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  1. Glad you enjoyed the evening Matt. I was there too - first light with my refractor - on Jupiter most of the evening. I had a long queue of children, many had never looked through a scope before and were blown away by Jupiter and its moons. Some managed to take an image on their mobile phones at the eyepiece to take to 'Show and Tell' at school on Monday. No stamina these days. i packed up and went home when the hot chocolate lady stopped serving. Do come along to GAS again.
  2. Some great suggestions there. The Tak 85 looks great provided there's a lottery win soon. Otherwise the Skywatcher Equinox 80, or possibly Altair Lightwave 80 Doublet at around the same price. Thanks for all the advice so far.
  3. I'm lucky enough to have a big birthday coming up and have decided to get a NEQ 6 PRO, and start some proper imaging. I hope the mount will be a good choice that will serve me well for years. To start with I'm looking for a smallish refractor at about f6 to f7, in the price range £500 - £800. Suggestions anyone ? I like the look of the Starwaves and also the Meade 5000 but am torn between too many options. My main aim, apart from fantastic images, is ease of use. I will use a Canon 450D for astrophotography ( for now at least ) , and I already have a scope and webcam that can be used for guidi
  4. They sent me an email too. I can't quite remember my question, something along the lines of " What space mission would you propose if money were no object ?". There's another book sold. And another to my mum so she can see my name in a book.
  5. I'm off to Perth at the end of June, for two or three years. We will be only 5 km from the city centre so light pollution will still be a problem, but at least there are clear views of the sky from the garden. The packers will construct packing crates for my kit and arrange shipping which will take about 8 weeks. So, imagine setting up on a patio under the Southern skies in July. It's winter and the temperature's 10 degrees. You've aligned the scope somehow without being able to see Polaris, and told it your new location. Now you're at the point of choosing an object to view before pressing 'G
  6. Thanks for the advice. I'm now the owner of an HP Pavilion G9. 15.6 inch screen, 500Gb hard drive, 3 USB ports and a claim to '7 hours' battery time. Let's see how it will perform. Now for some astronomy apps .... Nightjar
  7. Thanks ! Those are points that I hadn't even thought about. Nightjar
  8. I'm saying goodbye to my job soon and the MacBook it came with. : ( I won't miss the MacBook. it's not been ideal for my first few steps in astrophotography, and anyway there seems to be a far better choice of free software available for Windows based systems. I plan to do some webcam and DSLR imaging, and also some widefield photography. I don't have an observatory but will use the laptop out in the garden and also away from home. Does anyone recommend a particular make/manufacturer or can you give me some pointers towards the spec. In terms of disk space for example, what capacity would I n
  9. I too have always had an insatiable curiosity about the world around us. Like a few other posters I've always loved maths, physics, geograph, technology etc and read as much as I can on these and other subjects. I've always been drawn to astronomy and getting my first telescope was a turning point - the start of an addiction ... Maybe the group observing is a safety thing ? I prefer to spend all night quietly observing on my own but going miles out to a dark site alone is of course out of the question. Thank goodness for Astronomy Societies' group observing nights. The membership of my local s
  10. I'm interested in this too. I'm only a couple of miles from Guildford and would be willing to pay the sort prices already suggested. Any Saturday or Sunday would be great. Nightjar
  11. I scored 34. Maybe that explains why I'm a 'tick-list' sort of astronomer. You know, the Lunar 100, the Messier objects etc. Nightjar
  12. Thanks for all the replies - so many in only a few minutes ! What about the Baader Hyperion series - anyone know what they are like ? Nightjar
  13. I have an 8" f/10 SCT and until now have used the standard set of 1.25" Meade series 4000 plossls. Now that I have a shiny new WO 2" diagonal, I'm looking to buy a new 2" eyepiece that will give me a nice wide FOV. Can anyone recommend a good make, and recommend the best one to start with (18 mm ? 24mm ?) before I invest in a whole set. My budget per e/p is up to about £200. Thanks in advance ! Nightjar
  14. Really glad you enjoyed the event, and thanks for bringing your scope along. We reckon over 220 people turned up on the night, and it was great to see so many children along again. While setting up, we met a number of people who were picnicking or hiking at Newlands Corner, and once they say the telescopes being set up, decided that they would stay on to see the night unfold. And they did. I was located close to the Visitor Centre, with the Stellacam attached to my scope, outputting to a screen. This was popular with wheelchair users and children and there was a constant crowd of people around
  15. Following the success of our observing evenings in IYA2009, Guildford AS will be holding another 'Tour of the Night Sky' at Newlands Corner NT Car park, Shere Rd. ,Guildford GU4 8SE. This will take place on Saturday 17th April from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. We'll be setting up our telescopes ( at least 20 of them ) on the field next to the car park for clear uninterrupted views to the south. We're expecting about 150 visitors. Do come along, and bring a scope if you want to. It's free and open to everybody, and there's no need to book. The Visitor Centre will be open, so if it's cloudy you can come i
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