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Swoop1

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About Swoop1

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  1. Decimal places DO NOT make it scientific. It is scientific if the person who wrote the equation has an Ology.
  2. Welcome to the forum DrMaryruth. Love your location! We started our honeymoon a few miles south of you in Hilo. Are you anything to do with the collection of observatories on top of a volcano near you? P.S. Have a like just because
  3. So, there I was, frustrated by the high altitude haze ruining my evening so I dismount the OTA from the tripod. As I'm holding the OTA by the dovetail I think "I'll unlock the mount so the counterweights don't stress it". With this genius Idea, I reach back and turn one of the locking levers, failing to appreciate what a horizontal counterweight bar is going to do when released. At least I didn't drop the OTA as my fingertip got caught in the rotating mount, crushing my fingernail. I did swear a bit though......... Nice bruise developing on fingertip and under the nail.
  4. Swoop1 heads over to FLO to see if they still have a Hubble in the clearance section....... That is a fantastic image. The explanation about the streaks of light being galaxies that have their light distorted by the gravitational effect of the cluster is mind blowing.
  5. I put 25% as, from my garden I get reasonable skies in most directions but have pollution points in most. If I travel out however, the common I use has good skies in all directions apart from East (because of that London).
  6. I have a stock finder on my 150P which is great if I know what I am looing at. I intend to get a Telrad to get me to the correct part of the sky. Once I have Telraded to the correct bit of space, I will fine tune with the finder.
  7. Great report Littleguy80 ! Your experience with the Telrad makes me think that my decision to go for one when funds allow is the right one.
  8. Dont Ask How I Know This
  9. What direction do the moons orbit Jupiter? Is it clockwise or anti clockwise when looking down form the north pole? This information is vital. Without it I will continue to spend hours at the eyepiece waiting for a shadow transition only for the moon to be ocluded by Jupiter. DAHIKT..........
  10. I was wondering if any of the craters visible with my scope had been created in my lifetime?
  11. Thanks for the answer charl. Every days an education.
  12. Start easy and escalate if required. Visit the station and introduce yourself to the resident Chief of Police and explain you are a neighbour. Describe your problem and ask for his help in remedying it. If he blows you off- work your way up the food chain, gathering evidence as suggested above. My experience of 26+ years as a UK cop suggests that a squeaky wheel gets oiled
  13. Super images Michael. Question: what is the smallish bright white rimmed crater just below mare Crisium?
  14. For someone new to the activity, and therefore probably easily impressed, the sight of Jupiter and the 4 galilean moons plus THE moon all visible at the same time in the eyepiece was absolutely fantastic. I had been given the heads up about the proximity of Jupiter and Luna tonight whilst at the Societies meeting on Friday. Seeing clear skies tonight made me a happy bunny indeed. I deployed the scope at about 21:00 and, after cooling time, started with the 40mm EP to get the view I sought. Despite the discomfort of the bright moon I was able to orientate the scope so that the moon was to the low right of the FOV with Jupiter and its moons to the upper left. I spent a good few minutes enjoying they view. I then decided to up the magnification and do a bit of flitting between the two targets. For the majority of my session, seeing was quite stable and I was able to resolve the GRS. Transparency was affected occasionally by high thin cloud but, to be honest, this cloud had me cursing the lack of imaging set up as, when it drifted across the face of the moon, the halo and colouring was gorgeous. Mackerel skies in front of the moon was a sight to behold. When observing the moon, the clarity was superb. I'm still as lost as a penguin in the sahara when it comes to identifying stuff but there was a lot to keep me riveted as I adjusted Alt and Az across the surface. Tiny specks of light as the sun caught the peak of mountains mainly still in shadow, one crater where a domed floor seems apparent as there is a crescent of shadow against the crater wall opposite the sunward rim of the crater. A very satisfying session indeed.