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  1. I have the kindle reader (along with aldiko) on my android phone and pc and am surprised how much I use it. It's so convenient having the book you're reading always with you always synced to your current position. Reading from a phone screen isn't ideal, although more comfortable than I imagined when I tried it for the first time. I'm trying to hold out for an android reader with an e-ink screen rather than jumping straight onto the kindle bandwagon so I can read books in epub etc.. formats from other stores. My main irk is that so many books are more expensive in electronic format than for the actual paper copy.
  2. Looks like these guys caught it on camera Well, here's my attempt at the moon and the ISS - and an... on Twitpic yfrog Fullsize - m17cv.jpg
  3. I watched the ISS last night too, it's always an incredible sight and just amazing to see what we have achieved. I have a very interesting pass tonight which is just above the Moon and Jupiter. Hoping to get a nice picture. http://www.heavens-above.com/passgif.exe?T=0&FOV=20&RA=-5.15928641623533&Dec=3.21184031488806E-02&RAInc=10&DecInc=2&TimeInc=10&SatName=ISS&Width=500&Height=500&STime=40552.7333532542&Lat=52.5780555555556&Lng=-1.12833333333333&Line1=1+25544U+98067A+++11008.90372045++.00013454++00000-0++10245-3+0++6056&Line2=2+25544+051.6460+257.4707+0005304+120.3371+326.5746+15.72609595695838 It will be a different path depending on where you are; you can get charts from Heavens-Above Home Page Also, if you're on twitter you can get alerts of when to see the ISS from Twisst - tweeting ISS passes near you | Twisst
  4. My favourites mainly oldies: Asimov's Foundation trilogy 2001 and Rendez Vous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke Ringworld by Larry Niven Dune by Frank Herbert Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card The Void Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton
  5. On a brighter note I got this picture which I'm pretty pleased with for a first real attempt at M42. Stargazers Lounge - r-mo's Album: DSO - Picture
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  7. Yeah, they're definitely gone. Some of the dust caps were still on the tray and I always put them on before they go in my pocket. Think I'd notice the PowerMate too
  8. I'm in South Wigston near Leicester, not a great area but I wouldn't expect this to happen. There's a 6ft wooden fence around almost the whole garden with just a small section over to next door that's about 3ft which must be where they got in. Didn't hear a thing, I'm really surprised they took the eyepieces and not my camera, probably couldn't work out how to get it off the scope.. Thanks for the sympathy, make you feel rotten when something like this happens.
  9. First clear skies in ages, brand new mount and some new eyepieces so got everything set up in the back garden. I got some fantastic views of the Moon, Jupiter and M42, had attached my DSLR and am amazed by the photos I can get with my new mount but I'm getting a bit chilly so I nip in to grab a bite and watch QI XL. Return to my telescope and after taking a few more photographs I think I might have a look at something else. I turn on my red torch and they're gone! Straight off the holder. If anyone sees the following for sale please let me (or the police) know TeleVue 11mm Plossl TeleVue 2.5X PowerMate SkyWatcher 25mm SUPER SkyWatcher 1.25" Star Diagonal I just can't understand why people would nick these
  10. Wow, that's some going. I'd have though my PSU would cope with it though it's rated to 16A peak on the 12V rail. It is getting on though and there's a reasonable stretch of wire between scope and PSU. Have to get my multimeter out... Thanks for the help, as always
  11. The clutches are as tight as I can get them. Power is from the 12V rail of an old 450W computer PSU I converted to use as a power source for some of my electronics projects. I've also just tried it with the AA battery pack from my SupaTrak mount and that makes things worse. Does this thing just need more juice?
  12. I've just received my HEQ5 mount from FLO. I've managed to get it all set up, I think. Scope is balanced as per the instructions and seems to move well with the lock levers open. I've now closed the lock levers and tried to power it up to move the scope with the motors and I've hit a snag. When I power it on I can move the RA axis fine using the left/right buttons on the controller, then I can move the Dec axis with the up/down buttons. Then if I go back to moving the RA after I've moved the Dec it moves a couple of degrees then makes a clunking noise and won't move again until the power is reset, Dec axis still moves OK. What could I be doing wrong? or could the handset or mount be faulty?
  13. I just saw what I think was a very bright meteor through quite heavy cloud while I was out having a cigarette. NW sky about 50 degrees travelling E to W. I guess it must have been exceptionally bright to see it.
  14. I asked this very question the other day (same scope currently on the supatrak AZ). At the time I was looking at the EQ5 and CG5 but was persuaded that the HEQ5 was the way to go, mainly for future proofing but also the improved stability and tracking which will be needed attempting to image with the slow mak. I'm hoping I'll be able to use this mount with anything I can reasonably afford for many years. I've been looking at some lovely refractors to go on it but won't be able to get one for a good while yet I'll try to let you know how I get on with it, if you're not buying very soon.
  15. One that hasn't been mentioned that I think is a really good beginner target is the double cluster NGC 869 and 884.
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