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  1. Well I can't wait for this. Looking forward to meeting a few of you after ten years or whatever it's been. I've been away for a while but I'm back now...
  2. Welcome to the forum Michael. Looking forward to your posts
  3. Always look forward to the Perseids. Even get a good show in my light-polluted neighbourhood. Might seek out a dark sight this year, if the clouds go away
  4. Welcome to SGL looking forward to hearing how you get on, anything we can help with just ask. Sounds like an exciting time for you! Amanda
  5. Oh wow! Really?! That is excellent news, I'm so pleased. I'm looking to sell my Sw130 soon and put it towards an 8" dob, I'm sure I'll be nagging you for help
  6. I've posted my postcode (CF3) in the S. Wales group thread, Ganymede, so I imagine I will surface in a meet soon enough!
  7. Surprised you can see it properly in that little photo
  8. What a lovely terminator, and great contrast. It's the shadows that make the moon look so good, especially with a good amount of 'space' around the edges... I think you've got a good balance. Just off to check out your M13... my favourite cluster
  9. I'm in east Cardiff kids.... mark me down - CF3
  10. barkis, is fab to be back. I have missed you all (especially you)
  11. Hi kevrees, Welcome to SGL I live in Cardiff, so not too far away from you Looking forward to reading your posts
  12. back to the velvet underground

    1. Qualia


      The book was very poor, but the band! Probably one of most influential in history.

  13. it is nice to be back, thank you Roger
  14. this is lovely Nigel. I'm not an imager, but it's cracking for a first attempt. You can see definition between the rings and the surface of Saturn as the rings cross over the front, which I think really adds depth. What are you planning to do next time you image Saturn? Anything different, experiment a bit? Amanda
  15. The sheet is excellent, zakkhogan. If you get on well with Ursa Major and have good seeing, you could give M81/M82 a bash. There's a nice contrast between the two galaxies, and, with a decent FOV, it'd give a good sketching opportunity. Be something for her to get her teeth into!
  16. Thank you all, I'm hoping to bring some clear skies with me too!!
  17. Hi zakkhogan, I think you're onto a winner with your activity sheet idea. It'll make the observing process seem far more involved for her My top suggestion would be to try and get her to identify the 'Summer Triangle' - it depends on how clear your view to the east is - it'll be east, towards the zenith at around 10:30pm, at this time of year (if you haven't already, go and get Stellarium. It's a desktop planetarium, will be fab for cloudy nights - you will be able to plan what you want to view next). Anyway! Back to the summer triangle. It's really easy to spot as the three main stars are very bright. And, once you can determine these, you have nailed three major summer constellations - Vega, Cygnus and Aquila. These will give you great scope for star-hopping to nearby stars and objects. A favourite of mine, and easily located in the summer trangle region, is Brocchi's cluster (the coathanger). It should give her a giggle I'll have a little think this afternoon, and anything else I can think of, I'll give you a shout. Good luck
  18. Third time in two years, I'm back guys... Doesn't life get in the way? The forum looks amazing - so much has changed since I was last here. I started out in 2009 with binoculars, progressed to a lovely Skywatcher, now I'm back to basics in the garden in the wee small hours - when it is clear. Starting small, hoping to get out under the stars as much as I used to when I started. Looking forward to getting used to the new forum and the HUGE member base... Great to be back Amanda
  19. I've had some lovely sights of the Double Cluster with my 10x50s. It is quite easy to find, I had a quick google and found this article In my experience, if you want to view planets with your binos, use a tripod. The shake you inevitably get after holding up the binos for a while is so frustrating. If you can't wait, try Jupiter in the early morning sky. Just persist, have regular breaks, and try to lean against something to steady yourself. See if you can spot some 'dots' either side of the 'disk' of Jupiter - that was a very satisfying sight for me Definitely download Stellarium - it has a 'night vision' mode so you can use it outside/in a near by darkened room (works for me!) so you can pop in and check what you are seeing against the live representation on the screen. It is an invaluable resource for helping you find your way around. It really works for me, I use it nearly everytime I go out. If you zoom in on Jupiter, for instance, it will show you the positions of the moons of Jupiter in relation to the planet. A great way to wrap up an observing session and very satisfying to be able to tell people exactly which Jovian moon you saw Don't expect too much. Jupiter will look like a 'kind of round-ish disk' (from my observation log) - it is definitely not a point of light but a solid object. You will see moons. Saturn has some 'substance' - it is not just a point of light - and it appears to be a funny shape - if the conditions were amazing I could sometimes detect a 'bulge' at the middle - the rings? I hoped so! Open star clusters are lovely objects to have a go at. Because you have the wide field of view with binoculars, detecting them is easier, and the overall view takes in a lot more detail. Another nice one is M42 Orion's Nebula - you'll have to keep that one up your sleeve til winter though. Seen as we are approaching Summer and so Summer Triangle season.. keep in mind Brocchi's Cluster. It looks like an upside down coat hanger! Because of the distinctive shape it was so surprising to see, once you locate it. I was very pleased with myself!! I wish you luck.
  20. My Dad got me into astronomy. He studied for a science degree when I was about 4 years old and used to teach me things about space even at that young age. Then I had a children's scope for Christmas when I was about 7. I've always beenan inquisitive little so-and-so and love to know things. I've always felt like I never really 'started' astronomy, I've just grown up with it. I love Meccano, lego and make-up in equal measure. Also physics and knitting.
  21. Thanks so much guys Tony - very observant of you, yes, new haircut! Thanks Dave, you're right, astronomy does help to put things into perspective doesn't it. I always said one of my favourite aspects of my hobby was that no matter how long you leave it, when times are hard and so on ad infinitum, the stars are always there when you have the energy to pick it back up again (as long as it isn't cloudy!)
  22. of course Alan, might be a while yet though. Need to get back on my astro-feet first. Thanks Steve, good to be back.
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