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Beulah

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Beulah last won the day on May 4 2014

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  1. I take SQM readings at 14 sites across a 186 sq km area and have only noticed around a 1% - ish reduction in light pollution over the year. Reduction in light pollution is most likely more apparent in more densely populated areas due to reduced night driving during lockdown...
  2. Let's just say I'm a kid that moved to the sweet shop...
  3. I have a full army softie set, that goes over multiple layers. It's a duvet in a suit. Plus it doesn't shed fibres which is ideal for keeping handy eyepieces in the pockets...I found walking boots ideal too, as the raised heel/sole insulates against the cold in the ground seeping up...
  4. @tooth_dr - That dome is a thing of beauty!
  5. Yep, you could have a serious KO experience if you forget you have that setup installed in the Feathertouch!
  6. The 200p is a great telescope! Also well within the sweet spot of decent aperture and portability! I wheeled mine a mile up the road to access some light pollution-free skies... It's a bit of a strange experience when using scopes of smaller aperture. You initially feel disappointed with the decrease in size but as you become more experienced in observing, it's amazing what you can see. I have observing equipment of various apertures and gave had satisfying observing sessions with all of them, whether it's viewing a planet through a 20", seeing nebulae though 8, 12 or 16" of aperture, ri
  7. Nice looking building... where did you buy it? It's an ideal size for something I have in mind...
  8. @Ken82 that's a fab image. Very surprising as I've seen so many good images with the Sony Alpha series. Funnily enough, when I was talking with many photographers for DLS R advice (come across quite a few in my line of work) they always say "Get the 6d or a D850 but a D750 if you can't afford the 850)" ...
  9. The secret is to have other interests....or sometimes you just burn out....
  10. Another fan of the 135mm Takumar...here's one I took on a static tripod...lovely lens. (stacked images). Funnily enough I bought this lens off a member of this very forum.
  11. Lovely set of sketches; really captures what can be seen through the eyepiece. I've seen that scintillating nebulosity of the Pleiades through 8 inches of aperture in a dark sky....
  12. Indeed, it is a problem when some of us work FT+...but the pain and regret at missing out on gazing into the night sky, or missing rare astronomical events seems to outstrip the need for sleep, coupled with the rarity of clear skies at night in the UK.. Life, work and stargazing seem to take their turns in priority and somehow it works...but how I long for more free time!
  13. I own both (300p) 12" Skywatchers: flextube and solid. There are pros and cons to both. The flextube definitely requires more frequent collimation although once set up for an observing session, the truss design is stable. The benefits to this design is space saving, although you may get questions asked, such as, "what are you brewing in there?". In addition, you can use binoviewers with the flextube as there are two stop positions, fully extended for eyepiece use, partially extended for binoviewers. The flextube is also slightly heavier. The two stop positions don't exist with the 400p a
  14. Ouch! That's a heck of an impact to dent the ota edge ring! It looks like it's melted!
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