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  1. Thanks for the tip Peter. Thanks for the offer Marky, I might well take you up on it. As well as which Binos what mount to put them on a tripod?
  2. ON 20th Dec this year we are taking our little girl to Lapland to meet Santa. Due to the lack of light pollution and how far north we'll be I'm not going to miss out on skies up there, 4 hours "daytime" means plenty of time for viewing and fingers crossed for some aurora activity. Which Bino's would be best? I've discounted a travel scope due to the 0 to -20 temperatures and the lenses/optics freezing over. Or have I made a wrong assumption anywhere.
  3. Back home and just about sorted out. Thank you to all who were there and made it a cracking weekend and made us feel very welcome just a shame about the skies not playing ball over the weekend, although I feel very lucky to have seen Saturn through Mike's Obsession. A special Thanks must go to Nina for the facilities and hospitality and to Mike for the organising and to all those that provided delicious food. We will definitely be back for the next one and with the huge praise that Mike and Kenny have for Galloway we are booked in up there so will see you all there as well.
  4. Im booked in after some very high praise at CSP 10.
  5. Did I read in one of the previous CSP threads there is a suitable potable water supply?
  6. I was using 2 SW Super 25mm. we didn't use the 2" adapter just had the 2" to 1.25" adapter that connects to the focuser. Thanks for the info on the Barlow
  7. We tried bodging the 2" to 1.25" as we didn't have a proper one to hand and it didn't seem to work. We used a x2 Barlow lens so maybe a 1.6 would have worked.
  8. I have a SW 200P, my wife finds that it strains her eyes somewhat and yesterday we tried out a Binoviewer that seems to alleviate the problem. It does however throw up another issue, due to the very short back focus distance of the 200p focusing has become an issue. From what I have been told and some reading I believe I need to increase the back focus distance, we tried initially to use a Barlow lens (removed from the body and screwed on to the Binoviewer) but to no avail. Does anybody have a solution? Would a low profile focuser work?
  9. Need to check with my better half but looks like we should be able to come across for a couple of nights. Are kids (6 1/2 yr old) and dogs allowed? Both are very well behaved. Now to sort out the camping gear!
  10. Far enough away from earth to look in and see dinosaurs, then hop forward to see the Milky Way and Andromeda collide. Failing that, a good length stay on ISS. (reading Cmdr Hadfield's book and im hooked)
  11. Don't ask a master brewer about full moons they are very superstitious about them. So who knows what brews will be made on a super moon
  12. My method of sussing out names: Step 1 read word. Step 2 make up a word that sounds like it uses the right letters. Step 3 Wait for someone more with better astronomical knowledge than me (their numbers are vast) to say it and compare to my version. I am stuck with one though: Sun. I cant get past saying It as Hot or Bright.
  13. Oh poo!!! only got another 3 weeks then out of the country for 6 months without any scope and plenty of light pollution
  14. Dammit why did I have to see this 2 days late. Was it any good?
  15. This pair are hers but got a pair on order. They are lovely and warm, perfect for these cold nights
  16. My better half spends an inordinate amount of time turning sheep into clothing. One of her recent creations was a pair of socks that she called horseheadnebula. I don't think shes too far off the mark.
  17. Thanks for the replies guys. Foam will be sourced imminently
  18. I am after some confirmation from the DIY gods. I was out making sure the stars hadn't fallen down in about -2degC. After about an hour my Finder scope front lens had frozen over, main scope was fine. Would a foam/plastic cover around the end solve the problem? If so what sort of length? Ive had a look at Dew Shields etc and I think what I have seen and read would solve the problem.
  19. My wife is interested in astronomy as well just doesnt have the evening staying power when a warm comfy bed calls. Its definitely our scope and she has been known to go and setup herself and have a mooch round the skies
  20. Very sad. RIP one of the worlds true heroes
  21. I think I have sussed out how to do a polar alignment having read numerous ways, some easier to understand than others. My question is about after the alignment. If i carry out the alignment using polaris etc and the alignment scope built into the mount, then the scope and mount are pointing in a specific direction. How then do i look at something to the south without losing the alignment? Or is that the point? Polar alignment is a reference point to then find something from a RA Dec set of coordinates. Is polar alignment a starting point to get the dials in the correct position to then navigate around?
  22. The regularity and probability of seeing aircraft depends on where you live and the direction you are looking. Ive managed to. do some calculations and worked that you are 100% lucky to see anything with the current weather. At this moment in time i can neither confirm or deny that all stars but our own have been switched off tosave energy.
  23. I have an EQ5. People on this thread have been helpful thus far so thought id carry on asking.
  24. Now Im massively confused. I think ive got the hang of how to polar align the tripod and scope. So ill have a scope pointed at Polaris, I can use the RA and Dec controls to get to objects in the general vicinity. So how do i get to something in the South without moving the RA and Dec and thus ceasing to have a polar aligned scope. Help Please.
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