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Everything posted by bish

  1. I think the moon looks fine Stu. Nice image. What camera did you use?
  2. Great image Neil. I can see exactly what I missed!?
  3. I have just managed to see 3 of SQ with a 10" scope from Kielder. They were pretty tough to see as I remember. It was several years ago and I didn't take detailed notes unfortunately.
  4. Well captured. I heard there was a conjunction on a podcast but forgot the date. Looks like I missed it!
  5. I'm only a youngster at 48 ?, but have the same problem. Very frustrating when you can't read something that would have been fine a year ago.
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    Thanks. I need a good dark sky trip
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    Interesting. I will have a look
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    Thanks - I can’t believe that I missed that one!
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    Thanks all. I will need to go to a darker sky with my 250px to catch you the brightest one. Maybe when I go to Kielder in the Spring. Will check out the Stellarium plug in.
  10. Hi all, it’s been long in my observing list to fing a quasar but haven’t got around to it. I believe there is a relatively bright one in Virgo (mag 12.9?). Has anybody had a look for quasars? I assume I would need to download a specific star chart that marks it’s position? thanks Bish
  11. Yes I get them. The worse thing is viewing the Sun in white light - it can look a bit of mess! Walks in fresh snow will never be the same again...
  12. Deciding on kit can drive you mad. Everybody is different. Go with your gut feeling then make the most of what you have. Sometimes the more opinions you ask the harder it is to decide.
  13. I would go for the dob. Finding DSOs is the rewarding part for me, as they rarely look like much in the ep when you have a LP problem. I find it more hassle to align the goto on my mak than use the telrad on my dob to find things. I'm not very patient though and like to just get going straight away.
  14. I could see M51 with my old SW 150 from Dudley. The LP in general is about as bad as it gets, but my flat was on high ground and definitely had less of the murk I now see from my garden that sits in a dip. I'll have to try with my 127mm mak. M81 and 82 can be spotted in bins from my garden, but not M51.
  15. Hi Noel, I’ve been 5 times. I book up most years but often can’t make it because of work. As mentioned above wellies, something to stand your scope on (they used to have cut logs) and dew control are essential. I have dew strips and a 12v hair dryer. Bish
  16. When you are looking for galaxies you will become better at spotting them with practice, using averted vision, giving the scope a slight nudge etc. Also a slight change in sky condition can mean not seeing it one night and just seeing it the next. The higher in the sky the better. As suggested try M81 and 82 to start . You may find a few others but be patient. Any stray light reflecting in the eyepiece will kill your chances too.
  17. Had a nice view despite passing cloud. No camera with me though.
  18. Hi Al, There are no pitch numbers. There are some hard standing pitches at the top field. I think the hard standing EHU pitches go first. I am visual so just camp in the bottom field with no EHU. If you get some good conditions the sky is fantastic. Bish
  19. Ive seen it in a 10" from Kielder. H-beta and excellent conditions. Hard to see though.
  20. Hello and welcome. I use a pair of 15x70 bins alot. Even if you get a telescope you will not want to be without your bins.
  21. Nice report Richard. You managed to fit a good amount in. Hopefully I will make it to the next meeting.
  22. Nice report. I think if you get one good night, and few others of drinking, then it's worth the trip. I've got friends who live on Skye but haven't been up for a few years. My mate is a photographer and I think he runs courses up there. He's taken a load of amazing aurora shots but I can't understand why he wont buy a scope. If I had the money I would buy him one as I'm sure he would get the bug.
  23. Thanks for the update. At least the crew members got out.
  24. I’ve been asked about galaxy mergers, will gravity eventually cease to exist and star colour in relation to temperature - amongst many other things. The majority asked multiple questions. Life on other planets was a popular one today too. It makes it really worth while when they show such an intererest.
  25. The youngsters can ask some real curve ball questions about anything related to astronomy/cosmology/space travel etc erc. I do like the Q & A part.
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