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  1. Craig the Builder. That should save a lot of nonsense and effort every clear night, wouldn't mind one myself. Of course I'd need a garden first...
  2. I was on holiday in Florida and one of the best free views is to be had from the end of the pier at Cocoa Beach, assuming the crowds aren't too bad. Nice restaurant too, and you can sit there fishing from the end of the pier and watch it all happen a few miles away. Not as good as being at the cape itself, but a lot better than fighting through the traffic.
  3. My old ETX was a bit noisy when slewing and chugged away quietly to itself while tracking. You'd never wake the neighbours with it though, not unless you dropped it. My CPC 800 is a tad noiser when slewing, probably because it's much larger and needs larger motors, but is almost silent when tracking. I've heard one or two scopes that did sound like a drill, but never a coffee grinder.
  4. I like both, you couldn't get a fag-paper between them as far as I'm concerned and they cover everything I need to know. The US-centric mags are of little value to us, so I only buy one if there's a very interesting review or article. AN and S@N I buy pretty evenly.
  5. Just goes to show it's not heights you need to be afraid of, it's the sudden stop at the bottom.
  6. You lightweights! A good sturdy pair of boots and some fishermans socks sort it out without the batteries. For me it's not my feet, it's my ears and head. I ended up buying a couple of ex-Russian army Ushanka fur hats to cure that, although it needs to be well dark before I'll put them on. I dont mind looking like an idiot when only a couple of mates can barely see me at a dark site, but not the general public. :shock:
  7. I'd say you guys are indeed lucky, I have to travel half an hour to get to a site dark enough to see more than the corners of the Great Square in Pegasus. At or dark site the best we've had has been about 10 or 12 in the square, with an easily visible Milky Way, a rarety around these here parts.
  8. To be fair my ETX105PE was a great little grab & go scope that never let me down mechanically, and optically I had no complaints at all apart from it's small size. In use however, it proved difficult to get a good alignment and I used it more often manually than driven, and when I finally traded up to my current 8" scope I sold it on Ebay and the blumming thing broke down the first time the buyer used it. I only had it outdoors about 6 times, so not a great track record there. The red-dot finder was also difficult to set up and ridiculously easy to break (which I did) and the built-in batterys were good for about an hour outside in the cold. For the money you could go get yourself something like an advanced C6-NGT and do some decent stargazing for the money, or if it's a more simple set-up with GoTo you're after then the Celestron SLT130 is worth a look. You would then have money to spare to buy a webcam based camera like the Orion or Meade LPI.
  9. The ETX is too small to attach most cameras, only the smaller webcam ones would stand a chance and you'd need a laptop and a lot of patience to get those to work. As for the ETX itself, you'll find a lot of negative feedback about them on this forum. The concensus is that the optics are fine, but the actual drives and computer controls are cheap and unreliable. I had the ETX105 PE myself, and I ended up getting rid of it and getting a Celestron which is easier to use and more reliable. For a budget of £500 or more you could get some much larger, more reliable kit that would last you a while and let you see much more. The larger the aperture of the scope, the more detail and the more faint the objects you can see. If you start out with a tiny scope you'll probably soon exhaust its potential and be disappointed, then end up chucking the hoby or selling it for a larger scope. Talk to Steve at First Light Optics and he'll be able to give you good advice based on your needs.
  10. I have the Astronomik CLS too, and it certainly cuts out the orange skies. I didn't think it cut out that much of the light though, I have to look to check it's screwed in. Certainly my most used filter.
  11. Wish I'd had one of those hats on Thursday night, it was positively baltic in that wind when you're out for any length of time.
  12. Doesn't it do that anyway? I have the Meade LPI and it can be set to up to 15 second exposures I think. Isn't the Celestron one just the same thing?
  13. Good call, I've downloaded that one right now. I'll need to get it a try next time I get the chance, Stellarium is so much simpler to use for everyday work.
  14. It's all dots in the sky when you get down to it, why not man-made dots? I didn't realise there was a program for the Celestron GPS, I'll have to get that. I've always been impressed by amateur images of the ISS and figured they must have something in place to allow them to track such a relatively fast-moving target long enough to get detailed images.
  15. What they mean is that the light from the satellite flares up, in that it gets much brighter than usual due to the solar panels reflecting the suns rays at just the right angle at certain times. This is why they are almost invisible to the naked eye most of the time, then 'flare up' for a short time to several magnitudes brighter than usual. If you're looking for actual lens flare, diffractions spikes and the like, that is due entirely to the equipment the photograph was taken with and isn't what you'd see with the naked eye. They just get bright for a short time and then fade back to obscurity.
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