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  1. Nope no view in Machynlleth, Mid Wales
  2. Let me know what you think of it when it arrives.
  3. Haha, kids or a scope? Hard decision The steadypix adaptor arrived this morning, and just given it a quick test on the sun. Very impressed with the results, especially when compared to the image taken by the soho satellite.
  4. Nice pic Decided to buy the Orion steadypix to hopefully use next week with the Transit of Venus. I did come across this adaptor though which looks promising: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637232010/magnifi-the-worlds-first-iphone-photoadapter-case
  5. This adaptor claims it works from iPhone 3 onwards. Just ordered one myself to use with an iPhone 4. http://www.scsastro.co.uk/catalogue/orion-steadypix-telescope-afocal-adapter-for-iphone-5303.htm
  6. I have the same problem with my 200p dob. Wonder if someone sells a shorter version of the part where the eyepieces (and webcam) attaches to? I notice it unscrews.
  7. I'm impressed it picks up so much detail. When I've tried Jupiter the brightness is too high cause of the dark background, and it's just looks like a white circle.
  8. So you just used the camera app on the iPhone to record a video? Then passed that through Registax?
  9. How did you manage to get so much detail with Jupiter? Everytime I tried Jupiter with the iPhone I couldn't get any of the banding to come out.
  10. Thanks A bit fiddly but not bad when you get it though (see attached pic) The app I use is Camera+ with the stabiliser feature. When you press the shutter it then waits until the image is still before talking a picture.
  11. Thanks, asked FLO as well and they thought the same. Just a shame it's out of stock at the moment.
  12. Haven't got round to reading the whole thread so forgive me if this has been asked already. I'm planning on ordering an xbox cam this week. Notice on FLO that there are two different webcam nosepiece adaptors, would both of them work on the xbox cam? Or is one preferred over the other? Thanks in advance.
  13. Just got a pair of these myself as well and have the same thoughts as you. Just want the cloud and rain to clear now to try them on the sky.
  14. Just been and got a pair of these binoculars. Initial thoughts are they seem decent. Quite a sharp bright image. Nice focus range looking through trees with the different levels snapping into focus. Have to wait for the grey wet stuff to clear before I can test them properly on the sky, but impressed so far.
  15. Thanks, took a bit of effort getting them in the right place but think it's worth it now I've had a chance to use it. Don't have to worry about where the opening is as you know it will always be between the spider vanes. Plus the elastic across the locating holes do a good job of stopping the filter being knocked or blown off.
  16. Even though they are bak 7 rather than bak 4 from Lidl?
  17. The advert said from 9th April. Ooh looks interesting, might check them out instead.
  18. Thanks for your thoughts. Seen people mention binoculars from Lidl before and wondered how these would compare. Think I will probably try them. And for that price it's not the end of the world if they aren't that good. I'm sure someone would make use of them.
  19. Seen that these Auriol 10x50 binoculars will be coming up for sale in Lidl from 9th April and wondered if anyone has any thoughts about them and how good they are.
  20. I know it's not strictly South Wales but it's the nearest group to the event, and thought some people might find it useful. We received a poster in work today for a Stargazing event near Machynlleth in Mid Wales. It will be on Friday April 6th between 6:30pm and 9:30pm, and will take place at the Centre for Alternative Technology (more commonly know as CAT). I've attached a copy of the poster if anyone is interested. www.cat.org.uk/stargazing
  21. Yeah I've tried a couple of times but just can't work out what stars I'm looking at.
  22. Don't know where this image went but it was meant to be uploaded with the text.
  23. Had probably my best viewing session last night. Put my scope out to cool early and hoped it would stay clear. Started off with my first proper look at Venus with a cooled scope. Looked like a mini half-full Moon. Next target was Jupiter. Could clearly see the bands and 4 moons. Noticed in the opposite direction that Mars had crept up over trees, so that was the next thing I looked at. Could just make out the ice cap but no darker regions. This matched pretty closely to the view Stellarium predicted. Alternated between these three for a while then decided to go inside before planning on going back out again at 2am when Saturn should have appear above the trees. Decided to go back out before 12am to see if Saturn was getting near to coming out of the trees. To my surprise it was already above the trees so decided to attempt my first look at Saturn through the scope. Wow! What a view! Surprised how yellow it was, and the rings looked amazing. Spent a while just watching it and attempting to photograph it (afocally). Managed to get a few decent shots. Before I gave up for the night I could see Arcturus so decided to have a quick go at finding M3. Still couldn't find it, so just spent a few minutes looking with the naked eye. BAM! A bright orange fireball meteor streaked across the southern sky (between Mars and Arcturus). Never seen anything like it before, it lasted about 3 or 4 seconds. Could easily see it burning and disintegrating as it went. Looked a bit like this image but less white and more orangey... APOD: 2009 October 15 - Fireball Meteor Over Groningen
  24. I agree Don't want anyone ruining our dark skies.
  25. If you hold the phone a couple of cms away from the eyepiece you can see the glow from the eyepiece (if you're looking at the moon), then you can move it closer and keep the image in the centre. When the phone is resting against the eyepiece you will see the view through the eyepiece on the screen. Once you get used to it it gets easier. Even able to photograph Jupiter and its moons (although you won't be able to pick up the bands and surface details).
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