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  1. Sounds like a plan, I try not to throw anything out the problem is I am running out of storage!
  2. Have a look at this thread, some useful if not old info. The quick cam pro's are available on ebay for little money. This website has some more info http://webcamastronomy.com/webcams.html
  3. Sitting outside with the bins, M41 looks glorious... Regards from Spain
  4. I had a 130 SLT, not a bad scope but as already mentioned the 102 SLT refractor is probably the one to go for. The 127 you many find a bit heavy for portability and the 130 just a bit big.
  5. 5 on a crystal clear night, more likely 4 on a damp night (wind off the sea). Not bad considering I am on the edge of North Tyneside.
  6. If your not doing any imaging I would stick with what you have and follow Astro Imp's advice Sent from my XT1068 using Tapatalk
  7. Interesting sound including the after sound, I have seen a meteor go over and heard it crackle a split second later. Your sound is like a firework rocket going past, at least we know it wasn't an owl!
  8. Was just in the garage moving some stuff about and came across the Battery Jump starter, luckily was still just in the yellow so peeps get checking yours as the temp at night is falling and it doesn't take much to kill these battery packs.
  9. I use a Manfrotto Junior geared head with Red Snapper Tripod , it carries my F5.5 90mm refractor no problem. I did use a ball head but when I got towards the zenith it just didn't work for me. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  10. IMHO Windows purely for compatibility or you will end up probably running Windows on your MAC. Regards Phil
  11. Hi Marc, I took the picture of Saturn with a Celestron SLT130 with an SPC900 webcam and a 2 x barlow. I captured the video with Sharpcap and then processed it with avistack. I hope that helps All the best Phil Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  12. Currently I use a 90mm Achro on a photo tripod, I have had and got fed up carrying heavy stuff in an out so now just do grab and go with it along with 15x70 bins. I will probably add a 4" Mak for planets and that's me done. Skies up here in the North East are okay and I am only a couple of miles from some dark skies and 40 miles from http://www.visitkielder.com/play/discover/dark-skies:-)
  13. Got to love text correction....
  14. Where do you live Robin? I am in Whitley Bay, I have had similar looking tracks on my cam and its always planes. I would add that a lot of planes don't show up on flightradar24 so its hard to eliminate them
  15. That trail follows the typical landing approach for Newcastle Airport which is South West to North East South of the river out to the mouth of the Tyne.
  16. Same here looks like they have an issue
  17. Looks like I might have a result, shielding outside my house again and possibly on the main problem light which effects my back garden. It pays to ask and to be fair they were pretty prompt the first time round. From: Phil H Sent: 19 March 2015 12:11To: Tate, ChristineSubject: Re: FW: Newcastle & North Tyneside PFI Lighting site feedback: General enquiryHi Christine,A while back you very kindly got a light shielded outside my house post number 4B901, unfortunately the black paint has now gone off of it and it is back shining in my bedroom window again. Could you pass this on to the relevant people as the North Tyneside lighting website is not working at the moment.Many ThanksPhilOn 20 March 2015 at 09:16, Tate, Christine Hi PhilThank you for your email.I have checked our records and it was actually a shield that was fitted to column 4B901 on 08/09/11. It was possibly removed to allow the new remote monitoring system to be fitted and was not replaced. I have booked a job on this column to has the shield re-fitted for you.The new system that has been fitted in ********** Avenue and other surrounding street actually operates on a dimmed basis. The lighting switches on at 75% then dims around midnight to 65%, then back up to 75% around 5.00am. The system also alerts us to any faults with an individual light.I will look into the possibility of having a shield fitted to the column in ********* Road and if we can fit one, we will.Kind regardsChristineHi Christine,Thank you so much, by the way I can assure you although the records might say a shield I watched the guy paint it!Many ThanksPhil
  18. Anyone see it, 7.32pm in the North East with a piece breaking off travelling South to North?
  19. So do I and its probably because flying from the UK we end up over Lisbon then Porto which is the worst effected part of Portugal for light pollution. Further south inland from the Algarve as Paul suggest are some very dark spots especially if you are shielded in a valley, when I travelled around Portugal some places were amazingly dark. If you can get away from the cities and into the mountains taking your life in your hands with the dodgy roads some great seeing can be had.
  20. Same here Paul, going to watch it now.
  21. Windows 7 is still available to buy pre-installed on desktops (Lenovo and HP) from our supplier with the option of a Windows 8.1 licence (although getting harder to source) and extended support for Windows 7 i.e. Security Updates will be available until 2020 should you not want to dabble with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 when it appears as final release, which as suggested will probably be free for Windows 8.1 users. Have you tried pulling the memory out and then running it with the minimum of memory dimms in case one has gone duff?
  22. My favourite scope is the ST80 that got me back into astronomy after a 30 year break Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  23. Just take some different size balls to show size of each planet and get volunteers to stand the different distances from the sun with each ball. You can even get them to orbit space permitting! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  24. Its called a bung, lobbed in the right direction it can get you pretty much anything you want. I have to laugh when I am in Spain and the local Brits moan about corruption, I assure them its alive and well over here. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  25. Spending 100k on a car that can do 200mph to drive down the shops is as stupid as spending 13k on a scope....where do I sign? :-)
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