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Everything posted by kenmyers

  1. sounds like you are doing fine to me. Keep practicing polar alignment, it will get easier. If you want a quick observing session and know exactly what and where to point at (ie moon jupiter saturn) set your mount up as a dobsonian. It is easy and fuss free but tracking for long periods is a small pain (although i find it fun)
  2. You captured the hexagonal storm at the pole... from earth! I bow down to you sir.
  3. That's pretty good. She's bright isnt she! Try the same settings on a half moon or less and that will look epic.
  4. *spoken in Brian Cox's voice* 17 Billion Earth like planets. That's seventeen - thousand - million planets... like us.
  5. Hello and welcome, I'm also in Lincolnshire.
  6. kenmyers

    Differing barlows

    what are you trying to focus on? a bright star is best, not a planet or moon. get focus on a star and everything else will be near perfect.
  7. kenmyers

    Differing barlows

    no, it's how for it 'sticks out' that matters. you get short and long versions for every size tube, a long x2barlow is the same as a short x2barlow.. the short one uses more lenses to give the same result.
  8. On a more serious note... Could curiosity detect a MarsQuake?
  9. I remember seeing the orion nebula for the first time. I was like..."so am I looking at the wrong part? where's the colour? Oh... I see now, must be something wrong with my scope!" ...trundles to shop, buys new bigger scope, set-up, view.... "nope it's just a bit naff!"
  10. wouldnt it be awesome if they were taking a picture and a fly flew past!? lol
  11. I find the best way to see M31 is with my naked eyes. Bino's will show you some nice dust lanes though. I have trouble seeing a lot of detail in it with my f/7.9 scope. Lovely views we have of it though. Not over rated, just REALLY FAR AWAY!
  12. Still, 7x50's show a lot more stars than my 15x70's (using the 15x70's dim fov for comparison) There is common knowledge vs logic here. The 7mm exit pupil is just fine for me (in my 30's) and it is not like you will ever notice this loss of light since the magnitude of stars you'll see are beyond what a pair of 10x50's will show. Neither are better or worse (depends on your eyes/age/preferance) but at this price they are a great purchase. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise untill you see for yourself. I have a set of bino's for every occasion but still the 7x50's come out most often for stability, lightweight, large fov, bright fov and easy focus. Also great for slightly cloudy nights.
  13. Might grab myself a pair at that price! thanks
  14. I have a fair few sets of bino's and can confirm that 7x50's are my most used. They are small and lightweight and I see Andromeda galaxy, perseus clusters, plaides, haides and the moon very clearly in these. Yes they are quite widefield but they show great colour and sharpness. Also see a LOT more stars per FOV with these than any of my other bino's. Also seeing dimmer stars much more clear due to low magnification (but still amazingly zoomed in!)
  15. latest RAW images on the curiosity website show close ups of some samples. Couple of pics have fractle, vein-like structures in the samples. Could be water/microbes/or marble lol. I don't have a clue but it's very nice to see these RAW files. Maybe someone with some know-how could take a look?
  16. There is an article in space.com about this. Apparently we are not going to find out for a few weeks. Got to give them time to stir up the conspiracy theorists I hope they have found water, fossils, or living bacteria. I love the universe. its ace.
  17. M45 wont show the haze in your scope. M42 should be your next target. Their is nothing quite like it in the sky. It is incredibly close to us and you will see a LOT of detail with your scope. It is perfect this time of year too, just find orion, look for his belt, below the belt is a fuzzy patch of three stars, aim at the middle one =M42 Orion Nebula You want to stop yourself looking for the light, so to speak. The detail, the best bits, are the dark bits. Look at dark parts to really see the nebula. the light is from stars behind it. This is good advise for all DSO's.
  18. Brilliant this theme works great for me. Bright is an understatement! haha. Thank you very much.
  19. Oh and we should be allowed to say pin [removed word] when describing a d.i.y. mod. pin [removed word] - *1. *A slight puncture made by or as if by a pin.*2. *An insignificant wound.*3. *A minor annoyance.
  20. more COLOUR compatibility with internet explorer 9. I can only use that browser. At the moment I have to click and drag to hilight text to read it, otherwise it is invisible. everything else is pretty cool.
  21. Hello and welcome, I'm also from Lincolnshire.
  22. http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.perezmedia.net/beltofvenus/files/JupiterBlkBkgdGuides.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.perezmedia.net/beltofvenus/templates.html&usg=__X_Fc3ftJk6PxKYcv_yWXeL_L-jo=&h=1590&w=1907&sz=129&hl=en&start=18&zoom=1&tbnid=t2DjgwOYJFdyLM:&tbnh=125&tbnw=150&ei=SCeZUJS1C9GLhQeTyIHYBA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblank%2Bjupiter%2Btemplate%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D1%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1 This website has really good templates for observing sessions.
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