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  1. Hi Jamie and welcome. If you keep your eye on the 2nd had columns & gumtree, etc, you'll come across a bargain eventually. In the meantime you're more than well enough equipped to enjoy the astronomical canopy and by the sounds of it you're already up and running...
  2. Hi Mike, nice report. Tonight was the first time I had my telescope out in ages, and I was looking at the same objects you were. It took be ages to find Neptune but I eventually got there before the hypothermia set in.. On your diagram there are 2 stars close together to the bottom right of the planet, then one a bit further out. Together they make a kind of elongated triangle and I was able to slew on from this to the target. Only a small grey dot really at around x100, I sure there was a hint of green last time but I didn't catch it tonight. Any higher magnification and it blurred out... I didn't pay much attention to Mars but will be sure to do so next time after yours and Mike H's sketches! I did notice the current phase of Venus was half in shadow.....
  3. Saturn is amazing - I got some new kit and have been able to pick out the Cassini division and also some banding on the planet for the 1st time.
  4. Hi & welcome Celestron C9.25 - nice! very good photographs as well!
  5. Cats Eye Nebula, I'll have to add that to my list!
  6. mikeyrea


    Hi Cheolk & welcome Good luck with the binos! +1 for the stellarium software
  7. Hi & Welcome That movie sounds pretty forgettable.........
  8. Hi and welcome from Cold Ulster
  9. I agree with all of the above. If there's an astronomy club in your area you might want to go along and see if you can 'check out' some different telescopes.
  10. I'm in Northern lreland, about the same latitude as Lockerbie in Scotland, and Blyth in England. Might be a few late nights in June!
  11. Isn't it a bit light in June? Maybe it's not so important with Saturn.... I had some great views of Jupiter last month before it was properly dark
  12. There's also this.. http://www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk/dark-sky-discovery-sites/map.html Great if you live in the Isle of Man!
  13. I keep my telescope in the garage so it's nice and cool to start off with........
  14. As Ronin says, getting to know the constellations is a great start. I also have TLAO and have drawn in the 'classic' constellation lines between the stars, and a few extra labels when I've felt this is appropriate.
  15. Cheers Gareth - good luck with that clear night
  16. .........back on the list now
  17. I always thought about getting a telrad but never went for one. I've kind of convinced myself I don't need one. When I'm trying to find a target I look for the nearest star I can see with the naked eye and get this in finder scope by keeping one eye on it and the other on the finder until they both 'converge' somewhere near the centre of cross in the fs. Usually works quite well, although sometimes the 'naked eye' view becomes almost like av. Would this all be easier with a telrad?
  18. Hi Otto & welcome Turn Left At Orion id a great book - would definitely recommend..
  19. mikeyrea


    Hi Guzzik, from wet Portstewart, UK
  20. mikeyrea


    Hi Sax & welcome Let's hope we get 3 points at Goodison Park ! With this weather I won't be doing much astronomy
  21. You could just try star hopping. I've never used the dials - I usually just get the telescope pointed in the right direction, taking bearings off stars that I can see and using the finderscope, and then have a 'fish about'
  22. mikeyrea


    Hi Andy & Welcome I was looking at the Beehive last night as well - a wonderful sight!
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