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  1. GREAT.. That really helps me.. I thought the same with position of Saturn and Jupiter, this is why I wondered if it was actual worth spending the money on. Tom
  2. Thanks a lot guys.. Bit mixed opinion on the imaging side but you have definitely saved me some money here. I was hoping it would be a bigger improvement than what it sounds. will have a second think as I get more into imaging. Tom
  3. I'm thinking of buying a atmospheric dispersion corrector. just been on FLO and the only one I seen was £131. I have a explorer 150P with plenty of choices in EPs. I really only observe visually but am also very interested in starting imaging. I'm wondering if its really going to be worth spending that amount? I love looking at planets especially Jupiter and Saturn which I hear is where the ADC will really help, is this right? Also will it have much effect on DSOs? Thanks. Tom
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    HI! welcome to SGL. I'm sure this place has the answer to all of your questions. enjoy the forum Tom
  5. Good work Gary. I was trying to observe my 2nd galaxy last night to but the wind was really causing me problems. I also started with Andromeda and since then have been wanting to find more galaxies but have struggled. last night I was looking for the Leo triplet and M64, but the scope was wobbling around to much to get a good look. Glad one of us had a good find though Tom
  6. Hi thanks a lot for the welcome YES.. I love the sombrero galaxy, been my favourite looking galaxy for a while, I was blown away to stuff like this actually exist, though I haven't managed to observe it yet. Great, thanks for the advice with adverted vision. I have tried it a few times with jupiters GRS (trying to tease it out but not managed that yet either) but to be honest iv not really thought about it when struggling to see DSOs. going to try find the leo triplet and M64 for the first time on the next clear night so will try it out then Thanks Barkis, clear skies to you.
  7. Hi Imanol welcome to SGL I'm pretty new too, people here are very friendly and happy to help with any questions you might have. Enjoy the forum. Clear skies. Tom
  8. I have the same problem! Only my neighbours like to have their light on ALL NIGHT LONG. I have to hide at the bottom of the garden to get away from it but then i only get a limited amount of sky to observe. Had some clear sky last night though . Got out the scope went back in and got my EPs and a cup of tea then... CLOUDS. did manage to get a quick look at Jupiter but the clouds were a problem. Really need a good night to test my 12mm X-cel EP on Jupiters GRS.
  9. Wow seem like you have got a very dark site. Id love to see dust lanes in M31 but form how polluted the skies are around me I rarely get even a chance at it. Good work sounds like a really good night you had there.
  10. Great thanks a lot for that. I get this astronomy magazine Astronomy now, for this April they have a little section that show dates and time for the GRS and moon/moon shadow transits. the problem with this is its only for April. This will come in handy after April, cant imagine clear enough skies to see a moon transit within April. but hey got to stay positive Thanks a lot, Tom
  11. Like the advice! Love the idea of spraying the gardens steps white, always tripping over the one at the bottom of the garden. Not good whilst carring the scope! THANKS NICK!
  12. HI. Im using a 5.9" Newtonian reflector and reasonably new to the star gazing scene so here's some of my favourite targets. Jupiter has always been my favourite object, seeing the moons orbit it whilst observing over a couple of days can be a lot of fun. with Jupiter you really want to give it as much magnification as you can get, though sky conditions will limit the detail you get as you start getting to 250x or so. Jupiter is just on its way back out, in the sky for me at a decent elevation around midnight though I imagine your get a better view from Dallas. M13 (great globular cluster of Hercules) is a great target. from my garden I get pretty polluted skies, so I generally use around 60-70x, and I get a pretty good outcome. I could make out a lot of the outer stars but closer to the middle tends to become one ball of fuzz. going out to a darker site I can use my 18mm EP and a 2x Barlow to get 83x magnification, this really makes the whole object look really good. you start to see stars a lot closer to the centre and the whole FOV is basically M13. The Andromeda galaxy or M31 is also very easy to find and can be a very good example of what you expect to see from deep sky objects. When I started I was hoping to see a huge spiral bursting with detail.. after reading into the challenges astronomers face like earths atmosphere.. and the unimaginable distances that come into play I knew It wasn't going to be as I thought, the faint fuzz I seen when I first observed it was amazing for what I was now expecting and I couldn't believe im actually peering out of our GALAXY. for this I would use my 25mm EP without a Barlow to give 30x magnification. the best advice I can give for M31 is to allow it to be as high in the sky as possible, this way your looking through as little of earths atmosphere as possible and getting the best view. someone actually gave me this link today http://avila.star-shine.ch/astro/messiercharts/messierTelrad.htm this is Messiers list of "nuisance" objects, click on the target you want and up pops exactly where it is. hope this helps, clear skies.
  13. wow that messier list is very easy to use, THANKS! and that finder scope does look a lot better for star hoping than my 6x30 finder. may have to invest on pay day Thanks
  14. Hi everyone. Thanks a lot for the very warm welcome from everyone I really appreciate it. Some really helpful information on my first little "im new" topic so cant wait to actually start with some real question. you all seem very nice and I do hope to hear from everyone of you again soon. thank you guys for making me feel so welcome and of course.. Clear skies to all!
  15. Yeah take it easy im sure your find some time when you get back for a quick look;), if its clear id take any chance you can get! That all seems very familiar. been waiting for Jupiter for a while now, absolutely loved it last year but wasn't able to see the great red spot. this year iv set myself the challenge of observing the red spot as well as a moon transit (preferably Ganymede as im probably most likely to catch a look of the shadow or hopefully the moon itself in front of Jupiter). YES I know the feeling, the more images and the more I read how people get these amazing images does make me want to start imaging. my only problem is im not over computer minded and feel like I may struggle with the processing side of things. as well as the hole exposure times and that sort of stuff, I understand what's happening I just don't understand how to do it and how to know what is best for any taken target. maybe in a few months time ill be sending you a message for any beginners advise with imaging, just for know id like to really build my knowledge on visual observing. Thanks for that Peter all much appreciated
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