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  1. Hi Carol - really fine work. Thanks for putting them on SGL. I got a good look at the Orion Nebula this morning (SW England) and could see some of the nebulosity. I'm looking forward to having a good look through my scopes. All the best. Ed
  2. Hi - good work despite the conditions. The sky down in Devon wasn't great either. Ed
  3. Hi Deneb - I think it's a great scope for the deep sky/wide views. Its achromatic, so on bright objects it does show some false colour but for open clusters and general wide views it is excellent. I bought the tube off Solar B last year and I've used it a lot. It has an upgraded focuser - Crayford - which is a real bonus. I like it as a combination with the Mak. They do very different jobs, but both are very good on their own terms. I only use it for visual work as I don't have the imaging gear. Ed
  4. Hi - I have the MakCass Pro at 150mm from SW. I think it is a very good scope for planetary viewing. It gives around a 1 deg field of view with a 26mm Plossl. This gives a very usable field for double stars, planetary, moon work. Mag wise, I use a 9mm TMB Planetary giving 200x. This is just about the outside for magnification unless sky conditions are perfect. It's a very nice scope, robust, compact and pretty easy to handle. The only downside is the mirrorshift, which at high mags can be a problem. Ed
  5. Hi Doc - thanks for a very full report. Some good work on double stars. I had a good night too, although sky conditions were not great. Hope to write up the report soon. I've put my bino session on already from this AM! Thanks again. Ed
  6. Hi there - up early this morning, and although I could have put the scope up again I decided to go with the binos. Seeing was A=Average (more settled than the previous evening) with transparency A+=Better than average (around 3-4 mag) for this site. I managed to catch a range of objects: Starting with Auriga, I managed to pick up the open clusters: M38, M36, M37 - this is an impressive group of clusters, with 36 and 37 being more prominent than 38. All appeared as bright unresolved patches of starlight, with the southern pair being the brightest of the three. I was pleased to sight these as I
  7. Hi there - it was Sunday night, 26 October 2008, probably about 7.30PM, it may have been a little later but certainly not after 8PM. It was an incredible sight - a brilliant streak across the sky, fading away after a brief period of time. Ed
  8. Hi - I've just been over to the S@N forum and noticed a guy posted a message about seeing a fireball - I live in the same area (east Devon) and witnessed the same event I think. Same date, same time. It moved across the sky from SE to NW. It was a very bright orange streak that lasted perhaps 2, maybe 3, seconds. I forgot to mention it in my bino report, but the other writer prompted my memory. I have seen such a thing before, but this one was spectacular. Any thoughts. Ed
  9. Thanks for the report Andrew - the usual excellent standard. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable evening. Ed
  10. Hi - the weather in the UK is one reason why binos are great - you can just whip 'em out in jiffy! I've probably had the scopes out for about 4-5 nights over the last two months. It's just not cloud cover that's a problem, it's hard to justify staying up til all hours if you have to get up at 6AM to get to work! So that leaves cloudless nights on Fridays and Saturdays as prime observing time. It can be a bit frustrating. Ed
  11. Nice work - thanks for the report. Ed
  12. Hi there - got the Meade's out again as the skies cleared down here after sunset. I would have rated the sky as about average, seeing and transparency wise, with 2 going on 3 mag. visibility. However, the views seemed to be pretty good, so maybe I haven't got my ratings quite right. I ran through the objects that I've been looking at recently. Most of them seemed a bit more difficult to track down and see - M13 is now really too low in the sky in the early evening to strike much of an impression. M92 is still OK. The Dumbbell Neb and M15 and M2 were less visible in the binos than in my last
  13. Hi Vlebo - you've nothing to be embarrassed about at all. You'll get loads of support and encouragement through SGL. I've never seen a harsh word spoken here. Astronomy is very steep learning curve, but my skills have come on quickly through being involved in the forum. It's important to keep asking questions and practising your skills. I still ask really basic questions, but the answers I get are always thoughtful and polite. One of the key things is learning how to make your equipment really work for you - different telescope types do different things well. I'm still working this out now, af
  14. Hi Ken - just how many Albireos are there!!! Ed
  15. Hi - I've never had a problem with e/ps but the finder scope can be a problem. A dewshield deals with front end of the scope. Some people use a hair dryer to sort out the problem with the finder. One thing I've done after I've used the finder to locate an object is to put the cap back on - just loosely so it's easier to get off in the dark. It's an obvious solution but it's taken me years to work it out! This approach seems to keep the dew at bay for a longer period of time. Ed
  16. Good news Vlebo! I'm sure you will enjoy the hobby. You have some absolutely beautiful kit that will stand you in good stead for a long time. It's key to remember that great viewing is dependent on so many factors, but your scopes will be a constant, and when the conditions are right they will excel and the views you will see will astound you. And SGL is great for the cloudy nights! Ed
  17. Hi there - glad it's sorted in the end Brympton. All the best. Ed
  18. It's very tricky - I've seen it in 10x50s but only from a very dark site. I've never spotted it from my backyard. Ed
  19. I think the LP is going to be a real difficulty here. I live on the outskirts of a small city, and the LP is pretty bad to the east. I can make out M31 most nights, but it will be a few months before I can really get a good view when it will be at the zenith during the early-mid evening. Practising averted vision is really helpful for DSOs - using AV can really pull dim objects out of the background. Ed
  20. Hi WH - let's hope it clears for you soon. Auriga is so tantalising at the moment. I've never really got to grips with this constellation, but I was checking it out last night with the binos, just to get a feel for it. Hopefully in a few weeks it will have lifted out of the LP by the early evening and I can try and track down the Messiers. Ed
  21. Hi - great report - very enjoyable read. I went out last night as well, and had a similar experience sky-wise. Initially the sky was very good, then it dropped off in terms of transparency and seeing. It was still a good night, but not the absolute best. Thanks for posting your account. Ed
  22. Hi - I've yet to see M33 through the eyepiece. I think the LP in town kills it off. I am determined to get there though. I've seen it through binos out on the moor, but it was very faint, just a dim patch. It does take a lot of time to track some things down. Do you think an LP filter would help with M33? I've never really got on very well with filters. They all seem to degrade the view too much. Ed
  23. Hi there - what is your light pollution like? This can play havoc with galaxies. The Andromeda galaxy is huge and really needs a wide view to gather it all in. On a really good night, which is incredibly rare, from a suburban yard, I have seen the galaxy through my ST120 (fast focal length refractor) complete with mottling from dust lanes etc and the companion galaxies. My guess is that to reliably see this object in all its glory you would need an absolutely dark sky, with no moon. It's important not to give up. Observational skills are aquired quite slowly. In my experience, observational a
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