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Bibliovegan

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  1. At about 6.30pm I saw something which might be the same as what you are describing. I was actually upstairs facing a window. From north to south, what I initially thought was a very bright firework went over. Matter of 4/5 seconds only. Slight greenish tinge. It was the biggest "shooting star" I've ever seen - massive compared with e.g. the Geminids. Never seen a fireball before so can't comment. It was unmissable. Had it been nearer November I might have dismissed it as a rogue greenish firework with no end explosion. I'm in Wiltshire.
  2. On Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm, Bradford on Avon Library will be hosting a talk from Wiltshire based science writer Brian Clegg. He will be exploring what happened before the big bang. This will be an accessible event for adults, and tickets cost £3 each. You can contact the library on 01225 863280. On Wednesday 1 February at 7.30pm, Brian Clegg will be at Pewsey Library with a talk based on his new book How To Build A Time Machine. It might seem like fiction, but there is nothing in the laws of physics that prevents time travel. Brian explores the extreme physics that makes travel into the future or past a possibility. Johnny Ball said of Brian's book: "Brian Clegg conjectures on the totally conjectural world of time and space travel and brings it all beautifully down to earth. Brilliant." This will be an accessible event for adults, and tickets cost £3 each. You can contact the library on 01672 562265. Throughout January and February, Bradford on Avon Library is also hosting a set of books designed to appeal to those who are interested in space, stargazing, and space travel. Plenty of books to look at and borrow!
  3. Hope it's ok to let you know about the following events. On Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm, Bradford on Avon Library will be hosting a talk from Wiltshire based science writer Brian Clegg. He will be exploring what happened before the big bang. This will be an accessible event for adults, and tickets cost £3 each. You can contact the library on 01225 863280. On Wednesday 1 February at 7.30pm, Brian Clegg will be at Pewsey Library with a talk based on his new book How To Build A Time Machine. It might seem like fiction, but there is nothing in the laws of physics that prevents time travel. Brian explores the extreme physics that makes travel into the future or past a possibility. Johnny Ball said of Brian's book: "Brian Clegg conjectures on the totally conjectural world of time and space travel and brings it all beautifully down to earth. Brilliant." This will be an accessible event for adults, and tickets cost £3 each. You can contact the library on 01672 562265. Throughout January and February, Bradford on Avon Library is also hosting a set of books designed to appeal to those who are interested in space, stargazing, and space travel. Plenty of books to look at and borrow!
  4. I saw my first Jupiter this evening - once it had got out from behind the trees - about an hour ago! There were five moons, the smallest hugging the bottom left of the planet (in my scope, which does have the horizontal correction thing). I can't see which it would be though, from Stellarium which seems to show only the main four. They were spaced neatly, two either side. I had hoped that it would appear a bit bigger, but you could still make out two bands, though no red spot (though I've a feeling that's not visible at the moment anyway?). I was using a 9mm eyepiece (it's a 660mm scope). Definitely not complaining, though - a fantastic view!
  5. Hi So far I've only spotted Saturn - I've been tempted to stay up, but work and tiredness compete for my time! Is it also the case with Neptune that there are so many stars that it would be hard to be sure anyway? BV
  6. Thanks, I will bear that in mind. We're looking in the CPC catalogue I think.
  7. Hi I'm looking to get a power supply for my telescope to save putting in lots of batteries. We're looking through a general catalogue at power supplies and whilst we know most of the specs, we need to know is it a 2.1mm or 2.5mm jack/power connector. I know Celestron do one, but it's quite expensive! If anyone is able to help that would be great.
  8. My third visit to Saturn last night, with clear skies while I'm on holiday at the south Cornwall coast. Great for just looking up at the skies, nevermind the telescope! Saturn appeared clear and crisp again - I'm looking forward to a new EP or Barlow to see if I can observe more. Also a clear moon on the right, though couldn't make out the two hiding on the rings. Also trying to work out from BBC SKAN Mag whether the Saturn moon they show on the right for 12/5/11 is the one I saw on the right, or whether I should be reversing it! (I know things appear the right way up, but in mirror image in my scope). M3 and M5 still appeared fuzzy with my 9mm EP, even with darker skies. That is about x75 magnification. The moon, though, was amazing! My star atlas is at home (with moon chart) so I can't tell you yet what my favourite features were!
  9. Thanks everyone - not had chance for skywatching since last Thursday, but looking forward to another chance this week, weather permitting!
  10. Saturn was great again last night, and I also glimpsed the smudges of (I think I remember - need to get a pencil!) M3, M5, and M13. Or maybe it was M92. I was also amazed how much you can see moving around in the sky using a scope on 25mm - satellites I presume.
  11. Thanks for your welcome, and for the tips. I'm hoping that it will stay reasonably cloud free this evening, but I'm not convinced! I will certainly try more M objects now I know how to stay in focus!
  12. Thanks Brantuk! I think my mistake was trying to use too high powered an eyepiece (9mm when probably the 25mm would have been better for these), and a garden where next door's security light came on! Am praying for clear skies when I go to the coast soon - and not for sunbathing, but for skywatching
  13. Thanks John, I might consider that then though I'm not rushing into anything. I must admit I'm not expecting miracles, just trying to work out what the best I might achieve will be without spending too much on accessories - though I'm sure that will come in time! One bonus: I didn't get the usual box of clouds with this one. Not bad for a first night
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