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  1. +1 for Clear Outside. It's generally pretty accurate with it's weather predictions too.
  2. 1. Both 2. It is emitting roughly twice as much energy that is receives. 3. Maybe, but it's got enough mass to last billions of years. By then the Sun would have died, with the Solar system with it. Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  3. Clear Outside isnt even giving me a glimmer of hope at the moment. Our weather has been miserable the past few weeks. Even so, I took the garbage out last night and was surprised to see a beautiful clear sky! Raced back in, grabbed my scope and accessories, took them outside.....and the clouds started coming over Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  4. Is it just me, or does the "heart" on Pluto look like 2 smears? To me it kind of looks like 2 impacts, probably at slowish speed, with the older impact coming up from the left. That might go some way to explain the strange "flow" patterns seen in these white blobs if a ball of ice hitting Pluto, melting somewhat and flowing around before cooling again.
  5. Wish my first attempt was that "poor" What did you use to capture it? Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  6. I have had one for a few months and it has performed admirably. That said, I'd never used a telescope before this one so have nothing to compare it against. A couple things I've discovered with mine... 1. Get rid of the red dot finder. It can get you close to your target, but that's it. I initially took mine off and replaced it with a Seben right angle finderscope (AU$20 on ebay) and it was an immediate improvement. I've since added a Rigel Quikfinder which i uae in co junction with the Seben works brilliantly. 2. The tripod does have some wobble in it, but thankfully I'm short so i don't even extend the legs more than halfway. I've seen here and elsewhere that hanging a weight of ~10kg from the bottom of the mount improves the wobble, but I've yet to try it. Focusing is when you will notice the wobble the most which makes getting perfect focus tricky. I'm in the process of overcoming this by making a DIY electric focuser. 3. The Dec asjusting can be a little uneven. I plan on pulling the mount apart one day and seeing what improvements i can make. Ra adjusting however is smooth. It does seem a little tight though so regreasing with something other than what they put on it in the factory should help. 4. The secondary on mine was misaligned when i received it and was difficult to align due to wear points from the adjusting screws forcing it back out of alignment. I ended up removing it completely and inserting 2 plastic milk bottle washers which fixed the problem. Overall i am very happy and have seen some incredible views. Ive only just started looking for DSOs propeely with the scope and have been very happy with its performance.
  7. Have you removed both caps? Can you post a picture of it? Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  8. I did have a look at Scorpio last night and saw a pretty cool looking cluster. Had a bit of a outline of stars in a weird shape. Not sure what it is yet though... Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  9. Haha, I wish! She's got zero interest in what i do out in the cold, dark night. Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  10. I'll be interested to see how many people show up with their own scope. It would be good to hang out with like minded people. Although my wife's hoping no one has a bigger scope than me that lets me look through it so I'm not on her back about letting me buy another one! But who am I kidding - I already want a bigger scope! Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  11. Anyone in Australia going to join in on this? http://www.scienceweek.net.au/world-record-stargazing/ I'll be heading to the Strahan party in Tasmania. Luckily It's only half an hour down the road. I have a feeling we'll be looking at nothing but clouds though
  12. So far I've looked at the easy planets, plus Carinae Nebula, Omega Centauri, 47Tuc, and a couple other things that I can't remember right now. I guess I just need to get my planning in order and not be so impatient.
  13. I'm fortunate to be in the Southern Hemisphere with so much to look at, but the attached is a problem for me. With so much going on, where do i start??
  14. So I've had a few nights out with the Seben finderscope and it is pretty good once aligned. Horrible to align though and needs to be checked every time I use it. My skies are also pretty dark so I can't see the cross hairs, but I've found that I can get pretty close by seeing the star dim slightly when it passes behind one of the hairs. So I think a RACI is for me, I just "need" a better one. In the meantime, I've picked up a 2nd hand Rigel QuikFinder for A$50 which I'll mount side by side with the RACI. Looking forward to testing this out!
  15. My wife and I get a stack of stuff from China. Obviously if we want it quickly we'd search in Australia only, but otherwise are happy to wait. We have had a couple instances where the item was very late, got a refund (of $0.60!) and the item arrived a few weeks later. But that isn't just from China. We've had a couple items go missing altogether that were ordered from the UK. One Seller got argumentative claiming we have received it and were trying to rip him off. Got a refund eventually after a few weeks of back and forth emails. Considering many items offer free postage from China, even if the item itself costs less than $1, how they get it here in the first place and still make a profit is remarkable.
  16. See here where contact was made directly with Celestron. There was some confusion which is why everyone thinks it has a spherical mirror. http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/133179-celestron-130eq-info/
  17. If it's the Celestron 130EQ, it has a parabolic mirror, not a spherical one. The 114EQ is spherical however.
  18. I had beautiful clear skies last night after the fog drifted away and got an awesome view of Jupiter, Venus and Saturn with Titan! I then went and had a look for a couple DSOs and spotted M7 and got a stunning view of the Carina Nebula. I was planning on staying out longer, but it was a bit chilly and my fingers stopped cooperating. And then there was the dew. OMG, it was so annoying! The EP would glaze over after a minute or so of viewing and I was constantly out with my rocket blower drying the EP off. Plus I was trying to sketch the Carina Nebula, but the paper started going soggy thereby rendering my already questionable drawing talents useless. I couldn't even set an EP down on the table without them getting covered in dew. How does everyone else combat it? Is there a "dry" box or something I could put my eye pieces in to keep them dry when not in use? Wayne
  19. Im about to attempt the same thing - just waiting a couple pulleys and a belt. The motor i went for is 3.5rpm, but i got a speed controller as well for fine focusing. This is the motor i got - http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=390993664036&alt=web
  20. Which bolt are you referring to? There's generally 2 bolts - the adjusting bolt and the locking bolt. The adjusting bolt pushes the mount up, with the weight of the mount following it down when it is wound out. The locking bolt just secures it in place.
  21. I have the Celestron 130EQ and am pretty happy with it, but there are a couple points that should be mentioned... 1) The red dot finder is not very good. It's hard to align objects up in it as the alignment circles can be very hard to see under darkish skies. I've replaced mine with a Right-Angled finderscope. 2) The EQ mount might take a little getting used to. There is no simple up-down movement as with Alt-Az and dobsonian mounts. 3) It will get the shakes when you make any adjustments, particularly with the focuser. But give it a couple seconds and it will be stable again. Optically it seems very good, but then I don't have anything to compare it against. But I have had some awesome views of our Moon, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn, Venus and various DSOs.
  22. No testing tonight, too cloudy. I aligned it before sunset and it seemed ok as long as i dont have to adjust the focus. I hadn't considered resale of the telrad. Might get one to try out, although i am a bit worried about how bulky it is on my telescope. Will it affect the balance much?
  23. I've had a look at the Telrad on youtube, but I'd really need to see one in action before I would purchase one. The problem for me is there are no star parties held in my part of Tasmania. But i like the idea of a RACI, so we'll see how this cheap one goes.
  24. Got tired of my red dot finder not being very accurate so i got a Seben 6x30 Right-angle finder scope off ebay for $25, thinking it must be better that what I've got. Well, yes and no. The cross hairs are nice and thin, but turning the focus ring moves the croshairs all over the place! I've got it all screwed tight now so no movement, and hopefully i can test it out tonight. But i wish now I'd spent a bit more on something decent.... Lesson learned [emoji12]
  25. My wife has zero interest in Astronomy. When I first got my scope I showed her the moon and she was a little impressed, but then I showed her Saturn and her response was "Is that it? I was expecting more". I blame Hubble for her response. But otherwise, she's supportive of my hobby as long as it doesn't cost too much. Little does she know that I already have a large wishlist that may require me to sell a kidney to afford
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