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  1. Basically as the title goes, is it do-able? Are there any apps out there that can make it easier? I'm asking because I'm stuck down on the Falkland Islands for the next few days with nothing but my iPhone 5 and a small Celestron Mini-Mak to help pass the time!
  2. Hi all, I'm currently down at the Falkland Islands for the next few days with time on my hands. I have limited equipment - my iPhone 5 and a Celestron Mini Mak. How can I get the best out of this limited equipment to get some good views whilst I still can? See attached a pic I managed of the moon the other night
  3. And here's the original of my first picture of Venus. I could see Mercury with the naked eye too but not from this picture.
  4. This time, with the picture included - Looks OK, but how could I do better with what I have?
  5. Managed to get this snap of the moon. Took me a few hours of lying in the snow and with a celestron mini-mak my misses posted down to me. Got my iphone camera right up against the lens. Any suggestions though of how I could improve it, or do better with the minimal equipment I have here already?
  6. Hi Jim. Welcome to the forum. Good luck and clear skies, -Tom
  7. Hi PengJet, Welcome to the forum. Good luck and clear skies, -Tom
  8. Hi Dave, I recently read Patrick Moore's book after finding it hidden in the depths of the Falklands MPA Library! Whilst it's not the most scientific book, I found it a compelling read mostly down to his brilliant way with words and how he made the skies almost come alive through the pages. Good luck and clear skies, -Tom
  9. Hi Ed, Welcome to the forums. Clear skies and good luck! -Tom
  10. Deuce2400

    Hello all

    Hi Leoanrd. Welcome to the site. Nice spec scope you've gone for there, but as you'll find, knowing how to use it is the key! You'll find plenty of knowledge on these pages though. Good luck and clear skies! -Tom
  11. Recently introduced myself onto the forums - Not had many chances to see the stars whilst being down here. Don't have the weather and don't have any good gear with me. It's not a holiday hotel afterall down here! Managed to see Venus and Mercury the other morning. Unfortunately all I have for imaging is my IPhone with me and bandwidth is attrocious here so it's been seriously down-scaled. Venus is at least visable as the middle dot here, with Mercury scaled out, but it was to the right and slightly below, just above the mountains. See first picture- And just to give you an idea of the weather, here's my view from a Sea King the other day- Hopefully some more and better to follow and I should be getting my hands on a mates DSLR soon.
  12. Fortunately as UK forces we're able to get VAT back on small purchases to British Forces Post Office addresses (amazon is a blessing). One of the few perks to being deployed away from home is that I can stock up on small, expensive items. I've just ordered the Celestron accessory pack which was a reasonable price and VAT free to my BFPO address. Can see the barlow with t-adapter, plossl and filters being useful. I just hope the skies clear up soon I'm a little jealous of the guys who are based on some of the mountain radar sites..though not of their weather!
  13. Hello all, I'm currently posted out to the Falklands for the next month, then back home to Metheringham, Lincolnshire. I first got interested in astronomy as a child when bought a small cheap scope. I could only ever get it roughly focused on the moon and didn't have anyone around to teach me much about astronomy. I recently picked the hobby back up when I lived back in Leicester. I initially got hold of a pair of binos (don't know what spec, very old, quite big), with which I could observe the constellations. Then I watched with interest news about Comet Ison November last year. I took my binos to the top of my work roof and was able to observe it as a faint, blurry star, making use of a handy free iphone app called 'Distant Suns' and looking inbetween known bright stars for where it should be. I've since bought a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ, which has now enabled me to view with detail Jupiter and 3 moons, along with Saturn and pinpoint various stars and some excellent views of the moon. That was back when I still lived in Leicester where we had a lot of local light pollution but have now moved to Lincolnshire where our house backs onto a field, so should now be able to achieve much better viewing! However, I've not had a chance to try this out yet as within a month of moving, I had to deploy to the Falklands. Being in the South Atlantic has had it's advantages though - I've had naked eye views of Venus and Mercury in the morning just before Sun Rise, and been able to see the two Magellanic Clouds, the Southern Cross, and the other day a brilliant view of the full moon at perapsis. Looking forward to getting home in a month though as the weather's turning with thick clouds and snow! I'm interested in learning more about the hobby and in particular astrophotography, and intend to join one of the many astronomy clubs in Lincon when I get back to the UK. -Tom
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