I suggested it could do very nicely for astro purposes. Maybe a cunning plan to put a solar scope on it for him might help the cause. (He's offered to buy me a rain gauge )
  7. Ha - those we couldn't sweep out of the windows, we hoovered, I'm afraid. Next year, back again..... yuck. I believe there are two or three species which are classed as cluster flies - but I suppose it's always possible there are some more interesting/less horrible ones hibernating too. Good luck!
  8. They sound like they might be cluster flies, and they are very difficult to deter once they have found somewhere they like. We had an infestation in a dorm room at my workplace, which was mostly unoccupied, esp through the winter, and they kept coming back year after year. They gathered in the windows and we tried washing down the woodwork with bleach in case there was some sort of residual scent drawing them back. Citronella didn't work, either. The room/building was impossible to completely seal, unfortunately. Try googling 'cluster flies - there's lots of info on there, and no guaranteed s
  9. Thanks for the bump, I wouldn't have known about it otherwise. Now just need some clear skies.
  10. I really like the idea of a Hurtigruten ferry trip right up the coast of Norway, stopping at all the small ports along the route, with the possibility of seeing the Lights. Not cheap, especially with all the add-ons, but on some trips they offer another cruise if you don't see the Lights on the first one. One day....
  11. Thanks for posting these. I hadn't thought about webcams for seeing the Lights. Still on my list of things to do, as we are too far south to stand much chance of seeing them locally. Actually, been on my 'to do' list since I was given Patrick Moore's Observer Book of Astronomy as a child, with a stunning colour photo of the Aurora. One day....
  12. Somehow reminded of Marvin the Martian, long time foe of Bugs Bunny (especially the maroon and gold one)
  13. I have some similar, made for sailing*, with thumb and index finger free. They work well generally, and I wear thin fingerless gloves underneath for extra warmth. *Therefore even more expensive than anything made for astro....
  14. Ooh there are a pair of these under the tree for me! I've been permitted a very quick look through them (have to do a quality control check on delivery, of course...). Looking forward to being allowed to use them properly.
  15. It's not just me, then ... been there with both of these scenarios.....
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