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About MrCat

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    It'd be quicker to list things I'm not interested in, which include most televised sport (sorry folks), becoming immensely wealthy and/or powerful, and politics (shameful I know). Some interests include; Magic (close up and cards), Music, playing and listening, and anything Arty/Crafty. And a bunch more. Oh yes... And Home-brewing (the latest new one apart from star gazing) :D
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  1. Thanks guys/gals! Yea I'm taking maximum caution with the sun, but I guess it's the same as most things in life haha, you can spend £50 or make one out of an empty fairy bottle And yes due to the lack of planets at a respectable time just now, combined with the rubbish weather I thought there's likely more chance of getting some good solar views sooner!
  2. Ahh thanks John, but the wonderful people on here have already provided me with a new finder scope with their immense generosity So I'm good in that department now. The only things I can really think would be worthwhile to spend out on is some new eyepieces, but what's really taken my imagination just recently is solar filters! Lots of folk seem to be saying it's easy to make your own but I'm a bit scared (wisely) and am thinking better to spend a little extra on a 'proper' one first before attempting to make a diy version as it seems a little dangerous to make a mistake on!
  3. Do these just fit on the eye piece, or over the end of the scope?
  4. Awesome, thank you so much Well I still haven't looked at anything apart from the moon yet, but I was able to get what I thought was a good image with the 8mm and the barlow 2x combined. I did just get a bracket to clamp on so I can try and take some photo's too, I'll post some if I manage to make it work ok
  5. Cool, thanks! But I think I'm maxed out on magnification with an 8mm eyepiece and 2x barlow with my scope, and I don't have anything smaller yet.
  6. Wow! That's pretty awesome tho. Thanks! Inspiring... Now I see why people are talking mesmerising sun spots.
  7. Free 'stuff you already own' mods are the best. Go blue peter.
  8. Nice one! Perfect. Yea it occurred in a moment of clarity the other day Kind of seems stunningly obvious now, but the greatest things always are a bit like that. And I'm loving the thread link above, great minds think alike
  9. http://www.astroverde.org/images/IMG_2942_Scaled.jpg- this would be more like it eh
  10. Oh right haha it says h-alpha at the bottom never mind
  11. So, just to clarify a bit about what you can/can't see with the different options, I wouldn't mind the sun in green but you can't see the likes of solar flares and activity round the edge? I found this which looks pretty cool to me! https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=solar+telescope+filters&rlz=1C1MSIM_enGB646GB646&es_sm=122&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAmoVChMIjLyUpuXsyAIVxT4UCh3YCAo4&biw=1920&bih=955#imgdii=6pYd7FRfNHOWVM%3A%3B6pYd7FRfNHOWVM%3A%3BHH6bthOyC0ieMM%3A&imgrc=6pYd7FRfNHOWVM%3A
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