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  1. Please accept my apologies. The rain and cloud is entirely my fault. I took receipt of a WO Megrez II SD 80mm semi-apo yesterday - so expect rain for the next week or so Once I get a chance to actually look through it, I will send a report of how it rates. Tom
  2. Great to hear you are "member of the month" - well deserved. Let's hope the prize is a new tie (sorry - couldn't resist). Tom
  3. I have only been observing for about 3 years, and only imaging for the last 6 months or so. There is no feeling to better that successful search for an elusive object - nad finally see what you have been hunting for. To actually SEE a real object, where the light has taken thousands of years to reach you - can't be beat. However, the feeling when you get just that "right" image that you have spent a long time trying to get into focus, get the contrast, detail etc right. Trying to better it next time - that too is fun. So both have their place. Tom
  4. Albireo380

    Hello All

    Hi Darron, I joined fairly recently myself, and have found the Forum helpful and informative. Welcome. Tom
  6. I tried a x2 teleconverter on the back of my LX90, with my Canon 350D. The camera wouldn't operate and kept giving an error message. But it works fine piggy back with a 300mm telephoto lens. Must be something in the electrical conductivity at the 'scope back, causing the camera to think it isn't connected properly to a lens. Try it - if your camera isn't too top heavy with electronics, it will probably work fine. if it is a new camera, you may not be able to do it. Tonm
  7. It was the ramblings of your befuddled brain - it wasn't a star - the Met Office said it was going to be cloudy. GET THAT 'SCOPE OUT NOW!!!!
  8. Very late to this thread. Your thoughts about the moonfish EP are good - I haven't used one, but the get a good crit. Enjoy your new 'scope (you are already). Clear skies !! Tom
  9. Really useful article - thanks. It will give me happy reading as the rain sluices down Tom
  10. Hi Gordon. Sounds like you have some good all round kit there. Welcome. Tom
  11. Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. Expected all week in Glasgow. Tom
  12. Laminating !!! Now that is a good idea Daz. Do you laminate just the covers, or all the pages? Tom
  13. This is really a national scandal. Yet again scince takes a back stage to commercial rubbish. At least we have a great new planatarium here in Glasgow, at the Science Centre. Brand new equipment and auditorium. Fantastic Tom
  14. No such thing as "just another moon pic". They are all good to see. Nice detail on the terminator. Tom
  15. What I take out depends on the phase of the moon. If it is near full moon then I take out the Hatfield Lunar Atlas and Rukl atlas of the moon. If skies are dark, I take out: Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson The Messier Objects by Stephen O'Meara Observing Caldwell Objects by David Ratledge I always check Starry Night for the positions of Saturn's or Jupiter's moons before I go out (no Laptop). Wish I could take more with me - so much that I want to look up when I am observing. Tom
  16. Don't you have to work out the force of the impact of the probe into the moon, thus getting an idea of the flash, crater size and ejecta plume. Once you know this, then you try to work out if your 'scope can resolve it. Or am I talking rubbish? Tom
  17. Great report WH. Nothing like a couple of hours under the stars. I wonder where I can get a 'scope like Wanda's? Tom
  18. The Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde run a "Dark Skies Weekend" each year, up in Glen Feshie, about 10 miles south of Aviemore. I and 13 others + 2 University lectruers were there from the 3rd to 5th March this year. Between us we had a 10" Dob, 2 LX90s, a C5, a home made 6" Dob and several refractors (70-90mm) + many binoculars from 7x50 to 25x100. We got to the outward bound centre "Lagganlia" where we would be based about 7.00pm on Friday evening. The snow was 6" deep on the ground and it was overcast - damm. By 8.30pm it had cleared from the north. It was crisp, clear and cold (-3 degrees). The viewing just got better and better. We could see down to magnitude 6 (honest). The double cluster and M35 were naked eye - it appeared that M38 was also, but that could have been combined wishful thinking. Earthshine on the 3 day moon was spectacular. Comparisons of the 10" ob and an LX 90 on Saturn had more contrasty views with the 10" Dob. The 80mm refractors made the Pleiades breathtaking. A good night was had by all (aided by several beerrs / single malts, - we had enough alcohol to floor an ox - at 3.00am when it clouded over). The Saturday dawned grey and we got another 2-3" of snow. But by 9.00pm it was clear again. Perhaps not quite as transparent as the previous night, but still worth being at the top of a ski tow at 3.00am to see Jupiter rise over the Cairngorms - but I was too knackered by that time to take any photos (sorry). It was also down to -7 degrees ! The days were spent sharing experiences, photos etc and getting lectures on such topics as "Variable Stars" and "The Stellar lifecycle". A great weekend was had by us all. Friendships were formed and sleep deprivation ignored. Who says Academia is dry and no fun. We had a great time. Tom
  19. Hi Mike, good to have you on board. If you think this lot are "normal" - well you will probably fit in just fine. Tom
  20. Looks pretty good to me - single shot, no processing - a wee bit work on it should make it really impressive. Good moon tonight, terminator razor sharp - nice central peaks on Theophilus and Cyrillus. Tom
  21. Good one nabban - makes my "dark skies" (and white ground) weekend - Fri-Sat night - look easy by comparison. We just had eight inches. We also had from 8pm to 3am on Fri night clear as a bell. Seeing was down to magnitude 6, easily. Enjoy the sledging and snowboarding Tom
  22. Yeah Caz, Got to make the most of the good skies we have now - no excuse for going to the Pub instead of getting the 'scope out. Tom
  23. Read the chapter headings - they seem interesting. Don't know the author or product. If you buy it, let us know what you think. SCS Astro have this book + software package in their Astronomy Software section (£35). You could give them a buzz and see what they have to say about it. Tom
  24. Clear as a bell up here in the Glasgow area. About a dozen of us at the University Observatory - 16" LX200 (an awsome beast - about the size of a 50 gallon oil drum). Also with us tonight were an LX90, a 10" Revelation Dob, an 80mm semi-apo and several pairs of binocs (from 10x50 to 25x100). So quite a feast of things to play with. Widefield - M45, M44, M38, M37, M36 Higher magnification - Mars, Saturn (Titan, Rhea, Tethys, Dione - Cassini Division, ring shadow, south polar band and southern equatorial band), M42. Also "new moon in the arms of the old" - some lovely widefield views with lots of Earthshine. As lots of people around and in suburbs of city - no imaging. But lots of fun. Tom
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