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    Visual, am a newbie, so it's all still amazing, and yes i did punch the air and do the "happy dance" when I found M13 unaided for the first time. The joys of a 6 year old bio! Now on 103 out of the 110 Messiers and use a Tak 76 DC. Volunteer with Norwich Astro.
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  1. Signed up to an Astronomical Society

    Hi Neil, Thanks for the mention; wait until you get a clear night from the "far end", when the skies are clear, it's a superb place to observe from. Keep your eyes out for your forum logon details, may be a while as we are supporting the forum and the Norwich Science festival this week, but that's where we post details of our "out of hours" observing sessions. Magical with just the stars and owls for company! November 3rd, we have Owen Brazell (he writes for Astronomy Now) coming to give a talk "Observing Galaxies" will be superb. See you soon, Chris
  2. Comet c/2017 01 Asassn

    Thank you Dave! Maybe a chance at the SGL Star party in 2 weeks time! Chris
  3. SGL Starparty Scopes?

    Bringing my Tak 76mm and Ayo-Swiss Vamo mount. Targets tbc, but if (probably a BIG if) comet c/2017 01 Asassn brightens, I'd love to have a look at that firstly. Then probably a few more of the Hidden Treasures. Chris
  4. Good evening, Has anyone managed to capture this yet? Have not had an opportunity to try yet, so would welcome advice from anyone who has seen / imaged this. Thanks, Chris
  5. The C11 (with a focal reducer) from the AstroFarm in Confolens France. Easily seen, large and obvious with a 25mm Plossl. My kind observing buddy in Seething had tried for weeks to show me Barnards 33 in her scope without any success. I felt with my eyesight we were "flogging a dead horse". Was so much easier in the smaller aperture scope from the darker, clearer skies of France. Well worth the visit. Chris
  6. "This call for evidence aims to gather data and information on the market for laser pointers and how they are used. We are seeking responses from a wide variety of stakeholder groups as well as the general public." I don't use one, but a few astro do use laser pointers, especially for outreach; time to tell the Government what you think. https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/rd/laser-pointers/ Chris
  7. 24mm Panoptic, 9mm Nagler...have a 15mm Pan that I put in the scope for outreach so as to keep the other two as pristine as I can. Chris
  8. All the clouds and rain here tonight, congrats on seeing Florence, a good spot with the moon being up and bright. Are you using a filter? I may have another attempt on the weekend. Chris
  9. It's the one time that the chart from Freestar charts doesn't help that much, but once you've found it once (or twice) it's quite straightforward - I use the stars in the "pan" of Ursa Minor to point to roughly the right part of the sky and usually after a minute or two I get it...with a frac, it's definitely better if you're seated, otherwise it's a strain on the knees / back etc..I've photographed my Pocket Sky Atlas and starred the line I take...hope it helps! Good luck, in your 8 inch it should be a nice sight! Chris
  10. Hi Neptune, Thanks for the tip about NGC 6543; I find that one much easier to find and observe. Perhaps because of it's height from my location, it's almost an all year round object, whereas NGC 7009 is much lower and so a narrower window each year to find and view? Having found NGC 7662, too, I'm going to try for NGC 6826, the Blinking Planetary next. Though with the Moon being up, not for a couple of weeks. Both should give great views with your 8 inch. Good luck, Chris
  11. Was tough, I only have 3 inches of aperture to play with. Definitely non-stellar, slight hint of a more elongated shape perhaps, but that's about it. I spent around 20 minutes on it and swapped between the UHC and O111 filters. Of course having found it once it should be easier to find again (famous last words)...I enjoy hearing the "dob mob" describe it as bright and easy; for me, even with the dark skies at Seething, it's a faint little fuzzie! With my 9mm, I only have 63 x magnification to play with, so if I get the opportunity through a bigger / longer focal length scope at some point. Chris
  12. Favourite summer DSO?

    I'll be different; with my 3 inch 'frac, whilst I love the objects from M8 upwards, I always, every session will take a look at NGC 1502; it's a small open cluster at the base of an asterism of stars 'falling' into it. A good test of my eyes and conditions to find. There are more interesting objects, but I love the view in the eyepiece. Chris
  13. Thanks Neil, I managed 7009 after a lot of searching (and cussing) it's tiny in my little 'frac. Then 7293; which was lower and much much dimmer, used an O111 filter (without the O111, I would have missed the Helix) and the O111 was better than my UHC (just). I had an imager come and take a look, but I was better dark adapted, so he just saw a grey patch...M30 by comparison was easypeasy. Despite dew heaters on scope and eyepiece, it got too damp and we packed up by about 3am. Too much moon now, for the next couple of weeks I think. Chris
  14. What a great night!

    Thank you @Stu, that was my view; was a superb night. Chris
  15. ClearSkies. Tally so far, Lagoon, Triffid, Swan and Eagle; there's a small NGC something or other between M16 and M17, then up to the Wild Duck cluster. Easily found M22 and the much smaller M28. The Sagittarius Star Cloud mesmerising tonight too. A bonus given how low it is. The moon set, so it was off to hunt for a few globs, after much faffing and a little cussing I found M72 and a little while later my target of NGC 7009. M30 was surprisingly easy, seen at 00:55hrs. After a break and a pot noodle (that's one of your 5 a day right?) I saw the murk to the south had cleared, on with 0111 filter and boom the Helix Nebula, larger than I expected, tried without the o111 and nothing. Glorious night, damp as, but happy as too.