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  1. Yes - that was a 'DUHH' moment there Warthog - dumb choice of words! He's a bit shaken at the moment, but he's going to see a specialist on Thursday next so we will know a lot more after that - one way or the other I suspect one or two shots of Wild Turkey will go down during my stay - where's my headache tablets?

  2. A little hamlet called Blaraidh just west of Invermoriston - my oldest mate lives there and he's just been struck with an ailment which is likely to impair his visibility - haven't seen him for about 2 years so time for a natter and a few(!) beers I think!!!!

  3. Vapour trails are a by-product of being on a Heathrow traffic lane I'm afraid - but fingers are well and truly crossed! ....... and I'm off to the Highlands next Wednesday for a few days so the Mak-Cass is travelling with me - fingers are double crossed for that!!

  4. Well, the view out of the window and the local forecasts do seem to indicate that it could be a promising night down here next to the New Forest - so fingers are very firmly crossed (despite staying up to 4 o'clock this morning to view Jupiter!)

  5. James

    Before you commit your money:-

    I don't know how heavy your camera/lens is, but make sure you get as chunky a ball and socket head as possible - take it from someone who spent 30 minutes setting mine up only to have it move because the b&s head wasn't really man enough for the camera/lens I was using!!

    Best of luck!

  6. From the other end of the experience scale:-

    I'm still getting a lot out of finding objects visually, and I don't think the thrill of direct view through an eyepiece can ever be reproduced by any other means - that doesn't mean I won't get a different type of high out of capturing and processing my own images, I know I will, but that is a separate arm of the hobby.

    At this early stage of learning I am really enjoying widefield views of the more obvious galaxies, nebulae and star clusters etc., but I'm equally excited about the prospect of getting a half reasonable CCD camera to go down the route that Rog has - and BTW, Rog's website is inspirational to those of us still waiting to embark on imaging!

    I see no conflict at all between visual observing and imaging - the tools and processes are different, but the end is the same:- to see, understand and appreciate the wonders of the universe!

    As a learner, it's good that this forum contains members with both interests, and of course it's also lucky that they're willing to share knowledge and give help to us know-nothings!

    Cheers guys and gals - have a good weekend, and clear skies! (fat chance here....) :laugh:

  7. Caz

    Like an idiot I jump in here full of ignorance, but I reckon they must time the travel across their field of view and can then work out the distance from us - Pythagerthingy's Theorem and all that - Hey, what do I know?? :laugh:

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