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  1. thanks proto star, yes I know i'm in the northern hemisphere, what I meant was the handset asks which region you want to align your stars with. I'm looking to the south so I input southern region.
  2. i'm an idiot !!!!! just sussed out what I was doing wrong. when setting the hand set up, I inputted the date as 08/03/2014,8th of march 2014 when looking closer the day and the month are the wrong way around, it should have been 03/08/2014, at 20:00 on this date it will be still daylight. Not surprising it wouldn't give me any stars to align to. I will know next time.
  3. if I am looking south do I pick the southern region, I think this is correct, I could clearly see Sirius low down and orions belt and Jupiter etc but the handset didn't give me any stars in the 2star list to choose from.
  4. yes I know this but I couldn't point to the brightest star one and the two star alignment said there were no stars in this region to point to ?
  5. I've been out tonight with my sky watcher 130p goto, I couldn't set it up because the hand set said there was only one star to align to but I couldn't see this one because of the house. there were no more stars in the list for my region bright enough to align to but I could see plenty in the sky. I think the handset only lists stars above a brightness of 1.5. what are you suppose to do if you can't align the scope. I have aligned it before in the same place. Is there a way of picking my own stars to align to.
  6. god, so many of these comments sound so familiar.
  7. will make sure i get distilled water for the next time, cheers guys for the info.
  8. maybe its psychological, and i know they say it doesn't matter if the mirror is dusty, but surely if its clean it will reflect the light so much better,either way to me if it looks like new i feel better and i will know that the viewing is as good as i can get, so long as the collimation is ok. It certainly won't do any harm and it can only do good.so congratulations to all who have attempted it and for those who haven't.then go for it.
  9. Go for it digz,it not as bad as you might think,but I know what you mean,I was a bit scared to start it but it turned out OK and the mirror looks superb now,well worth the effort.took me a few weeks to pluck up courage to attempt it.but its really not that hard.
  10. I know what you mean,seems like weeks since we've had some descent skies,can't wait to try it out now.
  11. I finally decided to give it a go today,It was a bit nerve racking to start with and I was sweating like a pig just thinking about what damage could be done if I wasn't carefull.having completed the task successfully it's not that big of a deal and I would certainally do it again no problem.the mirror looks brilliant now so just can't wait for some clear skies to try it out.obviously it needed collimating afterwards but that's not a problem. So for anyone wanting to have a go,research a little bit (a couple of vids on utube were a great help) and give it a go,its not as bad as people make out,
  12. its probably a mixture of all of them but predominently the yellow sodium lights aound here.
  13. i've heared of spectroscopy but thats about it, wouldn't have a clue as to what is involved.only just getting used to astronomy LOL.
  14. Hi there SGL friends. anyone used or has any comments on light pollution fillters. Are they any good or are they a waste of money. Just thought i'd get some feed back before i went and bought one. cheers chris
  15. the detail you see will have a lot to do with seeing conditions not your scope,some nights will be better than others with exactly the same set up.its all down to asmospheric conditions and light polution. keep trying on different nights and you will see better on some of them. As for the size, there's not much you can do about that, even in the 12" dob its not that much bigger but you do get better quality sometimes.Tonight, earlier was quite good,got good views of jupiter so i waited for saturn to show its face but the conditions must have changed and the seeing wasn't good later on. so you
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