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  1. Very useful and makes a lot of sense. Going to apply when I need to balance next.
  2. Yes the Moonlite was a straight forward fit - the only fiddly bit is fitting the base plate.
  3. Having received my Moonlite focuser , fitted it and the sky was clear (!!!!) , decided to setup and observe for a while. setup went fine, whilst allowing to cool couldn't resist a peek at jupiter. Put in 20mm and got a good view - Io was on the west of jupiter, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto on the East. Saw some detail as I managed to get my view at about 17:00 UT so it was realtively high. went inside and had some food. As luck would have it various things distracted me, but by 20:30 back out to scope - hmmm , scope now covered in a thin layer of snow. decided a quick look at orion (M42) was in order - nice view . Was going to look at more but , nasty cloud looming so packed up. Seems you cant win with the UK weather, scope in warm defrosting atm. will say this though the moonlite didnt grumble at all - smooth as silk.
  4. here in Neath it was cloudy Sunday night so I thought thats a wash out again, but thanks to an extra freight train coming through that woke me at 03:00, saw a good number through breaks in the cloud. Some were really bright and at least 2 of those broke up as they came in into at least 3 smaller ones - pretty spectacular.
  5. Agree that stellarium good for beginners - i've now found i need more detail tho. still use stellarium for quick see whats where re constellations etc
  6. i'm getting on well with it - clouds permitting. like all eq mounted scopes , it's getting used the mount that is the hardest part. i upgraded to meade 5000 sp and i find they suit the scope well.
  7. That is very good - like the realism and resolution, something to aspire to
  8. again a personal opnion, but i prefer the EQ mount. For visual the EQ3-2 mount is stable and once your used to using it allows for easy viewing.
  9. Those are excellent, especially the M15! How long did the M42 take?
  10. as has been said its practice that reveals more, strange as that might sound. My first view of Jupiter was an indistinct lemon disk and four moons. Now I can detect the bands plus whichever moons are visible. Same with DSOs - M42 is magnificent, but I've noticed the more you view it the more detail is noticed, even with my puny setup
  11. sounds like Jupiter - next time hope you see all four moons. Its wind plus rain here so at least you saw something and thats a stwp forward
  12. I liked all of those poems, agree about the first one with regard to her growth, think the Hardy is my favourite though.
  13. I own a 150PL and its given me good views of DSOs. I have a neutral denisty filter (for moon) and a UHC filter, used both to good effect. More than happy with 150PL
  14. The three Messiers are on my list already, I'm also thinking of the Herschel objects as well. From what I've been able to research some of those are pretty faint as well.
  15. Coincindently my plan involves Auriga - thanks to Doc's reports im more inspired to look once the damn cloud has gone. Which cluster is the most difficult to observe in Auriga in your opnion Doc?
  16. Thanks guys - hope my next report is a bit better - must say it was rather frustrating last night - mainly down to cloud....
  17. One problem I have is western view - investigating where I can put scope so I can see the western targets. Inspires to look, and who knows I might even put together a devent report
  18. That horrid finger of cloud scuppered me as well and there isa big blob sitting over SW Wales now - at least I did do some observing , hope everyone else has a clear night
  19. After all the cloud and rain, the weather god made a mistake and allowed a clear spell here Equipment SW 150PL Time 17:50 - 19:40 Conditions : Little or no wind , some cloud Seeing Average Transparency Average Setup and allowed to cool. Whilst waiting had a scan with the bins. Nice view of the double cluster and the cluster in Perseus. Jupiter was reasonably positioned so had a look - surprisingly good view - definitely 2 equatorial bands and the northern polar region. Had a look at the cluster in Perseus - after a slightly frustrating tussle with the mount eventually got it in view - scanned slowly through very impressive. Tried to view the double cluster near Cass, but the mount and I disagreed yet again. I'll have to practise looking directly above a bit more . Was planning to do a Messier hunt in Auriga, but general murk and increasing cloud foiled that plan. Even though it was a short session, got to see the cluster in Perseus at last. As a small bonus saw the ISS pass over at about 18:00 as well.
  20. Agree its about recording as accurately as possible a visual observation and improving observational skills. If the result ends up as a beautiful rendition by virtue of the techniques used then that is bonus. When this inclement weather decides to go away I'll be sketching and hopefully applying artistic techniques to bring out the details whether or not it results in a 'pretty picture'. My view is you can combine the recording and artistic side.
  21. Hi Newbie not a lot to add to whats been said already, as its all sound advice, but as a Sw150PL owner i know you'll get some good views with it, especially if you upgrade the eyepieces. i find it easy to setup and move about and have a lot of fun using the scope.
  22. hi Carol thanks for your input too! Seems my original idea of 80mm (3") would be viable as well. I'll have to experiment and see what works best. I'm intending to work white on black, so just need to decide what media now - thats proving to be a bit of fun and games :laugh
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