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Everything posted by stevend

  1. The first commercial launch of Space X Falcon Heavy now Weds 10th April at 2335 BST.

  2. I have just done the same thing myself and also with 10x50 binoculars.
  3. The Moon and Venus; beautiful crescent twins in the dawn skies this morning.

  4. A new moon so good conditions if the skies allow. Mars and Neptune will be separated by only 8 arcminutes so could make a colourful double in the eyepiece. Note: it may also be a good opportunity to look for Comet 46P/Wirtanen.
  5. Saturn visible just below the crescent moon NOW. 1655 Sunday 11th nov.

  6. I thought it appropriate to share this story. My wife and I recently visited friends in Mid Wales and they asked me to bring along my telescope. It happened to coincide with last month's full moon so not ideal. I noticed some good quality 10x binoculars on the side to which my friend said he has sometimes used them but did not know what to look for or where. A couple of days later we went with our wives to Hay on Wye and while perusing around a book shop I found an old, used hard copy of the above book for £5. Despite the temptation to keep it for myself, it was very well received as one of our parting gifts. I will quizz him next time. :)
  7. This came up on my twitter feed a couple of days ago and I thought you might find it of interest. It is from Philip Metzger who is a University of Central Florida planetary scientist and lead author on the study where he questions how the IAU came to its original classification as to; what is a planet ? He takes issue with the definition of a planet that required it to “clear” its orbit, and it makes interesting reading. https://today.ucf.edu/pluto-planet-research/ https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/10/world/pluto-planet-status-trnd/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_content=2018-09-12T07%3A52%3A16&utm_source=twCNNi&utm_medium=social This first link is to UCF and the second is a sample news report. Steven
  8. I thought it was poor to miss out the Google X prize (I think the short list has been drawn up and the time extended, I only know about that via Japanese TV as they have a team on the shortlist) as it would have reinforced the multi nation focus on the moon. When ESA said they want to get involved in a manned mission I thought; I hope those astronauts are well prepared for crash landings ! or should it be ?
  9. Available at John Lewis if ordered online, stores from June 1st, avoid the scalpers on Amazon marketplace. Here is a facebook live video with the co-designer.. a 17 year old !! .. demonstrating the model, skip to about 10m 30s.
  10. I think Lego must know that this will be popular judging by the response on social media alone, so I think it will be widely available.
  11. Full review. WOW. http://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/05/10/go-launch-lego-ideas-21309-nasa-apollo-saturn-v-review/
  12. Building the Saturn V transporter will be fun.
  13. Check out what is in the box, even the manual looks amazingly detailed. https://www.promobricks.de/lego-ideas-nasa-apollo-saturn-v-21309-im-review-unboxing/32597 Available from June 1st = early birthday present.
  14. It may also interest you to know that a Lego Mountain View Observatory set has made the short list for the next Lego Ideas announcement in early 2017. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/131532
  15. Not sure if this has been posted or whether this is the right place but Lego have recently announced two new Lego Ideas models (see link). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_vBQe1nRvI First up is the Beatles Yellow Submarine (550 pieces) to be released Nov 1st and the second is a SaturnV/Apollo 11. There is no date for the latter as yet but keep an eye open for it. From what I have read online; it will be over 1metre tall, is very detailed and will include the separate stages, command module, lunar lander and two astronauts, so this could be some set. Here is the original proposal: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/76841
  16. Another interesting looking space program from NHK World, this time on the Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, which due to a malfunction took a little longer to reach orbit around Venus than originally attended. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/scienceview/201603080600/ Channel: NHK World on Sky 507, Virgin 625, Freesat 209 and live via Android app. March 15th 1530 / 2130 and March 16th 0530 / 1230 / 1730 UT Or usually available afterwards via Video on Demand http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/
  17. Sorry if this has already been mentioned but 1900 TODAY Sunday 13th March on the Discovery Channel. A history of the telescope from Galileo and Newton to Hubble and James Webb. I have no idea if it is a new program or repeat.
  18. I have just posted this in the events calendar, but in case it gets missed: This program on NHK World looks interesting: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/scienceview/201602230600/ Channel NHK World on Sky 507, Virgin 625, Freesat 209 and live via Android app. March 1st 1530 / 2130 and March 2nd 0530 / 1230 / 1730 UT Or usually available aftrewards via Video on Demand http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/
  19. I am very envious of you all, but I had some consolation. Weds night is when I go night riding on my MTB with my mates and spring is definitely in the air as they was lots of wildlife to enjoy in the woods including many owls and brave voles scampering around. Jupiter was looking very nice all evening and conditions looked good judging from the star count on Orion and I was thinking about how nice it would be to have the scope, but as we rode through the Hambleden Valley in the Chilterns you could see the Moon rising through the trees and that was a truly magnificent sight. It was a hard ride and as it entailed a few beers before going home I was not really in the mood or condition to get the scope out. I am hoping for a similar night soon.
  20. Those are my main targets and I find my Mak is ideal for them, plus I like its portability which you imply as well. The 127 Mak is good for up to c200X, above that it needs very good conditions and most of my viewing is done at 100x or 125x. You will need a dew filter, you probably have the EPs and I use an external power supply source (do not rely on batteries for the motor).
  21. I have the same scope. I opted to get an auto jump starter from Amazon (c£25) to use as a power source as I did not like the idea of power cables across a dark garden that could easily get wet or tripped over. Two years later and I am still very pleased with it. You will also need a cigar lighter type power lead for it which you can get from FLO, if they are out of stock look elsewhere. (The auto jump starter has also been used to jump start a car with flat battery and power my mobile power wash, so it is very useful). It is also flexible in that I do not need to be near the mains to use the scope at eg a remote site. EPs. I opted for the BSTs and now have the 8mm, 12mm, 15mm and 25mm. The original EPs are no longer used. Unless you get exceptional conditions you will not need a 5mm. I use the 8mm for lunar, Jupiter, Saturn and sometimes Mars but I use the 12mm and 15mm a lot more. The BST 25mm is much better than the supplied EP with better contrast and wider FOV so good for doubles, clusters etc. As for a Barlow, I see no point with this scope as the focal length is already long, but it may be useful for imaging. As I do not image I leave others to advise on that. You do not mention it but a dew shield is essential for this scope. Mine is DIY so is longer than what you can buy, as well as a lot cheaper. Hope that helps. It is a great little scope.
  22. Pretty cool, from NASA-JPL's youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJiw2NxqoBU
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