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  1. Hey everybody! I started to dabble in astronomy (and the forums) a year or two ago, before getting a little distracted by exams, a gap year and then moving house. I'm back, now living a couple of miles west of Durham City, and eager to dust off my scope (astromaster 130) and get some observing done! Does anyone near me know any good spots close by, since the garden is plagued by street lights and light pollution from the city? Feels good to be back . Ginger
  2. Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ MD... That and an xbox live vision webcam . Hoping the weather clears up soon so I can actually use it... . Ginger
  3. First light report: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/153143-first-light-with-astromaster-130/ SO HAPPY . Ginger
  4. Have you got the gain turned right the way up, and is saturn in focus? Just because it's in focus with an EP doesn't mean it'll be in focus with a camera, as the sensor will be in a different position! If the gain is right the way up and you've adjusted the focus and still can't see it, I'm afraid I can't help =/. How did you attach the camera to the EP slot? is it a bodge job, or one of those screw in adapters? If it's a bodge job make sure the sensor in centred in the canister. Hope you get it sorted, and look forward to seeing some images! Ginger
  5. I'm sorry if this is the wrong section - I've almost lived in the beginner section as it's where I feel most at home . I guess I can cross those two off my "to see" list then! Of course I'll be heading back for a better look when the clouds finally move on.... I would have loved to see saturn... It's probably my favourite planet and I've never even seen it through a telescope! Jupiter being close second. Unfortunately I couldn't see either due to the high tree line around my garden, but the torrential rain we've had over the last few days put me off driving to a darker, more open site . Hopefully the clouds will clear away soon and I'll be able to see more! Ginger
  6. I just got in from my first ever peek through the new scope... I've only ever messed about with 7x50 binos and a department store scope before. WOW, what a difference! I know it sounds silly, but I'm truly amazed! I got my mount polar aligned to start with, which took me about half an hour because I'm completely new to EQ mounts and their setup. Wasn't too tricky when I thought about it, but still took me a while. I then decided to split Mizar - Easily identifiable target, but still took longer than expected because I was still learning how to move the EQ mount. I know it's an easy target and probably nothing to get excited about, but I ran inside and dragged my dad out to have a look. By this time it had moved out of my field of view, but a few twists of the RA control soon sorted that. Yay for a half decent attempt at polar alignment! I then moved on to try and find M81 and M82. These were much harder to find, but I think I got a glimpse just before the clouds rolled in... Not certain as I only got about a second of faint fuzzyness before it all got covered over . I'm hoping if I describe it, some of you will be able to confirm . It looked like a small fuzzy grey patch, brighter in the middle than the edges, but with no identifiable features. There was also a slightly slimmer fuzzy patch to the right and slightly above the first one. I had been searching for a few minutes just scanning the area, and drifted past it before I could focus properly. I scanned back, but the clouds covered over before I could even find it again, let alone swap out the 25mm for a 10mm EP. I'm absolutely hooked - I think I'm about to spend hours on Stellarium instead of going to sleep, which is a TERRIBLE idea because I have work tomorrow . Clear skies, Ginger
  7. Thanks, that website is perfect! I won't be too disheartened if I can't find M51 then... I've memorised how to star hop my way there from mizar anyway so I'll give it a shot even if I don't expect to find it! (I live in the countryside... still a fair amount of light pollution from the garden though). I'll give M81 and M82 a shot, but I think the rest (except M92) are below the tree line =/. I'll let you know how I get on, if the clouds hold out... Ginger
  8. Wow... diddn't know that was there! thank you! I guess if I manage polar alignment, I'll try and start by splitting Mizar, and then hunt for M51 if it doesn't get too late! Ginger
  9. Hey again all! I'm hoping for some clear skies tonight... looks okay so far, but time will tell! My plan was to have a go at polar alignment... it's a first attempt, so I'm not expecting to get much observing done, but just in case I surprise myself I'd like some advice! I can't see very much from my garden... southeast is okayish if I'm looking over the trees (about 50 degrees above the horizon), but not brilliant. most other directions are trees, unless I look towards the zenith. Are there any easy targets around polaris that would be easy to find, and fun for first light with a new scope? (Astromaster 130 EQ-MD). I've got stellarium so I should be able to work out where to look, but what's out there? Thanks in advance, Ginger
  10. No... Well not really... actually maybe a little... yes . At least it's slightly more productive/useful than computer games or staying in bed . Ginger
  11. Procrastination got the better of me, and In a last ditch attempt to do anything other than revision I've started a Cambridge thread for anyone in/around the area! Here's a link: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/153098-cloudy-cambridgeshire/ Ginger
  12. Hey all! Given that there are a couple of us in and around Cambridge, I thought it would be a nice idea to have a thread of our own in order to keep track of what's going on close to home, as well as get to know a few of the more local skywatchers! I'm hoping others will help me keep this thread updated etc. with relevant information and events! This website seems quite helpful in that it'll tell you how good the conditions will be for astronomy up to a week in advance, so here's a link to the Stargazing forecast for Cambridge: http://www.accuweather.com/en/gb/cambridge/cb2-3/astronomy/327200 (Thanks squeaky!) If anyone knows of any decent dark sky sites in (unlikely...) or around Cambridge, this would be most useful as I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a hard time finding a decent location! Some of the other groups have a Recent Buys section - that'd be interesting to hear too! Maybe we could organise some informal mini-meets every now and again? Of course members from other areas are more than welcome, and hopefully we'll see some of you at some mini-meets if you're around, but if we could keep this thread Cambridge related that would be wonderful! Clear skies, Ginger
  13. Knowing the physics behind it is scary too... e.g the inverse square law! EDIT: Some basic calculations... the several photons a second reaching your 6mm pupil are just 4.1x10-44% of the photons given out by that star every second! That's 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000004%! (edited due to sloppy maths . Too much revision!) SO MANY PHOTONS! Astrophysics was one of the only parts of my physics A level that I enjoyed... it's really fascinating! Ginger
  14. Sanmatt - I may PM you some questions if that's ok! - I much prefer the thought of doing a distance learning degree in a subject I enjoy rather than spending another three years doing any of the courses I took at A level! I presume "cert in astronomy" is the University Certificate, and not the "Entry point" course? The entry point course says it assumes no prior knowledge of astronomy, which I presume is GCSE level and would be the course best suited to the OPs requirements!
  15. Please let me know how you get on, as I'd be interested in doing a similar sort of thing next year! I've just finished A levels and I'd rather do a degree in something space-related than anything else! (I'm also looking at astrophysics, but I absolutely hate particle physics and all the courses seem to be mostly core with an extra module or two!) Best of luck, Ginger
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