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  1. you may find Revelation 6mm and especially 4mm, if they are Plossl, hard to use as eye relief is tiny If you dont have a decent Barlow consider one with removable lens element (like Revelation) so you can have 1.5x and 2x My 100p takes 9mm with 1.5x ok but not 2x
  2. Still a newb so I have experimented with all sorts and settled on an A5 spiral bound book and pencil, I try to sketch a circle of what I see (not actually that easy) with notes of eyepiece, constellation I am in etc. Nothing flashy Mostly I was using that to check what I saw back in the warm and annotate the sketches, which definitely helps my with learning my way around the sky. Recently I found something in Cassiopeia that wasn't in my star atlas and it turned out to be Comet Lovejoy
  3. Hi Derek - and others thanks for the reply bumping this thread again as it would be good to sort something With the clocks just changed (and having a young observing partner who has a sensible bed time) I would be restricted to viewing from dusk to maybe 10pm Would after Easter work? maybe a Friday or Saturday evening? We could use Clear Outside to make the final go/no go decision . . .
  4. if you don't wear glasses to observe the choice is pretty wide, but as others have said you might not need anything initially As a newb (who does have to wear glasses) the foirst things I got were a long eye relief 9mm to use in place of the standard 10mm and a decent Barlow to get a range of focal lengths and then decide which I likes/used most One thing I would suggest is a 2x Barlow with removable lens, you can add this to the thread on the bottom of your existing lens for a x1.5 magnification. I got a Revelation one from Astroboot quite cheaply The other thing I have found more useful than I expected is a long focal length (wide angle) lens. The 40mm I got is too much but ready eyepiece threads on here a 32mm is often peoples most used lens
  5. Happy Birthday I picked up an 82A Blue and 11 Yellow/Green recently - only had a few minutes to tinker so far, the latter #11 definitely helped with Jupiter for me
  6. We have a little Heritage 100p and some different eyepieces. During the day we see a "hole in the image". With the entirely inappropriate 40mm projection eye piece you can see it at night too I think I know what is going on (eyepiece exit pupil eye ball entry pupil stuff) but cant get a proper scientific explanation my kids are happy with . . .
  7. Hi mandopicker101 - have you got Stellarium or Carte du Ciels on your PC? If you know the time and direction you can set the time on the software to show you the sky, my hunch is that you were looking at Venus but a time and direction of observation would help - all the planets follow the same "elliptical" so time important Not done much Venus observation, partly from being a novice but also because recently it has usually been to our south in the early evening and that is the street light direction from our house
  8. I think this post is part confession and part open question - have always been a mechanical kit junky and love nicely made photo gear (ie metal body, manual focus stuff), record players (inc my beautiful Townshend) etc, etc Anyhow Astro stuff seems to be a mixture of lovely engineering (at a price) and err, cheaper . . . tat stuff. Picked up some Revelation Astro things recently and they are so nice to hold and behold, I am definitely a fan - even if it isn't the best optical kit in the world Which leads me to a recent, possibly rash, purchase. Got me a 40mm Revelation Plossl thingy with sliding mount and T thread for less than the cost of the 32mm I was actually thinking would be useful. The 40mm is just so nicely made it had to go in the collection . . . and now I need to find a good use for it or I will be in (domestic) trouble . . . Having tinkered with web cam and afocal photography using a digiscope adaptor gadget the logical next step is probably to get an adaptor or two and try some digicams on it. My guess is the older ones I have might work better than the latest multi megapixel ones. But then again am I going to need a 3x (or more) Barlow to actually see much . . . Hoping it is useful rather than just pretty (fnar fnar)
  9. still 6 copies in Sheffield City yesterday, and still cunningly hidden to show spine only (so you can barely read the title) in Reference section
  10. this can be a frustrating hobby, with so much to learn - more than I expected certainly. It also seems to be that you have to use and live with kit & approaches before you find the things that work for you - I have a dob mount and have been wondering about "upgrading" to an EQ, your experience is pushing me away form that now as a novice I have found a Cambridge Star Atlas (£7 from Astroboot) and Guide to Astronomical Wonders (£12 Amazon marketplace) to be money well spent for may approach to planning, which mostly involves "working a constellation". I have laminated up the star charts from the atlas to scribble on them but not yet found I need to so
  11. bumping an old thread as I have the same question live a few minutes from here and would like to do some observing and meet some fellow observers too actually - cos before I buy scope 2 I want to look through some other folks toys is it worth a night time trip?
  12. okay, so my 9yo has a 100p mini dobsonian and I am hooked - so a bigger/better scope for me seems inevitable really enjoy roaming the sky, splitting doubles, clusters, planets but not finding faint fuzzies very interesting (in a 100p anyhow) so my initial thought was a smallish long refractor on a really solid mount like an EQ5 - so there is an upgrade path to bigger/better scope in the future or the option to get motors and stray in to imaging (which does appeal) Budget is probably around £250 but could stretch to £400. Maybe an Evostar 100/120 on EQ5. I am actively exploring is a s/h EQ5 and separate OTA but haven't been able to try any kit like this locally Another advantage of this route is low cost exit if I don't really get the time / energy / enjoyment - the kit should sell on with little loss One concern is the weight and set up times/hassle - is this really something that can be popped in the garden in a few minutes or go on holiday with us? Not convinced of the Dob mount (based on our 100p admittedly) it doesn't seem very solid or stable - I observe with glasses and it is annoying when the scope keeps moving about at higher magnifications if touched accidentally. So a 200p Dob doesn't really appeal, though I would like to try one sorry, long and complicated question - but welcome some other perspectives
  13. great thread folks - thanks for all the ideas Lovejoy is worth a hunt, though not obvious in polluted skies - I found it by accident (my planning isnt a thorough as yours and often involves exploring constellations one at a time, and I happened to be in Cassiopeia) and am still gob smacked to have seen a real comet with my own eyes
  14. Will follow this thread with interest as we had a very similar issue with a vanilla Win 7 Toshiba laptop - tried everything I could think of to get it to work and in the end installed Cartes Du Ciel instead hope you get it sorted
  15. second glowjet on the Astro Wonders book I much prefer it to Turn Left - every constellation has a section and it has really helped me find my way and find great stuff - TLAO was a worthy library book borrow, but I quickly wanted to learn more Got a Cambridge Star Atlas too - mostly so I could laminate the charts and scribble/plan on them on cloudy nights
  16. thanks for the heads up on Night Watch - it doesn't initially appear on Amazon UK despite being #1 selling Astro book on Amazon US. A few second hand copies around though so I might take a look
  17. been here a while but thought it was about time I said hi, mostly prompted by friendly chap and his little girl we met tonight at the cancelled Sheffield Astro Soc evening at the Sportsmans -- hello shame no one turned up the sky was great for a while, til the cloud rolled in
  18. picked a copy up last week, about 6 copies left in Sheffield branch - spine on in the Reference section so not easy to find Its good, will probably buy at full price next year
  19. meant to say, Gimp can do pretty much all that Photoshop can (except maybe the automatic stuff) - so if you can find the same tools/settings in Gimp it will still do the job
  20. not at my PC right now but couple of things I will try later if I can . . . Unsharp mask with low % and wide radius is worth a go to "lift the fug", eg http://luminous-landscape.com/contrast-enhancement/ Image is quite noisy, you might improve it but suspect you will struggle with an astro image/jpg like this one - don't suppose you have a RAW file? You can do some better noise removal. If you could shoot raw then raw therapy and others give you some useful tools (sorry dont know if they are Mac though - I thought Macs came with a good photo edit prog?) http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Selective_Gaussian_Blur/
  21. ok just did a quick 5 minute test with un-cooled scope and un-adapted vision (no time tonight as I have to prep for an earl start tomorrow). The Blue (82A) seemed to make things worse with less detail visible compared to unfiltered view. The Green/Yellow (11) added a trippy colour but no obvious benefit (or dis benefit) Variable polariser reduced the brightness nicely and did help with the banding - I will persist with this one I think
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