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Avo

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  1. mrjaffa S282 and S283 are two of the second level modules as part of a Natural Science degree with astronomy. The OU also offer them as the stand alone S10; Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary science. This can be transferred to a different pathway for the full degree. See Q64 of the OU syllabus. Most modules are equal to 30 points, you need 360 for a full honours degree.
  2. That was an impulse purchase, 10mm Delos now arrived from Widescreen. Think I have enough black and green now, just need a dark clear sky........................
  3. I'll have a read of "Making every photon count" to gen up on this....................
  4. I started S10 purely out of interest in astronomy and a personal challenge. I've finished three modules now, there are highs and lows, the latter particularly around TMA (Assessment) submission time, however, I find after an exam I have a yearning to learn more. I'm now 53 and work on a Ferry, this study is purely to keep the grey matter ticking over and once into the habit, the time found for study is not a problem. I read the books during free time at work, travelling etc. I have the books and in PDF format on a tablet. The trick is little and often. I'm looking to enrol on Q64 pathway; BSc in Natural Science, I'll take the astro options.
  5. Ronnie67 I'll package them up and see what it'll be. PM me your postal address if that's no bother. The books are The Solar system (part 2) and Astrobiology, these being 75% of the books for S283. They are a previous edition as the current books comprise 2 volumes to complete the course. The material hasn't changed much, merely reflecting results from more recent space missions. It'll give you chance to see what the course is about.
  6. Hi Uranium Take it the graph is for a guided set up and that the RMS value is in arc-minutes ? (0.07 arc-mins)
  7. Hi Ronnie67 I've just finished S10. The material you need all provided, each module is two text books and a DVD, you also access some info on-line. Ronin hit the nail on the head, you either do it their way or fail. That is not a problem, it is probably the only way distance learning can work. I did S282 first then S283. S282 is probably more of interest to star gazing but the latter one is all relevant. It was the first time with OU for me, I thought as I'd registered for S10, that would be it, didn't click you have to register for each module on the pathway separately and so had a gap. I did S104 in between. (exploring science) as I'm now thinking of doing a full degree. There is a seller on ebay selling the S282 course material. When I realised I'd have to wait a year to do S283, I bought some of the old course books, which I only flicked through, they are a previous edition, you are welcome to them if you cover the postage. I intend to keep the actual course books for reference, plus I use a highlighter on them as it saves making copious notes, it works for me. I'd second bob1957's point about completing the OU online checker, "Ready for S282 ?"
  8. For those of you out there guiding with an EQ6 / NEQ6, do you have any figures for guided accuracy that can be achieved whilst imaging. I'm currently looking at a mount upgrade and am hovering between the EQ6 and it's well known limitations, modest cost and available mods, to EQ8 which is said to be a lot better, but would I then hanker for a Mesu etc.
  9. The good news is you now do all of the British Isles for a reasonable charge, things are looking up !
  10. Hello from an Ex- Loughborough dweller
  11. Avo

    Tenerife

    Hi Robbie Glad you had a good time. May have to give that a go.
  12. I'd second the foundry slag theory. Found a piece on the shore very much like this and got excited, looks very similar to yours. Foundry slag is a common false meteorite apparently. Porosity on the surface is a give away, a meteor entering our atmosphere would have surface melt making the exterior smooth all over. There are many websites including: http://www.bimsociety.org/ http://meteorite-identification.com/index.htm I do now however intend to carry a magnet when beachcombing, one never knows......
  13. Is there a consensus on which laser collimator, I see Howie Glater's are supposed to be the biz. Do we all need one of these or are they more for big fast Dob users ?
  14. For those of you out there guiding with an EQ6 / NEQ6, do you have any figures for guided accuracy that can be achieved whilst imaging. I'm currently looking at a mount upgrade and am hovering between the EQ6 and it's well known limitations, modest cost and available mods, to EQ8 which is said to be a lot better, but would I then hanker for a Mesu / 10 Micron or equivalent.
  15. Yes, buying new gear has it's good points. Currently thinking about a new mount, can always tinker with it, get it powered up, contemplate all the new accessories it'll need ready for the autumn.
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