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  1. Worth watching just for Julia Bradbury!!!
  2. Yes. I used the ones detailed in my sig but still nothing.
  3. I tried too and checked the location of the comet on my Sky Safari app. Couldn't see a thing.
  4. Another vote for the Nexus 7. Entirely satisfied with mine since Christmas. Use it on a daily basis.
  5. I sit in an office and transfer numbers from a spreadsheet to a database.
  6. Ended with 0 bids. That says it all I think.
  7. Nothing dumb about that question. I have done a fair amount of observing and reading about the moon and I have no clue about what the "x" is. Please do tell??
  8. I managed to get out for a quick squint at the moon before extra time in the football. I left the scope to cool till after the penalties but by that time the clouds had rolled in. I had to satisfy myself with the look on Ronaldo's face when the shootout ended before he took one.
  9. !"This is an actually meteorite, I promise it is not a fake. i found it when i was walking in my garden." What are the chances of finding an actually meteorite in your garden!! Hang on though, he has promised it's not a fake so that must count for something surely!! 0 Bids.
  10. I tend to stick to night time mostly.
  11. I watched it with my 12 y/o lad and we both thought it was pretty good. Can you imagine trying to make an hour long TV show about a scientific subject that is appealing, interesting and educating for the hugely wide variety of viewers for the 9-10pm BBC2 slot. In my living room alone there was an 82 year old Daily Mail reading grandma who left school at 14, an enthusiastic hobby astronomer with a science degree, a computer game obsessed 12 year old and a slightly sleepy mum who has a pHD in immunology. We were all fairly well entertained and interested enough to watch the whole thing without switching off so I think they did a reasonably good job. It's very easy to say things are poor but not so easy to make TV content that will satisfy all sectors of the viewing public.
  12. I once went to Oxford for a hockey tournament on the wrong day. I might have got away with it if I hadn't taken the wife and both kids.
  13. Great pics! Didn't see he transit myself so it's good to get others views. Good to see my profile pic working too for the first time since I joined SGL!!!!
  14. My interest in getting a scope was the direct result of the 'Brian Cox Effect'. I have, however, been fascinated by the moon and Apollo missions for as long as I can remember. I got my 150P Dob in March after saving up and so far I have been very happy with the scope as it came out of the box. I ordered a moon filter and a Cheshire with it but haven't needed to collimate yet. I benefitted from the couple of weeks of clear skies we had in mid-late march and got some good initial viewing in while the 'new scope' excitement was still quite high. I have had great success with the moon and planets plus the Orion nebula and the Pliades and that has kept me happy so far. I am loving exploring the moon at high power (120x) at the moment. I think I will continue to enjoy my new hobby as time goes by and hopefully, my 11 year old son will spend a bit more than 10 seconds having a quick look before disappearing back inside to watch telly in future. Cheers Fortunately I haven't had the irrisitable urge to buy bits and bobs and EPs but then again, I haven't got a proper job at the moment and I really haven't got the spare cash
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    Hey there all
  16. Having spent 3 very enjoyable nights viewing the moon with the assistance of Turn Left at Orion, I have found that our nearest celestial neighbor is truly fascinating and beautiful at 120x mag. Can anybody recommend a good book that is dedicated to lunar observing. I've had a look at the Phillips Lunar Guide on Amazon and that looks pretty good and quite cheap but maybe one of you know of a particularly good one. Cheers all...
  17. I've been out the last few nights studying the moon. It is truly magnificent and you can get reasonable views even before it gets properly dark. I'm om the lookout for a really good book on lunar geography and features.
  18. Having spent he last 3 nights exploring the moon in detail at 120x I personally would be fascinated to see evidence of human activity on the moon. At this mag, the smallest craters I could see were c5k diameter and unless we created truly massive structures up there, the only thing visible in the average amateur scope would be reflected points of light. Pinpointing the Apollo 11 landing site near Sabine and Ritter was wonderful and one of the high points of my, albeit quite short, astronomy hobby so far.
  19. Having said that, most "What scope should I buy" threads end up here.. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians.html Cheers
  20. At first glance the object towards the bottom right of the image looked like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. (Other vacuum cleaners are available) Now I realise it may be a bit dusty up there but....
  21. You may have answered your own question mate. If you have gone up to the maximum reasonable magnification and still can't see it, you may need to take your scope somewhere with better viewing conditions and less LP in order to have a better chance of viewing it. I haven't seen it yet with my 150 but then again, I haven't got the requisite EPs yet to go beyond 120x mag Cheers
  22. I have the 150P and Saturn is the size of a large pea in the 10mm EP supplied (120x Magnification). The scope will cope with a 2x barlow to increase this to 240x but it's still not going to look like images sent back by the Cassini-Huygens probe. You need to be careful with your expectations or you will spend your hard earned on equipment that, whilst working properly, still leaves you disappointed. Having said that, the 150P Dob is still a great scope and I am delighted with mine. Cheers Andy
  23. They are both hilarious. It's not often that "Internet Humour" actually makes you properly laugh but the cat one is brilliant. Not having the best of times job wise currently but that has cheered me up no-end.
  24. I just picked up a copy of the above book from the library as they ordered it from Amazon a while back when I asked if they had it. Even from just having a quick 15 minute flick I can see that this book is going to make finding DSOs and other stuff so much easier and more enjoyable than using other books I have looked at. There are simple diagrams of what you can expect to see with telescopes at the lower end of the price range and detailed instructions on how to find them using easy to find stars as waypoints and signposts. Can't wait for a bit of clear night sky to try it out.
  25. I was precisely in your position 6 months ago, albeit with a smaller budget and the Dobsonian was the scope I ended up purchasing. I am 100% sure I made the right decision and I would advise you to buy the largest aperture scope you can within your budget/practicality constraints. That would be a Dobsonian. Ease of setup Ease of use No need for tricky alignment Easy to upgrade with setting circles and a digital spirit level (Wicksey) You will also get a sense of achievement when you do find stuff to look at manually rather than having it served to you by a computer. Cheers Andy
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