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  1. I have just returned from a trekking holiday in Peru. Apart from being excited about the holiday I was equally excited about seeing the stars with truly dark skies. The third night was said to be the best night with 360 degree panoramic views, so I waited with my fingers crossed for good weather. The third day came and it was not looking good. Heavy cloud was the order of the day with rain. We didn't see any of the mountain views and when we got to the camp site we sat in our tent looking out the unzipped door not being able to see more than 10 feet in front of us. I went to dinner with a heavy heart thinking, all I wanted was one clear night is that too much to ask for? We finished dinner and came out the dinner tent and wow! The cloud had dropped below us and left a crystal clear night. The Milky Way arched above us from horizon to horizon. I can just see the Milky Way from were I observe at home but this was something else! It was so clear and bright! I could hardly believe my eyes. All the dust lanes were clear and I just stood there a gasp as to how beautiful it all was. One of the the magallanic clouds was on the left hand horizon but apart from that I couldn't really recognise any other constellations. Should have done my homework before. Then just before I headed back to the tent on the right hand horizon I could see a hazy diagonal smudge which was Andromeda as the square of Pegasus was diagonally left below it, just above the peaks of the mountains. This was truly an unforgettable night for me. I really wish my skies at home were like this as I would never be in the house. I climbing into my sleeping bag feeling so happy as to what I'd seen and its a memory I will never forget.
  2. Managed a quick 60mins after the rain had cleared. This is the first supernova i have ever seen and i must say i was quite surprised by how easy it was to see using higher magnification. Wonderful to look at it thinking its not really happening now but some 11-12 million years ago. Mind blowing.
  3. Thanks for the info folks. Think ill put an order in.
  4. Im contemplating buying a uhc filter, I've notice sky's the limit have their own branded one for £40, does anyone have one and would you recommend it? Never bought any filters before so don't actually know how many objects i can use it on. Any help will be appreciated, Rob.
  5. I've read many times how hard it is to see with it being face on, so i was really chuft when i finally found it, plus im not at a dark sky site but i can get in the corner of the garden away from all direct lights. Just the glow near the horizon from town. It helped it was virtually overhead and i could see the milky way arching overhead so though it would be a good chance of seeing it. I must say I've had my scope for a year now and i initially bought it to view the planets and moon. But all i want to do is look for fuzzies. In my mind M81 and M82 are the perfect example of astronomy, looking at two galaxies in the same fov is fantastic, and just wondering, i wonder what's out there?
  6. Thanks for the help folks, i thought when i wrote the post, i hope there is definitely something there and its not my eyes playing up otherwise im going to look stupid. Brilliant drawing Qualia, wish i could draw like that. More practice needed, and darker skies to make out more of the shape.
  7. After several attempts at try to find M33 i finally found it last weekend. So with it being clear tonight i thought id give it a go again to see if it was easier to find now i know were it is. After locating it i just sat looking at it for sometime trying to tease any detail out. Very low surface brightness with slightly brighter core, but not much. What i did notice though was a very small fuzzy patch next to a star just below the galaxy. I did a rough sketch for the general location. Is it a distant galaxy in the background? If anybody knows what it is it would be nice to know what i saw. Cheers Rob.
  8. I didn't realise you can see Lovejoy too. Ill have to dig out some sky charts. Bumper time for comet spotting.
  9. Got up at 4am this morning so see if i could spot Ison. I must admit it was quite a bit fainter than i imagined in my 8inch dob, the area its in is pretty light polluted too, so that didn't help. Didn't manage to see its tail but the nucleus was definitely visible. If i didn't know it was a comet i would have said it was a globular cluster. After Ison hopped across to look at Vesta and Ceres then on to Encke. I found Encke a lot easier and slightly brighter but still no tail. Hopefully in a few week they will both be naked eye and i will be able to enjoy them in all their glory. Rob.
  10. Jupiter was looking good this morning cotterless45. First time I've had a look at Jupiter since summer. Im sure there seems to be a new smaller storm next to the great red spot. Looking in my dob it would be bottom left of grs. It never seemed as obvious earlier on in the year if it was.
  11. Thanks for the info swamp thing. Glad it isn't my eyes then.
  12. Looking at photos of Andromeda M110 seems to be so obvious, yet every time I've had a look i struggle to see it. M32 is a nice little tight ball just below Andromeda but M110 seems to be very faint to me and im not sure whether I've seen it or whether im convincing myself i can see a faint smudge just above Andromeda. Is it really this faint, or should i get an eye test :-)
  13. Looking through my Turn Left At Orion book there are some nice deep sky objects to look at around this time of year. On some of the objects it recommends using at filter, so my question is what do you recommend? It says use one for M57 but i can see that clearly through my 18mm bst eyepiece. What do they actually do? or should i just put my money towards building up my eyepiece set? Cheers Rob.
  14. Its been six months since i bought my first telescope and i must say i am hooked on astronomy. Virtually every clear night i get i go armed with my Turn Left At Orion book and a red light and sit looking at the wonders of the universe. Ive come to the conclusion that its not nessersarly the image you are looking at, although many are amazing, but knowing what you are looking at. Looking at light that left a distant galaxy 60 million years ago is quite remarkable. I only wish people i talk to could look up into the sky and see it for what we do, a truly remarkable place. I look forward to spending many more years looking up.
  15. I had the same problem Steve when i tried to find them a few weeks back. I've found them now with an 8" dob so your aperture is fine. They are actually quite easy to find now i seen them once. I started at the star Zosma (which i suppose would be the hip bone of Leo) then panned down southish to a star called chetan. Then through the finder scope there are three stars below all in a line, a single one, a little gap and two on top of each other. Move slightly to the east when your looking at these and look through your eyepiece and they should be there. I used a 25mm eye piece and they were faint and had to use averted vision. Couldn't make out NGC 3628, but M65 and M66 were obvious. Good luck.
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