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  1. @Chaza To echo what @JOC said above, start with your lowest magnification eyepiece- in your case 25mm and when you have it in the middle, change to a higher magnification and refocus. I had big problems at the beginning getting objects in the field of view and keeping them there. With lower magnification you see more sky so this is easier and once you have an object in your eyepiece you can swap it for a higher mag one.
  2. So that's 16 posts a week which are liked 24 times between them. I'm guessing about 150 clear nights of which you missed less than 20.
  3. I've followed you all the way. Your journey has inspired me. Good luck for the future.
  4. I've noticed that the best conditions are usually at the height of winter. A freezing January sky beats a slightly milder February sky. I usually find autumn is moist and dew is a problem. Summer nights when it's still warm at night have given me spectacular skies too. I look at aeroplane trails. If they hang around a long time, that means the transparency isn't going to be up to much when it gets dark. If I can see tight detail in the fresh trails, I get excited about the night.
  5. My notes change over time. Sometimes is just the objects I see. If I've seen them a few times I might not mention them unless I have a comment. I always write a new object and underline it and usually unsuccessful objects. I might draw how to star hop to a difficult object. At the moment, apart from new objects, I find it interesting to add a comment to help me remember the night. For example, I saw a hedgehog or a car pulled up and a man got out and stared at me. I don't write it when I'm observing but the next day (Stellarium helps me remember). I might not bother, in fact when I filled up my book at the end of the year I didn't immediately replace it but then I got confused about which new Orion doubles I'd split and which I'd failed at, so I caught up. Go for it. You can't do it wrong. At the very least it helps you remember what you've seen and it can stop you making the same mistake twice. Contemplation is a big part of this hobby and this adds another layer.
  6. Not bad. I've been set up for nearly two hours. I'm just going to have another look at the cloud before calling it a day.
  7. An enjoyable read. You described a lot of my spring sessions- trying to spot the Hamburger, having real problems with M97 and especially M108 and being wowed by M51. Next time the moon starts waning it could be time again.
  8. That's great. They go so well together and it really shows how faint the galaxy is. (I've only managed to see it once). Super image.
  9. Thanks for your help everyone. I took the plunge last week. It might be a while before I get to observe there but I'm excited. Fingers crossed for a trouble free observing site.
  10. I like M78. I was very proud when I bagged it in my Skylux 70 and now I always have a look when I'm spending an evening in Orion.
  11. I have to agree with the above about the AZ4. I've had my SW ED100 on it for two years now and I'm not a fan of using it at 150x although 112x is OK. For lower mags it's fine. Probably a lot of the issues at high mag are down to my own clumsiness, though. Good luck with your choice- it's an exciting time.
  12. My left one is good at distance whereas my right is good close up. I suppose together they are like Jack Sprat and his wife. It's the left I use for observing but my finder is slightly to the left of my scope so I use my right to look through that.
  13. Mmmmm galaxies. I haven't seen any apart from Cetus A since autumn. At the moment it's still too cold to venture away from my balcony so it's open cluster and doubles time for me. You've whetted my appetite for spring.
  14. Very nice. You accurately describe a lot of my observing sessions this year. I knew I had the E (and later F) stars when my head involuntarily jerked back. It gets easier every time assuming similar conditions but I need freezing January skies to split the most challenging of Orion's many beautiful doubles.
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