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groaninjock

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About groaninjock

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  1. Just collimated my scope for the first time - took me two hours but I got there in the end. Pity it looks like it's going to be a cloudy night
  2. I've been using a golf travel bag, which is much the same idea. Have also ordered a Tesco two-in-one wheeled toolbox to store eyepieces, mount motor, filters and all the other bits and bobs!
  3. Only my second night out with the scope, so I'm still not entirely sure what I'm doing! Tried to focus in on Jupiter, but when I found it in the eyepiece, I could see a black cross in the middle of the view. I'm assuming this is the reflection or shadow of one of the mirror mounts or something like that, and will be gone if I collimate the scope properly?
  4. I ended up using a golf bag to store and carry my scope in. It's a bag designed for carrying golf clubs in the golf bag, so it's padded and big enough to go around a full set of clubs in the bag you would carry onto the course. This picture shows it closed. It zips up all the way around, and has two carry handles as well as wheels. This is it opened up. The scope and tripod are wrapped in bubble wrap for extra protection, and there's also enough room for the mount and lenses and so on, although I think I'll get a flight case for that kind of stuff. The golf bag is much lighter than the box the scope came in, and much less cumbersome, so looks like a winner!
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    How I store my scope!
  6. My back garden is good enough for me too. I'm in a small town on the east coast of Scotland, and there are street lights less than 20 metres away - as well as houses on three sides of the garden. But I can see most of the stuff I want to see without too many problems.
  7. Lovely clear sky here tonight, so jumped outside for five minutes, just with the binoculars as couldn't be bothered setting the scope up. Great view of Jupiter and Orion just at perfect viewing height, first time I've looked at Jupiter with anything other than my naked eye. The binoculars didn't do too much, but did separate the colours a bit, made it stand out from the stars a lot more. I'm definitely hooked
  8. No, just the moon so far, took me ages to get everything set up, then by the time I'd spent five minutes moon watching, the clouds were over everything. And then didn't get a chance over the weekend.
  9. Had it out on Friday, took me a while to get the hang of things, but had a good look at the moon before the clouds rolled in. Loving it so far, just don't want to damage the scope!
  10. I've just bought a Skywatcher 130P with an auto-tracking scope - does anyone have any recommendations for what to store/transport my scope in? I was thinking about using a large sports holdall or offshore bag (my dad works on the rigs), lined with bubble wrap and/or an old duvet. Any suggestions or improvements on that idea? It's currently in the original cardboard box, but I want something a bit more robust and easier to lug around with me.
  11. Yeah, already below zero here too - contemplating whether to go out or not!
  12. I tried to take a picture using my small digital camera pointed at the eyepiece, but that didn't work - I guess I have a lot to learn!
  13. Montrose on the east coast. Just started in my back garden last night, but might try the beach once I've got the hang of setting the scope up properly. Then I'm aiming to get up the Angus glens for some real dark skies.
  14. Any recommendations for what to store/transport my scope in? I was thinking about using a large sports holdall or offshore bag (my dad works on the rigs), lined with bubble wrap and/or an old duvet. Any suggestions or improvements on that idea? It's currently in the original cardboard box, but I want something a bit more robust and easier to lug around with me.
  15. Got my first scope today, a Skywatcher 130P with auto-tracking scope. Took me a while to get it all set up - I didn't realise that I HAD to use the motor, and was wondering why I couldn't adjust the scope manually! But after working that out, I finally managed to get the moon in focus, a great view of the craters through the 10mm eyepiece. Almost blinded myself though, the moon was so bright! So I then fitted my moon filter, but by the time I'd done that the clouds had rolled in and that put an end to my first observation session!
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