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Pint Of Stellar

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  1. No probs - this one pops up in the 'recommended' list usually as well http://www.sat24.com/en/gb
  2. Have a look at these: http://www.meteoblue.com/en/great-britain/weather-pershore/seeing and see if they help - locations on the links are for my "locale" so you will need to change them for your own neck of the woods - good luck
  3. I acted on an earlier recommendation this week and they arrived yesterday - very pleased with them thus far, cheers.
  4. Half price offer for this (currently £13.99) ends on the 20th of Jan then it reverts to full price - get it now if you're going to get it at all (I the others are discounted too - 4+ is £5.49 and the basic version is £0.69)
  5. Got my 15x70 Revelation's delivered today and first look through them in the daylight were impressive although my limited experience is not much of a judge at this stage - hoping the clouds blow away a bit so I can at least point them upwards for a short while this evening - I have the action grip tripod mounted in readiness (monopod to arrive next week)
  6. I'd be tempted to get them to confirm that the picture is representative of what is achievable and if they were prepared to accept a refund if it is was subsequently found out to be otherwise.
  7. I found this article on the National Trust website whilst thinking about where I might be able to go to for some decent dark sky action this year so I thought I might share it here in case anybody was looking for the same (outside of star camps etc etc etc). http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355791742335/
  8. Looks like a professional 'star camper'
  9. I'm currently building my 'wishlist' and the above is pretty much where I'm at. For the avoidance of doubt Olly I'm assuming HEQ5 PRO Synscan yes?
  10. A warm welcome from another local newbie
  11. Looks like the table didn't work and I can't seem to be able to edit the post - Jan = 8.1, Feb = 6.7 etc etc
  12. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 8.1 6.7 7.5 8.6 8.5 7.3 8.3 8.7 7.6 6.9 8 6.6 The table above, notwithstanding any other variables, takes the monthly data from here http://www.garypoyner.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Stats_year.html and is a straightforward average over the last 14 years. The criteria for a clear and/or partially clear night is defined by the site owner as: Clear nights are defined as 50% or less cloud. Partially clear is 50% or more cloud, including breaks or holes in cloud. So, again for the management of expectations one can 'expect' to get out, in some shape or form between around 6-8 nights a month with 75% of the monthly recorded clear and partially nights being between 5 and 10. Hope that helps some.
  13. It strikes me that astronomy is the sort of hobby that you get to enjoy when you can rather than when you want With this in mind I was wondering if there are any records kept anywhere of the annual difference between the number of clear versus cloudy nights - or indeed if this is even worthwhile (alos understanding that this is subject to regional variation etc). I'm in my 'managing expectations' phase and wondering about the extent to which everything gets dropped when a good observing night comes round in the knowledge that this doesn't happen 'often enough' or otherwise. Cheers
  14. Like you I have equally been 'surprised" at this as a newcommer to this field. I have found a bit more leeway on the indicative pricing on gumtree and astrobuysell uk. I can only put it down to uninformed buyers on the auction site - this was typical when I was buying and selling from my previous and now dearly departed hobby of drumming. I suppose the good thing is that one's investment in gear may not depreciate as rapidly and as far as it would in some other areas.
  15. Thanks Steve, looking forward to being a regular reader, cheers
  16. The gear buying has started - 15x70 Bins, monopod and grip

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      Pint of Stellar.....love it.

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  17. If our skies were that clear all the time I guess we'd never get any processing done ;-) beautiful montage nonetheless and thanks for sharing.
  18. Apologies in advance if this is widely referenced here (I imagine it might be) but in my quest for knowledge and info this is a great free resource of information and for the most part easily to digest and relatively jargon free http://www.wwnorton.com/college/astronomy/astro21/sandt/backyard.html
  19. Another "thank you" - management of expectations is paramount and this goes a very long way down that track. Cheers
  20. Thanks Peter - the Warwickshire event is handy for me and I do have clients in London so if I have a meeting in town on the Friday I may pop in but otherwise won't make a special effort this time round. Cheers
  21. Still picking up information and knowledge before diving in for some kit - early days for me :-)
  22. I'm with you on this journey too Vagif although I'm still at the early stages of knowledge acquisition though - one thing to add to the mix is are you also considering using the camera to take non-astro pics too? If not then consider if you would like/need the sensor to be modified for optimal astro results. See here http://cheapastrophotography.vpweb.co.uk/default.html
  23. Do the exhibitors at either show offer 'deals' during the events or is it more of a gear showcase? <Apologies for the newbie question>
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