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Everything posted by Meissa

  1. Just had a glimpse at M33, quite faint in 12" dob, but visible even without averted vision.
  2. Will always say hello to M13 if visible, it was my first DSO and it still strikes me everytime I observe it. Cat's Eye Nebula - so tiny, but so beautiful. Jupiter and it's moons - love the diversity and constantly changing views.
  3. Hi there. What alignment did you use? 2 star alignment is the best one, making sure they are at least 60-90 degrees apart. Also double check the coordinates, time and date (american style mm/dd/yyyy). Let us know how you get on.
  4. Thanks. Seeing wasn't good, loads of air turbulence I used Neximage 5 which I'm still trying to figure out. As my first attempt, I'm very happy with it
  5. Hey there! It's always worth checking the skies I have just packed up after couple hours observing. You're right about Jupiters moons, 2 of them did look like a pair of eyes, so close to each other.
  6. Got SW 300p flextube dob. Mainly observed DSOs so far, really looking forward to do some planetary viewing.
  7. So far the skies are lovely and forecast seems promising, waiting for the neighbours to go sleepies now
  8. Going to try to say hello tonight to Jupiter for the first time this year. Can't wait!
  9. That's a good idea. Will try that! Thanks.
  10. Thanks for replies! Have received my Telrad and 4'' riser. Still have to figure out where and how correctly to place it on the scope
  11. Thanks LeeB! That makes perfect sense, 4'' it is then
  12. Hi Guys, I have my eyes on getting a Telrad and I can see there are risers for them - 2'' and 4''. For my SW 300p Flextube, which one would you suggest to buy? For better eye relief I would think 4'' is better, but isn't it too much?
  13. Thanks everyone for advice, there are some really good stuff on here! Just need now clear nights to try it all out!
  14. Thanks leonpc! I have signed up for local astro group and we will meet in couple weeks time, I'm sure with other people around I will feel much better. My hubby loves his sleep way too much , so usually it's just me in the back garden. Solar observation has always interested me, but I haven't researched this topic well enough yet to be able to jump into it, also would need to get filters etc. or even better a separate kit for that
  15. From my experience with planets, yes, magnification is not that important, but with small DSOs try to push as much magnification as you can until the view is nice and sharp.
  16. NGC 6543 is quite small even in 12'' Dob, you really need proper dark skies to be able to see more detail on high magnification.
  17. So far 2, I'm stuck at work My group of trainees are probably thinking I'm nuts - running into other dark office every 5mins or so and peeking out of the window
  18. Fen's Glider I'm laughing now, but I bet I will remember it on my next observation
  19. I tried having headphones in, but honestly, not hearing scares me more than actually hearing strange sounds There must be something wrong with me...
  20. Thanks guys, I would never hesitate to recommend the 12'' Dob, it's just amazing. Like Nick said, it does open the universe!
  21. It's really flat here, but I have not yet observed anywhere else apart my back yard which is far away from perfect - the one and only street light is right in front of my garden and it's very bright one, all night long! Tried shielding, but I will need something much higher to be able to hide from that light. Speaking of that, couple weeks ago I was visiting family Lithuania and had binos with me, my oh my was it dark there! I could not see my feet! Skies were crystal clear, no LP, no dust, Milky Way as bright as moon...
  22. Just to let you know it was only 'b.u.g.g.e.r', not something nasty
  23. Cheers M37, these are really great advices. It makes sense to see or hear something down to earth, I will definitely try to do that next time. I'm all packed up and fear free with the help of tv [removed word] clouds did not roll out, hope tomorrow will get better skies.
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