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captain vallo

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  1. WHy do we need gravity when the earth is flat
  2. Shame it was so very annoying .... what has happened to Horizon
  3. That looks much better than anything I've achieved so far - what scope do you have?
  4. Just tell him that you will provide him with free prints of his wife getting undressed to keep him quiet!
  5. Yep, clear skies for 2 days here too, right above the clouds!
  6. Its ridiculous that people can be taken in so easily ....... its not even mars, its the old sand pits at Stourbridge!
  7. Well thats both great news and bad news. For now I will have to dig out my old copies of all Burroughs books and re-read them. Problem is that I was between 9 and 12 when I last read them and loved them all and I doubt if they are as good as they are with my rose tinted memory.
  8. Sad journalism ... yes your right but it only reflects the readers requirements. Here we are able to look a photos of another planet (am I the only person here who is still in awe of such an achievement) and all the majority want to look for is sign of life, which is pathetic really because if we did find it, the same majority would then deny it anyway because it clashed with their fairy tales about everything. Edgar Rice Burrows ... wow I thought I was the only person who read those, I was addicted to all his books, especially the Mars series, I still have some early editions somewhere
  9. Geeks? does this mean people always striving for more knowledge? in otherwords people who dont buy the sun ... unless they want the £9.50 holidays
  10. Perhaps they are but someone saying that someone else is very nice does not stop them from being wrong about almost everything. (There were some very eminent religious people who said Hitler was nice) The point here is that our tiny little brains are not built to comprehend either universe option, either its infinite or finite, and according to some of my esteemed colleagues, anyone that claims to know or understand such topics ..... doesn't. I simply cannot grasp the concept that we all came about from nothing but that does not mean I need to believe in fairies or try and fit all the evidence we do have into what I can understand. When I look to the sky I see very beautiful things (well I used to until the clouds took permanent residence) and each time I begin to understand a little more about even less than I did before the night began.
  11. Your all wrong: http://www.creationmuseum.org/
  12. Absolutely every electrical item I have ever bought from Aldi or Lidl has been useless. I would not recommend any generic or unknown branded item what so ever. If its branded then great but otherwise noooooooooooooo
  13. I have decided to face ridicule by uploading one of my early attempts at photographing Mars. I can assure you all that on this night I saw absolutely no detail like this. This was with my LX90 and a MS lifecam (I have since purchased a philips webcam with CCD chip) (click to enlarge) I now expect a plethora of emails like Is your image too small, then contact ...... Embarassed by the size of your mirror ...... Poor performance at night, then visit ...... Do girls laugh at your imaging ......
  14. This is a wonderful forum but perhaps some things to perhaps think about: Beginner’s forum ... when does one stop being a beginner and become a amateur. Surely there will often be the case that one is a beginner at some part of it. For example I now have a scope but know nothing of filters, need some advice on webcam-ing? Etc. More use of ‘stickies’ – Perhaps too the use of stickies (whatever they are called) might avoid the proliferation of the same few questions being asked over and over and over again. Eg: Which scope should you buy? What can you expect to see? What software is available? Useful astro sites One of the problems for those new to this hobby is finding out about stuff after the event and whilst SGL has a monthly guide it’s a little out of date. So why not have a link to the BBC monthly guide (or other if there are better). This may promote users to contribute more. However just keeping up the great work is great.
  15. Astroman you make it sound like 'magic eye' pictures, remember those? I faith in your conviction though Astroman, its just that since taking up this hobby in November, we have not had many decent observing nights. Also as the long winter nights and mornings depart, I am not sure I will be able to stay up or get up. All I can say is that this site and forum ensures I will continue this hobby, and without it I am sure by now I would have sold my scope. Thanks all for the advice and the confirmation that many of us are in the same boat. Guess i will buy some filters ... and perhaps the mother of all fans to blow away those pesky clouds. Regards Bob
  16. Just watching Sky at night online and they are discussing and viewing Mars from Pats garden and they discuss what they can see with a 4" scope. This includes the ice caps and dark markings!!!!!!!! I have twice that and see less than half!!!!!!!! To then rub excessive amounts of sodium chloride into this now gaping wound, pictures are shown with wonderful detail, Next they fix a black and white camera to Pats famous 11"er discuss even more detail and then show colour images! Well after reading other threads I now know I'm not alone when I look at the same god of war through my 8" quality scope and lenses and for the most part see a redy, browny, pinky disc. I know I'm supposed to be patient and that with time and right conditons etc etc, I should eventually see more detail, but with this damned fluffy stuff in the skys all the time ........... is because I is atheist? ... will I ever see the sky at night? Frustrated of Stourbridge.
  17. Thanks for the advice Craig, I have indeed done considerable investigation into what can be achieved with what type of equipment and I felt for sure that by now I should be achieving better results than I am. I will keep trying of course .. I have invested too much into this hobby to give up that easy. Thanks all for you advice and encouragement.
  18. Well I made mine from an old plastic documents holder and then taped it to a foam strip that fitted snugly around the tube. it certainly did the focussing bit but still my astrophotography is rubbish. I am getting quite fed up now, when I took this hobby up and first looked at getting a scope, my local supplier said that with a Skywatcher 127, I would be able to see the polar ice caps of Mars ... here i am with an 8"er, several reasonable eyepieces the latest philips webcam and still my viewing is not great and my images are no better. I will have to join a club or something!
  19. Well almost everything, it doesn't appear to explain why focussing on one item is good enough for something else.. surely the something else could be many times nearer or further away and thus require re-focussing?
  20. Ok folks, last night I went out armed with a fully functioning and fully integrated LX90 8" with laptop running Starry Night Pro, Stellarium, k3ccd with makeshift dew shield, toucam (well the latest equivalent) .... and no clouds for about an hour. Viewing was fair So heres the issue, my pictures are still pants but before I try and fix anything else I need to ensure the thing is in focus, because is seems to be so tricky on a webcam and laptop. Reading up on this, I think the solution may be a Hartman mask. Except that theres one point i dont understand .... all the 'how to's' I've read say use nearby star to focus then move to desired area to be photo'd. I assume this means DSO's rather than planets otherwise surely focussing will be out all beit slightly? I am trying to photograph planets but attempts so far have been poor. Any advice on using a hartman mask or equivalent would be gratefully appreciated. #
  21. Thanks tom, couldnt resist playing with it and I am already confused. First it appeas the connection between the handset and cable is a bit dodgy. Experimenting with the easy set up in my office and using Stellarium to identify where the stars really are (its not dark here yet), I would say the scope is not pointing where it should be. In fact it kept going upside down (not good with finder on) I reset the unit and it is a little closer to what one would expect on the first star but way off on the second. As I understand it, once reset, I set it to England (may have not been on first few trys), then birmingham (nearest city listed) Then I set the scope facing North .... ish and set the other plane to 0 Then used the easy method. But the second star appears to point in opposite direction. Will read manual now to see if im doing something wrong.
  22. Well so much for all my original ideas and objectives and budget. After buying and trying the Celestron Powerseeker, I realised it did not perform much better than my Swarovski spotting scope so I decided to sell it on ebay (made a small profit too). Then I picked up a tatty helios 114mm on a EQ2 mount (I believe this is same as a Sky-watcher) which for the price was excellent (free). It performed better than my Swarovski, but to be honest I (and the kids) were still a little disappointed after the initial euphoria of seeing Saturn through the Swarovski. So now 2 weeks into astronomy, rubbish weather, bored kids, lots of googling and forum searching I realised the following: I really needed to increase the aperture to improve the image I could currently achieve and thus make it feel like money well spent. Portability meant just being able to put it away with some ease and to also use in one location up the road from home. I have a huge estate car for transporting stuff. I fully understand the rules of diminishing returns as you improve quality (same with my birding, guitars, cycling (road and mtb), computers etc etc) I also realised that from actual use that I was spending more time on trying to find items and often failing miserably. Both kids found it difficult to track items once located. (so did I actually). I was reluctant to buy new just in case this proves to be a fad and thus risk loosing considerable sums of money. Add to the mix that my genetic disorder that I cannot buy anything at full MRSP and have a half price rule for anything second hand*(see footnote). So I decided to buy the right product that addressed all those rather than buy purely to a price. My new specification became: anything with goto the right place quickly and was 6” or above. (Actually the wife said she was looking for this too) Enter classified adds – Meade LX90 8” UHTC as new with additional eyepieces, chargers etc. - £750. Following some phone negotiations I got this down considerably… embarrassingly so! In fact it’s about a third of the original value. OK I have spent a lot more than I imagined 2 weeks ago, but am confident that I could sell this on for a lot more than I paid. (One has just sold on ebay for £800 and is not as good as mine). I will still have to lie to the wife about how much it cost (still debating that figure – I don’t think she will believe £150.) Well space stuff, here we come. Thanks to all for your advice, guidance and in some cases offers of scopes and discounts etc. *If you can wait, one can usually buy most new items with at least 25% off at some time in its life and if you sacrifice exacting requirements often more like 33%. Therefore with depreciation and use, my golden rule on second hand items is pay no more than half price (exceptions: houses, cars (total waste of money) and women.
  23. Problem is that this scope is available from Steve (FLO) for just £50 extra ... why buy second hand?
  24. If you want to see more then aperture is always the key. In my experience the big step up in capability comes at 8 inches aperture. While 6 inches will show more than 4.5 inches the differences might well leave you still wanting more. Personally I would forgo GOTO and get an 8 inch (or larger) scope for the same money. John Problem John is that I need portability ... and based on current chances to do some observing with the kids .. we end up spending way too much time failing to see anything and then when we do, my youngest struggles to keep it tracked. And then theres the money .. my budget has already crept from £200 to £300 to £600. If the wife finds out, I'll probably be seeing plenty of stars, followed by sharp objects aimed at myanus followied by the constellation divorce
  25. Well its good to see im not alone in the universe. So, heres the crunch, I am very likeloy going to treat myself to a new scope (sooner rather than later) and the one I was originally looking at, the Skymax 127 auto, I am now confident will not produce a much better image or make finding stuff any easier. Therefore my thoughts are that if i spend some £650 on a Celestron nexstar 6se, will i get a much improved image (I will of course get the goto function which right now i am tempted by). or will i regret the investment? I realise this is a totally unfair question as it depends on the values i put on the hobby (this is about 5th on the list).
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