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  1. I've always been amazed at how what appears to be such a phenomenally bright point is actually more like a letter "C" when viewed through a scope.
  2. Presumably, the dim fuzzy will no longer be in the FOV of your eyepiece by the time you have finished running around the garden
  3. I certainly winced when they claimed that deuterium was an isotope of hydrogen with an extra proton.
  4. The first time i looked at Jupiter through bins was awe inspiring. Knowing that the bright blob with a couple of pinpricks of light either side of it was pretty much the same view that Galileo saw 400 years earlier. Feeling that connection with what was a key moment in the history of science gave me goosebumps*. *or it could have just been that it was the middle of the night and i was getting chilly standing outside
  5. Being naturally pessimistic i have a hunch that it will crash into the sun and never be seen again.
  6. The ISS is bright enough to be clearly visible and easily spotted in London streets. I saw plenty of meteors last night from SE London. Not as great a viewing as perhaps i may have got in the countryside, but still spectacular nevertheless.
  7. Have you considered making your own distilled water? Boil some water in a saucepan with an piece of glass suspended above it for the steam to condense on, and have the glass at an angle so the water trickles down it into some suitable receptacle for collection.
  8. Just had another thought. It would be a great idea and probably work really well to have a 'scope at a posh boarding school. Lots of cash (relatively speaking) and the kids and staff are hanging round at night. and i recall at the start of the film If.... there was a boarder unpacking a 6" reflector from his trunk as well.
  9. I've run an after school club before (not astronomy). One thing you need if you want it to be successful is consistancy. If kids are going to stay after school and turn up (which may well necessitate altering travel plans with parents etc) it needs to be on at the same time and same day and EVERY week. The UK weather prevents this from working. If 3 weeks out of every four it is cloudy then the club will fail. You can't on a whim decide that it is a nice day today lets run an astronomy club session and expect kids to turn up at such short notice.
  10. Although I'm generally a fan i found Demon Haunted World to be rather tedious. IIRC it was 100+ pages of whiney rambling about people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens. The entire cosmos series is on Youtube, also on there is the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures he gave in the late '70s. That was certainly astonishing to watch in the 21st century, pre hubble and voyager he only had a hand full of grainy pictures of the planets to show the audience. I couldn't help buy feel smug that i'd seen better views through my 8"dob than the pictures he had.
  11. His comet hunting sister Caroline Herschel was the first woman to receive a salary for scientific work, £50 pa from George III.
  12. Titanic in spance sounds a bit like the plot to "Airplane II"
  13. Exterior planets will be lower in the sky from the UK during summer oppositions. Saturn's opposition comes a couple of weeks later each year. With this year's opposition being in April that means it will be in worse positions for the next 4 or five years and then slowly get better again after 2018. It will be at opposition close to the winter solstice in 2032.
  14. I am always popping in and out of the house in the night and wear an eyepatch over my main observing eye when i do so. Works great.
  15. Here is a screengrab from stellarium that looks potentially awesome
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