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Stargazer_00

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  1. FOR SALE: a pristine TeleVue "Ethos" 13mm This excellent eyepiece is in "as new" condition with both caps, original box and packaging. It's been barely used since purchase and has been stored in it's original box and packaging. Payment by Bank transfer, PayPal gift or PayPal you-pay-the-fees. Packaging and Shipping will be covered by me and will be both fast and exceptionally well protected. UK only. £SOLD
  2. Same for me, with the eclipse. I hadn't set up in so long I pointed my scope at the sun without a filter in place. I was rushing because of the momentary break in the cloud. Good job it was cloudy...
  3. 150p and 18mm ES + smartphone through near total cloud cover This shot was UNFILTERED. Stupid, I know, but the clouds were filtering it well enough to protect my eyes and the camera
  4. Football would be fun. It'd be alot easier to spot the players who dive, that's for sure. The action would be protracted over a number of minutes! Formula 1 on moon buggies -they'd need to rethink aero dynamics a bit though. Golf courses would have to be huge. A typical Par 3 hole being 2500 yards! Cliff jumping into the trenches could be fun
  5. Yes, I had exactly the same though. One would think a sun passing that close would be something akin to a daytime supernova yet it appears we probably wouldn't even see it unless we'd been looking precisely for it. Even using a domestic scope many people might miss it assuming it was something very far away instead of small and very close. You'd only notice it moving if you were looking at it over a period of time.
  6. Interesting points. I'm not sure it mentioned the orbital distance of the companion brown dwarf but I'd imagine it to be something 'Jupiter-esque' in size given the small star it was paired with. So you're right that it might have expelled other objects in it's system. With regards to it's speed and the potential for that to strip it's oort cloud. Maybe it's not moving very quickly at all and it's actually our system that's zooming along and we went through it instead. It's an interesting theory about donor materials as well. I think I read an article that suggested the number of samples required to be sure of something, in this case the general composition of comets, is something like 25,000. So we've a long way to go before anything conclusive can be recorded. I suspect we'd have to be inhabiting the Oort cloud before that is ever likely. there's alot of water out there so that might not be as stupid or far fetched as it sounds!
  7. Yeah, low mass fast moving. With a smaller brown dwarf companion. What strikes me is, doesn't it have any planetary objects orbiting it? Doesn't it have it's own variation of an Oort cloud? Wouldn't these objects have come a lot closer to us than the star? This doesn't seem to be addressed in the study from what I can see.
  8. I can't see a topic about this, which is surprising given the many questions it asks! Easy to read http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31519875 Source http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/800/1/L17/article The story discusses the 'fly by' of a star, grazing our outer Oort cloud and it's effects on our solar system. I find the frequency of this type of event simply amazing. Every 100,000 years? It invokes so many questions, I had to read it all!
  9. Really something. A good use of the research materials to stir public imagination and continue funding for valuable projects like it.
  10. This is exactly what its like using a 150P on an AZ4, fun. just obviously the views are a bit better in a 150p I cant be bothered with a big scope at the moment and the 6" is more than enough and gets used loads. Funny that every one of my eyepieces costs more than the scope lol
  11. Really lovely Jupiter is a hell of a sight at the moment, the belts seem very active. I'm seeing more in my 6inch than I ever did in my larger scopes. I have been trying a new technique though, I call it the stare! I figure that the best way to pick out detail in the planet is to stare are it directly and not blink therefore doing a sort of biological long exposure. It seems I can pick out more detail doing this and only blinking when I need to and ensuring that I'm looking right at it so the same part of my retina is picking up the light. Seems to work for me!
  12. I was curious about radio astronomy until I found out that it requires you to use planet drift/rotation to capture things and it records 1 pixel at a time when comapred to how a CCD would capture that data. So it seemed to me like a sadistically cruel way to capture data compared to AP, which is already too much investment in time for me! It did strengthen my respect for those researchers out there who do this as a profession and tirelessly collect this data all the time.
  13. 6 inch newts make fantastic grab and go scopes for visual and are OK for AP. I don't know if the C6-N is 'tuned' for AP in the way the Skywatcher PD-S range are over their P range. I suspect not.
  14. red torch is more convenient. If you have to go indoors red googles + normal level of lighting wont protect the vision much as the sheer brightness will be enough to dampen it.
  15. If ever you have an opportunity to buy a 13mm Ethos then you should simply take it. If I had to sell my eyepieces it'd likely be this one that went last, but as a close 1st to the Nagler zoom.
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