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  1. hmmm never thought of cardboard tube. I work in the steel industry so Ali tubing should come quite easy. It is the mirrors that might pose a problem. Waste pipe would also be an option. Shall have to start looking about for something.
  2. Thank you Guys, lots of helpful stuff here. I shall read the link before my next outing. I am not frustrated enough to give up, been looking in the sky all my life not going to stop now. Just want to make sense of what I see. I have a red dot thing as a finder. Don't know if I should change that or not. Haven't tried any others. I am using aSkywatcher114 scope at the moment. I have 25mm, 16mm, 10mm and 6mm eyepieces and a 2x barlow and I am viewing in the city. Not good but quite dark at the back. After living in the New Forest for many years without a good scope where it was perfect viewing and then moving to the city where it is lighter. Not a good Astronomical move. I hope to build an 8inch Dob if I can find the Ali tube at work and get a reasonable mirror. I shall read the link and make sure I have a clear picture of the objects I want to view. Cheers
  3. Thank you, I shall get the scope out and practice getting used to the way it works in the day time. I have Turn left at orion, that has pretty good drawings. I think I need to plan ahead so I dont get too much going on in my head. Will try again through the week and see how I get on. Thank you for your assistance.
  4. Right angled finderscope? Does that replace the unit that takes the Eyepiece correcting the way the scope works? As for the Whiskey, Telescope and too much whiskey dont really work together, but on a cold night viewing it helps.
  5. Trying to find things around Cassiopia tonight. How do you know when you hit the target. I can see all sorts of stuff up there but all the stars look the same. Was looking for M52 and M103. I am still trying to come to terms with things being opposite when I move the scope about, not sure how that works, but I try to aim the scope at a place where the objects are and I see stars right enough but they all look like stars if you get my meaning. Tried looking through Bins but they are not wide angle enough to see a Constellation so not sure with them if I am seeing anything I should be looking at. Not even sure if this text makes any sense. Just getting frustrated. You know where you are with Planets and the moon. Think I need lessons, or whiskey.
  6. Have seen Shooting Stars but never a meteor shower, looking forward to this. Is it visible any earlier in the month?
  7. I saw it a few weeks ago for first time, I ran in the house and dragged the wife into the garden to look. But she couldn't really see it. Amazing view.
  8. Do I have to join the Google thing?
  9. Found the group on the link you posted, how do I join?
  10. My Barlow is making my viewing blurry. Not sure why. maybe needs a clean. Bought a collimating tool( Cheshire) gonna set up again with that. Though I doubt the scope will get used for a night or 2, summer seems to have disappeared early again.
  11. If I et a chance, I shall come along to Turf Hill next weekend, I have bookmarked the link you sent, and will have a look tomorrow.
  12. 0113hrs, just got in myself. Beautiful sky tonight. Had some lovely views of Saturn. Still not good through 2x Barlow though. Tried for various Messier objects but could not find my way to any. Bed is calling.
  13. Turf Hill, I know it well. Spent many a happy hour there when I lived in the New forest at Plaitford. Should go there with the scope myself sometime.
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