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About skybond

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  1. I have found that the majority of USB to serial connectors will now be absolutely fine. Originally it was the case that drivers were an issue but that time is now past.
  2. I do remember being on a boat in the South Pacific when I was not able to go on a night dive due to ear problems. The difference between a night sky in England and the night sky hundreds of miles from any source of light pollution is truly incredible.
  3. I live just outside of Taunton, quite a rural area really. On a couple of nights I have seen the Milky Way but that is only a couple of nights per year. When it is visible it really does make it clear how the light pollution from Taunton is affecting the visibility - I can't even remember what it is like inside a city.
  4. Great book, very easy reading for what could be quite a dull subject. I found it gave me very relevant information without requiring me to be too involved in the technical aspects. I just want to take good photos.
  5. Stunning. Thanks for the heads up. I'm an iPhone developer and it is so difficult for great apps to be seen amongst all the dross.
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    Hi, I'm from Taunton and have been watching with interest the newspaper articles about the street lights being switched off at night ... shame!!
  7. I was under the impression that although the price is an invitation only, if you were to purchase it and they were to accept your order then there is a contract in force - they made an offer, you made an offer, they accepted your offer.
  8. Hi from Bishops Lydeard (very near Taunton but with fewer street lights).
  9. Hi Dave and welcome from Taunton.
  10. Unless things have changed, Orbit are not making any more in the near future. I have been asking Bernard to get hold of one for me for a couple of months now. Their wedge is supposed to be excellent but they will not do a run of wedges until they have advanced orders. I went for the Celestron in the end since getting a wedge shipped over from US was going to be very expensive.
  11. Parallel universes is not something I can even entertain. To think that there is someone out there that has made all the mistakes that I have not made is totally unrealistic, If there is a mistake to be made then I have made it! Kafka covered parallel paths pretty well in the "Unbearable Lightness of Being", one of my all time favorites. As far as I am aware, there is no evidence for parallel universes.
  12. That is kind of what I was worried about .. if we can say that the Universe will adhere to the laws of physics and nature but the origins of the Universe do not then surely we have a problem.
  13. Did you know that you can get cheap software from Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Software UK at Software4Students.co.uk ? If you have kids then you can get Office Enterprise for £60ish and Windows 7 ultimate upgarde for £65ish. All you have to do is to to name you kids school and give their name. The site is 100% genuine - my kids have needed loads of software!! I have not posted a link since I do not want anyone to think that I am benefiting from this in any way. You will receive your disk in a couple of days .. it is nice to know that there is some benefit from having expensive "drains on your assets".
  14. I have seen lots of programs recently (Stephen Hawkings etc) where they have talked about laws of nature and how they will apply across the whole Universe. My question is regarding the Big Bang. If there was a singularity which exploded to form the Universe then how is this consistent with the laws of nature. Something that is so tiny yet can release so much matter as to create the entire universe. I also cannot get my head around what was there just before the big bang. How can you explain infinite time .. what was there before that infinite time. I am not trying to be pedantic or pushing a theological viewpoint but I do find that the layman's point of view is the most useful when trying to understand something so fundamental.
  15. I am in Taunton and can sympathize with the conditions although there are more stars appearing by the minute. I also have a CG5 Goto and a C6 OTA since I want to get into imaging. I have therefore seen both the Fork and EQ options but must say that the speed of setup of the CPC is a real asset. With the CPC the 3 star align is very quick and reliable and I can be setup in less than 5 mins.
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