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steveyschoice

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  1. I ordered my telescope from FLO about a month ago and they were simply faultless. Delivered within 2 days of ordering and when I phoned customer service to ask some questions I spoke to someone straight away who gave me an immediate answer. I did have a damaged plastic cup (for covering the polar scope connector), which I emailed customer support about and received a prompt reply and replacement part with apologies within a week of reporting it. 100% reccommended
  2. Hi I'm planning on collimating my telescope for the first time tomorrow (very scary ). I have a cheshire tube, but have noticed all the best guides (including Astrobaby's) appear to be using and showing diagrams of a simple collimation cap. Am I right in thinking they both work the same and that the diagrams used in Astrobaby's guide, for example, should be identical to what I see looking down a cheshire tube, except for the targeting reticle that is projected? My question is basically is using a cap exactly the same and visually the same as a cheshire tube except for the reticle to help align everything?
  3. Thanks for the help guys. That java app is great and I was definitely seeing Titan. Couldn't make out any other moons, something to look forward to next time! Perhaps the moon was too bright to make out any others?
  4. So I had my second session last night and how brilliant it was with the crystal clear skies! The so called "supermoon" was spectacular last night. The detail round the limb was amazing and seeing Tycho properly was pretty cool. I finally saw saturn for the first time last night and it blew me away. I impressed even myself by finding it in my finderscope almost instantly and seeing those rings as you increase the mag is epic. Quite small, but the thought of seeing this planet all that distance away with my own eyes was what really did it for me. I think I could make out the shadow of the rings on the surface too. One thing I wasn't sure of was if I was seeing titan. There was a pinprick of light constantly to the left of saturn, which I initially though was titan. Then I began to wonder because it seemed quite a long way away from saturn relative to its size and didn't seem to be moving around saturn. Was this just a star?
  5. Thanks guys New scope is amazing. Had my second session last night and the skies were crystal clear. "Supermoon" and saturn were incredible. I lasted around 3 hours until the cold got me!
  6. I got round to trying out the Petzl Headlamp TIKKA PLUS ² green: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools last night and am very pleased with my purchase. It's very comfortable to wear and also the angle of the torch can be moved for example if I want to read something it can be pointed downwards etc. The white LED is very strong and bright, which is great for setting up or if you hear a scary noise in the dark and just have to have a check! The red LED is excellent. It's dull, so hardly affects night vision, but still very easy to read and change eyepieces. Highly reccommended.
  7. I do try Only problem is it's going to be freeeeeeeezing tonight!
  8. steveyschoice

    Ello!

    Hi all I just realised you all gave me some great help & advice with my new scope and I never said a proper hello, so hello! This is a great forum and you all gave me some great help and still are. Looking forward to my second night out tonight. Hoping to catch saturn for the first time and might try for the orion nebula, although with the full moon might be a challenge!
  9. BBC weather was saying clear sky for me Friday, Saturday & Sunday night, but its changed to part cloud except for Sunday. Damn. I hope it changes back I want to see Saturn & the orion nebula for the first time! I spose I might see some with part cloud, but it was looking so good
  10. Following up on this point there's a famous quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein "if a lion could speak, we would not be able to understand him." Basically its experiences, life and culture would be so vastly different from ours, even if it spoke using English it would be full of references we just could not comprehend. If we ever received a signal from an extraterrestrial race, it's quite probable it would just be nonsensical other than perhaps something universal like mathematics.I definitely believe in extraterrestrial life of some kind. Microscopic for sure and somewhere there must be life on the scale of mammals for example. Intelligence though is complicated. Consciousness, intelligence and the compacity for technological advancement could just be something that developed by complete almost impossible luck thanks to certain events that occurred thoughout earths history. Whatever the answer I still like to think that somewhere in the universe someone or should I say something is pondering these very same questions!
  11. Thanks for the feedback e621keith. The company in general seem to have good products and feedback. I've decided to go for the squared simply because it was slightly cheaper & I also thought it looked kinda cool! Once I've tried it out I'll let you know what I think.
  12. Ah! Thanks tbird. That picture was really helpful. All sorted :-)
  13. Any ideas what these are, where they go & whether I should be using them? Forgot I had these leftover and had just put them to one side
  14. Hi all I've found a couple of threads on Petzl for the following product: Petzl TAC Tikka Plus (4LEDs) Headtorch Black E49P: Amazon.co.uk: Sports & Leisure However, I've also been looking at this one, which looks like a newer model and also slightly cheaper: Petzl Headlamp TIKKA PLUS ² green: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools I just wondered if anyone has used the above and would reccommend it?
  15. Hi guys sorry for this contant posting. Barlow issue is sorted, it was an extremely tight fitting and very well hidden dust cap! I'm already looking forward to the next clear night when I can actually try it out. Thanks for all your help with my myriad of questions. I hope in future to post my experiences and perhaps help out people who had similar problems as mine! :-)
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