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  1. This is really interesting for me, because I wasn't just seeing things after all. Sadly I couldn't use my scope last night because of my early shift this morning, but I stepped outside to have a look around 23:30 and the sky also seemed really dark which would explain why the stars appeared so much brighter. The big question for me as a newbie is, is this really just the sky getting darker or would there have been other factors involved? I usually get to see a fair number of stars, but I do live in a slightly light polluted area which means I don't get the views some of you get. Last night I could see a lot more than I see normally as soon as I stepped outside, with no time for my eyes to adjust. Just curious as to whether it really is only down to the sky getting darker, because I wouldn't mind a few months of skies like this
  2. In terms of iphone/tech this is what I use. Iphone compass for the Lat/Long Internet browser with this website Skyview app for alignment star reference (point the phone in the sky and if you point it at a star it tells you what it is) I use the AZ GOTO, and it can be tricky to begin with. Here are a few things I have noticed so far. -Make sure all of your info is correct -Set your timezone to 00:00 and select daylight savings -Try and go for stars that are far away from each other -Be incredibly careful with it. I find the slightest movement apart from focusing and viewing through the eyepiece can knock it out by a few degrees. -Make sure your battery's are working at 100%. I use a power cable now instead of the battery pack supplied with the mount, because I found that once the battery had lost a bit of power it sounded slower and didn't really want to point in the right direction, so you could do everything right and still not get what you want.
  3. Apologies for the bump, but out of all of the many LP topics this was the one that met my exact situation. In my backgarden I am fortunate and sort of unfortunate really. I am surrounded by buildings and trees that cover the majority of the garden, but in the distance there is a clear (and vile) glow from light pollution. My biggest problem when trying to view the M13, M31 is that I see them,but they are incredibly bad views, almost as if it looks out of focus with very little brightness to them. Hopefully this filter will give it the little extra that gives me a decent viewing image without the need to spend £50+ on a filter that does more than I really need.
  4. This is exactly what I do if I have a late night session planned. Just put on a movie, set my alarm clock and I usually get an hour or two before I go out
  5. Superb pictures. I had my first ever viewing of Jupiter last night and I was really impressed with what I saw. Reading up on the planet today only makes me love this planet even more, so fascinating. Is that smudge just above the middle on one of the colored lines the gigantic storm on Jupiter by any chance?
  6. In the West Midlands unfortunately, and the only true way out according to the website is to head west and never turn back Since I posted that it feels as though we have some sort of secret storekeepers society here, because the school security light is no longer an issue. Turns out they are going ahead with work to knock that part of the school down so now there isn't any power to light the monstrosity, leaving me with a totally dark garden. Only issue I have spotted is the glow of light pollution in the distance. This was clear when viewing Jupiter to the West tonight and then looking right up at Vega where it appeared perfect for a back garden. Might have to invest in a light pollution filter to improve things further.
  7. Tonight I was able to get my first ever sighting of Jupiter, and I could clearly make out a bit of color as well as the two dark stripes across the planet. Incredibly exciting and rewarding view too, because I haven't really achieved much during the last week or so My conditions are not perfect, and my back garden is totally clear of house or big security lights, but you could clearly see the glow of light pollution in the distance
  8. This was the first M I was able to spot and recognize in my back garden. Although it isn't as clear and detailed as I know it could be in a less polluted area, I could still make out exactly what I was looking at enough to appreciate it and put it into context with everything I have read about it.
  9. Mine is rather bad in the back garden. I happen to live across from a school and they had possibly the brightest security lights ever put on a few weeks ago, and in the opposite direction I occasionally have to just stop if people turn their lights on upstairs. I think I know of two places close to me further out of the suberbs, but it really is a shame I cant travel there every time I use my telescope either because of security (would rather two man it) and time.
  10. I was lucky enough to spot a meteor last night around 11:30, and it was roughly North West too, if that helps at all. No idea where it came from though, might do a bit of research tomorrow. Really lucky too considering I was only aligning my scope and just happened to be looking in that direction
  11. I saw this for the first time the other night. One of the few DSO's that I have observed and recognized, unlike many of the other ones that are ruined by the light pollution around my garden. Although it wasn't the greatest view I still got that initial reaction of success, and I can add it to my list of things to show off to people because I can easily navigate back to it
  12. Thought I should introduce myself seeing as I now have something worth posting. I joined the site a few months back, but never really had anything worth posting until I finally had enough money to invest in my first real scope, the Skywatcher Skymax 127 synscan az goto. Since then I have just been reading the site, becoming familiar with some of the guides and generally becoming more excited about astronomy from the many fantastic pictures some of you post. Until then I had been using a cheap telescope I was given many years ago, which gave little detail of anything, including the moon. I still managed to develop a few important skills with this scope such as locating certain stars with a compass and the information from stellarium. I also have access to the iphone app skywalker which has certainly helped me locate things, be it finding saturn or making sure I am actually looking at Vega for my scope allignment. Best moment in my so far short astronomy life has to be actually seeing Saturn for the first time. I always knew where it was, I could see it with a naked eye, but I could only ever make out two dots with my old telescope. Once I had my Skywatcher 127 going the view was totally worth all of the frustration and time spent trying to see it Anyway, hopefully I can share more successful experiences with you all in the future. Ps. If anyone has the same scope or has experience with the synscan system could you throw me a private message, I have a few issues that you might be able to sort out.
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