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GazofCorra

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About GazofCorra

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  1. I was one of those novices who thought i would see close up, colorful images of everything like i see in the books. Only to feel let down when i actually looked through my new telescope, but what has surprised me is i am still passionate and intrigued by space and all that is out there. My most memorable evening was spent looking at Saturn and even though it was small (very small) i can say i have seen it and it's rings with my own eye's and as the OP states the longer you look the more you see, so don't spend just a few minutes starring at the new found object and then move on to something else, plan on a good hour or so and you will see a whole lot more than you did in the first few minutes i guarantee it. BTW you don't have to keep your eye at the EP the whole time, you look for a few minutes at a time, take a swig of coffee, relax and marvel at the fact that what you and others see as a star with the naked eye is actually something a whole lot more when viewed through a telescope. Great post and a must read for all new and old into astronomy.
  2. @ Steppenwolf. I thought it might be, that is why i asked before hand. I might give preloved a go as i do love my gear @Astronut1982. Thanks mate, i had to sell my motorbike too, but better to keep the roof over our heads than indulge in my hobbies and i have quite a few hobbies. I will take a look at that site, thanks. @Kai. Many thanks. Don't worry as Arnie says, I'll be back........
  3. I bought the 200P dob as my first scope and used in once then sold it to another SGL member, the problem i had was i had to crouch over it too much and using the finder scope to navigate was a pain as you tend to be looking at the side of the scope, instead of in the direction of the stars as the finder is right angled, you could use a straight through finder but this would require a nibble body indeed. Best bet is to try a few scope combinations out first before you commit to buying one, or my advice would be a 127 or 150 Mak with a good tripod and a quickfinder, which is portable, easy to set up and also a very versatile scope combination for DSO's, Lunar & Planetary viewing. Good luck.
  4. I was hoping to sell some of my kit as i was made redundant first week in Dec 11 and wanted to pass all my good stuff on to fellow members. I don't want to use ebay if i can avoid it and was wondering when the sell it section is likely to return? I could list it all in a post in the beginners section and people could contact me that way, but i am not sure if this would be against SGL policy? Sorry if this post is in the wrong section, but i thought the Beginners help & advice section was the most appropriate.
  5. It is not a popular misconception that you have to spend a fortune on EP's...You get what you pay for, you should all of realised that by now.
  6. I would leave the Dob for now and get a 127mm mak especially if you want to look at planets & moon, for me most DSO's only look good using CCD, but some people like looking at fuzzy blobs with averted vision but i am not one of them.
  7. That is why i sold my 200P dob as once you have seen 1 fuzzy blob they all look the same (oh look another fuzzy blob, detected with averted vision, yippy) the only great views of DSO's are with CCD, what let's us down every time unfortunately is our own eyes. Planets however do look awesome with our own eyes and so does the moon.
  8. As you have a dobsonian scope you want a eyepiece with a wide fov, so you are not constantly nudging the scope about, take a look at televue naglers as they have a 82 degree fov and are known as one of the best EP's money can buy, they cost a few quid but unlike changing scopes along the way, your EP collection can stay with you throughout your hobby.
  9. Thanks again guys for your views, i think there is a store in Manchester where i can go as they have some mounts on display as i want to check out how long or fiddly it is to setup an equatorial mount as i have never used one before. I think using a laptop to control the mount is more aimed at astrophotography than for casual visual work, but should i ever move onto AP then i would have to buy a netbook or something as i have a Mac and my wife's laptop is a top jobbie, so not much chance having them sitting outside on a night when dew is looking for something to suck the life out of.
  10. Hi fellow saints, This is why most nights there are so many of us on the forum, but it also shows that most of us have a good sense of humour otherwise we would all be in the nut house. Wishing you all clear and stable clear skies very soon. St Gaz
  11. Thanks for the extra info guys, sounds a very good program and if i by a syntrek instead of a synscan that alone can save me £150.
  12. Here is another familiar senario, the skies look great clouds have virtually disappeared now you have to get in the headless chicken mode: Grab scope and tripod, put outside to cool down. Check stellarium and books to decide what to see. Get your table, eyepieces, books, notepad & pen, red flashlight, chair, binoculars all positioned. Change clothes to something more suitable. Grab cooled down scope and polar align. Wait for your eyes to get dark adapted. Oh no forgot the power tank, run back into house with one eye closed, trip over dog, wife comes to investigate and turns on every light in the house. Finally all systems are GO....WTF is that, yes it is the sun coming back up, oh well maybe tomorrow.
  13. Having been only in the hobby full on for the last 6 months or so the one thing i did not realise was how far and few viewing sessions would be for one reason or another. Even when the stars are out you still do not have it all your own way as the moisture and turbulence in the atmosphere can still dash a good nights viewing. Here are a few of the things we have to deal with: 1. British weather, cloudy most of the time 2. Summer time, skies not dark enough 3. Hot days, turbulent atmosphere 4. To much moisture in the atmosphere (when the stars twinkle a lot) 5. The moon, washes out the skies 6. Street lamps and light pollution 7. Neighbours security lights The best time of year is autumn & winter, but at what cost: 1. British weather, clouds and snow and excessive moisture 2. Snow on the ground reflects more light upwards 3. Dew, ends more viewing sessions than i expected and numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 above. This does allow for lots of reading and research, a hell of a lot of reading and i have discovered patience, something that in todays society seems lost, well not is ASTRONOMY Just make sure that when conditions allow you get out there and grab what you can as it may be weeks or months before you get another go
  14. Thanks for all your replies....What is good is that there is so much you can do with a good mount, but i must admit that using a laptop and all different programs sounds a bit of a logistical nightmare....I like things nice and easy for my hobby as my work is what gives me headaches and problems to solve But it is good to know that the mount has lots of potential, maybe i should wait until i can afford the HEQ5 Pro Synscan and have the goto function initially with the hand controller. Thanks Guys Just spotted the EQ5 Pro Synscan which is a lot cheaper than the HEQ5, would this mount be stable enough for my 80mm frac and 127mm mak? and would it still allow for planetary/lunar astrophotography at a later date should i decide to indulge myself, but for the near future i am looking for a quality mount for visual work. Cheers
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