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Everything posted by broom

  1. Amazing to watch. Seeing the two rocket boosters landing simultaneously was just phenomenal. I watched it with my 7 year old daughter who plans on telling her story in school tomorrow. Any news on whether the 3rd booster has landed? P.S My daughter criticised the fact that there appeared to be very few women there. She has a point I think....
  2. The first time seeing the Orion Nebula and Pleiades with my 7 years old daughter two weeks ago.
  3. I just purchased it, thank you. Hopefully I can pick up some better eyepieces over the next couple of months. Thanks for the advice
  4. Thank you for your reply. I’m only interested in visual astronomy so I take on board your comments about the EQ mount. I also notice it was motorised which i’m assuming is not so important for visual astronomy. I like the look of the mount in the link you provided. The only problem I have is my very limited budget. Would the stock eye pieces be ok? I previously had to upgrade the stock eyepieces with the dob I owned for greater eye relief.
  5. Hi all, FLO currently have the following scope on offer that fits my budget. Skywatcher Explorer 130m on an EQ2 mount. i previously had a 200p skywatcher dob but it was too bulky for me to transport so I sold it. I’m currently using binoculars. Is this a good scope and is it a lot easier to transport than the previous dob I had? thanks
  6. Hi RayD, I have a 200mm dob. Apparently the maximum useful mag would be 300x so my plan is to use the 8mm with a Barlow which, I think, will give me the 300x mag. This is all new to me so I'm happy to be corrected. Thanks Darrell
  7. Hi all, I've recently purchased a BST 15mm. Eyepiece. I'm now looking for a 25mm and 8mm eyepiece. Also a x2 Barlow. I need long eye relief as I wear glasses for observing. Thank you, Darrell
  8. Thanks all, I really appreciate the responses. i'm short sighted and have to use glasses all the time. I can't remember my exact eye prescription however, I do recall something about -6.75. in the end I have opted for the BST 15mm only. I'll see how I get on with that eye piece and if successful, I will purchase a 10mm next month. Just waiting for clear skies now to get out. Again, thanks for the responses.
  9. Thank you all for your detailed responses. I actually wear glasses and only have vision in one eye. As a result, should I be looking at eye pieces with greater eye relied such as the BST starguiders?
  10. I was thinking of keeping the stock 25mm for the time being. Purchasing a new 18mm and 9mm.
  11. Just a quick one. i have £60 to spend on equipment. I have a new 8inch dob and was thinking of spending it on eye pieces. Can you recommend a decent upgrade for that price? I was thinking the celestron xcel but I was hoping to get 2 for £60. thanks darrell
  12. Thanks both. I tried online but no joy. Just photography shops that tend to have a couple of scopes in stock. I've since ordered an 8" dob online.
  13. Hi all, Are any of you aware of any shops in South Wales that sell telescopes? thanks Darrell
  14. Thanks for your replies both. Ideally I'm hoping to view planets and DSO. I have seen the skywatcher 200 dob advertised on the FLO site. I'm very tempted by this but the price is £285. I might wait for a month or to and save the additional money to fund this. Is the equipment provided with a 200 dob sufficient to get me started or will I need to purchase extra's? If I was to spend £285, would the dob be a good choice? thanks darrell
  15. Hi all, it's a while since I last posted on here. i previously owned the skywatcher skymax 127 but unfortunately, I had money trouble and had to sell. I have £150 to spend on a new scope. Any recommendations on my tight budget? thanks darrell
  16. Thanks again for the further information. Unfortunately, I can't make Astrofest so my best option will be to enquire with each university separately. I called the OU on Friday to get some further information and they are getting somebody from student support to call me one day in the week so I'll hopefully have a better understanding then. As for Glamorgan (South Wales University as it's now called), they are right on my doorstep and I hadn't even thought of them so thanks for mentioning them. I've done a quick search on their website but couldn't find much info so I'll give them a call tomorrow. Sorry you didn't get to finish your degree Paul but I hope your business is doing well. I would love to do a degree at some point but that's going to be some years down the line before I get the chance. Thank you.
  17. Thank you all for your replies. I have an A-level In mathematics but only have GCSE's in all science which I'm certain wouldn't given me enough knowledge to sit a level 2 OU course. I didn't realise they were level 2 qualifications so I'm grateful for the advice. I was also looking at this qualification http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/t09 which would allow me to complete the essential mathematics 1 and exploring science topics. These are all level 1 modules so I don't think they would allow me to complete the astronomy and planetary science modules in the same course. I think I'll call the OU and see what options are available to me. I'll also take a look at the UCLAN and Liverpool John Moores websites to se what course they have to offer. Thank you.
  18. I'm looking for your opinions/advice on the following course. http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/s10 I'm enrolling on this course which is due to start October this year. The course is run by the Open University and at the end of the course I'll hopefully be awarded with a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science. Has anyone completed this course or any of the 2 modules within the course? If so, how did you find the course and would you recommend it? While I have no interest in changing career's, I still think it'll be nice to have some sort of qualification in Astronomy and hopefully I'll learn quite a lot. Thank you.
  19. I thought the first week was a little too basic and not enough material. I don't quite understand why they wanted everyone to make their own constellation and thought that was quite a pointless/childish exercise. I'm hoping the first week was to introduce us gently and next week involves a little bit more science. However, the course got me using the planisphere for the first time so I've got something from week 1
  20. I've also done the full weeks material in the space of a couple of hours. I'm new to astronomy and also found the first week of the course basic. Let's hope there's a little more to it next week. It's free so I can't really grumble.
  21. Planetary and lunar are the sort of objects I wanted to capture on camera so I think I will go down the route you suggest. When experience and budget allow, perhaps then I can upgrade my equipment and search for the deep sky objects. My next step is to join my local astronomy group where I'm sure i'll pick up some further great advice. Thank you for your reply Olli it is very helpful.
  22. Thank you for the above link and original question. Just got a case for myself.
  23. I have only just started in the hobby and not looking to get into astrophotography until I'm comfortable navigating through the sky and get better using my telescope. When it comes to purchasing a camera, what type of camera should I be looking for and what would members recommend as a good beginners camera. My budget would be around the £300 mark so I'm not sure if I could get anything decent for this price. I have a skywatcher skymax 127 telescope so would this be compatible with a camera. Thank you
  24. Thank you both for the replies. I have just registered on the Orion course starting on the 6th January. It looks interesting and just the sort of course I'm looking for. I'll take a look at the openlearn website to see what they have to offer. Again thanks for the help.
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