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  1. According to the MET office it's clear skies at around 10PM tonight in Liverpool http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/nw/liverpool_forecast_weather.html According to me, looking out the window - it's absolutely pelting down and if it clears up by then then I'm a Dutchman's uncle... .
  2. Excellent article Steve :hello1:. Something I plan on doing in the future myself.
  3. I was chatting to a mate about this today - he's even more of a newbie than me as he doesn't even have a scope . There's a good chance we'll come along, but can someone clarify some things for me? What does a 'hook up' mean? Is that sharing a tent or something? The possibility of a safe harbour in a pub is a key selling point - is it stumbling distance from the site? Are there any b&b's/hotels nearby for the more 'effette' if a tent is not on the agenda? Will the Kielder observatory be open at the time of the star party? As we'll just be looking at a couple of nights, are there any days
  4. I keep reading about the differences between various telescope designs and how some cool down faster than others. I guess this must be obvious to spot, but what are you actually seeing? If I take out my 8" newt from my warmish room, when do I know it's cooled down? Is the difference in views very apparent?
  5. Sounds awesome, thanks for the heads-up Rich.
  6. Can you fill in a newbie like me about how a starparty is organised? I see it's over a number of days - do people normally stay there for that time. Are there facilities? e.g. showers, toilets, 24 hour bars?
  7. Despite the howling gales we've been having recently, there was a real stillness in the air tonight (no doubt the calm before the storm...). This was a tricky shot to expose properly as the bit of the moon that was lit was so bright it ended up being washed out. Taken with a DSLR and a longish lens (still waiting for my mount to arrive for some proper 'astrophotography').
  8. But that would equal: 15mm WA: £30 5 x filters @ £5.99: £29.95 Barlow lens: £20 Moon filter (price?) let's assume £5.99 as above 6mm, 9mm and 32mm Super Plossl eyepieces: Value ??? TS Optics 3-in-1 Camera Adapter: Value ??? So, that's £86 + the cost of 3 super plossl + camera adaptor. That would make the eyepieces + adapter cost around £15 each give or take. That seems a reasonable price so long as the eyepieces are good enough on an 8" reflector. If I can get a better deal from FLO etc then please let me know.
  9. Now you're just sowing doubt in my mind . I don't see any barlow lenses in some of those links, nor do they state the 70° FOV for the 15mm eyepiece. Are they actually similar? I realise that a lot of these packages are all sourced from similar manufacturers but I've not seen an identical deal so far.
  10. That's great to hear. I (probably foolishly) did a best offer of the eyepiece set and immediately won it for £129 (I should have pitched lower!). Whatever, it seems like a great package and it's nice to know they have a good reputation.
  11. I've been looking at purchasing a 'TS super eyepiece set' from them. Not really read a lot of reports from them, so wondering if they're regarded as reliable or not. They've been very prompt in replying to my queries and I suspect that a reduced offer would succeed. Seems like a good place to start for me as I've only the one eyepiece at the moment. Any reasons why I should avoid them at all? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TS-Super-Eyepiece-and-Accessory-Case-f-telescope_W0QQitemZ370030451600QQihZ024QQcategoryZ3636QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  12. Interesting replies - thanks . I've found that I can get excellent views to the south and east though I do have a few trees that just extend over the southern horizon. I've had them cut back in the past and may do it again. Once they're full of leaf they're going to be quite a bit more obvious.
  13. These are great and have broadened my horizons as far as imaging goes.
  14. Just noticed while browsing Amazon that they're offering a Celestron Nextstar 60 SLT for almost half price (£99). Do you reckon this would be a fun but still useful scope for those moments when you don't want to haul the big stuff out? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-22076-Nexstar-60-SLT/dp/B0007UQNMM/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1204741695&sr=8-16
  15. Thanks for that link - I've ordered one too. Good price from Amazon. You can never have too many books is my motto... As for 'Turn Left at Orion' - mine turned up recently and I have to say it is a fantastically easy to read book, perfect for a newbie like myself. As for it being expensive - I ordered via Amazon Marketplace and it cost £9.19 + delivery. As it's the hardback edition I think this is amazingly good value. It took a few weeks to arrive from the US, but I'm not in a great rush right now .
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