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  1. Thanks for the reply, Ronin.  I'm probably not confident to mod my scope (new mount, moving the mirror etc) so I'll probably wait until I upgrade my scope.  I didn't get my A58 primarily for astro but got some nice widefield results with the included lenses in a dark site, which got my curious about getting kit to do astro.  I'll leave the imaging to the experts  :smiley:

  2. Hi,

    I have recently got a Sony A58 DSLR and have enjoyed experimenting with wide field long exposure images of the milky way using the supplied lenses.

    Hopefully I will be able to use my scope for imaging but not sure what I need.  I have a Skywatcher 130 newtonian on an EQ mount.

    So, what should be on my shopping list to get astroimaging?  My main interest is to point to deep sky objects and try and image them.  I believe I'll need a T mount and an Celestron barlow lens?  Do I also need a motor to drive the scope?


  3. I viewed Panstarrs tonight for the first time too with binoculars. On holiday in the north east of Scotland with great view of north west horizon. It has been cloudy (no to mention snowing) all week but tonight it was clear. I'm delighted to see it, which is my first comet. I also dragged my wife and father in law out for a quick look and they were also pleased to see it. My wife could see it naked eye however I needed to use binoculars. Hopefully it will be clear again tomorrow before we head home at the weekend.

  4. Hi,

    After driving home this evening a had a look up at the sky to see if it was decent for observing later when a bright flash caught my eye and I can't explain what it was.

    It was near Draco at about 9:37pm (BST). It was like a quick, growing circle of white light, which faded as quick as it appeared, probably about 1 second. It was far brighter than Venus and didn't move in any sort of direction. I've seen quite a few irridium flares and the flash was more sudden than those. I've also seen a few meteors and this thing didn't streak across the sky.

    Did anyone else see it? Anyone know what it could have been? My location is 10 miles east of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    I have made an image of where I saw it, which is attached. The pulse came from where I have put the red circle.


  5. I enjoyed all three programs too and the follow up chats. My only reservation was that they coulda left the nonesense about UFO's out, and they coulda filled the gap with a bit more time out on the field with the scopes.

    Otherwise it most enjoyable with the right level of technical stuff and humour :)

    I agree that the UFO stuff was a bit silly however I'm glad the covered explanations of what people think are UFO's.

    I imagine that anyone seeing a really bright iridium flare would struggle to find an explanation for what they witnessed, not realising how reflective satellites can be.

  6. Overall I really enjoyed it. I agree that they didn't make enough use of the societies out on the clear skies on Monday & Tuesday. It will no doubt get more people taking in interest in astronomy. It has even been 'water cooler' chat in the office this week.

    Promoting the planet spotting was a great idea too and it was fun that it yielded a discovery.

    It was last years series that inspired me to buy my first scope and 1 year in I'm really enjoying the skies from my back yard.

    It would be great if the next series could coincide with an astronomical event such as the Venus transit or a meteor shower.

  7. I didn't notice the actual model name but looking at pictures on the net I think they looked a bit like Bresser 8x56 Spezial Jagd, however they really are a bargain if they are.

    Are Bresser's a decent brand? Would I be able to see fainter objects with a slightly larger FOV than I would get with my no name cheapo 10x50's?

    My main targets would be the large clusters and objects, tracking the ISS and having a quick view of the moon without setting up my scope.

  8. I went out for a look at the ISS this evening too. It was quite low this evening but still great on the clear sky.

    I use the NASA iPhone app to have a look at when the ISS will be visible. I agree with previous posters that Heavens Above is a great resource too. Also on Heaven's Above is the visable Iridium Flares. I just recently go into looking for them. They look really cool.

  9. Hi,

    I view from the back yard and all my telescope gear is stored in the house when not being used.

    What is the best way to look after the tube when bringing it back into the house after viewing (condensation etc).

    When I got my scope earlier this year I simply laid it down on the floor and the condensation on the mirror cleared after an hour or so. I then put the covers on the tube & focuser.

    I read somewhere (can't remember where) suggesting that if you pop the covers over the tube and focuser while still outside (trapping the cold air inside), then bring it it indoors it should be okay provided you don't open the covers again.

    Any advise would be appreciated.


  10. Hi there,

    Thanks to Dr. Cox on Stargazing Live back in January I took the plunge and got a scope. This forum has been excellent in getting a feel for what I need and what I can expect to see. After a couple of months 'lurking' I have joined today.

    Here's a bit about me:

    Like most people I've always been facinated by the planets and the stars. I've always wanted to know a bit more and see things with my own eyes. When Stargazing Live was on I found Stellarium and saw that Orion would be right outside my backyard. I opened the back door and there it was! I had a tool to show me what I should be looking for. Right, if I can find a constellation that easy I want to know more.

    I'm lucky to have a good south facing back yard with the odd street lamp here & there. I'm armed with a few iPhone apps to try and get me around the sky and I'm also trying to follow Turn Left At Orion.

    Tonight I had an hour observing. I had nice views of Saturn and also saw my first cluster, the Beehive Cluster.

    I'm early days with my observing but really enjoying it.

    All the best.

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