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    Aside from Astronomy I run my own home fragrancing business and I like to knit, bake, travel, I occasionally play video games, have a penchant for creative writing and my pets are my fur babies. One cat, two rabbits and some fishies. I also like to collect traditional fairground ornaments, tea sets, I sometimes do volunteer work and if I must do exercise then it's always swimming and/or yoga.
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  1. Researchers still don't know what the mysterious bright spots are on Ceres. I'm guessing some sort of natural crystal or mineral. What does everyone else think?

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    2. faulksy


      i think it people/aliens with big dobs looking at us

    3. trynda1701


      It's Dilithium crystals. NASA needs to get into gear and build a manned asteroid probe named Enterprise!

    4. xtreemchaos


      eye eye captain.

  2. My Dad, and the 1999 total eclipse. I was only about 7 years old at the time of the eclipse, but I remember it very fondly! My next door neighbour brought out a welding mask that me and my brother could use to watch the event, so there we were, sat in the sunshine on our quiet cul de sac driveway in awe at the ever growing chunk in the sun. My Dad was always into space and astronomy. I remember when we visited him on the weekends, he would have a total eclipse or a supernova set as his screensaver on his Windows 95 powered PC and whenever I asked him about pictures like that, his face lit up and he'd go into plenty of detail telling me anything I wanted to know. He would always poke his head round my bedroom door in my teenage years to give me a heads up about shuttle launches and things, but during that time I had taken up other much less conventional interests. Though, if I had a partner or a friend special enough, I would take them to my favourite stargazing spot at an empty open cricket field to watch the Perseids in August and chat about philosophy all night. So I always had an embedded interest and personal love for it. But it was only when my Dad suddenly passed away in Summer 2012 that I really embraced how fierce my passion for astronomy had quickly become. I bought a bunch of books, got myself a pair of bins and later my starter scope, fully immersed myself in it and each time I look up at the stars now, I feel like I'm that bit closer to my Dad and finding out where he's gone. I'm agnostic. I won't drag religion into this thread but for me personally, as far as I'm concerned, the universe is the only observable Heaven that we have and I'm doing everything I can to learn everything there is to know and see everything I can possibly see. But that's just me.
  3. Welcome to SGL! Good to have more Yorkshire folk in here, waheyyy! I don't know much about AP either I'm afraid (regarding your queries you might get more feedback in the Astrophotography specific threads) but for the moment it might be worth considering what you ought to get first - a telescope suited for your AP needs, or a camera. I would personally opt for the scope first so you can really get your teeth stuck into where everything is, how to use a scope, then how you can use the scope for astrophotography. That's if you want to go for star clusters, Messier objects and the like. If you want to get the hang of nightscape photographyt before delving deeper into the sky, maybe the camera would be a better investment first. Just my thoughts, but like I say I'm not a seasoned astrophotographer...yet!
  4. Yep, tried it with both the barlow and without on a further away object and been pleased with the results it's still a fairly close object but it's done the job for now until I get a good night to take it out and really try it on the Moon to start with. I just wanted to make sure nothing was broken and that I definitely had all the right bits and pieces for the kind of scope it is. Like I say, feel a bit silly now because it's effectively like putting a book page right up to your eye so it goes all out of focus no matter what you do until you pull it away from your eye and it all comes back into clear view. Because it's a telescope. And a telescope is for long distance viewing. Duh. Woops. Haha. Thanks for the overview by the way, do you reckon I'll get any views at all of any comets? I hear that Comet Jacques is back for a little while and I'd like to have a look if I get comfortable enough with the scope in time for it to still be in the sky. Obviously I'm not expecting fantastic results but I'll be happy with anything it can grab. Want to push it for all its potential when I know how to.
  5. Hah, now I feel silly... it wasn't pointed at the wall though because I checked the view and secured it before I put the EP in. Just tried it on a church door across the car park from my balconette window and got a much better result! Still quite a close object though but at least I now know there's nothing internally wrong with the scope. That must be where the previous owner went wrong - he never actually took it outside, he wanted to stargaze from his tiny office window...anyway, my gain! Ronin, how do you mean? It might be my mount that makes it look weird, I haven't aligned it properly yet because I haven't taken it outside since I've been waiting on a new EP first. Photos below are obviously atrocious in this sense because I've just positioned it away from facing out of my window (and started to fold up my tripod) while I do this...don't want to get in trouble with the neighbours! Not a creepy peeper...just your friendly neighbourhood stargazer... Are these photos okay? What were you looking for?
  6. Hi guys, I posted a while back introducing myself and my new scope that I'd been given on the terms of 'good luck with it, I can't get it to work and you can't see a thing'...when I got it home and set it up I realised it was missing both the 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that would have come with it. D'oh, that's why. So I asked for advice here about which one(s) to get and where to get them, and as such I was greeted with lots of information! I'm back - I now have a 10mm Skywatcher SP and a basic 2x Barlow to play with. The scope takes 1.25". Soon as they arrived in the post I immediately got straight to installation in my living room and pointed it at an ornament at the other side of the room to focus on...and now I see what the previous owner was saying. Without the eyepiece I can see crystal clear through the Barlow, albeit inverted but that's to be expected, but once the EP is on I can't see anything no matter how I focus it. All I can see is the light or lack thereof, absolutely nothing else even if I move the scope past a window frame etc - there's no window frame. Evidently I'm still very new to telescopes because I use binoculars while I progress to scopes (easy does it), but surely this is basic? As far as I'm aware this type of telescope doesn't require collimation so it can't be that, and it can't be the EP because it would normally come with a 10mm and the EP itself is brand new. I've tried it both with and without the Barlow with the same unfortunate results. How am I meant to align it if I can't see anything? Any suggestions please? Dying to take it out for a test run as soon as I can! (Tried to capture the visual image with my phone as best as I can, blurry but that's what comes through.)
  7. introspheric

    'Ow do!

    Sorry to bring up a now fairly old thread guys, but since this already has the details and photos of my scope and it's still in relation to the eyepieces (which I'm currently now browsing for), I was wondering what everyone thought about the necessity of a barlow for this particular scope? Would it be a good idea to pick one up and if so, what sort should I get? I realise it's probably a bit of a wide question but as I've said, still getting used to telescopes while I slowly wean myself off my trusty binoculars enough to actually try the scope...!
  8. Ahhh, priorities! There'll be another Super Moon in September, your grandson will only have one Christening. Nevermind. Sounds lovely.
  9. It absolutely counts. Pics or it didn't happen.
  10. Welcome to SGL, John! RE: the scope, you might get a wider response from posting your questions and any images of your scope in the Beginners / Welcome forum. Astrophotography is very very different from observing and arguably more complex / difficult / definitely much more expensive, you'll find an array of discussions in the Astro Imaging section too. I'm only a beginner observer myself with ambitions for astrophotography in the future, so I can't really say what's here nor there, but I would like to definitely impress that it'll do you the world of good to hit observation on the head before you move on to imaging things if you have little to no experience in astronomy. This way you'll know exactly what you want to focus on (it's surprising how your favourites change when you see and hear about other things) and therefore you'll get a better idea on the kind of telescope you'd need to a) get the best viewing image of those things and get the best photo / video images of those things. (Basically what's best for observing isn't necessarily best for imaging, and what's best for viewing one thing might not be best for viewing another thing. Plus it could save you money if you just want to focus on solar objects, for example.) Astrophotography and Observing is like trying to obtain a degree without having finished high school first. You might do it but it'll take a lot longer, be lots more confusing / frustrating, probably cost much more money, and because of this it'll probably be a lot less fun. Figure out how to find stuff and how to choose the right kit for what you want to find, then move on to photographing it with the big stuff. That's my advice. Unless of course you're a seasoned observer already, in which case I'll be quiet, lol.
  11. Hi Steve I'm in Huddersfield. Can be tricky to find a good spot here unless you have a car, I never really know where to direct any friends so we usually end up in Holme or Marsden somewhere...one friend used to live in Emley and that was great for viewing.
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