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  1. I know. I thought I'd feel a bit blasé about it but no.... actually melted my brain a bit. Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
  2. Andy it's taken me a year of failed alarm calls and goofed intentions about getting up a bit earlier before an early shift. Good golly it was worth it though!! Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
  3. I think it's probably one of the reasons I took up astronomy in the first place (that and a wonderfully geeky son). I got in from work last night and thought stuff it, get the scope out. Got outside, found Saturn and set up and was just starting to navigate when a full blanket of could came in. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! !! However it was kind enough to clear after a few minutes. I can't get over how clear and crisp it was. Just the most serenely beautiful thing I've ever seen. Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
  4. Blown. Away. As you were.... Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
  5. That makes perfect sense now. Thank you. Sigh.... I'll get there in the end. Nobody ever caught a monkey quickly. Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk
  6. Would someone be able to explain why a dob is unsuitable but a mount would? In my amateur head they look the same....
  7. So hypothetically, if I wanted to delve further into imaging, i'd be looking at wheeling out another £500 for a decent mount? Or would I be better off spending that on a second scope specifically for imaging? I don't want to waste money but I'm very much enjoying my observing time (it's time with my eldest and also peace for me as I lead a stupidly busy life, as I'm sure we all do!) and it's my hobby now, so I'm in it for the long haul. These days I'm a part time student as well as having a job and 2 kids and running a website (another hobby lol) so I don't get the time to sit and read books a
  8. I tried the smartphone thing when I got a particularly good view of Jupiter last week (in a ten minute break in the perpetual clouds.... I swear my toes are starting to web...). It didn't go well.
  9. I did read those links, and I have also bookmarked them, thank you. We all have to start somewhere and this is all very overwhelming. I'm of reasonable intelligence but I'm no tech expert so most of all of this is over my head. I do browse on here a lot to try and pick bits up but to be perfectly honest I just feel completely stupid and clueless at the moment! When I bought my son's first 'scope (following a rather disastrous "toy" telescope christmas present just over a year ago) I was told by numerous people that it was rubbish and I should have bought the 200P. So I've researched it and sav
  10. I know this question is likely to increase the eye rolling but is there a way to just.... get a camera and stick it on my scope? Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk
  11. Not at all. I'm a complete beginner so simplistic is how we roll here! My little boy is a future astrophysicist, or so he tells me. It's so nice to hear of some real ambition other than "I want to be famous" so I'm trying to encourage him as much as possible. However I'm completely clueless so I appreciate some of my questions probably set off the eye rolls but I just want to keep his little mind ticking over while he still lets me
  12. TBH I'm not after winning any prizes, but just something of what i'm seeing that I can send to my family. Photography is a complete mystery to me in general so I want to start small. If I start getting a bit more passionate then I can start really flexing the credit card haha!
  13. I've recently upgraded my son's mini dob to a Skywatcher 200P dob. I'm starting to get the hang of it now and have gotten some awesome views so now I'm looking to start getting some images for posterity. (Yes. To show off.) Other than the standard kit that you get with the 200P, I have a 2x Barlow. That's it. i've had a look at gear and frankly don't know where to start. Could someone give me an idea of the minimum kit I'd need to get started please? Reasonably priced camera, any other odds and sods necessary to stick the beggar to my scope (I'm all over the tech terms here....) etc etc. Ther
  14. I don't know that I'll see much more than a star with my wee scope. Jupiter is barely more than a star!
  15. as it's lighter in the evenings I'm having to wake Harry (age 6) to come out stargazing with me as he's too little to stay up that late. Consequently we can't stay out that long either. But tonight we got a really good view of Jupiter and managed 2 moons (I THINK Io and Ganymede). Hopefully our barlow will arrive tomorrow and we'll be able to pick out a bit of detail it's the laziest adrenaline rush ever. I couldn't stop smiling!
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