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david o

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  1. Thanks StarryEyed, Brought tears to my eyes all over again. Is it me, or is the presenter right at the start choking up along with the rest of us?
  2. Chris, For the ins 'n' outs of choosing EPs, you might find this post a help in guiding you through the basics: "Eyepieces - the very least you need". Also there is/was a primer ( "Understanding and choosing eyepieces" by Andrew* ) here in the forum, but I can't seem to find it any-more. I'd be tempted not to buy anything for now, just use what came with the 'scope. With eyepiece time under your belt you'll know what needs replacing or if there's a "gap" that needs filling. HTH 
  3. Hi Chris, Welcome aboard. You'll find us a friendly bunch, lots of fine folk, all willing to share advice and experience. Ask away, 'cause around here the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask
  4. Finally got first light with the Dob on Friday 27th. What a treat, 1st light, a total lunar eclipse and Mars opposition!  Got out to a local picnic area with the Dob and the 'frac. The spot is surrounded by trees that block ambient light from the local town and villages. The LP was bad with high humidity and some cloud. After an hour and a half or so it clouded completely, bringing the session to an end. Seeing was bad, even low power views showed broiling (40mm Plössl at 30x in the Dob and 32mm Plössl at 19x in the 'frac). It'll need several more visits to the site to see if it's a problem generally with the location or not. Arrived too late to catch Venus and only got the last 3rd or so of the eclipse. Took in Mars obviously. Also bagged Jupiter and Saturn. Highlights of the night? During moments of better seeing :- four bright, pinpoint Galilean moons lined up either side of Jupiter with the Dob. the Moon almost filling the whole view in the EP, with both 'scopes. Mars, with the 'frac. All in all, despite the appalling LP, terrible seeing and clouds a very satisfying return to astronomy. The fire's been relit and the mojo is working again. In a strange way feels like I've come home
  5. Update. Finally got 1st light with the Dob last Friday. What a treat, 1st light, a total lunar eclipse and Mars opposition! Can't wait to get out again :)
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    A hello from Hull

    Welcome aboard Pete, around here the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask :)
  7. Hi, I'm looking for either an 8 or 9 x 50mm RACI Finder to go with my new Dob as well as my other 'scopes. Mobility problems with my neck mean that a straight through can (literally) be a pain, or worse cause further issues.
  8. Apart from expressing my astonishment at the sartorial elegance displayed in the thread I have to ask, Neil, where did you buy/acquire the Russian observing hood?
  9. Hi 2Karl, Welcome aboard. You'll find a friendly forum full of fine folks, all willing to share advice and experience. Remember, the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask :)
  10. david o

    Hello I am Chris

    Hi Chris, Welcome aboard :)
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