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About Mike5537

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  1. Hi all, I'm still relatively new at astronomy, I only have a cheap scope I got secondhand as I have little time to actually get out observing. So I have decided to try and focus my time more so I get more out of the time I do have. With that in mind I'm going to start with the moon as it's easy to look at (the spotter on my scope was broken off by previous owner so locating small objects is a mission!) Is there a list of features to look at during the different phases of the moon, if we start with the waxing crescent what should I look for, specific craters, features etc. Any tips would be great, pics, maps which show what I should be looking for too would be handy. Many Thanks Mike
  2. The best place I've seen the milky way was when I hiked for 3 days into the pyranees, I camped by a lake with no unnatural light for about 20 miles, I must have been several thousand feet up too, saw an amazing sight, the stars were so bright we didnt need our torches! Billions of stars clear as day! I must go back one day! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  3. Welcome along. I was in wicklow a few years ago, have they finished the harbour improvements yet? Mike Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  4. Thanks peter, still learning my way around the forum so I'll get it right next time! Clear skies
  5. My first lunar attempt by holding my galaxy s2 to the EP! Clear skies
  6. That should read collegue not college! Clear skies
  7. I got this last night by holding my galaxy s2 up to the eyepiece if a 4 inch go to that a college has! Clear skies
  8. I can do this, I find if I look slightly off centre and un focus my eyes I can see so much more, I may be wrong but I think it has something to do with activating a higher brain function when you see something through your periferal (spelt wrong I know) vision. It's a handy trick! Clear skies
  9. I'm hopefully leaving for a star party tonight in peterborough, been thick white cloud all day but the sun is breaking through now so hopefully we will get the go in about 2 hours! Clear skies
  10. arnt all head torchs white? The one I have is white! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  11. The Peterborough Astronomical Society has kindly agreed to let me attend a star party tomorrow night so I can look at the equipment and pick everyones brains for advise etc, I was just wondering if anyone on here had any tips or things I should ask etc so I don't waste the opportunity. I have managed to get hold of an old pair of 10x50 binos, and I have borrowed a DSLR with a tripod and a 25mm lens and a 40-150mm lens from my photographer brother along with a head torch. Hoping for some nice lunar shots maybe. Anyways, any hints, tips, advise, ideas, thoughts or notions that a rank amateur would not think of would be gratefully received!
  12. I dont know if my understanding is wrong but I dont see why a massive planet cannot form in a similar way the earth our any other planet but on a huge scale, big enough for a star to orbit it, would be an amazing sight! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  13. This may seem random but it came to me last night whilst looking at the moon.... Does anyone think that somewhere in the universe there is a planet so massive that it has a star caught in its gravity? I don't know what made me think of it but I thought it a quite interesting idea... Mike
  14. Mike5537

    Hi y'all

    Hey, nice to meet a local. Are you part of the peterborough astronomical group? Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  15. I'm so jealous, I'm hopefully heading to my first star gazing night on the 14th in peterborough. I'm desperate to see something like saturn or jupiter so I can convince my wife to let me buy a scope!
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