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  1. Surely Stellarium would tell you what satellites were in your skies last night. Download stellarium here Stellarium
  2. Hi I also have the same scope and use the Meade 6.4mm on its own. If you barlow it is just too much magnification so you can not focus enough to get a good view. I have a x2 & x3 barlow and both do not work good on planets. Just the moon! I started a thread a while back about getting better/ sharper views. here. http://stargazerslounge.com/beginners-help-advice/179957-4-5mm-plossl-much-improvement-than-6mm.html
  3. Don't you just hate it when things like that happen.
  4. Once again thanks for your replies. I think I might stick with just using plossl's rather than barlowing to get more magnification. I find that my Barlows are only really good on the moon and Saturn. I would love to see Jupiter in more detail but looks like the only way I will be able to achieve this is through upgrading the scope to a bigger aperture.
  5. Thanks John. Nice reply. I did view Jupiter late last year when it was at its peak. My first sight of it since starting this hobby 12 months ago. It was a great sight. Last nights viewing to my eyes I was still seeing the same amount of detail. I can only just see faint banding of Jupiter. Maybe I have reached the maximum potential that my scope can give me. I guess in this hobby that is always the problem. We always want to see much more than we can.
  6. Thanks for your replies. I figured I was using too much magnification when I used the barlow. I think I should have asked my question better. Basically with my 6mm the detail is great and image is sharp. Just a tad on the small size (Jupiter) so I was thinking whether a 5 or 4mm plossl on its own would make much of a difference to the image I currently see using just the 6mm with no barlow. To spend another £30 -40 on a 5 or 4mm and then see no real improvement / enlarging of the object I would be a little disappointed. I really like my Meade 6mm plossl so much so that I bought a 26mm one too.
  7. Hello All. Well its been a few months since I had my scope out. Hard to find the time just recently. I did manage to get it out of the shed last night to have my first ever look at Mars an Venus. Ended up though viewing more of Jupiter (My favourite) My question is I have a 6mm Meade Plossl which is very good but I just want to see if I can get just a little more magnification out of my scope. I have a Skywatcher 130P Newt. With my 6mm I can see faint banding of Jupiter, However if I use my barlow x2 or x3 I just can not get it in focus enough to make out any decent detail. If I bought a
  8. Hi People I stumbled on this site today whilst looking for panoramic pictures of the top of Everest. Was amazed by these on Mars and the Moon. Some are full screen with zoom facility. So just thought I would share here. Maybe its already been posted on here years ago! MARS Rover Virtual Reality Panoramic images - 360 degree QTVR Photos from panoramas.dk http://www.panoramas.dk/moon/mission-apollo.html
  9. Hi, I have a 130p and recently looked a Jupiter for the first time too. Amazing. I went out and bought a smaller eyepiece. I got a Meade 6.4mm 4000 series of ebay for less than £20. Made things a whole lot better, closer, clearer. I found that with my barlow (x2 Skywatcher supplied) that although it makes the object closer you loose so much detail + its much harder to focus. I before I knew this bought a fairly cheap X3 barlow off ebay for £22+ shipping. Thinking this would enhance my Jupiter observing experience. However it was not really the case. Again made it much bigger in the eyepiec
  10. Hi, I bought Meade 4000 series 26mm super plossl and a Meade 4000 6mm plossl. Both of the well known auction site. Used the 26mm but as Jupiter is blocked my my house the 6mm is on standby. I only have the stock x2 Skywather barlow which by all accounts is pretty basic. Would really like a x3 though. Ideally I now want a 10mm & 32mm plossl to complete my needs.
  11. Hi I have the same scope as you. I have been looking for M81 for a while on and off and I can not find it. I was even discussing it on this very forum in a thread I started only yesterday. I would doubt it was M81 you saw for reasons others suggested. Now tell me if I am wrong but M31 is Andromeda galaxy and that is quite big yes but I am almost sure ( and again I could be wrong as I am a complete novice) that M31 is in a different place in the sky to M81 To change the subject slightly but to ask you a question, Have you looked at Jupiter through your scope yet? I am dying to but it is obsc
  12. Thanks James, I did look into the telrad system some months back but actually decided on changing my red dot finder to a finderscope. I was advised on this forum about the optical finder with a right angle was a good way to go. I think perhaps I need to re-look into that possibility. The red dot finder is all very well when you know what to point at. However using my binos to see stars for reference then trying to point the red dot to a star I can not see without the binos becomes very challenging. I think a good finderscope will be the answer for my problem as I am currently using the scop
  13. Thanks for the quick response. I understand what your saying and it was kind of what I thought. Reassures me all the same. My problem is finding objects. I know where some things are now like Andromeda and great cluster in Hercules, M3 cluster etc. So finding them is easier. New faint fuzzes can be very tricky. I was out looking for the whirlpool galaxy and could not find it at all and spend about an hour trying, getting my left and rights confused all the time... Maybe that abject I am unable to see in my garden with light pollution etc. It just seemed an easy one to find using Stellariu
  14. Hello All. Firstly I would like to say I am getting rather annoyed at the cloudy nights recently! :-) I think I am going to answer my own question here but here goes. I have a 130p Spywatcher Reflector scope. Also recently upgraded some of my eyepieces to Meade 4000 series. Thing is over the last 10 months of getting used to using my scope I still have trouble navigating due to the upside down wrong way round view I get through looking through the eyepiece. No matter how many times I use it I end up going up instead of down etc.... So I was thinking is there a way to correct this? Then I fo
  15. Thanks very much guys. I guess I will just have to be patient. Just bought a 6mm plossl (meade) second hand, just for the Jupiter occasion. It is still hard to get my head around these distances Jupiter is what some mere 360 million miles away. When is the next bus? In the winter whilst in good dark skies I was armed with my Left turn at Orion, looking at DSO's then finding out how far away they where. And here is me thinking the drive to the Lake district the other week as a long way (175mile) Once again thanks. I am looking forward to looking at some of our planets though not sure with my
  16. Hello all. Its been a while since I have posted on the forum but I am happy to be back once again! I have a question on Jupiter, Can someone advise me on how long I will have to wait till it gets higher in the sky earlier. I go to bed at night an from our bedroom window I can see it rising its such a bright object. Yet at around 12am it is still quite low. Too low for me to see from my back garden where I can only set up my scope :-( I even checked the other night at 1.30am and it just wont appear above the roof of my house... How long will I have to wait till its higher in the sky earlie
  17. Hi I have the 130p and am very happy with it, though if I was not so stuck on my budget and had a little more cash the 150P would have been a much better choice. It comes with a better mount and is bigger on aperture. Thing is it is now more expensive. When I bought 3 months ago (ish) the 150p was £50 more expensive than the 130p So don't understand why it is now £100 more :-( If I was you I would go for the 130p if your budget allows. Aperture is king here!
  18. Oh and remove the whole of the cover off the scope tube. More light the better
  19. I would say your not looking at Saturn without sounding patronising. I made the mistake a while back. Focused in on what I thought was Saturn but it was not. I was actually looking at Arcturus! Saturn is in Virgo right now. More or less to the south and in excellent view as it is quite high around 11pm I can just about make out the rings with my SkyWatcher 130p on lowest mag using the 25mm lens. With the 10mm and barlowed I can separate the rings from the planet. With your 150P you should get better views than my scope for sure. Good luck. Hopefully it will be clear again over the weekend
  20. I have the skywatcher light filter and have to say it makes no visual difference in my scope. If I hold it up to the LP in my hand it makes it darker but in the lens on the scope I just do not see any difference. I was even trying again last night when viewing M3.
  21. I am quite new to the game but have managed to see quite a few DSO's with my 130p scope. You have to look really carefully as you can easy miss some of them. I would say that M94 is quite easy to find and very high in the sky at the moment. then down from there you can get M3 that is like a blurry star under the 25mm the 10mm makes it look bigger. I still can't get my head around M94. Turn Left at Orion book states that it is 15 million light years away and 30,000 L.years across. WOW M36 M37 M38 are also high up in the sky now but get lower as the night progresses. You need dark steady sk
  22. It sounds odd to me. I have the same scope and in the daytime my 25mm & 10mm are fine. I find the 10mm quite good too at night. Its the eyepiece I use the most. You have removed the big cover off the end of the scope? What happens when you hold the eyepiece up to a light source without attaching to the scope? eg, white piece of paper Objects to move in the night sky but not that quick that it would disappear from field of view in seconds. Make sure you are locking off both axis once pointing at a target thus preventing the scope from moving off target. Either way in my opinion somet
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