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Moonshane

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  1. Loving HA solar observing with my Tal based 100mm PST2 mod.

    1. nightfisher

      nightfisher

      I knew you would end up with a TAL one day, just a shame you dont use it at night lol

    2. Luke

      Luke

      100mm h-a is just bliss :D Must try and get a look through a Tal one day.

  2. The Vixen has landed!

  3. One out, one in. I have sold a scope (130mm Newt) to buy another one (80mm f11 frac) for solar use. Must be losing my grip - FRACS????

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    2. Dude_with_the_tube

      Dude_with_the_tube

      i use my frac for solar and its great Shane.just wondering,do you plan to PST mode it or its gonna be white solar??

    3. Luke

      Luke

      Those fracs sure do work nice for solar :) The detail you can see in white light with a Herschel wedge is bonkers.

    4. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      Nah just going to use it as a white light solar scope plus maybe doubles etc as a change from my 6" f11. it will mainly sit on the giro opposite the Lunt 50 when this arrives.

  4. Back on the giro.....just bought a Giro and pillar mount. Really glad to have this set up again.

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    2. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      it does Jules but I have had to sell quite a bit of gear (mostly non-astro old moth stuff) to get to the £900 selling price!

    3. nightfisher
    4. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      Created a thread with pics

  5. I'm becoming a bit of a solar addict. I can give it up any time though.

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    2. Ant

      Ant

      It's only for visual... Yeah I've heard that before. :)

    3. Sarah

      Sarah

      Sounds like a great combo! We have definitely had more use from our solar gear than the night time astronomy over the last year.

    4. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      No seriously i have (literally) no interest in imaging unless you count sketching :0)

  6. We've got to Jupiter season again. Last night was superb. Often I am unable to bring myself to look at anything else when Jupiter is prominent.

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    2. Mike73

      Mike73

      Had my best EVER views of Jupiter last night using full aperture!

    3. Naemeth

      Naemeth

      Jupiter is lovely when it's out. Mind you, so is the Moon, I'm really enjoying it in a way I never did with my Heritage.

    4. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      as hinted at by Mike above, I use full aperture when possible on all three scopes. often with the 16" though the view is better masked off to 170mm. if I can use full aperture though I do. that certainly allows for more moons to be detected with e.g. Saturn. also the detail when the seeing pops is just staggering.

  7. I am all Lovejoyed up having seen this comet for the first time this morning. Missed Ison but maybe another time or hopefully after the sun visit.

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    2. Daniel-K

      Daniel-K

      :( working nights has cost me seeing ISON. maybe i will still get lovejoy but not holding my breath.

    3. wayneh

      wayneh

      well done had ago but could not find it

    4. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      Lovejoy is easily visible in my 7x36 bins. If you get clear sky, even with the moon it's very bright.

  8. I am all Lovejoyed up having seen this comet for the first time this morning. Missed Ison but maybe another time or hopefully after the sun visit.

  9. I have reverse aperture fever. I have a 16" f4 dob and bought a 12" f4 dob and have now bought a 4.5" f4.3 newtonian and am loving it. I still have the others but the little guy is so dinky.

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    2. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      £23...that's brilliant!! Ok, I'm outta here... :)

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      LOL. I can see the benefits of fracs and why people like them, I just prefer newts and see no reason to change my view. I am easily confused and the left right reversal of fracs drives me mad.

    4. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      I swap my eyes...this works for me :)

  10. Finally managed to detect M74 last night. It's tricky from home but found it!

    1. Qualia

      Qualia

      Nice one, Shane. I managed it a few weeks back but no more than a smudge. No detail as such.

    2. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      Good stuff. What was your scope?

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      cheers guys :0)

      It was with my 12" f4 dob. hoping it will be pretty nice from a dark site with the 16"

  11. Well, my new scope is ready and I'm hoping for some clear skies!

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    2. estwing

      estwing

      clear skies mate...can't wait for the first light report.

    3. nightfisher

      nightfisher

      what new scope?

    4. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      Don't worry Jules, it's not a frac! Believe it or not, another dob

  12. Made a dob base for my 12" f4 yesterday. Just need to fit the bearing surfaces and the finish and I can finally use the thing!

    1. estwing

      estwing

      nice one shane,clear skies mate

    2. Qualia

      Qualia

      If it matches anything else that is conjured from the Moonshane laboratory, it is going to be amazing...

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      Fitted all bearings and a couple of coats of black stain. Just adding the clear top coats (x3) and it will be usable at last.

  13. Gut still aching from Thursday's hernia op but on the mend. Good for long term picking up of the 16"!

    1. M00NMonkey

      M00NMonkey

      Good to hear you're on the mend! when you're fully recovered, these pesky clouds might have dispersed!!

    2. garethmob

      garethmob

      get better soon shane! the sky can wait, go out slowly with bins while your getting better! :)

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      cheers guys. here's hoping things settle down soon, my brother in law is bringing his scope later this week (or maybe moving one of mine for me) I think if the weather looks any good for the asteroid pass.

  14. Peak Star Party tonight!! (and the weather actually looks like it might play fair).

    1. crashtestdummy

      crashtestdummy

      Im about 25 miles north and its not looking good for you,sorry.

    2. Qualia

      Qualia

      If you guys from the Peak Party are reading this I did a little asking and found tha the best clear skies for your guys will be around 4am this 'evening', that is Saturday early. Should be great to catch some of those winter joys. Hope you all have a great time.

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      Well Rob

      you were absolutely spot on mate. best skies certainly (Friday) Saturday 2-6am with the best at around 4am

  15. Peak Star Party tomorrow!

    1. nightfisher

      nightfisher

      Too right! im so keen to get there

    2. Qualia

      Qualia

      jammy gets. Here it's been strorms and rain for the past week and it won't let up till after the weekend. Anyway, usually around winter things calm down again.

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      I am sorry to say Rob, I am struggling to feel sorry for you :0)

  16. She's got her hand on your Pilchards.....

    1. rory
    2. Qualia

      Qualia

      I don't get this one :-(

    3. Moonshane

      Moonshane

      you'd have to watch the clip Rob. unfortunately, I cannot find a link

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