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  1. DOWN WITH TECHNOLOGY - DOWN WITH TECHNOLOGY DOWN WITH..............oh S**t* , using technology to make my point Declan
  2. I think the world is becoming more virtual and people are becoming more remote - is this a bad thing??? In my opinion it is but is inevitable. Astronomy magazines have become yesterdays technology - with most people chosing to read astronomy latest online, this I am sure will continue. it is getting harder to entice folk out to either club meetings or indeed, to leave the comfort of their homes to see the night sky in the flesh so to speak. all the things suggested will come to pass - especially the bit about enthusiasts signing up to using remote scopes from their computer screens but I think there will be purists old school codgers like me who will bring out the old Dob or EQ mounted reflector and curse the cloud, damp, cold, humitity and light pollution - but have the satisfaction of feeling less remote and more connected to the universe Declan
  3. Even if you overcame all those little techninal hitches, you still have one major one - the moons albedo is too much to allow good views with an optical telescope - you would probably get a better view from Trafalger Square on christmas eve...
  4. Thanks for that, you rarely see Neil Armstrong interviewed, although buzz has been a great ambassador for those endevours all those years ago. I really enjoyed that and hope he talks again. I was 10 years old when I my father woke me up that July night - shivering as you do at that age from been woken from your sleep I watch the grainy black and white pictures on our old TV sitting by a long extinct open fire in the grate with my old man's jacket around my shoulders. ....those were the days my friends......anyway nice link Mr Coco
  5. i would say it is somewhere between truth and urban myth, I mean if you were being tested by your ancient archery training geezer - and he pointed up to the night sky and asked how many stars you could see one or two? would you use reason and logic and say two. after all one would be an obvious answer, so therefore there is probably more than one! of course word would get about and everyone would know the answer, it would be like having the same eye chart in the opticians for 4000 years......but maybe some truth in the Arab desert thingy and stuff. As for the Archery training - I would imagine it would make more sense to stand at distance and ask the candidate "how many arrows am I holding up"
  6. any tripod is better than holding by hand, but 40 quid wont get you too far. remember that even with a standard camera tripod - you wont be easily be able to see right up to zenith (directly over your head) you should consider building yourself a parralellogram type mount "google it" you will find some clever designs for binocular stands BTW I have the same binos meself and built a mount for bits of deckchairs and table legs
  7. Neutron walks into a bar - asks the barman how much for a drink the barman replies, for you, no charge gedumpp tishhh
  8. We had Professor John Zarnecki speak at one of our astronomy events a few years ago. John had designed and buit some of the instruments on the Huygens probe that had piggy backed on the Cassini mission to saturn. It was a fasinating talk and as you rightly say, there should have been a ticker-tape parade for the achievement. In the short history of space exploration some missions stand out such as Apollo, Voyager 1&2, Galilleo, Viking etc but Cassini-Huygens should be up there with all of those..... funny thing though, when I spoke to John outside the event I asked him what was the worst part for you personally: was it the violence of the launch?...the five years of deep freeze? ....or the landing on Titan?....his reply....."YES".......14 years of my life he continued to explain was to gather about 3 hours of data.... What a dedication and what a generous guy to come speak at our little rural astronomy club
  9. I gave an astronomy talk at my local astronomy club last month when I put this image up, I remember Carl Sagan (perhaps im wrong - I frequently am) who gave a very moving little thingy when descrribing the "pale blue dot". I could not remember it word for word or anything like it - but I delivered my own poor mans version of it to the 20 or so members of the public who were present.............four pixels, four blue pixels. every empire that ever ruled....every god ever worshiped from Ra to the present day, every dinosaur that ever roared, every lover who ever cried, everything we are and know exists on those four blue pixels........... there was silence and a glazed look on many of the faces, - or maybe that was just me - anyway what a beautiful image. I heard Caroline Portco _Cassini Imaging specialist talking at Dunsink Obsevatory in Dublin a couple of years ago - I think she showed that image in her presentation, it was stunning, for me it is up there with photos like Earth rise (apollo 8) and Victoria Crater taken from the MRO.....humbling indeed
  10. just heard electrons have mass! didn't even know they were Cathlic (Woody Allen)
  11. Everything has been said but my twopence worth....Aperture is king, everybody else has said it here, when you buy an 8" Dobson you are buying an 8" mirror with loads of light gathering capability - you can improve on it somewhat by buying better eyepieces (over time) or, as some have said an Equatorial Mount. Remember, "we cannot see things because they are far away, but because they are dim" A bigger objective is the ticket. So go big as you can and skip the step where you buy a 4" today and an 8" next year - hope that all makes sense and helps...and BTW try before ya buy - go to your local astronomy club who are bound to be meeting up somewhere soon beneath a flinty moon
  12. Kenmyers "Its a wobbly world through binos"......brill...I would love to turn to some total stranger on a bus and say that te he
  13. Thanks for that...I never considered cutting for the viewfinders?? but reconed on cutting just a small piece - say 80 - 100mm for the off axis in the 10' Dob ! BTW its great that we, like so many in this part of the world can quite comfortably mix imperial with metric in conversation
  14. I just received some Baader filter in the post yesterday, is it worth putting on the 70mm skylux refractor....or as I planned, my 10' Dobson....the reason i ask is that it has only struck me that the Dob is going to be on the ground to see any transit - presuming I can see it from 52.8 degrees north? - any comments
  15. That little scope of yours is the 70mm skylux - by no means a shabby instrument, and sold by Lidl's - usually around christmas time. I bought one about six years ago (it came with an EQ mount that is very usable, EP's not up to much, but with the addition of a couple of decent EP,s its great. I own a 16" Dobson and a 10" Dobson but my skylux sits proudly in the corner of my room as a grab and go scope. So as herself says, enjoy for a while and if you want to do anything while you wait to get a bigger scope...and no doubt you will want to......buy good EP's, after all telescopes you may change, but eyepieces are for life Declan
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