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  1. Hi My Telrad failed last night (dead from its storage box) but was fine the last time I used it just two weeks ago. Admittedly the switch was on (my bad), but I have tried 2 sets of known new batteries, cleaned contacts etc, but no joy. Does the Telrad reticule wear out over time or burn out? The unit is about 11 years old, and whilst I have a spare, I'd rather repair than replace if possible. I appreciate it could also be the switch, although it feels OK and has the "click" . I see I can get spares from 365 Astronomy. So curious if anyone else has had the same issue and replaced reticule and/or switch? I am totally ignorant in electronics but I know people who have better skills than I who could help Jon
  2. I am on my second pair of North Face Chillkats and I have a pair of the Baffin Impact boots. Both very good Jon
  3. I have had endless trouble with the new S &T digital subscription system through Zinio, so I have now ordered print based through my local WH Smiths. Easy to do. Jon
  4. Since joining the Web Society in 2011, I have always enjoyed the Webb meetings, and am looking forward to this 50th Anniversary one. Steve Gottlieb is one of the foremost deep Sky observers and as Owen says, probably the only person to have seen the entire NGC catalogue. A very entertaining and interesting day and well worth attending for those interested in deep sky observing. Jon
  5. I use the Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas, plus the Interstellarum Atlas for navigation. For object selection I also have the Night Sky Observers Guide http://www.willbell.com/handbook/nitesky.htm If you specifically want Telrad rings, you could also try the Deep Sky Reisatlas https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Sky-Reiseatlas-Michael-Feiler/dp/3938469714 excellent as it is water resistant. There also sets of maps which have Telrad rings - I have some somewhere - I will find them and let you have the publisher. Jon
  6. I saw this at Kelling Heath with my 8" dob in 2014 I think. Will have to check my log, but I think it was a 24mm Hyperion with Lumicon Hbeta filter. Needed to be quite dark adapted, but once observed was not too tricky. Jon
  7. Hi I am involved with this group http://madviewers.org who meet near Kilmington, near Warminster. We use a dark site Jon
  8. I use this one: http://www.spacejock.com/BookDB.html it is simple and suits my needs. Jon
  9. I'm not exactly local (Wiltshire) but I go up for the day. Speakers are excellent and a good spread of topics; Larry Mitchell of the Texas Star Party spoke here a couple of years ago, Wil Tirion last year, with Wolfgang Steinicke returning this year covering John Herschel's Cape observations. Jon
  10. I use Skytools 3 for generating star charts,observing lists and identifying objects. It's catalogues are excellent. You can also download DSS images to overlay on the chart so if you are hunting DSOs then you have an idea of what to look for. Megastar 5 from Willman Bell (which I don't have yet) is now a little elderly, but it does have images and a supplementary CD. You can also overlay Real Sky Images, although the trouble is getting hold of the Real Sky CD's as they are long out of production so it is scouring the net I guess. I have Sky X Serious Edition and agree with NickK that a lot is squirrelled away within the software but I do find it useful. They are both paid for products, but Skytools (Standard Edition) has been my best investment and whatever else I have on my laptop I always come back to it for regular use. I have tried CdC but could not get on with it - too impatient I guess. Jon
  11. I have the German edition, but not, unfortunately, the Premium waterproof one. I imagine the printing costs are high for what is a comparatively small market, although the Premium edition sold out very quickly. Jon
  12. Looks like the Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas to me. Jon
  13. Glad to help You can also get to M27 from the Coathanger if that's easier. If you'd like to go on our observing meetings list, drop me a PM with your email address - we do meet at the eastern end of Salisbury Plain fairly regularly. Jon
  14. darc_marc If you need a finder map for M27, have a look at the article I wrote for my local astronomical society and observing group a couple of years ago : http://www.spogastro.co.uk/?page_id=117 the M27 article is listed under Messier Objects. if you want a larger version of the map, drop me a PM. Jon
  15. Eyepiece was a Hyperion 24mm and 1.25" filter. I will check my log and confirm this. Jon
  16. I observed the California Nebula in September 2011 from Kelling Heath with an 8" dob and Lumicon HBeta filter. I was dark adapted for a long time and spotted it fairly easily, and had the observation verified by two other observers. However after using a very dim red light to write up the observation, it was harder to spot. I observed it again this year, not too tricky to relocate, but dark adaption was the key for me. Jon
  17. Jabberwocky - I'm up from Wiltshire as well - Friday set to be good from midnight /1am onwards. Well worth the trip. I am on Red 433. Jon
  18. Wiltshire Astronomical Society are planning an all night Messier marathon, have a look in our March newsletter http://wasnet.co.uk/NWAS/Mar12.pdf for anyone in the area. Jon
  19. With my 12" Dob and an H beta filter on Salisbury Plain it is a fairly straightforward target, although I doubt it would be seen near the edge of a town. We also had a 10" present and the observing report is here Observing Report – 28 Dec 2011, Tilshead | Salisbury Plain Observing Group Jon
  20. I have the 300mm truss tube Skyliner (non motorized) and yes it does have a roller bearing. I am very happy with it, although it can be a little too easy to move at times, and a bit of a weather vane as I have a shroud for it As to the Horsehead, yes I have seen it fairly easily in this scope from Salisbury Plain and North Devon using a Lumicon H-Beta filter. Jon
  21. Fairly meticulous using Sky Tools 3. Usual data such as date, time, sky conditions, and general notes about the object and the observation, but I also include the star hopping sequence to locate it. Jon
  22. It is tonight (Saturday) although the forecast is not promising .... Jon
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