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  1. Very sad news. He was the inspiration that started my love of astronomy. RIP Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Doesn't seem to have UK maps yet. I have had a mail from the developer who said there will be an update in the next week or two to address this so you may want to hold fire until its updated.
  3. I've just been reading the "Instruments and Imaging" newsletter from the BAA. They have published an article which includes the following advice; "It is allowed by all who have any experience on the subject that the open air is the best place for using a telescope upon celestial objects. It requires, however, a large amount of enthusiasm on the part of a beginner to encounter the various difficulties with which this is attended, when the observations are to be made in the night time. Taking the telescope out into the garden, arranging the stand etc., to find, perhaps, the weather change, an
  4. Mrs W has the odd look at the moon and was quite impressed by Saturn but she doesn't do cold so leaves me to it most of the time. She was very interested in the distance learning courses I did with LJMU though and she hardly ever queries the various packages that arrive on the doorstep, bless her
  5. Hopefully this is allowable here, if not apologies in advance. The BAA need a local astronomy group to house the Hewitt Camera Plate Archive. The bulletin is copied below; The Hewitt Camera Plate Archive comprises approximately 11,000 photographic plates taken from various locations within the UK and in Australia over a period of almost 30 years from approximately 1960 to 1990. Each plate covers a 10 degree field of view taken with a Schmidt camera. The plates were originally used to measure the orbits of satellites to infer information about the Earth's gravitational field. However, in the p
  6. +another one for the locked thread idea. That way it will work as I hoped it would originally (i.e I get an alert on my iPhone and can either log on discreetly or nip out and use my phone to access the site - but dont tell the boss!)
  7. Well done chaps, your hard work is very much appreciated
  8. Glad to hear that Steve. I can only imagine how worrying it must have been for you. Fingers crossed that you all stay healthy!
  9. Very sorry to hear this. My memories of Kev will be his sense of humour and his willingness to help. RIP Kev and thoughts and prayers are with his family
  10. Luminos has Garrad and Markarians Chain and is a good buy at only £2.49
  11. There's no way I'm going to "bend at the waist and look at the moon through my legs" as suggested in that link. I just know someone would see me and I doubt if Plod would believe me when I explained I was looking at the moon!
  12. Unless my numbers come up I can't see any purchases this year. The recession has taken hold in Wingman Towers
  13. Let us know what you think of linking up the iPhone to your 'scope. I was considering this myself only yesterday
  14. Are you saying that you chaps that run this forum for nothing have been taking time off over Christmas to spend with your families? Well....... how rude!!!!
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