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  1. Finally clear on a night I'm not busy down here in Sussex. Just waiting for the Moon to rise (or the rooftops to shrink, I'm not fussy) now.
  2. I left myself open to that. Or is that just my puerile mind at work? Suffering from the haze here now too.
  3. I blame this song for multiple friendship/relationship breakdowns. I used to be obsessed with it. Lemon Jelly - Space walk is a nice relaxing astro-song.
  4. Looking good down here, and without the wind there's been the last few days it almost feels warm. Almost. Just had my first quick look at M42, now it's a curry and back out again
  5. Thanks a lot John.That'd explain why the couple of times i put the 4mm in I saw nothing then. My thinking at the moment then is to get a mid power EP first since I don't have one at all, and then replace the 25mm and 9mm with something similiar as and when I can.
  6. Oops, while trying to keep as short as possible I knew I'd forget something. Sorry, the focal length is 900mm I did read that primer the other day but as soon as I see numbers my brain turns to jelly, but I'll give it another read now and concentrate properly on it. Thanks for the advice too, I hadn't thought of getting a set but just happened to see them while looking at eyepieces and thought it might be a way of saving a bit of cash but I think you're right that I'd be better hand-picking.
  7. Right, like many on here I've had my first telescope for a month and I'm already thinking of upgrades and would appreciate any advice on what would improve my viewing more. I have a 70mm refractor and it came with 25mm, 9mm and 4mm eyepieces all K which I assume is Kellner. Also a 3x Barlow which I can't tell you much about other than it looks like the cheapest Barlow you could get. So a few options I'm looking at are: A decent Plossl (probably 15-20mm) A decent Barlow Or I did have a look at a couple of eyepiece sets on the FLO website. So which do you think would be more worthwhile for planetary and lunar viewing. Note- Budget is fairly open at the moment as this isn't something I'm buying right now. I have a habit of spur of the moment purchases so thought I'd try and do some forward planning for once. Thanks.
  8. I couldn't resist a quick look at Saturn last night myself. If the wind was anything like it was here you're a braver man than me staying out for over an hour though
  9. Similiar situation here. I found Saturn fairly easily though. Wait until you can see Arcturus in the East (brightest thing out that way) then to the right of that there'll be 2 other bright 'stars' the top one will be Saturn.
  10. Thanks guys, I hadn't even considered that but it was the only thing bright enough to see in the sky so I should have thought of that haha Oh well, had my 1st Saturn viewing at the weekend and I've left the scope outside ready for another go later. Not a bad consolation prize!
  11. I've just had my first attempt at viewing Jupiter. I'm already hampered by houses right in front of me to the west which only give me about 30 mins before it sets behind them but I was wondering how much detail should I be able to get and what I could do to improve it. Scope- Bresser Lyra 70mm refractor Front Lens Ø (Clear Aperture) 70mm Focal Length, Focal Ratio 900mm Standard Eyepiece(s) K-4 / K-9 / K-25mm (31,7mm) and a 3x barlow (plastic, looks very cheap and am assuming it's not ideal) I tried the 25mm and 9mm with and without the barlow and couldn't get anything in the way of detail really? Would a filter help? Better eyepiece? Better barlow? Sorry for the multitude of questions but any help appreciated. Thanks
  12. Same for me a few nights ago Wow doesn't even do it justice. Looks like clear skies tonight so going to try again with more magnification this time.
  13. I switch between silence, my mp3 player and talking to myself. Like someone else said, I can't listen to music while moving around in the dark though.
  14. Thank you. Lots of lovely images but in my opinion the best was saved until last.
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