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About domstar

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  1. A great report. It sounds like my idea of a perfect evening. It's amazing how much one can achieve in an evening (he says while tapping away on the keyboard). I was surprised by how excited I was to see Mercury with my son on Saturday even though it was binoculars and naked eye. Anyway, you've motivated me to stand up and do the washing-up then hang up the washing.
  2. What are the Trapezium E and F stars if not a challenge? Actually seeing a galaxy with my own eyes is awe-inspiring but there is no such intrinsic magnificence in spotting two more stars in a cluster. Don't get me wrong, I've spent a good while on them and am very pleased if I manage to bag them (the F star only on one or two occasions). I still give Rigel a look but now I can see the secondary without problem, I rarely linger on it. In fact, the Cambridge Double Star Atlas has been my main motivator since November. I've loved tracking down, star-hopping, splitting and seeing faint companions. We've all been enthused by Nick Cotterless' descriptions of doubles and others' too. In my case, though, it's the challenge rather than the aesthetics that are my motivation. I hardly look at Albireo now, especially after I read here that the pair are no longer considered gravity bound. As for the moon- volcanic domes give me a buzz closely followed by difficult rilles and tiny craters. For me, the wow factor is still there but you can only see Jupiter for the first time once. We could give up or develop how we enjoy the hobby. When I started out, I never could have imagined what I would be able to see or especially what I would spend my time doing in the name of entertainment and how much I would enjoy it.
  3. I bought a solar filter that looked like the one you mentioned @Domcia I was very satisfied as I was sure it was better than any I could make myself. I had to stick something to the plastic housing to make sure it fitted snugly enough that it couldn't be blown out by the wind. I was a little nervous at first and I always held the filter in my hands and looked through it at the sun before I put it on the telescope to make sure it wasn't damaged.
  4. Hi welcome and good luck. http://binocularsky.com could be interesting for you. Hope you have fun.
  5. I agree with the book Turn Left at Orion. That really took me forward and opened up a whole range of things to see and how to find them. Before that I didn't really know what I was doing. I would also suggest an eyepatch and some extra warm socks.
  6. Stunning image. I called my son over to show him. Big respect.
  7. Great report. Leo galaxies always get me excited about the Virgo galaxies to come. My eyes always need a bit of spring training after a winter of easier to spot open clusters and Orion's in-your-face beauties. You've whetted my appetite.
  8. Welcome to the forum. You had a lucky escape with those H eyepieces. I think plossl eyepieces are fine (new or used). You could go a step up and get BST Starguiders. Whatever you choose will be considerably better than the ones that you originally looked at. Good luck and have fun.
  9. Fascinating and beautifully presented. I'm amazed.
  10. Brilliant report. I'm really pleased for you.
  11. Three days in a row. I can't remember the last time that happened to me. A very interesting read- thanks.
  12. Sounds like a great night. Some of my favourites there.
  13. Great report and lovely area of sky.
  14. Mine makes the stars green too. It's Explore Scientific. It also gives me a slight improvement on the Orion Nebular. On the (big) plus side, I can see the Veil with it.
  15. Up at 4 a.m to look at the moon. I like the moon that's dedication. I liked your comment about a 'largeish collection of eyepieces'. It made me smile but at least they get plenty of use. Nice report.
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