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Doshy

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  1. That's the kind of thing but unfortunately only goes up to 12".
  2. It was a clear evening at about 8pm yesterday so I set the 16" up on the patio and went back inside. Out of no-where it began to rain (hard) , the scope was already a bit wet when I realised the weather had turned so just moved it to the horizontal and tried not to panic! Rain got harder so I got it all back indoors as fast as and left it to dry. The primary has some very faint water marks but assume these won't affect performance ? Anyway, having a cover would have been a lot easier, just chuck it over and wait for the rain to pass. Anybody bought one? Phil.
  3. These look ideal, print off then scribble over. Thanks.
  4. They are my favourite charts, very easy to look at and the only ones I've used to date.
  5. Thank you all for the kind welcomes. I've had the scope out the last 2 nights with last night being the best. Yes it is heavy to cart about but if you eat plenty of shredded wheat it's not too bad! What a lovely instrument a dobsonian is, so tactile and easy to point. I played around with the various lenses that came with the scope but haven't touched any of the filters yet. Basically I found major stars that I know and tried to navigate away from them and then back to get used to it all. Then attemptes to change EPs to zoom in. Fun. Oh yeah, having everything back to front in the eye piece is a real help....not. Thanks again for all the hello's Phil.
  6. I'm pretty new to all this but I find the deep sky charts that appear every month in the magazine really useful. Are these from a piece of astronomy software? At the moment I'm getting used to my first scope, a 16" lightbridge and know that if I type "Astronomy software" into google things will get very confusing...... Phil.
  7. Watched the launch and will definitely be up early tomorrow to see the landing. It's so barking mad that it just has to work.
  8. Funnily enough that's what the wife said. All collimated and ready to go, although this 'Deluxe' red dot finder looks a bit pants.
  9. Hi all, I've been lurking about on SGL for about 18 months after buying a pair of 10x50 binos off ebay. They were good for about 12 months until the prism started growing mould! so in the bin they went (15 quid down the drain:-) ) Next up was a very cheap spotting scope and this has allowed me go a bit more in depth, even seeing a fuzzy Andromeda galaxy which surprised me at how excited I got...... I have therefore shown a lot of patience in NOT buying a scope but I have done a lot of window shopping and research while trying to learn the night sky. Yesterday I picked up my latest purchase from ebay, a Meade 16" Lightbridge with a lot of eye pieces and filters of which I have very little idea as to what they do. I did explain to the wife that in some things, size is everything. It may be clear here tonight so I'm going to start with the moon. Bring on the next learning curve! Phil. P.S. May I say what a nice bunch you all seem, which is a rarity for internet forums. Just need to come up with a tag line for all my posts.
  10. It's got to be the best way to bring the asteroids that will be captured and mined back to earth......
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