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  1. Had a great time this morning for the first time in months without work or weather getting in the way - mainly the weather....

    Anyway work up at 6am with a bright blue crystal clear sky poked my head out and saw the Moon in the morning light and thought 'I'll give it a go....'

    This was a 'biggie' for two reasons 1) I wanted to test out the optics following a horrendous dropping incident which involved the objective of my Skwatcher 127mm having a nasty series of scratches and crack lines, thankfully not reaching the corrector plate 2) I wanted to try out the adapted electric focusser I'd bodged and adapted from another thread.

    Results: Success on both the damage to the objective has had no noticable effect and the focussing is now spot on with pin sharp shadows. So I spent an hour looking at Clavius in a range of magnifications. I even had a good focus and detail with a 3x Barlow and 12.5mm plossel (giving a mag of 360x) way above what is nornally my usual practical limit - the sky conditions, apart from the lack of contrast were perfect.

    Yippie I'm one very happy and (sorry) 'over the moon' guy


    PS Sorry meant to say I had very nice views of Clavius JA

  2. The street lamp about 10m away from my garden doesn't even have a dector on the top. It's crazy it just lights up a patch of road that then turn a corner and ends with a kerb across the road and another street lamp. All this in about 30 yards...

  3. Watched it on the BBC News Channel and on NASATV over 'interwebby thing' (smile) (no Sky setup). NASATV coverage excellent but the BBC overage was absymal. Two reporters on the scene who were totally clueless and one who thought the best thing to do was social chit-chat to spectators and then after the launch ask was it worth the money! Total vapid air-head

  4. Here's my reply from the BBC:

    "Thank you for your correspondence regarding the BBC One programme ‘The Street That Cut Everything’ broadcast on 16 May 2011.

    I understand you’re unhappy because you believe it was incorrect for the programme to suggest that switching off street lights increases anti-social crime as street lights may have a negative impact on the environment.

    The purpose of the programme was for Nick Robinson present a unique social experiment. He had persuaded one street in Preston to give up all council services for six weeks. Armed with their council tax rebates, the 50 residents rallied round and run their own community themselves.

    When featuring such experiments, they may include various ideas into what may cut down on the negative aspects in society including the suggestion that switching of the lights may only increase anti-social behaviour however it isn’t a view endorsed by the BBC or conclusive. It may examine this view among others and creates a topic of discussion and debate.

    We do apologise if you felt this wasn’t addressed so I'd like to assure you that I've registered your complaint on our Audience Log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that’s made available to all BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive board, channel controllers and other senior managers.

    The Audience Logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions on future BBC programmes and content.

    Once again, thank you for contacting us.

    Kind Regards

    Philip Young

    BBC Complaints


    Interesting to see the common thread in the responses is that we've all got hold of the wrong end of the stick and they've done nothing wrong


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