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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. Just a couple of changes that could be a direct result of the problems that Dan experienced. Wider hole positioning and mirror safety/lid bolts. The 16" is new to the range.
  2. Hi Sure Dan. To reassure anyone with a 16" Alkaid on order. I've had a look at mine and can see a couple of design changes. The holes for the poles down at the mirror are much, much further apart to prevent the splitting of the wood. The safety clamps/mirror cover bolts are also in the gap rather than against the wood. The wooden clamps are also all cut correctly. The secondary damage could be during transport? The Canopus has been part of the Sumerian range for a few years so hopefully no problems there... ...regards Paul
  3. Hi All I have only just found this section of the forum. Am glad I hadn't whilst I was waiting for my 16" Sumerian Alkaid! I've had the opposite experience with my 'scope. The only issue was dealing with the supplier of the optics - Orion in Stoke. The scope arrived well packed, well made and assembled very easily, despite the outdated instructions. The poles are substantial and the scope holds collimation and balance for a range of eyepieces from light weight 1 1/4" through to the 2" 31mm Nagler with a TeleVue Type II Paracorr. First light was a couple of weeks back under dark, rain washed skies in the Elan Valley. I, and my experienced astro colleagues have never had a 16" dob. perform that good before. It was excellent and then it packed away into 'nothing' to go back in the car. Michael is great to deal with and I am at a loss as to how the two experiences could be so different. Maybe you were at the 'bleeding' edge of his development cycle Glad you have yourself sorted with another 16!! Cheers Paul
  4. The Adventures website has loads of good stuff under the 'What's Here' link. http://www.astronomy-mall.com/Adventures.In.Deep.Space/ They also have a FB page. Paul
  5. ...and when you've ticked G1 http://www.astronomy-mall.com/Adventures.In.Deep.Space/gcm31.htm Well worth having a go at a few more M31 features. The Plates from the on-line Hodge Atlas enable location/identification. http://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/level5/ANDROMEDA_Atlas/frames.html Good hunting Cheers Paul
  6. If you do go to either the key is to get above the inversion which is the layer of clouds at around 2000m (maybe lower in summer, too high in winter or non-existent if the NE Trade winds are not blowing). Also, the usual weather pattern results in a cloud/rain build up around the NE aspects of both islands. Stay west. Good luck. Paul
  7. La Palma, La Palma, La Palma. So good 'local' Tenerife astronomers visit to get away from their LP. Only problem could be flights... On both you need to get high. Up into the Caldera on Tenerife or towards the ORM on La Palma. Paul
  8. I've observed the Helix several times through Canon 15x50 IS binoculars from mid Wales. Great dark location and transparent sky needed. The view from the Elan Valley on Sunday 23rd Nov. with a 16" dob under a dark and rain-washed sky was stunning. Cheers Paul
  9. All 110, including two full Messier Marathons from Tenerife (all in one night, 10" dob and 60mm refractor). 101 in one night from Llyn Brenig, North Wales. Must have been a bit OCD!! Cheers Paul
  10. Order online from someone like Oceanside (optcorp.com) and get it UPS to the hotel or a UPS store for pick up (male sure it qualifies for free shipping). Avoids State sales tax
  11. Hi Kelling certainly is light polluted compared to mid Wales, but it is good fun and if it is near to you a very good option. Worth noting that Kelling (and that north coast area) is the cloudier/wetter part of Norfolk. I travelled off site and set up inland to have a great session whilst the 'coastal range' was covered in cloud/mist/fog. Cheers Paul
  12. Some good info. on this thread. The search for dark skies is one of diminishing returns. My regular (but occasional) haunt is mid Wales. Anything in England south of Hadrian's Wall becomes second best Damn light pollution!!! Cheers Paul
  13. Have seen the Pleiades through a 16" SCT in daytime. Focused and 'parked' from the previous night. Seems a bit of a stretch from a ship back then. Maybe in twilight etc... Cheers Paul
  14. Agreed.'new' approach is pants. It was much easier to model/predict rain, clear skies etc. with the old pages. I now use a range of sites to get an 'answer'.
  15. Please post piccies! My 16" Alkaid is delayed owing to Orion Optics optics Cheers Paul
  16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Persei_Cluster is a nice star field from a light polluted area. M39 should hold up well. Paul
  17. Ha, ha, excellent! Also looks like you have the right 'scope to throw in the car. Our holidays tend to be around new moon to dark rural locations where there is lots to do both night and day D&G is the darkest area that I've observed from in the UK (this includes the SW, Norfolk, Peak District, Yorks Dales, North Yorks Moors, Mid Wales and Northumberland, I've not been in the remotest areas of Scotland when it gets dark). Hope you get another fix soon Paul
  18. Location, location, location... ...you could see all of the Messier objects under a clear dark sky Globulars work well from light polluted locations. Last Sunday was in Wales south of Bala on Bwlch Y Groes and observed about 40 Messiers and numerous clusters/nebulae using 15x50 Canon IS binoculars. Light pollution sucks Good hunting Paul
  19. He is just finishing 'Human Universe' and there is Stargazing Live next March to ties in with the eclipse...
  20. 'Table of Scorpius', Messiers galore - 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30... Just start as low down in the Milky Way as possible and slowly sweep your way up Cheers Paul
  21. Had a great view on Saturday night through a 22" dob from the Peak District Very bright First observing session of the new season. Yes! Cheers Paul
  22. Something to consider is the exit pupil, especially as you get a bit older https://www.astronomics.com/eyepiece-exit-pupils_t.aspx I have a TMB 92mm f5.5 APO and 31mm Nagler combo that gives 5 degrees FOV and a reasonable exit pupil. Cheers Paul
  23. My observing is very much a part of 'outdoor activities', seeing the wonder of nature at night. Being out there under the stars. Visual!!! IS binoculars for a quick fix or with dobsonian (& Mountain Bikes) during holidays that somehow always mix great countryside, low light pollution and a new moon
  24. I find this website gives access to a range of very useful weather charts. The pressure, synoptic & cloud... http://www.stronge.org.uk/charts/ Cheers Paul
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