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  1. I noticed that you kept it in the outhouse, but the temperature in my outhouse is normally colder than it is outside and the scope has been known to mist up a bit until it warms up. I can't win
  2. I find that for me, it is best to have a cigarette and a cup of coffee after I've set up the scope so that at least the scope is equalising whilst I'm puffing away (and waking up) so I get an extra 10 minutes viewing. I saw Saturn for the first time last year in the late evening on that one day of summer we had. The seeing happened to be the best I've ever known - so it was a double "wow" factor. There's plenty of grunt in your scope, it's the atmospherics that limit things. I believe a Wratten #80 will bring out a bit more detail on the surface.
  3. Hello - welcome to SGL. Hopefully you can get access to nice dark skies out there when it's not raining. Enjoy the forumses.
  4. Hi Lisa The weather has been rubbish in mid-Wales as well. ..but at least the midges have gone..
  5. Hi and welcome to the forum. I reckon you will have a very nice second-hand scope by Christmas. If you think Jupiter was good, just wait until Saturn turns up! (sorry, you can't open that one early )
  6. I can't agree more. I am lucky enough to live under dark skies and with my smaller scope have seen some just beautiful sights. If I'm honest, I prefer the convenience of the little scope to faffing about with the bigger one and in most cases under really dark sky the marginal improvement in light-grasp ain't worth the effort. Pity it can't see through clouds, though
  7. I get out there at around 9:30 (as long as there isn't anything compelling on the telly ) and stay out there until all of my optical devices have dewed up or until it gets cloudy again. Two other limiting factors are having to be convinced that we are not being attacked by aliens and me knobs dropping off. Just to make the last two bits clear - a couple of Fridays ago in the pitch-black of the Welsh mountains listening to the sound of owls and foxes and for some reason feeling uneasy, I was totally taken aback byseeing the trails of that space-junk breaking up. I had no idea what it was, but the final trails looked just like a fleet of alien space craft floatimg over the mountain tops. To me this was an alien attack. So I went indoors, made a cup of tea and didn't come out again. The other problem is that my slow-motion knobs fall off after a bit of use. If I manage to find them I can continue, but last time out I didn't find one of them until the light of the next morning. Bearing all the above in mind, my record for the shortest stay out (after the scope has been set up and cooled) is about 3 minutes. The longest has been 4 hours. That time it was very cold and my knob finally dropped off for good.
  8. As far as I'm concerned, the season starts when the clouds clear - so hopefully you will be ready for November. I'm so glad the operation went well and here's hoping for some floater-free viewing soon. Meanwhile, I suppose a trip to specsavers is on the cards. I'll have a couple of sherbets down the pub tonight to celebrate your recovery
  9. Twice???!! You lucky so-and-so. I've had my 130p for over a month and only managed to use it once Well done you for taking it around on the bus - that demonstrates committment over and above the call of duty. I take my hat off to you! Welcome btw. I'm a newbie too, but it's nice and cosy here.
  10. At least it cuts down visits to the loo
  11. I've only had one night's viewing so far and ended up with two very cold cups of tea in the first hour. However I later managed to persuade my daughter to make me one in return for a 5-minute look at M13, and I was able to drink most of it while she had the scope. Later on I got another one in exchange for M31.
  12. The very best of luck from me as well. Hopefully after this, you will be able to enjoy floater-free viewing for many years to come (assuming the skies ever clear) Wearing spectacles full-time is not the end of the world and if you are anything like me it won't be full-time anyway as you will keep losing them.
  13. I'm glad Mid-Wales looks dark, otherwise it looks like I should be setting up my scope in the Irish Sea. All I've got to do is find a mount that floats.
  14. Considering your budget and the use you want to put it too, I would highly recommend the little Heritage 130p. It only has a 5 inch mirror, but that easily gives you enough light-grasp to explore most of the "tourist" sights of the night sky. The real beauty is its portability. The tube can fit into a sports-bag and the mount can fit into any corner of the boot and have stuff packed on it and around it. The thing is that if you can carry it around, you will use it. Collimation is a doddle, the views are magnificent, it's so easy to use, you can get one now and you will have loads left over from your budget. Also, if you ultimately decide that stargazing isn't for you (what!!!), then you haven't lost much. The downside is that this little scope will get you hooked and after that you will never have any spare cash ever again.
  15. Hi Rob - I'm also an SGL newbie and am loving it here. Welcome aboard.
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