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About SteveB72

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  1. My SW400P GOTO, with my son, we were looking at Venus while the scope cooled and it was getting dark.
  2. M57 is one of my favourite objects it looks almost 3D in my Dob.
  3. I had the same view very recently with my 16".
  4. Congratulations on your new scope. My Skyliner is excellent, it has really exceeded my expectations. I use an eye patch and hood to keep both eyes open and help with keeping stray light out of the eye at the EP.
  5. I was also watching the same shadow transit. The GRS came along at midnight as well. Awesome!
  6. Approximately 5 for me in Woking. Occasionally you can make out the Milky Way if you know where to look.
  7. I managed to see all three in the same FOV last Saturday night from my back garden in Woking with my Skyliner 400P.
  8. There are some good objects in the list at the url below that should be visible with your scope, I managed a lot of them with my Nexstar 127 SLT. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/111-deep-sky-wonders-for-light-polluted-skies/ You will get muck better contrast for faint objects if you use a dew shield ro stop stray light getting in to the OTA. Good luck and happy hunting.
  9. Sounds like a great session. I ws out last niht looking at galaxies too and had similar issues with the seeing conditions. I usually find them with a 25mm EP and then try a range of magnifications to tease our more detail. I am saving up for some TV EP's, keep looking at the Ethos, something to look forward to.
  10. I also tried last night and could only see the two Messier galaxies of the trio and I have seen them all previously with the same scope and EP (my 400P and both 30mm and 25mm EP). There was some haze or high thin cloud in the UK making all but the brightest galaxies visible from where I was observing (Woking). There was a noticable halo around Venus to the naked eye. I would try again with beter seeing conditions.
  11. Try this list. I could see most of it from my back garden with my 127 SLT MAK. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/111-deep-sky-wonders-for-light-polluted-skies/
  12. I must get my dob to a dark site one day, if I can see Mayall II from my back garden it will be awesome with less light pollution.
  13. I tick off a list like Astro Imp and am working through the 666 Deep Sky list along with another list for double stars. If I find something ver interesting I will highlight it. The most sketching I did was of Mars last year, it helped find more detail and identify features later.
  14. Sorry missed off the link. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/111-deep-sky-wonders-for-light-polluted-skies/
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