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  1. Hi all. As some of you might remember I have put my name down with Altair Astro for a TMB 130ss and have been in communication with Ian via e-mail and received prompt replies. It's reassuring for me to see Altair Astro posting on this forum but it is also obvious that there are still issues to be addressed. Jack.
  2. Throw more magnification at it that will bring the brightness down. Jack.
  3. Jack

    TMB 130ss

    Yikes! I missed this one. Sorry Doc. I will be mounting it on an EZ touch mount for visual and EQ6 for imaging. Waiting for Altair Astro to get hold of one, they tell me units are arriving soon. I'll post a review up as soon as I am able. Jack.
  4. Hi all, I have been in contact with Ian at Altair astro concerning the purchase of a TMB 130ss. Ian has kindly informed me (via e-mail) that the next shipment of TMB's will be arriving onto our shores in three months time. can't wait. Jack.
  5. Hi all! I am about to put in an order for a TMB 130ss with Altair Astro. I have already made enquiries over a week ago but haven't had a reply as of yet for an update to the availability of this product. I will keep you all updated with the progress of my purchase. Jack.
  6. Hi I have the Starry Night complete space and astronomy pack but recently I've been having problems with the display in that I am not able to read the information bar i.e. time date etc and I am also having problems with the graphics. The stars are all there but I am unable to see any of the other objects. Can anyone help?
  7. I keep my equipment in the spare room snugly packed in their appropriate coverings and away from any heating panels or direct sunlight. Best regards. Jack.
  8. I had set-up early this evening and began observing at about 9pm. Transparency wasn't great, the eerie orange (London) sky glow confirmed this, so I decided to make Saturn my subject of scrutiny. I also had my Sony 3.2 Cybershot at hand to try some afocal imaging. But try as I might I couldn't find decent focus to discern much detail i.e. banding. I noticed some scintillation even on as small an aperture scope as my Megrez 72. So at about 10-15pm I decided to pack up and call it a night, just as the clouds started to close in. Can anyone else confirm the poor seeing. Thanks.
  9. Dark you are not making things any easier for me, but I am glad someone got a look.
  10. AAAARRRRRGGGGGGG!!! Had the telescope cooling since lunchtime under promising skies and what do you know, yeah you guessed it, Ten minutes before the main event it clouded over. Now it's threatening to rain. Carp! Jack.
  11. And when you eventually purchase your telescope you will find your binos. won't be made redundant. It's an invaluable piece of equipment and a true grab 'n' go instrument. Jack.
  12. Hi guys, it might be worth sending a note to your immediate neighbours just to acquaint them with your hobby and perhaps even invite them for a session or two. It will serve as good etiquette and may even help you overcome your shyness! Jack.
  13. It's worth checking Lidl's out from time to time, they were selling the 'Starry Night complete space and astronomy pack' last year for an amazingly low price of around £3 or so (if my failing memory serves me correctly :scratch: ). Can anybody else confirm this? Regards, Jack.
  14. Hello Mikey, I observe with a pair of 15x70 binoculars and I've never been able to resolve M51 in my urban location. Don't despair because there are other easier binocular/telescope early summer targets to consider. M92 (globular cluster) can be found about 10 degrees or so from M13, M29 (open cluster) in Cygnus; locate the star Sadr in your binoculars move it around the periphery of your field of view and the cluster should appear before you, M3 (globular cluster) I find this one by locating the stars Arcturus and Muphrid then drawing lines to meet at a point to form a triangle just make sure you orientate yourself beforehand, M27 (Dumbbell nebular) you will really need to star hop for this one and can be found close to the point where Albireo bisect Deneb and Altair, M11 (the wild duck cluster) a little early but should be visible, M57 (Ring nebula) is nestled between the stars of Sheliak and Sulafat in Lyra, the constellation Delphinus should fit nicely in the F.O.V. of your binoculars, Albireo (beta cygni) a beautiful double and an easy target to locate; Albireo will also point you in the general direction of the Coathanger cluster. I am sorry if the instructions are somewhat vague, they only act as a very rough guide to these (supposedly) accessible targets. Good hunting! Jack.
  15. Hello Mikey, the shimmering you are experiencing is air turbulance which will be exasperated by the fact that you are viewing through an open window. Air is rushing out from your warm room to a cooler environment. This will cause the image to drift in and out of focus thereby making it impossible to resolve detail. Try taking your scope outside and allowing it time to acclimatize, you will be pleasantly surprised at the difference in your scopes performance. Regards, Jack Yee.
  16. Hello Astro baby. By my reckoning Arcturus would be just where you described it to be. You said the view was obscured by trees. Could it be possible that the branches from those trees be the cause of the blurring by way of diffraction? I have had a similar experience when observing Saturn thorough what I thought was a clear gap through a large tree in my garden; but when Saturn started to dim and fade I couldn't understand why until I checked along the line of sight of my tube assembly to see branches blowing in and out of my optical path. I couldn't see the branches (twigs) in my eyepiece because my telescope is obviously focussed at a much more distant object. I hope this helps. Regards, Jack.
  17. Perhaps straying from original topic, but what are your thoughts on the optical performance of the 72FD? Regards Jack.
  18. Here is my list of ten (not always so) important items. A pair of cotton gloves from your local chemist. It keeps your hands warm whilst preserving dexterity, it also keeps those stray fingers from leaving their indelible mark on those all important lenses. Masking tape. I use this on my L-bracket. This is to keep the bare tipped silver lock down screw on my EZ touch mount from biting into the paintwork. It could also be used to protect similar damage to other such equipment. Starry Night C.A.S. An excellent sky simulator. If you enjoy a bit of satellite spotting a digital alarm clock is essential. A homemade dewshield. A cuddly toy??? A companion i.e. a girlfriend, failing that get a dog. Bed linen: to keep dust from settling onto a wet objective when the scope is left to dry off. However it must be noted that it is important to cap your equipment before it is brought indoors. Allow the scope/lenses to acclimatize before uncapping and airing. A simple box to keep those eyepieces and other bits and bobs secure. A mobile phone, 'cause you never know! Happy hunting! Jack Yee.
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