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  1. You might want to check out this thread.. http://stargazerslounge.com/astro-lounge/125969-open-university.html
  2. I just enjoy them. I started doing them as I felt my brain had gone into semi-retirement early, and wanted to kick the unused portion of it back to life. What I do find is that having the assignment/exam element does get the competitive juices going and gives you a nudge to do some work when you'd rather be down the pub! ( as you say the qualification itself is pretty irrelevant to me) I'd be happy starting on a level 2 course, ( but my first degree is maths and physics) but i just havent found one that I fancy yet, and fits in time wise. If i do undertake one though I'm dumping Excel and getting a copy of Mathematica.
  3. It was a couple of years since i did this module but i remeber it as being a good one, they all do start from first principles though, so you may find it too easy. For examaple I found the Cosmolgy module quite easy and I'd done a lot of what was covered during my Physics degree, however the Gamma Ray Burst one was all new to me and hence more challenging. All the JMU course's I've done seem to take a similar form. The assignments have consisted of a two or three "data wrangling" exercises, a short popular article, and finnaly a multiple choice test. Regards Martin PS: Its not the maths i found frustrating, its Excel!
  4. If you mean at LJMU I've done Cosmology, Gamma Ray Bursts, Galaxies, And just signed up for the Science of Science fiction. ( I also started to do Exoplanets, but went to the Ashes instead :-) ). My only peice of advice on most of the courses are is that lots of the course work involves working with big data sets. Plotting, manipulating, etc.. whilst you dont need super maths knowledge, you'll save hours of pain if you are good with Excel! Cheers MArtin PS: (An MBA from the OU which may explain why I found it stressful)
  5. My 2p's worth I'm doing my currently doing my 4th Module from JMU, and I can’t recommend them highly enough, and infinitely less stressful than the OU. I do also believe there is talk of JMU offering higher degrees via distance learning which i do quite fancy.
  6. thanks all, ( I'll take a look at all the suggestions,) but i have just read that my cataract operation by serve another useful purpose!
  7. Not finding the time to get out much at night, so I'm thinking about getting a solar scope. Is there anywhere that explains all the various options round filters etc? cheers martin
  8. thanks. Big issue I have is I live in suburban Surrey, its brighter here at night than it is during the day!
  9. Does anyone have any experience of buying time on large telescopes? I've tried the Bradford Uni one, which is free, but now I'm after bigger and better! Issue is they are not cheap and before i invest lots of money I'd be interested to know what experiences other people have had. cheers Martin
  10. Oh.. I'll have to power mine up now! I have been using the scope on the mount, but only manually, as always seems to be the way with these things work has got in the way of observing but hopefully I'll have more time this winter. PS: (I still might get a got mount though just to maximize my viewing time)
  11. Hi all, I plan to buy myself a goto mount for the winter season as I seem to spend longer setting up the scope than looking through it. I guess i either want a CGEM or a EQ6 pro ? , budget is upto £1500 but i have a couple of questions.. Is it possible to setup either without being able to see the pole star ( neighbors trees) ? also once set up can i leave the mount outside if suitably protected from the elements? Scope is an 7inch Mak Cas weighs about 20Kg i guess TIA Martin
  12. Thanks for all the advice.. I'll run the options past SHMBO and see how we go :-)
  13. Hi All, What I'd like is a pier on my patio. So far so good... However SHMBO has insisted that. It can be removed when necessary, and I cant leave bolts sticking out of the ground. Any suggestions? cheers Martin
  14. Perhaps I should mention, I was a milkman once! ( I dont want to offend anyone) Back in the early 80's I was doing a post Grad research degree. The Milko's hours fitted in with my studies perfectly. Probably explains why I've been a "Lark" ever since.
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