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  1. Still having them! No one has mentioned Hale-Bopp yet though.
  2. Whilst I don't think size matters, I do think that the quality does. And, unfortunately, that does come at a price. However, I don't think sticking an amateur in front of a quality piece of kit would make them a serious astronomer. Equally, an experienced astronomer (like Galileo) will squeeze an incredible amount out of a fairly mediocre instrument. For me, as with the serious EPs, I'll never own a serious 'scope and that's fine, because I'm not an amateur astronomer, let alone a serious one. I'm very happy stargazing though.
  3. If you don't have any luck, there's the Lacerta 1:10 microfocuser. 365 Astro still stock them.
  4. Have a go yourself : Crater Impact Is it really only called Meteor Crater!?
  5. If you want something to use in both 'scopes, go with the BSTs. The Hyperions would be fine in the ETX but not necessarily so in the 150pds.
  6. I thought this was going to be about Jaffa cakes, or at least looking at them through an expensive EP.
  7. James! Get drawing and show us the sketches! Please!!! I have no talent and wish I could sketch what I see. It's a funny one this, we've loved working with Helen (the mod) in school this year collecting images of comet 46p using the Faulkes Telescopes. There's something special about capturing the images yourself rather than just looking at Hubble images. However, I'm totally visual. Even that's a quandary, as I can't see much in the distance with out glasses! And, isn't there something about the photons you see having been physically changed or altered by the mirror, so that you're not actually seeing the original photon/image anyway? That aside ( ), there's something special about hopping to, finding, and seeing something through the eyepiece, even if it is the faintest fuzzy you've ever seen! I'm not a "bucket list" person either, because having found it, I just want to find it again on a better night and see more clearly. I love looking through the images on here, they're fantastic. The cost of the gear is still a deciding factor for me, but even if I had the money, I'd still just buy a bigger dob!
  8. Woohoo! I've been trying for any part of the Veil Nebula since you mentioned it John. Cloud and the moon have hindered any progress until tonight. It was a race against time with the moon rising, but I finally caught a ride on The Witch's Broom and managed NGC 6992 too in the 8" with a UHC filter. Both very, very, faint, but they have given me the impetus to try again on a moonless night! Thanks John for the inspiration!
  9. Backpack as in hiking to the observing site? Or carry case to and from a car or the bus stop? This breaks down very nicely into kit bag sized chunks. It's a very sound piece of kit and from our reasonably dark back garden gave us an enjoyable whizz around Hercules, Lyra and Cygnus the other evening.
  10. Derbados! I wondered if you'd been on your holidays, having had any of your excellent observing notes for a while (unless I have missed them!). That looks rather splendid, a shame you missed the D-Day Darlings (or will you be going back for that?! ;D
  11. Hi, As Matt has said, you can stick the location into Stellarium and see what's up. There will still be some milky way from alongside Orion, down past Sirius. I'm sure it will still look impressive from a dark site. And as Matt has also said, there'll be plenty more to see.
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