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  1. I'm thinking exactly the same!
  2. Not too far south into East Anglia though. Suffolk, Norfolk and probably Cambridgeshire are low on light pollution. Further into Essex and it starts to build
  3. I missed this on Saturday, but I've found it's being repeated on Tuesday at 7pm. Will see then if it's any good
  4. I'm itching to use it, but it seems I'm paying a cloud penalty now! Perhaps along with the specs of an item suppliers should now include an estimate of the cloud penalty incurred by purchasing, measured in nights and miles. It's a good mug. My other office favourite says "Another 8 hours of pretending to work"
  5. All the way from Aunt FLO, a 32mm Panaview. Hoping there won't be a cloud penalty for this! Didn't realise how big these get
  6. I thought it was a bit disappointing. Not that much on the sky even when it was clear. Would like to see more of Greg (Space Gandalf) in the future as he has knows his stuff, clearly enjoys talking about it, and has a calm informative manner. The English presenters were rather overenthusiastic and shouty in comparison
  7. Thanks for these. I've bookmarked them so I can watch them on cloudy nights. More informative than the recent Stargazing Live too
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  9. It's not that bad! I think I'd rather be out in the countryside with all the natural noises than in town. My weekend observing sessions tend to be accompanied by the sounds of boy racers revving engines in the nearby supermarket car park, before running them round the circuit of the main road through town and the bypass. And then there's the loud drunken arguments from the local yoof walking back from town. I'm just glad they can't see me when I'm out observing as they are definitely less safe than any suspicious rustling in the undergrowth in the middle of nowhere! Saying that, I've not had to deal with poachers or irate farmers yet
  10. I used to live out in the wilds of Suffolk across a valley from a piggery, and the sounds from there would carry very well on a still night. I was so glad I knew in advance that pig squeals at a distance can sound like human screams!
  11. Excellent! If you haven't already done so, try hunting for some DSO's next. M42, the Orion Nebula, is very easy to find as it surrounds the middle star of Orion's sword. M13, the great cluster in Hercules, looks like a small ball of lots of stars. It actually comprises of around 300,000 stars and is 145 light years in diameter! The Leo Triplet is next on my list as I've never seen it, and now I've had a drink and nibbles I'm off out again to hunt for that. And M13 again too as I've only seen it once
  12. Congratulations! It's always a buzz to see the first one, and recognise it for what it is In the same field of view as Andromeda (depending on what scope and eyepiece you use) you should also be able to see a second, fainter galaxy core too. That one is M32. Also have a look for the Whirlpool Galaxy in Ursa Major. It's quite high in the sky at this time of year, and is reasonably easy to find. There you will see two galaxies, one absorbing the other
  13. I can appreciate the t-shirt even if I can't understand the technical aspects of the poster and presentation! It's thanks to Terry Pratchett that I always think of Pleiades as being the 'small faint boring group of stars' constellation
  14. Not quite as good as Paz's sun, but I got the moon with my phone up to a 5mm eyepiece.
  15. It's a repeat of a Horizon programme from 2012/13. It's a good one though Available on iPlayer now