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  1. Regarding the insurance - its a group thing which would work out at around a fiver per head. I would imagine everyone would be agreeable to that. IMHO public liability is the crux, not damage to your scope - which is relatively nothing. Steve
  2. I've also been down to the site, for an hour before dark and another hour after dark observing with my binos. We would have no business on the grass up where the aircraft go. Our interest would be on the hard standing immediately inside the locked gate. The hard standing is a bit muddy and there are (mainly orange) lights near enough all around - the motorway is the biggest source of these. There is a piece of the hard standing stretching from five metres to ten metres from the gate where all the lights are blocked out except for the power station. I suggest parking 15 metres from the gate, thus saving the shielded bit for scopes. The big 'direct' light pollution source is the power station 600m away and it is a pretty big source. It may be possible to erect a temp shield or simply spend the evening with your back to it. The horizons are pretty good. There is a fair lowish glow to the NE (presumably Long Eaton.) Apart from that, the sky is fairly unaffected - even from the power station. Accessibilioty is really good. about four minutes drive from the M1 J24A (three for anyone else.) Privacy is good - in the two hours I was there only one car went past - around 6 p.m. Boy racers and others would have no interest in the area. Its a bit noisy (from the motorway) but this is a good thing, kind of just the right level to talk against, if you know what I mean. In conclusion, this is not a dark site but it ain't bad and I think a good place for our purposes. We should definitely try it for a year and I suspect by the time the first year is up we will not have found anywhere better for 2011. Just my two-pennorth. Steve
  3. How quick? Not a shadow of doubt - my vote says go for it! :-) Steve
  4. Noel, perhaps you could send a PM out to those who have sent a cheque which you didn't recieve? Er... there's problem there, isn't there? :-) How about sending a kind of email-reciept to those whose cheques you have recieved? Or you couild simply list those you've recieved here (though there's something not quite right about that?) I am (and others may also be) wondering if I got the address right? Not that I would ever **** it up, oh no - not me! Steve
  5. LOL - that's most of us done for then! Steve
  6. If it was a Geminid, it will be seen to be travelling away from the radiant in Gemini. If not, it would have been a sporadic meteor. You won't see satellites bang in the middle of the night. Meteors travel a hundred to a thousand times faster than satellites and a million times faster than comets! :-) Come on, fess up - you didn't mean comet did you? you meant meteor :-) Steve
  7. I'd say that's a very credible first attempt! We tend to get spoilt here at SGL with some amazing moon pictures and tend to forget that those people didn't (and don't) always produce those kind of pictures. The Alps and Pennines are making a very nice showing and you've caught the colour of Plato well. The Caucasus are struggling but they are quite a way from the terminator. The seas have come out quite nicely, esp. Mares Frigoris at the top and Vaporum at the bottom. Sinus Aestuum with Erastothenes on its rim are also making a very nice showing indeed. Like I said: very credible; you should be pleased with yourself. It will be interesting to see what sort of thing you're posting by next Christmas! :-) Nice one, Steve
  8. Whoa... that is just, like, ... whoa! Words fail me. Steve
  9. The high speed would indicate a meteor - also, its unlikely to be anything in near-earth orbit (e.g. a satellite) that late at night. Of course, it could always be aliens. Steve
  10. The main reason for making the rings myself is that I'm not sure that the standard rings are wide enough (I mean the width of the bar used, not the diameter of the rings.) The OTA is made of polypropylene and I'm concerned that standard rings might crush it. I really don't know how strong the tube is. Its the one in this image here... http://stargazerslounge.com/completed/89418-8-5-f6-dob-beaconhill-made-1990-a.html Plus - I like making things and I like saving money! :-) Steve
  11. I have a TAL 100RS mounted on a Celestron EQ5 mount. I also have an 8.5" Dob which I'd like to use on the same mount to give me the motorised control functions. Can anyone point me to a guide on how to do this? Or have experience in doing similar themselves? I'm thinking of making myself as a project, sooner than buying several things and hoping they will all fit. Steve
  12. Here's a thought.... I struggle using a straight finder for any objects which are anywhere near vertical in the sky, its painful for me to bend myself into the required position, so I've just ordered an RA finder to help with this. Presumably an RA RDF is non-sensical, can you simply hold (or even mount) a mirror in the right place to make this happen? Could be a lot cheaper than an RA finder but would it work or is it practical? Steve
  13. Wow ! That is ... wow! Thanks for posting Steve
  14. Is there much difference in the ability of the various RDFs ? Would a cheap one be as good as an expensive one? What would the differences be? Steve
  15. How many of these have you grabbed yourself, Doc? What sort of magnitude will that beast of yours reveal under really good conditions? Steve
  16. Well, at last I recieved a reply to all my emails about my subscription. I got the terse reply on Thursday 17th stating I'll recieve my first mag dated 22nd and my first magazine actually arrived the day after )on Friday 18th. Not had the chance to look at the mag itself yet but its a definite thumbs down for the subscription service! :-( Steve
  17. I'll second all that Red Dwarf said. Regarding the site being dark, I went up to have a look on the night of the meeting but couldn't find it. I did find a model boat club near the Marina but that had several bright security floodlights around. There was also a lot of street lights visible up that road, plus a cloud factory trashing the Northern horizon. I'll echo what I said in the meeti9ng that if Doc or Glider say its a good site; that's good enough for me. I suspect the site is further up the road than the half mile or so which I went and it IS a VERY quiet road. I have the advantage of knowing how difficult it is to find a good site, so anything which is just half good gets my £25 - its only ten bob a week! :-) Steve
  18. Has anyone recieved an issue this month yet? I still haven't got any issue at all yet. I susbscribed well over a month ago and they won't reply to my queries (except fot the auto-acknowledge.) I'm, now thinking of contacting my credit-card company to see if I can get a refund. Shoddy service at best! A blatant con at worst. Steve
  19. From where did you order the 12V hairdryer? And does it work ok? What sort of power does it take? Steve
  20. He is Prof. Jeff Hoffman from M.I.T. He has been on several Space Shuttle missions, including the one which repaired Hubble the first time. Apparently he is to give a lecture at Derby Uni (on Kedleston Road) on December 9th about the HST. I have booked a place. Its a mile from where I work, starts just after I finish work and is right up my street! Too good to be true, its even free! I'm wondering if there's a catch? I can't find any Web info but here is a link to last years event. It appears to be a major annual lecture. http://www.derby.ac.uk/press-office/...in-public-talk ... and here is something about this year's lecturer.. http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hoffman.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_A._Hoffman If you fancy it, give Angela Drinkwater a bell on 01332 591046 or mail her at a.drinkwater@derby.ac.uk Steve
  21. Thanks Mark. Its amazing that I can get a response here and not from the magazine company. They must be losing money with their current attitude. If they'd have told me that my first delivered issue would be the February one when I initially ordered, then I may have bought the December and January issues off the shelves. You'd think they'd offer a bit setter service in these days of plummeting magazine sales! BTW, did the letter say which issue would be delivered in January? Thanks again, Steve
  22. Repeated tonight (Thursday) around 8 and 9 p.m. Steve
  23. I'd call it ecological economy. I expect to be nominated for a Nobel Prize for this stroke of genius. :-) Steve
  24. If you live in the UK, you'll find that the green screw cap on the plastic milk cartons fit the rubber end of a 1.25" eyepiece better than the original covers! :-) Steve
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