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  1. Good evening ladies and gents, I see from members signitures to their posts that its quite popular to add a type of progress report of their observing sessions. For example it is common to see how many Messier objects they have observed or Herschel Objects. Some list their progress on their NGC catalogue progress. I have managed to find the information regarding most of these. However, can someone please point me in the right direction for the Moon list that I keep seeing. I see some SGL members have a list of a possible 100 Moon objects. I dont seem to be able to find any information for this, and im interested to see what the list contains. Thanks
  2. Even the finder scope matches, what a stunning scope!.......A very enjoyable report too.
  3. My first (and only) scope was a 114mm Meade reflector, purchased just before the close approach of Mars a few years back. I remember reading in a magazine at the time that modest size scopes would give very good, if not better views of this event than larger scopes. I observed the polor ice caps and plenty of structure over many weeks in very good detail. I was well chuffed with what this scope showed me and I do remember at the time being fairly well blown away. It was the first time I had looked at another world. Sadly I sold that particular scope shortly afterwards and have regreted it ever since. However, the scope done a great job in leaving a strong lasting impression that I have not been able to shake to this day. It has seen me years later return to the hobbie and I'm now getting closer to purchasing my second scope after a break of a good few years. It was a couple of hundred pounds very well spent. Hats off to the 114mm reflector (Wish I still had it )
  4. Thanks for sharing your report, it was a very enjoyable read. Better luck with the crab next time.
  5. Check your inbox Chris, should be with you soon
  6. Hello Chris, I have a copy of Turn left at Orion in PDF format, send me your email via pm and I'll fire it across for you. Julian
  7. I have a pair of 10x50's coming in the post in the next few days, so look forward to giving them a whirl armed with this guide..many thanks indeed.
  8. Well done Chris, I have also yet to start my own marathon but im really looking forward to starting. When I get my scope I to will be taking my time and trying to learn as much about each one as possible. Im reading up on them at present and also using stellarium so I can get used to where some of them are in the sky. I saw M31 with my eyes last night, and cant wait to put a scope on it. Did you have any particular favourites?
  9. Hello, Just thought you would like to know that Slooh Space camera are running a 11 hour marathon of live shows tonight. There are new shows on the hour every hour. Enjoy http://events.slooh.com/
  10. I have just started reading 'The Atlas of The Messier Objects: Highlights of the deep sky' by Stoyan, Binnewies, Freidrick & Schroeder. Published by the Cambridge University Press 2008 I have to say this is a huge & wonderfully illustrated book, certainly not a book to take out in the field, but without doubt a superb reference. It covers every object in superb detail. Containing a huge 370 pages. I thought the postman had delivered a concrete block to my door! Heres the low down from the back page:- 'The 110 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies of Messiers catalog are among the most popular of all the deep sky objects and are beautiful targets for amateur observers of all abilites. This new atlas presents a complete account of all the Messier objects, detailing, for each object:- Its astrophysical significance Well researched background on its discovery Clear observational descriptions from naked eye through to large telescopes Observations and anecdotes from Messier himself and other famous observers of the past In addition, this atlas has some of the worlds finest colour astrophotos, inverted photos that have been labeled to point to hidden details and neighboring objects, and historical sketches alongside new deep sky drawings, helping to bring the Messier objects to life. Painting an engaging portrait of Charles Messiers life and observations, this is the most far reaching and beautiful reference on the Messier objects there has ever been, and one that no observer should be without' I am really enjoying this book and just thought I would share this. As a returning newbie to this pastime I thought the Messier objects would be a good place to start. I do remember seeing M42, M31 and M13 in my small 4" newtonion before I sold it. This book is simply adding fuel to the fire and it will be a miracle if I manage to hold out till Christmas for my new telescope. As far as I am concerned this was money well spent, and it gets a big thumbs up from me.
  11. Thanks for the heads up...looking forward to it
  12. Jem7

    Hello folks

    Many thanks for the warm welcome I have absolutley no idea why my first post ended up being so dim and small. Never Mind, fingers crossed on this one. Thanks again everyone
  13. Jem7

    Hello folks

    Hello everyone, I just knew that selling my first telescope a few years back would be a mistake I would later regret. I think that once you look up and marvel at the night sky it stays with you forever. I do wish I still had my little 4” reflector now. It gave me some tremendous views of Mars during its close approach a few years back. You live and learn. So this is my second time around and at present I do not own a telescope or binoculars. Hopefully I’ll have something in a couple of months or so. Equipment certainly seems to have moved on rapidly in a short time and I’m enjoying reading up on what’s new and all the latest gizmos in the astronomy world. Think it might be a Dobsonian for me this time around as my funds will be tight. I'm very fortunate to have good dark skies, so until my future purchase it’s simply a pair of eyes and a 360 degree view. For me that’s still the best view of all. Looking forward to learning and contributing to this forum.
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