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  1. I'm interested in any north Wales info too. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  2. These are the things I found useful when I started not all that long ago. My first buy would be a book called the stars by h a rey. This book simplifies everything and uses simple language and well drawn diagrams to show were the constellations are in the sky and when they will be in a particular position, by orienting the book as described you see the constellations as they are in the sky. I'd also get some 10x50 binoculars to use with the book and a red head torch. This is invaluable as it keeps your hands free to do other stuff with. You could actually start with just the book and the torch tbh. Then get a scope once you have some familiarity with the sky. I went the GOTO route and don't regret it but it was a steep learning curve initially. When you've got the scope go for ltao. Other books I have found very useful are sky and telescopes pocket atlas and 365 starry nights which shows you how to see something new on every night of the year. I also have an app called sky safari on my tablet and this is one of my best purchases I've found. Its basically an interactive sky chart and is superb. I just point it at the sky I'm looking at and I can see on the asp what I'm looking at. Whilst some of these resources duplicate each other to a degree I find they compliment each other really well and give me different perspectives which improves my knowledge. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  3. They were exceptionally faint almost to the point where I thought I might be imagining them. But they were just visible and both in the same fov of my 32mm TV Plossl. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  4. I have got out the last two nights. Seeing was pretty poor on both but I'm happy to have had clear skies for the first time in 3 weeks or so. I've seen Jupiter, Pleiades, Hyades, Orion nebula with my UHc filter for the first time which really made quite a difference to its visibility, bodes nebula m81 and m82. Last night I saw m36, 37 and 38 in Auriga. 36 and 37 in particular were spectacular. The cat eye nebula which was a wow moment when I realised I had it. M3 which was just amazing. I looked at it for ages eventually dragging myself off it to look at something else. I also think I saw m66 but am unsure, it looked like a very tenuous nebulosity and there was another area of nebulosity close by to it. But they were both nearly not visible as the lp here is pretty bad. Does this sound like m66 in an 8" with bad lp? I also had a couple of bright silver objects flash through the fov whilst looking at the clusters in Auriga could these have been satellites? The second one went through even faster than the first and they were much too quick for planes plus the light wasn't coloured as you get on planes. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  5. I can see how this is probably a good piece of gear and impressive technology, but it's a lot of money for something to effectively do your alignment for you. I can now just pick 3 stars I know and its all done. Perhaps I'm missing something....... Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  6. Yes it needs a dog point bolt. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  7. Damn it! Second hand prices of power mates are going to go up now! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  8. Mine was doing the same but is now behaving itself. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  9. I spent quite a lot of time looking for replacements and I mean a lot of time! My conclusion was that if I end up needing them I will just stump up for the ad alt bolts. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  10. Tbh I'm not sure which one it is and I'm not at home to check it at the moment. Its a newt and about 3 inch in diameter. Was definitely painted in military surplus grey! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  11. Thanks. I actually live on the Wirral but have been down south for an extended period, hence why my location is listed as it is, but I should be back home by about the 19th. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  12. Frustratingly half and half cloudy here tonight. I may have to do an ultra late session as I'm hoping it will clear out further. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  13. Mmm, meant to be clear here tonight but the sky has just been getting cloudier if anything. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  14. I'd be able to come along if in 4-5 weeks time. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  15. Beautiful image. Inspires me further to get into ap. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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