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Posts posted by Fozzie

  1. 5 hours ago, Peter Drew said:

    The Astronomy Centre will be open all day for this event. Eclipse glasses will be handed out for safe naked eye viewing for the keen sighted, various telescopes with white light and Ha facility will be in operation as well as large format screening. A link from elsewhere will be used if cloudy.     😎

    I've taken the day off for this, and my intention is to head over to the astronomy centre, good to know there's an event -event on... undoubtedly a daft question but I assume your happy for visitors to bring their own scopes etc, or should u leave it home!?

  2. 1 hour ago, Alan White said:

    I too have the same Fever going on, but already have a C8 SCT and a 10" OOUK Dob, but....
    Well I do fancy a larger Refractor myself as somehow the Refractor 'does it' for me a lot of the time.
    The 152 f6.9 has a siren call for me, I thinks it is the red paint job.
    I know why you like your F11 4" if for no other reason, it looks the part.

    At present having a Daughter at Uni and just replaced her car that is needed (Paramedic Science),
    so this limits my hankering to just that at present.

    Exactly the same, I do keep considering a SCT, but I feel im a refractor man..  My F11 has never disappointed me.. the seeing and transparency and good old weather, continue however to be an abject disappointment!

    Fair play on the Paramedic Science, a Worthy and Nobel undertaking.. wishing her all the best!


    1 hour ago, John said:

    Interesting that they are using FPL-53 element on this one and at around the price (or a touch less) that APM use FPL-51.

    Having owned and used a few 6 inch refractors over the years I'm happy to stick at 120mm and 130mm as my largest refractors now.


    Both fine scopes John, the 130 (triplet?) must be similar in weight. to the 8kg?  Is this for handleing or size or just pleasure of use?

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  3. 9 minutes ago, Alan White said:

    So are you hankering for Aperture?

    might have a bit of a temperature yeah... Would just like to go a bit deeper than I can with the 100mm, I have been tempted to go for the star travel 150 or 152mm F6.9's (but there's always another Bill to pay..) and for some reason the thought of a newt or Dob isn't doing it for me.. although you could get a lot of mirror for the price of a 150ED

    the 8kg is interesting, the EDF125 is listed as 7.8kg.. not a lot of difference..

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  4. This looks new...   a 150ED doublet in the offering from Altair..  I liked the look of the 125EDF , but I like the look of this a tad better...  has some interesting specs too..

    From the Blurb..

    The focal ratio of F8 and the FPL53 ED Glass element allows excellent colour correction for high resolution imaging, and visual use.

    Colour aberration is almost non-existent and the doublet lens acclimatises quicker to ambient temperatures, reaching optimum performance faster.

    Not only are the optics top quality - so is the CNC machined optical tube, 2.5" Rack and Pinion focuser, tube rings and sliding dewshield with super-durable powdercoated finish.

    Each Altair 150EDF refractor comes with an interferometer test report showing a Strehl ratio of 0.92 or more in green light. The test report is logged against the lens serial number, and as usual, always the pick of the best optics when assembling any lens.

    Weight is 8kg and length is about 1.2m assembled, allowing another 40cm for the dewshield extended. We recommend the iOptron CEM120 or SkyWatcher EQ8 for imaging and/or visual use, however the EQ6 mount will handle the scope for visual use, and/or solar system imaging. 







    Link Attached!

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  5. So yesterday I was in the loft getting the cases down for next week's holiday, and I thought.. i known I check on the Tal 100rs i have stored up their, just to make sure the box is not getting damp or being attacked by anything.. 

    If your wondering why it's in the loft, it's because I bought it when my now five year old turned one, as a gift when/if he's curious enough to want his own scope..  it's "mint" as in I've never removed it from its packaging, seen the lens or taken it out of the green bag.. it will stay that way too.. looks like it was a 2011 scope from the shipping label so will be 13 years old when my son's 10..

    Anyways, as I was checking it I thought need to sort a mount for this, and would you have it one pops up in the sale section a short hop over to Burnley.. not just any old mount, a Tal mount for a 100mm refractor...

    A bit of astro fate! 

    Thought itd be a good thread to see if anyone else fallen on the good side of this?!



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  6. LunarMap HD is my go to resource during my outings, I like the fact you can click on a feature and it tells you some basic information, such as length of feature or diameter, origin of name and location etc..

    It used to be linked to something called the moon wiki, which would open another browser page and give real in depth detail, origin, geology, name sake, feature information and obiter photo's but alas that part has since been closed by wikispaces.. bit of a disappointment that..

    thanks for sharing the Derek view website @Stu, will have a look at that..



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  7. On ‎03‎/‎07‎/‎2019 at 21:14, Helen said:

    I've spent a few days with guys from the University of Arizona.  One session was with the lunar missions' photo archive, and the guy showing us had spent quite a while working out where the ball could have landed and eventually located it!!😎

    That I can imagine is a fair amount of effort, I struggle in a bit of long grass sometimes, let alone in reduced gravity, dusty white, cratered, inhospitable environment like the moon..  I wonder, did he ever tell you har far it travelled?

  8. A few thoughts...

    Observing reports – award for the most engaging and imaginative descriptions  (you don’t need a camera for this, but could be fun..!)

    Sun dogs/Halos

    Moon Halos

    Green Flash

    Brocken Spectres


    Multiple star systems – star colours!

    Oh and absolutely revisit the old ones, new year new conditions, new targets lots still to do!



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  9. 13 hours ago, Paz said:

    I did see the moon/m44 event. I was so absorbed in just seeing them together that looking out for occultations didn't occur to me at the time - doh!

    I was watching the Moon/M44 conjunction with a pair of 70mm bins, from the back garden.. watched until HIP 42542 was occulted.  I probably should of set the scope up, but it was quite relaxing, laying back on a chair with the bino's (on a stand) in front.  I have to say, for a £60 pair, the opticron Oregon 70x15 are a great buy, very pleasing image.

  10. After missing out what appeared to be a wonderful clear, transparent night on Wednesday I made sure I wasn't going to miss out on last nights clear forecast.  I set up the Frac on the skyteeII, first time use with the Iroko Tripod and new Whittled EP tray.  The intent was just to test the set up with the Skytee, as normally  I've favoured ,and been spoilt with, a lovely tracking vixen GP mount, so I fancied a change to the simplicity of Alt-Az.

    Targeting the moon for a short session I took in a number of terminator delights, I found the following areas particularly captivating

    • Rima Ariadaeus
    • the finger of Albategnius as the the illuminated side projected into the dark of the crater basin
    • Montes Caucasus and the hint of structure to the Aristoteles crater Wall

    However the one thing that really grabbed my attention, was the watching the moons apparent motion.  Assumingly as I was observing in non astro dark the non-illuminated disk, showed a lovely hint of earth shine, which allowed you to see opposite limb slowly encroaching the faintest of stars, until "pop" the moon passed in front, and the star disappeared out of view behind the non illuminated limb,  I counted 4 stars pop out last night before I headed in, it reminded me packman, hence the title, chasing little white orbs around the sky.

    It should be clear here for tomorrow night, when the moon should pass close to the Beehive cluster, if last night was anything to go by, that should be a good show!

    Clear Skys



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