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About SwampStar

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  1. Just had a look at those maps. Looks good. Possible site spied in Wales. Cheers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. After a bit of investigation, I might need to change the title of this thread. Heading to Wales instead! Just need the clouds to sod right off now! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hi Animal. Wouldn't be going on my own, that's for sure! There's a couple of us looking for a trip. Wales is also a serious option for us, too. Might have a ride out past Wrexham one evening just to see what's about. Have spied a couple of possibles on Google Earth. I'll let you know. Hello Plantins. Been looking for something like that. Not found owt yet! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. This is all very helpful. Cheers. Thing is, I'm new to this 'Leaving the Garden' lark. What do you do when you get there? Just set up by the road? Find a layby? Car park? Trek across fields??? Really need some help here, boys and girls! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I'll give it a go. Cheers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Yeah...good idea. Know any decent spots? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Hi all. I'm thinking of heading out to one of the Peak District Dark Sky sites over the next couple of weeks - maybe Surprise View at Hathersage. Has anyone visited any of these sites? Is it worth the journey? I'll be travelling a fair distance to get there so wouldn't want it to be a wasted journey if I could be spending the time observing in the garden! So - just an enquiry. Any local advice gratefully received! Cheers, Andy
  8. Thanks, cantab. Pretty confident I got it, but just checking it hadn't legged it while I wasn't looking! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. For various reasons (which I won't bore you with) tonight has been the first time I've managed to get the scope out since Christmas. I've been drooling reading about this SN in M82, as I've not seen one before. I know it's dimming, but is it possible that I could still have seen it tonight. 130 scope with 25mm eyepiece and reasonable skies, although I did have to cup the eyepiece with my hand because of a streetlight. Found 81 & 82 very easily and a definite bright spot in there. Still visible or am I seeing things?!?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Crystal clear in deepest Gloucestershire. Getting a couple of hours in and alarm set for 1.30am. Superb ISS pass about 15 minutes ago. One of the best I've seen!
  11. It'd be like picking your favourite child! Andromeda gets me every time, and I do love the ring. Out of the clusters, I really like M35. It seems to sparkle differently than the others. I also like the quirky little things, too. Looked straight out of my back door tonight for a quick scan with the 15x70s and landed straight on the coathanger.
  12. Best bit of advice I had...DON'T EXPECT HUBBLE! For example, The Crab Nebula (Messier 1) is, quite frankly, pathetic through your average scope. So, yes...find the best way you can of being in the right part of the sky, use a wide angle with not too much power (I've seen all mine through the supplied 25mm) and keep looking. Eventually your eyes will pick out that fuzzy blob. I sometimes tap my scope to make sure the fuzz stays still. Once you know what you're looking for (especially with the galaxies) they're much easier to find. Just don't expect Hubble!
  13. Sounds like it... I think if it wasn't Messier 1, nobody would be that bothered about it! Well done, though...it's a tricky little blighter!
  14. I'll have a look at that. Star Atlas works well for me. Massive list of targets.
  15. It also gives you a 'not possible' count. For me, tonight, there'd be 23 i couldn't see. I've heard March is best...Good Luck!
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