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camoscato

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  1. I looked for it last night, and I think I found it, but I'm still enough of a newbie that I'm not sure. The object I was looking at would be the third point of a roughly equilateral triangle made of the object, Aldebaran, and the Pleiades. (I know that's a terrible description, and for that I'm sorry.) There was a large diffuse outer region with a dim fuzzy object in the center. Anyone want to take a wild guess at whether or not I was looking at the right thing?
  2. Thanks for that info. The screws are there, and I'd be willing to take a shot at tightening them, but a) they look a little rusty, and I don't have a small enough screwdriver to adjust them. Ah, well.
  3. Hello all, My inlaws have given me a pair of Russian BNU4 8x30 binoculars (see attached pic - in case I got the nomenclature wrong). The glass itself looks like it's in pretty good shape with no scratches, fogging, or other blemishes. Mechanically, the main focus wheel is loose, and only adjusts the focus if you apply pressure on it toward the eyepieces while turning it, and the adjustment on the right eyepiece doesn't function at all; it just spins around and around with no effect. Does anyone know of a repair shop in Bedfordshire? I'm in Biggleswade, and while I don't mind sending them of
  4. In all honesty, I think it's more likely it's a scam.
  5. Maybe it's just me, but the whole notion of voting for Mars astronauts on a reality TV show, and the profits from that TV show providing the funds to make the trip all seems sketchy. I'd rather have solid backing based on something other than the whim of the TV watching public for my Mars mission.
  6. Cool set of pics from the Pioneer missions to Jupiter and Saturn. http://tinyurl.com/d8bsloe (Sorry if they've already been posted; I didn't see them in a search.)
  7. Same here. I keep walking out to check the western horizon every evening around sunset, and it hasn't been clear at all since the 7th or so.
  8. I've got the Skywatcher Evostar 90 on an EQ2 mount, which is within your budget. I chose it as a first scope because I wanted something capable, but which wouldn't break the bank. My thought was if I didn't take to astronomy, I wouldn't have wasted a lot of money. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/evostar/skywatcher-evostar-90-eq2.html As I said, it's my first scope, so I can't compare it with others, I can say it's been great for getting started in astronomy. I've used it to see Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and the Sun (obviously with a solar filter). I haven't done much viewing of deep sky o
  9. I've got the Evostar 90 on an EQ2 mount. I chose it as a first scope because I wanted something capable, but which wouldn't break the bank. My thought was if I didn't take to astronomy, I wouldn't have wasted a lot of money. As I said, it's my first scope, so I can't compare it with others, I can say it's been great for getting started in astronomy. I've used it to see Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and the Sun (obviously with a solar filter). I haven't done much viewing of deep sky objects, but that's due more to the weather than anything else. For a first scope for a family, I think it's a g
  10. Send FLO an email with the outside diameter of the tube and they'll tell you what they've got that fits. They got back to me within a day.
  11. Ha! I was looking at the Sun at the same time as you! I know it's dumb, but I'm stupidly excited about the fact that it looks the same in your picture as it did when I looked at it this morning. Great pic!
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