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Nathan UK

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About Nathan UK

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    Hunting, survival, fishing, metal detecting, guitar & astronomy
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    Liverpool, uk
  1. I'm just keeping a close eye hoping things clear a bit as the night progresses, pleasure to read as always doug nathan
  2. Finally have my new travel scope! (Well I've had it over a week like) And I've just got round to making its light shroud, hopefully the stars will be out later so I can test it out.
  3. nice report mate and I have enjoyed viewing your images..... Globular clusters are beautiful! They are deffinataly my favourite in the DSO category! From my very limited knowledge I know there some of the oldest stars in the universe but do you know or does anyone else know what makes them 'globular' ? Why are they so tightly packed ? I've only ever seen them in other people's pictures or on tv and I can't wait to hunt some down myself! Thanks for sharing Nathan
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    Welcome to SGL mate
  5. If you don't mind I would like to add this to your report for other people like myself who are fairly new to star gazing that may benefit from knowing more about averted vision. nathan
  6. I've been on this site a while now and roughly been star gazing for the past two years..... Averted vision is something I'd never heard of so I googled it, thank you for bringing that to my attention . nice report Nathan
  7. It's done anyway I've ordered the scope it will be here between Thursday and Friday so I think I will have to get some stick on Velcro tomorrow and a camp mat ready for my new night fishing scope ?
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    Welcome to SGL harry..... I have a sw explorer 130p you will enjoy it mate gives pleasant views of the planets especially Jupiter. do you have the 130/650 or the 130/900 version ? also have you downloaded any apps to your phone to assist you navigating the night sky while your learning? Ive noticed many on here use stellarium or sky safari. Personally I've always used sky map. have fun mate
  9. Yes mate just seen your picture then and ok thanks doug I will pick up a camp mat while I'm out so I have it ready ?
  10. I deffinataly want to make one for the truss part of the scope mate for a few reasons really , protection as the most important but I believe it also helps with contrast ? I've never owned a truss tube before just a little of what I've read mate. So camp mat all the way mate ye? nathan
  11. Thinking more about my equipment needs..... I'm going to need a light shroud for the skywatcher heritage 130p aren't I ? I have looked online and can't find any suppliers so I guess I will have to make one, ive seen people use them foam camp mats to Lycra to cardboard what would you guys recommend as the most suitable material?
  12. Haha no mate it was most definitely Jupiter I could just about make out its bands in this scope (but it was daylight Jupiter was rising in the morning maybe the day light was the issue) and could see its moons (I have photographed Jupiter numerous occasions in my other scope) and I'm not offended my friend . Maybe I was exaggerating a little because I wasn't overly impressed and maybe the word I was looking for or how I should of described it was it was too dim due to aperture so lacked details but it was also shining bright due to it being daylight and as a result that may of also affected detail with light pollution. either way mate I believe I will enjoy the likes of the heritage 130p more as my travel scope. I will still use the ETX 80 I've enjoyed playing with it and the wider field views are nice but it's not quite what I was looking for. @Knighty2112 nice one mate I will check that out and wait for the price reduction if it's at full bat ATM ?. @cloudsweeper ano mate.... Don't get me wrong Doug I'm not completely slating the ETX 80 it certainly has its uses and I've enjoyed playing with its goto but for portability I do have my 12x70 bins . I believe my personal requirements for my night fishing scope requires just a little bit more aperture .
  13. Hope you guys around the globe are getting clear sky's ? battering down in Liverpool tonight and cloudy unfortunately..... so last night just before 9pm and then again at 5am I had a little session with my new toy I purchased for night fishing (Meade ETX 80) i was firstly looking at the Pleiades open cluster when I seen what looked like a star go across my wide field view really fast and I followed it across the sky in awe for around and minute to which I asked questions about on here and @stu kindly pointed out what I was viewing the M062 global star satellite. The Pleiades cluster looked beautiful as always but my breath was taken away when that unexpected satellite made its appearance and bolted across the sky...... lol I was a little bit naughty I admit...... Alcohol was involved ???? thus the reason I was still awake at first light around 5am. I step out the conservatory for a smoke to notice Jupiter shining brightly. Naturally I grabbed the ETX 80 and had a peek, I can't remember (maybe because I was a little intoxicated) but I do think all 4 Galilean moons where in view. I don't know if this is because it was day light but I could not hardly see any colour or detail on Jupiter it was really bright. is this due to day light or the fact the scope is only a 80mm frac? any how I wasn't much impressed by the size of Jupiter in this little fella , jupiter was tiny like a pin prick even at x100. Im used to seeing it much bigger and with a lot of colour! this had led me to believe that I chose the wrong travel scope/fishing scope for me and as a result I'm going to purchase a skywatcher heritage 130p due to my hunger for more detail (maybe aperture really is king and 80mm doesn't really get me going) on saying that I still really enjoyed myself and the satellite and the satellites identification was the moment of the session for me. @Stu also kindly sent me a image showing me the identification an I hope he doesn't mind me posting it here? by the way stu how do I get this software or app or what ever you used to do this mate? I look forward to reading the reports and seeing the images you guys do chow for now Nathan
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