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  1. So the much belated start to 2015, while the real year started 17 days ago but, with the weather in Edinburgh having been on the terrible side of atrocious, the star gazing year only got going last night. For the first night of the year i thought i would do something a little different and i had my first night out at Harperrig Reservoir (Edinburgh). What a place it is; you get a slight red glow to the NW from Edinburgh/Edinburgh Airport and the lights of one house but, for the darker sites that I've been too and to be fair it's not many, it's the best. Normally I'm a city centre amateur astronomer; sometimes when i get out to a darker site my mind does get a little blown away. I'm used to Orion slowly rising over the houses to my left not being sat there fully out in all its glory. I'm used to star hopping with a limited number of visible stars and using "Turn Left at Orion", so when i can see so much i often forget what to look for and just end up gawping up at the night sky and not using the scope. I suppose my normal plan is to just look out of the window and if its not cloudy get the scope out, not very scientific but it can be fun. Last night i went out with a plan, Comet Lovejoy was the prime target, Jupiter and then as many Messier/NGC items i could throw in and this was the haul; Comet Lovejoy (It was like a star with a fuzzy nebula around it, but don't worry others confirmed that it was the comet) Jupiter (all four moons and some great detail and colour on the planet itself) NGC1981 M42(M43) NGC1662 Pleiades NGC2169 (The 37 Cluster) NGC2175 NGC2129 M35 M36 M37 M38 (Starfish) M1 M31 (Andromeda) M33 NGC752-C28 NGc2244-C50 NGC2264 (Cone Nebula) It was getting cold, -4 when i got in the car and i'd forgotten my flask of tea so enough was enough and my first night of 2015 was over.
  2. First time visit to Harperigg Reservoir last night and its a great place. Looking forward to many more nights. I hope that net Saturday morning is clear as well.
  3. Thanks for all the help and ideas chaps
  4. While i would love to be in the position to be asking about some £500 badboy, i'm not. I do want to get a replacement for the stock 10mm eypiece that came with the scope. I'm looking at either the; Celestron Omni Plossl 9mm £28 - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/celestron-eyepieces/celestron-omni-plossl-eyepiece.html or Skywatcher SP Plossl 10mm £20 - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-eyepieces/skywatcher-sp-plossl-eyepieces.html or GSO (Branded Revelation Astro) 9mm £15 - From AstroBoot While these may not be top end eyepieces the stock 10mm eyepiece that came with the scope is not great. Would any of the above be an improvement?
  5. Great first night, well done. I had my own in December after about 30 years away. Sorry to go off topic, i do that the pointing the scope downwards and then leave it. Is this the best way to store the scope or should it be horizontal?
  6. Was looking at the sky all day at work to see if this was going to be a go'er. Unfortunately the sky in Edinburgh is not playing ball.
  7. I was looking at that telescope myself and if i remember its the same as mine focal length of 750mm so with a 5mm eyepiece you will be getting 150x magnification. My guess is that you will not be able to use either Barlow with that eyepiece as the magnification would be too much.
  8. I'm 46 and i still get that feeling when looking at the moon so +1 for the moon.
  9. Unlucky, i've had the telescope for about 12 nights and that was night 4, sorry.
  10. Thanks for the heads up on the 'moons app' that will be done today.
  11. Just had a great hour and a half outside tonight. I had to wait for the moon to come around from the building on the left but at approx 11pm it came out nice and clear. For the first time i was able to try both the stock 25mm and 10mm eyepieces on their own and again with the 2x barlow. After a bit of trial and error i just ended up with the 25mm for that wonderful full (well roughly half) moon image. As time moved on, there came Jupiter, with the 25mm eyepiece i could see three of the moons, one far to the left and two quite close together on the right. With the 10mm I could see all four moons, (well the four Galilean moons) one was quite close on the right hand side. Some great detail on the planet itself the banding was quite prominent. It was quite special but i so need some time off work and some darker skys. I can't wait until Christmas and New Year.
  12. I had the same problem as you and at a guess its the finder scope not being lined up with the scope. The moon can be so bright that you think its in the telescopes view but its not.
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