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Matt 82

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  1. Still haven't seen Saturn Should easier to find from my garden soon though, as long as it's clear obviously. Jupiter is the obvious one, though for me my first good look at the moon through the 200 Dob and first seeing a satellite pass across my field of vision were the real (out loud) 'Wow' moments. I've spent hours just looking at the moon. It never gets old.
  2. The first night I used my 8" dob it wasn't cool at all. I was in a rush to catch Jupiter before it disappeared behind buildings. I could still see it and 2 bands but it was a good bit blurrier than when the scope is cooled.
  3. Haha maybe these aliens are from a mirror universe.
  4. Mine arrived today as well. Next door neighbour was p***ing himself laughing as it was wheeled in. Slightly annoyed about the clouds as it was meant to arrive yesterday when it was clear. Them's the breaks though.
  5. Watching Stargazing Live seems like an eternity - mirror.co.uk This chap wasn't impressed!
  6. Matt 82

    Aurora

    Twitter sources saying it won't be, sadly.
  7. I spent a month in China last year. The smog is crazy at times. This picture was taken from a skyscraper in Shanghai.
  8. Just out of interest, how much did the eyepieces sell for?
  9. Don't think I'll ever properly get my head round the size of some (or any, tbh) of the things out there.
  10. I can personally recommend the Skywatcher 76mm mini Dobsonian Heritage. I bought one a couple of weeks back and it's great. Ideal for a 7 year old. It certainly won't give you detailed views of the planets but you can see Jupiter pretty clearly and see the moons. Where I think it would be ideally suited for your daughter is the size and ease of use. It's the kind of thing she could be left to do herself (not suggesting your daughter is a little madam, but they like to do things on their own at that age) without your assistance and can be moved and stored easily. If you're going for a family scope, then I would go bigger though. While the mini dob is a great wee scope, it's not a long term investment. Here it is to get a look at the size:
  11. When I said change it to something else, I meant what Reggie suggested, not that you could literally just try making a new logo. Sorry for not being to clear.
  12. You can change it to something else. Wouldn't know how to do that though.
  13. I wouldn't criticise Brian Cox or anyone else for mocking Astrology. I mock astrology every time the subject comes up tbf. Cox can come across like he has an axe to grind at times though. Whether it's pseudo-science, Mayans or the cancellation of the Apollo program, if the chance comes up to give it a mention, you can bet he mentions it. I'm guessing he's sick to death of getting questions about the end of the world mind you so I don't really blame him.
  14. 3.8 million viewers according to Dara O'Briain. I enjoyed it. I do think it could have been planned a bit better though. They knew the moon wouldn't be out so why spend so much time on it? Could've been saved for tonight or tomorrow IMO.
  15. Are you likely to have Skywatcher Skyliner 200p Dob in stock by the end of February after SGL?
  16. Most telescopes will be child friendly if all they're doing is looking through the 'scope once a parent has set it up. Skywatcher Dobsonians get recommended for everyone who asks about getting a scope and your case is no different. What to bear in mind though is that some of them can be pretty big.
  17. The images that you'll find on here could only be considered fraudulent if the person posting them was trying to pass them off as something that they're not. The OP is upset that people new to stargazing may be put off when they find out that the sights available to them through their new scope don't match what they see on the side of the box or what they'll find on websites like this one. That's fair enough as it's probably true. However nobody, certainly not on this site as far as I can see, does claim that the amazing pictures of nebulas or galaxies can be replicated by walking up to a £200 garden telescope and having a quick look. In fact there are countless threads dedicated to exactly what expensive equipment they use to get these images. Most users have this info available in the signatures of every post they make. If the complaint is that telescope manufacturers/suppliers shouldn't be using misleading pictures to advertise capabilities of telescopes then you'll get no argument from me. It is unfair to tar everyone with that brush though.
  18. I'm having a similar dilemma to the OP here except I'm looking at the 150p and 200p. My questions could apply to them all though so if no-one minds I'll just ask them here. Looking at the range, the focal length is 1200mm for the 150p,200p and 250p so a 10mm lens will have the same magnification for all of them but the "Highest Practical Power (Potential)" increases with the size of the scope. Why is that? I also see "(f/4.7)" mentioned for the 250p. What does that mean? Lastly, with a 10mm lens at 120x, what improvements could I expect to see with a bigger scope looking at Jupiter for example? Thanks. Just in time for Brian Cox to clear out the stockrooms
  19. Hello Colin, I'm from Falkirk too. I would personally avoid spending loads on a beginner's scope for the simple reason that looking down a telescope at small dots of light in the freezing cold might not be for you. You do say you have a keen interest so maybe you have experience of it? Anyway, Skywatcher's Dobsonian line are good value for money so I would recommend (as most others will) that you take a look at them.
  20. Matt 82

    FLO

    Ordered my scope at 3am on Thursday, arrived Friday lunchtime. Emails kept me informed of the order and delivery. Excellent stuff.
  21. Not sure if you can embed videos on this site but here's the Youtube link. Stick it up to 720p and it's like Star Wars!
  22. Thanks everyone for the advice. Stellarium has been downloaded and installed so I'll get a look at that in a bit. My first night is now on a break. There's a fair bit of cloud cover coming in and the 'scope was getting a nice coat of dew. With it being cold enough that the car is covered in frost, I decided to bring it inside to let it dry off before it developed icicles. Any tips for avoiding that? Was it just too cold or could I have ploughed on? Should I just grab a hairdryer and give it a blast for 5 or 10 mins? Anyway I was very impress with what I could see. My garden has good views to the North and South but limited East and West. I think I may have briefly seen another planet pop up for a few minutes between a couple of trees but it disappeared just as quickly again. Stuck the video camera up against the eye piece to see what I could get and got a relatively decent shot of what I was looking at so I'll upload that to Youtube for your viewing pleasure shortly!
  23. First Light Optics - Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian So since I'm a newb I decided to buy the Skywatcher mini-dobsonian with the idea that I wouldn't be looking at deep sky nebulae or Pluto and if it turns out I'm not as interested in stargazing as I thought I might be that I could punt it without any harm done. Turns out it's great! I don't really know what I'm doing as far as constellations go so I aimed it at the brightest object in the sky that I thought might be Jupiter and it was! I can see it pretty clearly and can see 3 moons around it, which is WAY more than I ever thought I'd see. Anyway I only nipped in to share my discovery with you all since the house is empty and the dog doesn't care.
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