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Orange Haze

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    I first got the spark for stargazing when I was around 12 and started to ask some of those big questions to which there are few answers. I wrote a letter to Sir Patrick Moore and was astounded when I had a reply from the man himself. This spurred me on more and the next present from my parents was a Tasco 70mm scope. I still have this scope today and while it doesn't get much use, I can't bear to part with it.

    Since then my interest has peaked and waned and peaked again over the years, as other interests and a wonderful family took up more time. But now I find myself firmly back in the grip of the stargazing bug and am enjoying every minute.

    Other than astronomy, I am known to play tennis and golf, as well as taking my kayak out to sea when the weather permits. In fact nearly every hobby I have depends on our blessed British weather being fair. Oh well..... :)
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  1. #1 would have to be the solar eclipse I saw in South Carolina last year. Over two minutes of blackout, a truly emotional moment and well worth the 12 hour round trip! #2 - Saturn. Saw it first in a crummy old Tasco telescope but it still blew me away. When I eventually saw it in my Dob, it was like winning the astronomy jackpot! What I really want to see now is a comet on a close fly by.......
  2. I did once manage to resolve Mars quite well at 240x, but only briefly and the night in question was absolutely ideal seeing. Maybe with a better eyepiece it could have been clearer, but that kind of night is pretty rare and I've come to conclusion that I am better off seeing at 180x more often than 250x rarely. The feedback on this site is always superb and as an amateur I really value the advice..... thanks!
  3. Thanks all for your responses, really appreciate it. I think I will go for the 6.7mm and if the viewing is exceptional I can always add the Talx2, although that would be extremely rare! Am hoping to take a trip to the Brecon Beacons in April so if I am lucky, I can put it through its paces up there....
  4. Last night was my first night out in 18 months. Some nice moon views and M42, but otherwise a moonshine and cloud washout. But now I am active again I am keen to add to my eyepiece set. I bought the Explore Scientific 28mm Maxvision a few years back and have been supremely impressed by it. As such I am happy to stick with ES but wanted more quality at the lower end. I am tempted by the 4.7mm (82 degree) as I love planetary viewing, but am concerned that my use of it will be limited as I am pushing the magnification a little too far. The 6.7mm may therefore be a safer option and get more
  5. Thanks guys. I adjusted the allen screws and it seems to have done the trick. May give the new focuser a swerve. Everyday is a school day!
  6. My factory fitted focuser has developed a mind of its own and tends to slide inwards when a heavier eyepiece is in place. Has anyone got experience of the Skywatcher mentioned? I don't want to spend huge and the price of this seems reasonable....
  7. Nice to know I am in good company. At least I have chosen to get back in to my hobby during the depth of winter, assuming the cloud clears at some point. Been too long since I spied M42! And there is no way I would part with my dear Dob, even if I was in an observing drought...
  8. Too true, although it seems that from the moment i picked my scope up the weather took a decided turn for the worse. Curse of the new scope (of sorts)...
  9. So I have just got my Dob back out of storage after having the house done up earlier this year. In all, it has been 18 months since I last used it! In fact its been longer than that since I last visited SGL. I have found over the years that astronomy is a topic that I am continually fascinated by, but the actual observing seems to come in phases, stretches of good observing followed by months of not touching the scope. I am almost ashamed..... I can't be alone in this, do others find the same? What's the record for time between using the scope?! Anyway, now the Dob is back and I have the itch
  10. Brilliant, thanks for the post. Ordered one now. My tupperware box with sliced sponge insert is coming to the end of its usefulness I think. Great timing.
  11. Good ramblings Gav and thanks for sharing. I've become a bit obsessed with the ISS over the past couple of nights after accidentally stumbling over it on Monday. I did manage to just about follow it with my manual Dob, although I think I need a bit more practice. Wasn't able to make out the panels but I was only at x43 and having enough trouble concentrating on keeping it in fov. Next time..... But seeing it and thinking about what it really is, is a really awe inspiring moment.
  12. Great read Jimmy. Just shows what a difference a dark sky site can make, even in a moon lit sky. I got my first view of Saturn last night for many months, very low and fuzzy. Hope to be at a dark site for its opposition next month.
  13. Wow, sounds like you hit the Mars jackpot. I have to say following years of crushing disappointment with Mars, last week I had my best view ever of the red planet. Not as crystal clear as yours, but for the first time I made out a clear disc, decent size, obvious dark markings and the white of a polar cap. Was a brilliant moment to finally nail it. Got to love an opposition. Now bring on Saturn's next month!
  14. Nice little read that and defo in the right place. It's really interesting to read an observation report from someone in the Southern Hemisphere. The idea of looking towards to the South Pole to find some DSO's just isn't something I hear too much . Also, some of those targets like the Gem Cluster and Omega Centurus, I've never heard of. Reminds me that there is a whole other half to the sky that I am missing out on. Good luck with your dark site visit and look forward to hearing a bit more about those NZ skies.....
  15. It may be that I am taking the illustration in the S@N mag too literally. Jupiter transits are ten a penny, but I have no idea at all as to whether transits of Saturn are as regular. Would love to see it tho.
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