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lucjam

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  1. +1 for the McMurdo. Like a duvet that you wear outside - genius!!
  2. If you have a good digital image of the subject internet Companies like Photobox offer large canvas prints of your chosen subject.
  3. I think that if the weather was better you may have seen more actual stargazing including targets for the night. It would have been prudent for the producers to have a back up of science talk and experiments to fill in with if the weather was poor - as it was. The skys are looking a little better for tonight so hopefully we will see a little more about observing.
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  5. Not sure about the part number you list but I have the Celestron MAK 127 on a goto mount which is very similar to the Skywatcher version. You cannot use the goto mount manually without power. With power you can slew the scope without using goto but although powered it does become tedious as the motors are not that fast. Because of this I decided to buy an AZ3 mount wich gives me the option to go manual although I haven't had much chance to use it because of the bad weather here. I would say that you should consider the goto very carefully before spending the money. The goto is great for quick and easy viewing of certain objects and tracks very well but as I had started with a manual scope I found out quickly that finding the object is at least 50% of the fun. Remember that these goto mounts eat batteries so an external power supply is a must. As already mentioned above the stock eyepieces are fine to begin with and not worth adding to or replacing until you get used to the hobby. Hope all this helps and good luck.
  6. :Envy: :Envy: I was talking to a mate at work about the Eden Channel and corrected him on the astron/astrol mistake minutes before I posted. I won't be showing him this thread. Mouth washed out.
  7. Hi All Just a heads up. The Eden Channel has a science month running at the moment which has some good astrology and cosmology programmes. Worth having a look at, after all there is nothing else to do at the moment!
  8. For Londoners It is worth remembering that the suburbs are only a short drive out of town. I live west of London and during non peak hours I can drive from Kings Cross to the M25 along the A40 in around 20-25mins. There are many places inside the M25 ring where good darker skys can be found. I live near Ruislip Woods and can see a distinct difference between the sky to my east where the glow is very noticable (towards London) and to my West where the sky begins to darken. If you wanted to drive another 15mins to the High Wycombe area the skys become even better.
  9. It's been an enforced summer break for all of us but being my first "astro" summer it has become apparent that it just doesn't get dark enough before bedtime for any serious observing. Oh well, off to the Greek Islands in July and plan to take the Travel Scope with me.
  10. Indeed and you also run the risk of attracting the local pack of foxes into your garden for a bit of foxey revenge.
  11. +1 for TLAO. After the scope it should be your next purchase. Not been mentoned but a lower power (higher value) eyepiece might be usefull, maybe a 20mm for wider viewing. Read all of the stickies or pinned items in this section and a lot of your questions will be answered.
  12. So this being my first summer of astronomy i still have the novelty effect during the day hoping for a clear night. The trouble with this time of year is that even on a clear night the sky never gets very dark, at least not before 1am which is not an option when you have to get up at 6.30 the following morning. So for the last few weeks i have just nipped outside for 20mins before bed and had a scan around with the bino's, kind of an astronomy nicotine patch.
  13. If you are considering that hat then i have to assume that you observe alone!! Seriously though looks like those bits will keep you nice and warm. Being a dog walker i'm pretty much kitted out for the outdoors and a decent pair of boots, and a hat are essential along with base layers and a down jacket.
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