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  1. I believe Belfast Harbour Commission is changing all their lighting, street lighting & towers, to LED but the cost will be eyewateringly expensive. Less maintenance and long lifespan probably made it do-able but as aforementioned the light given off by leds seems very cold, clinical and glarey.

  2. I liked the programme and the presenters. Darryl and Cox were good ( behave... i know it`s not the fat blokes proper name :p ) and the guests kept it all moving along. I personally liked the wit and banter and for me that`s essential so the subject doesn`t get too high brow which, given my IQ, wouldn`t be too hard :grin:

    Looking forward to next one.


  3. The " Shorty Plus " from Orion is a cost effective* barlow. As far as eyepieces go i only have 4 & the shorty and i got those off Ebay. Saved up and got one every couple of months. Pentax xw`s and a TV 27mm Panoptic. Nice views:D

    * Just checked the internet for prices on the shorty and they`re £83 :D

    I`m pretty sure it was £55 when i got mine a couple of years ago.

  4. This is not easy for me but here we go anyway.....

    In the past i may have...i did..cast dispersions on Prof. Cox`s narrative delivery on his BBC programmes. I would like to set the record straight and say i`ve found him to be very funny in his recent BBC lecture, not Ricky Gervais funny but certainly funnier than Lenny Henry. Also, as my girlfriend bought me "Wonders of the Universe" off Amazon* i can only say it`s a fantastic insight into our hobby and thank (cough) Brian for his input.:)

    * Amazon are currently selling this book for £10 :D and not the full price my girlfriend might have you believe:rolleyes:

    Clear Skies & Happy 2012 to all especially Brian.:)

  5. As a very casual observer the Virgo super cluster was a bit of a revelation B) Last week i noted the Plough overhead and remembered the swaith of galaxies marked " below" ( i warned you i was casual ) it on my DeepMap 600. I spun the dob round due south and there they were. :) Excellent stuff and kudos to you WayBig for identifing them.

    Clear Skies


  6. Try a little test and you can check out the results for yourself. Go outside and stay out for a good 20 mins. Avoid all lights if you can. Come back indoors again but keep one eye shut. Stay a few minutes then go back out again and check out the stars, do the "camera 1, camera 2" thing (only open left eye, close, only open right eye, close, etc.) and you`ll see some difference :o When i go out into the garage at dark i can`t see anything really yet after 10-20 minutes in the dark i can make out stuff sitting around easily.



    PS. You need the house lights on for this to work:D

  7. It`s impossible to please all of the people all of the time i guess :)

    Good as the programme is i find myself falling asleep midway through. The content is good enough, although that incidental music (why?) grates. The reason i think i drift off is Mr.Cox. The guy knows his subject, of that there is little doubt, it`s just he delivers it with an airy, thousand yard stare & mystical smile with zero gravitas. Bung Morgan Freeman a few bob to do the narrative and have "smiler" in to do the technical bit and you`d have a product auntie beeb could flog to the martians.:o Sorted.




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