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D Wright

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  1. The 450P is a fantastic scope. Huge light gathering but easy to put up and control. The week before last when there was no moon I was observing the Coma Berenices and Leo area and I have never seen so many galaxies. I can see things down to Mag 14.5. It does help that I live in a Bortle 3 area. They are very sturdy as well as I have found out. I keep it outside with a 365 cover on it and so far it has blown over 3 times. The last time it blew over onto paving and I panicked thinking it must be broken but not a scratch on it. It is now tied to a 6' fence post on a 3' fence spike so I can remove the post for use.
  2. Last night the moon was too bright to do anything else so I decided to do some lunar observing as it was nice and clear. I had forgotten how much pleasure you can get from this. I was using my 18" Dob. Normally I use my Naglers with this scope but I decided to use some of my 1.25" eyepieces to get more magnification. I had my 12.5 mm BST and a 2.5 barlow in and WOW. 360 X magnification and so clear. I concentrated on the area around Copernicus and could see all the mountains of the Montes Carapatus. The area of Sinus Iridium was spectacular too. This is definitely the best I have ever seen the moon.
  3. HI I am in Cumbria north of Brampton near Roadhead.
  4. I know. I have a 365 cover for my dob but haven't got round to one for the frac and mount. Must put it on Santa's list.
  5. I looked at the forecast for tonight and it said partly clear. At 18.00 hrs the sky was perfectly clear so I started setting up. I got set up and polar aligned by 19.15 hrs and noticed it was clouding over, 5 minutes later the heavens opened, so it was get the equipment into the house as fast as I could. Scope and mount grabbed and in first and me absolutely soaked. Mount and scope not too bad just a few drops on them. These things happen from time to time but I am now drying off in front of the fire with a gin and tonic.
  6. HI Steve. I am by no means an expert but have been dabbling a little in EAA (electronically assisted astronomy). I can recommend the Altair Astro GPCAM 2 which retails at about £150 and sharp cap which when you get the pro licence (which you get free with the GP CAM for a year) will do live stacking and you can use short exposures as it automatically aligns each frame so the AZ mount will not be a problem. I hope this helps. Dave
  7. Another +1 for Sharpcap pro. So easy to use and accurate. I have had polar alignment of 1-2 arc seconds and consequently got subs of 5 minutes unguided.
  8. Hi I am going Thursday - Sunday. I will be bringing my 18" Dob and Esprit 100 on EQ6-R. I will most likely be observing clouds!!! I look forward to meeting some new faces and catching up with ones not so new.
  9. Well that's the motor home all packed ready for tomorrow. I should be there about 2pm. Looking forward to a good catch up. I have the whisky packed but will keep it a surprise as to what it is. It's one of my personal favourites.
  10. I use a 365 cover on my dob. it has been out now for 2 months. So far no problems apart from it blowing over a couple of weeks ago (luckily no damage). You do get spiders and creepy crawlies inside but they don't seem to do any harm, just make sure all the scope covers are on.
  11. Hi Shelster. I live near Brampton and if you are looking for somewhere dark you could come to my house. I have a large garden and it is very dark being on the edge of the Northumberland dark sky park. It would be great to meet another member of SGL as there are not many around here. Let me know if you would like to come over and we can take it from there. I am going to Kielder star camp from Thursday until Sunday so I will see you there. Dave
  12. That's the telrad and finderscope mounted and a dew heater on the secondary. Roll on the next clear night.
  13. I can't actually see the planets from where the scope is situated but I have the best view of the rest of the sky.
  14. Despite the cloudy forecast for last night I noticed at 9.00 the sky was quite clear so when it was fully dark at 10.00 it was crystal clear and looked set to stay that way. I took the cover off the Skywatcher 450P. The first target was M31 & M32 with the Nagler 31mm. WOW I could make out the dust lanes in the galaxy and the core was so bright. M110 nearly filled the field of view. Next, time to hunt down targets I have not been able to find or see before. There are too many targets to detail fully so I will keep it to a list. Some of these are old favourites and many are new to me. I know where they are but have never been able to see them. Here is my observing list. M2, M3, M33, NGC7331 (I could even see the companion galaxies), M15, M57, M27, M81, M82, M97, M108, M109, M51, M63, M101, M94, NGC4490. I managed 2 hours before wondering why I could not see anything and realising my secondary had dewed up (must fit dew heater). All in all a very satisfying if unexpected night. I must say this scope is simply awesome. I need to make an adapter so I can fit a finder scope as finding things with just a Telrad was a challenge.
  15. I went along the same lines as you with my old 10" newt but when I fitted the RACI finder I couldn't tell what the scope was pointing at. I would advise getting either a simple red dot finder or a Rigel or Telrad so you can tell which part of the sky you are pointing at.
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