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The Warthog

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  1. HI. I just dropped in to this topic as I may need my own advice after nearly 10 years away from the hobby. My health and energy levels have not been stellar, especially after the MI in 20112 that left me with a quad bypass and combined with 54 years of T1 diabetes, arthritis an circulatory problems, as well as being old. I'm 71 now and temporarily unable to drive. Bummer! Anyway, I've hunted up my collection of eyepieces and find the ones I have still fit the bill. I tried to look up Jupiter and Saturn a couple of nights ago, but was successful only with my 32mm ep, and with a focal length of 1000mm didn't give me much of a view. My higher mag eps wouldn't focus, but in the daylight I corrcted a sim[le problem and am ready to try again. Saturn and Jupiter have not been this close together for about 20 years, so it's a great opportunity, and in summer too, so I don't have to freeze my, er, toes off seeing them. Clear skies, everyone!
  2. Hi Warthog sorry to hear you been ill, hope you feel better now 

  3. True enough, Elliot. I shoulld say that I bought both my scopes on the used market, in good nick, for about half the new price. It's a good way to cut the price of entry into any hobby. I believe there is an Astro Buy and Sell in the UK. That's where I've bought a fair amount of stuff, and sold some, too.
  4. Well, Sonny Boy, Laudroph did a good job of explaining how to adjust the binocs to suit each eye. I would add only that it may be the other ep that has the separate focus. I've just bought a pair of Nikon Aculons, now the best binocs I have ever owned, and the most expensive at $CDN170. My previous ones were a pair I bought for $US30 at a drug store in Wall, SD. They had all the hallmarks of cheap binoculars, but still served me well for almost 10 years, until a prism fell out of place. Generally, the best equipment for you is the best you can afford, given a bare minimum quality. If you can't afford a Nagler, you can probably afford a Meade Plossl that will do yeoman service for you until you win the lotto. As for an 'entry level' telescope, don't buy one. Most low priced department store scopes will give you poor service on almost all fronts, and are a major cause of newbies giving up on the hobby. I would suggest a reflector of at least 150mm diameter on either a Dobsonian mount or an equatorial mount. Or a catadioptric of the same diameter. If you are going for a refractor, I would suggest a 100mm scope or slightly larger, depending on your budget. There is a bit of a learning curve with good scopes, but they will richly reward the effort to learn them. If you can't afford a scope in this range, keep the binocs for now, and save a little longer. The same stars will be there once you have saved the money. Best of luck with your decision. Hope this helps.
  5. I think you should be able to see them, especially with the Plough being so high at present. They are easy to find in a decent sky, and I find them a delight to look at. I can't see them at all in my city skies, with a limiting magnitude of about 2, at least not in my 6" reflector.
  6. BION, that lid that won't come off has a purpose. When you take the lid off the hole in the dust cap, you can put the lid on that second "cap" to keep you from losing it in the grass. It took me about six months to realize this at first. (Edit) I see someone already beat me to this explanation. D'oh!
  7. Thanks for this. I was able to get the latest asteroid into Stellarium, even without truly knowing what I was doing. If the seeing is good on the 19th, I may stand a chance of seeing it. I'll at least know where to look!
  8. Not a big deal, but I am glad to be back. I probably have a bit of a learning curve, as I've been away from astronomy for so long, but with that big asteroid sailing by, and a solar eclipse this year (that's a day and a half drive away) I can get back into the hobby fairly quickly, I think. The sky in my town is dreadful, but I can get nice views of the Moon and planets. When I can get outside of town, particularly to some of the dark areas in Central Ontario, I get some very good views indeed. Anyway, this is me, back. Hoping to reconnect with all of you.
  9. That's very generous of you, Damian. We got whacked by snow and cold in late January and February, and went 46 days without going above zero, with temperatures sometimes as low as -25, so what with the constant cloud I've hardly been outside except to take the dog for a pee. However, we are being promised the start of above zero temps, and once the 40cm of snow in my back yard melts, I'll think about putting my scopes on the lawn. After all this time, I have some refurbishing to do. The sky in my location allows only for planets, and things like double stars and brighter clusters, but I will try to get away to some better locations, which we have aplenty in Canada.
  10. I'm a fan of cryptic crosswords, and have started doing the Toronto Globe and Mail one again, after a long hiatus. ""Moon Starers" has long been a favorite clue for ASTRONOMERS, but this week they came up with a new and disturbing one - "No more stars." Thought some of you might like that.
  11. Try Bookfinder.com. If you remember the title accurately, it will give you everything with that title on the used market. There will be thousands of books entitled "The Solar System," however.
  12. Cloud and snow for us. We can focus the binocs on the snow falling by the streetlamp and pretend we're in a meteor storm.
  13. I thought everything in Texas was big, not just ears!
  14. Well, no going over the falls in a barrel, but I am thinking about taking up horseback riding, and maybe hitching a ride in a hot air balloon. They are both on my bucket list. We have had only two significant snowfalls this winter, and at present all the snow has meltted. We are getting temperatures as low at -13, but no significant snow in the forecast.
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