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  1. My tripod is small enough to go in my suit case. It would also fit in a rucksack. The dslr can be carried separately from hand luggage if you need to.
  2. I recently took my tak, mini giro, star adventurer, canon 450 as carry on baggage to New Zealand. Tripod in the hold. They had a look at it going through security but it wasn't a problem. Carry on's meant to be under 7kg so that needs to be managed.
  3. That's fantastic harv. I really like seeing a moon alongside.
  4. I was thinking the same as I looked at them. It as a magnificent view.
  5. Just as I was going to bed I spotted Jupiter next to the moon, so after checking on Sky Safari I thought I'd get them in the same fov with my baby tak and 24mm panoptic. A little later there they were. An almost full moon bright and crisp, in perfect focus, near the edge and Jupiter near the other edge with all four of its moons lined neatly in a row, three one side with Io on the other. The moons were tiny, but very bright specs, whilst Jove itself was a very small white disc. After a while I could just about discern a hint of colour banding the planet. This is the first time I've had a scope out of any sort for quite a while, so it was very pleasing to be rewarded with such a rare sight. Spontaneity and the little tak are a good match.
  6. I agree its not worth arguing with flat earthers, and in my opinion most of them are just being mischievous. However out of curiosity I've been quite interested in an experiment I could do at home to prove the earth was round, and I would have thought a classroom of kids would be as well. So I amused myself yesterday evening working through some figures last night to prove it.
  7. This method of proving the earth is round appealed to me because it claims to only require a stick and a ruler. However, I'm not sure how easy it would be to explain to kids, particularly those that think the earth is flat. Edit Just found out you don't even have to measure the length of the shadow, this site will tell you what it'll be.,0.4184,11/2017.03.14/12:06/100/0 although for the purpose of the experiment it might be a good idea to measure it.
  8. I'm sure you're right but I'd be interested to know what it is. Once you've proved Polaris doesn't move there can't be many other alternatives.
  9. Further to my previous post: then measure the angle to Polaris being the latitude. arrange for another person to measure the angle to Polaris at a different latitude The explanation for the different resulting angles being the earth is round! Is this a good enough explanation or experiment.
  10. For kids you could prove the earth rotates with a telescope and equatorial platform. point the scope at Polaris and it stays in the fov. Point it at another star and it doesn't. put it on the platform and both Polaris and the the other star stay in the fov. You can then show how much the earth's turned around its axis (being the line of sight to Polaris) by looking at the base of the EQ platform. You can see how much it's travelled along its curved runners. I'm not sure if this proves the earth is round but it seems much more likely that a spinning object is round rather than flat. Any thoughts?
  12. Wasn't hard enough to knock you into a coma I presume. That would have been a story. Astronomer knocked into a coma by a coma corrector.
  13. I feel as if I might be a fool to believe you. Have a good time and I hope you get some clear nights.
  14. You do look as if you've got a cloud over your head, oh you have, that explains it great pics and the scope looks amazing!
  15. As John said Orion Optics are lighter and you can carry the ota and mount separately making them very manageable overall. Although they don't supply goto mounts you can attach encoders and use an Astro devices nexus push-to system.