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About astronymonkey

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    Lightbridge 16 , Fully Flocked, 8x50 RACI Finder
    Skywatcher 200p Dob
    6" Home Made Dob
    Revalation 20x80
    UWAN 28mm
    Various other bits 'n' bobs

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  1. Hi folks, good to see some dobs will be there and some visual observers as i dont have the patience or skills for the great things some people can do with astrophotography. Ill be bringing my 16inch dob along with some simple 10x50 bins to keep packing the car simpler. I must admit ive lost my enthusiasm for the past 18 months so this will be my first proper outing - so im going to keep it simple and just take my biggest scope. So for me im after a few planets, some dso, im gonna try for the the horsehead too which has evaded me for years.... im also gonnna take my trainers and
  2. Well then folks.... what has the sky turned out like. Looking at the pics from earlier it looks like its going to be a good one . Cheers
  3. Hi all, Kielder starcamp oct 2018 is nearly here so wondered if anyone else was going ,and if so , what kit will you be bringing and what you intend to observe? Cheers
  4. You can easily make and insect "pooter" which is how those interested in these critters catch them for studying. Ive used one many years ago and they were really effective and remarkably basic. Ive not tried one with the really big spiders though. If you do make one though, make sure you remember to add the pice of fabric to the end of the suck tube or youll end up with a six legged supper !
  5. Arrrrgh..... cloud ! I went out at 12.30 and there was cloud. Soooooo frustrating
  6. Given the disrupted viewing storm brian caused im taking advantage of the clear spell behing the weatherfront and have the scope out cooling. Cloud is forecast qbou 2-3am so im hoping to get a few hours in. Havent decided wht to view .... any suggestions ? Cheers
  7. With kielder being so high i decided not to make the journey given the winds and towing a caravan and then setting up a large dob to act as a sail might have been tempting fate. I emailed lynn on friday morning asking her to reallocate my hard standingmornin so i hope someone managed to make use of it. At least my kit is all sorted so it will be a good excuse to get out in the garden tonight if it clears. As for the horsehead there is a sickle shape of stars that seem to tightly frame the shape of the head and i use these as a guide to where to look. This helps give some indication
  8. Ive attempted the horsehead for quite a few yeaws but even from kielder and galloway its evaded me due to the sky conditions just not being 100% .... i find even the slightest amount of moisture in the air just steals the contrast on this object. Theres often talk of an optimum exit pupil size for this object to get the right contrast ..... is it about 4mm .... i cant remember. I suppose a mix of aperture, dark skies, suitable exit pupil and a h-beta filter might put the snout in range.... it will be interesting to see if anyone has managed and what their setup was. Cheers
  9. Kielder is usually wet under foot this time of year so have a hardstanding booked and will be warm in my caravan
  10. Hi folks, Less than a week now til kielder star camp begins so i wondered who was going and what you hope to see ? Im still hoping for a visual view of the horsehead but havent managed for the 5 years ive been trying ! Cheers
  11. Hi all, I need to buy some rca/phone leads, an aaa battery holder, a few plugs , battery connectors, inline fuses etc and wondered where the best place was to buy these. They are to extend my dew leads and for a few other projects im doing. Online would be good but not ebay and im wanting to avoid maplin prices, Thanks in advance,
  12. Well done on having your photos used in a presentation ..... mine are never worth sharing ! Its your hobby so enjoy it however you wish, and dont worry about what he thinks
  13. Thanks everyone thats been really helpful. I m going to try to keep the existing polarity and i hqve a multimeter so should be able to check. Out of interest does the centre pin ultimately lead to the posotive terminal on the battery or the negative ? Thanks
  14. Hi , hopefully this will be a simple query but I have some dew srips and i want to make their leads shorther. Is there any polarity in these things or can any of the two wires be connected to posotive ? Im thinking that they are just some sort of resistor so the direction of the current shouldnt matter but i wanted to check first. Thanks
  15. Hi Ade, Looks like a lovely project you have found yourself. After close looking at the pics of the secondary it looks as if the flat is rotated 180 from how it should be fitted as this will mean the flat sides of the secondary will then be parallel to the main tube. This would suggest that in its lifetime someone has had the secondary off and refitted it upside down which gives it a huge offset . Others will be able to check my thinking on this though aand give their thoughts. Cheers
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