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  1. She had that great voice for astro program commentary - a perfect fit.  Looking back I think I found  the quality of her voice combined with the subject matter had a powerful synergistic effect to fire my interest in astronomy.  RIP.

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  2. The Kasai I believe can accommodate a larger diopter focus range.  I’m quite short sighted and I can almost but not quite reach focus without my glasses in the vixens.  


    Edit: should say it’s the updated version of the kasai’s that have the extended focus range

  3. On 25/03/2018 at 21:58, Uplooker said:

    Just in case @TheMightyKong gets a chance to read this tonight - unlikely, how was your round trip from Newtown Stewart to London and then up to Newcastle? Even if there were no hold ups or traffic, I am sure it was not good, rather you than me. Hope everything is AoK. This will wrangle Damian, but the lunar views through your scope  we’re beautiful, thanks for the look!

    @mapstar , yes I know it was comparing apples and pears ?

    Hi Ian, it was good to meet you.  The long drive on sunday was horrific.  Got back after midnight.. absolutely shattered today.   Was very pleased with the lunar views, Saw Jupiter Saturn and mars before dawn, but views seemed a bit mushy by then.  I wish I had the chance to look at some deep sky through your big dob @mapstar.  

    Was really nice to meet you all, despite only having a few hours looking at stars it was fun and one of the most friendly star parties I’d been to.  Hope everyone made it home ok by now.

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  4. So I was delayed and didn’t quite manage to set off when I posted above.  I’ve just stopped on the a69 near Carlisle.  Looks like I won’t get there till after nightfall so I think I’ll just call it and come down tomorrow.  Looks like it’s raining tonight and anyway even if it wasn’t I don’t think my car headlights will be the best way to announce my arrival ?.  On the plus side I’ve stocked up Jaffa cakes and whisky as I understand that’s the price of admission :-)

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  5. Woohoo I saw this! Was out in the centre of town and after a second thought it was some New Year’s Eve fireworks.  Just like a firework it was bright green and had an orange tail!

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  6. As it’s silly money how about 2 apos- one in the 6inch range, one smaller ( perhaps 3-4inch ish?) for grab and go, air travel, on days with little time, energy or partly cloudy weather and for wide field visual and AP; and a big dob for reach?  You’d possibly need a second dobservatory as well as an obsy for your fracs.  Bearing this in mind as you want something portable till you get the new house and obs next year - I suggest a smaller apo.

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