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  1. Wow you lot are very critical! Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with expressing opinions I think we should celebrate the fact that the programme exists at all and appears popular enough to have been made again this year. I also think they should leave how to's to the Sky at Night to be honest. Showing how an eq mount is setup would be too dry for most people I suspect. This programme is more about kindling interest, nothing more. Once you've done that, people will go off and find out how to do the technical stuff. I do think it's worth spending a couple of minutes going outside the studio to people saying, "Wow!". Other peoples enthusiasm is often infectious! Again, this kindles interest. Regarding astro photography, they did consistently mention that photograph X took 2 hours exposure, and briefly mentioned stacking of a video in Back to Earth. Perhaps some feel the title of Stargazing Live is misleading. Well they're stuck with that now and I don't think we should take it literally. Cheer up you lot Steve
  2. It was supposed to be passing over this evening around that time I believe. I didn't find out until after though
  3. You should have two sets of screws or knobs to turn. Sometimes you have to take a plate off the back of the scope to get to all of this as they hide it away for some reason. Anyway, one set of screws are actually what the mirror sits on and the other set are just to tighten things up once you've finished with the adjustment screws. So loosen one set. Adjust other set. Then retighten original set. Hope that helps Steve
  4. Wednesday till Saturday for me. In a nice warm motorhome this time - none of that freezing in a tent nonsense
  5. Well at least I know when the first snow of the year's going to arrive 8-) More seriously, looking forward to my 2nd Star Party... Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk
  6. My two pence worth... I actually had a Hyperion Zoom but didn't get on with it. It was a nice piece of kit but I found I couldn't find a good eye position (I do wear glasses but not for viewing). I've gone back to individual eyepieces. I only mention this because it's sometimes worth having a look at these things before purchase. However, they do have a reasonable resale value and the optics are great so it's not too much of a risk Good luck with the scope Steve
  7. No problem. One of the guys that was there pm'd me. I already had the address but didn't know where to go after that. At least I know where it is now
  8. Hi It does take a while to get used to any telescope. I'm on my second and it was a bit of a shock going from an eq mount to an auto dob earlier this year. Just beginning to get used to it now. Persevere if you can as it's worth it. Also worth finding some local like minds or pop along to an astro camp - everyone's always full of helpful advice on here as well Don't be disheartened! If it was easy it'd be boring Steve
  9. I can't comment technically as I'm just a planetary spc kind of guy but that's a cool looking space jellyfish you've got there Might just be my desktop background next week methinks. Steve
  10. Ok after 40mins I've given up. Have to find somewhere else ...
  11. It's at this point in the evening in the pitch black near a pumping station that I realise I don't actually know where we're meeting...
  12. Yes. I will be there. Not sure what time, but I will be there. Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for the replies. It just helps confirm I'm not doing anything wrong. Tracking was pretty good last night Steve.
  14. Thanks for the info. I've read that you can upgrade to goto by buying a new az mount with goto on and swapping the handset. Is that how you did it? Thanks Steve Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk
  15. A quick question about tracking. Manual says all I have to do is setup latitude (which I've done). You only have to do this once. Then just remember to 'finish' finding something in the right direction e.g. When looking east, always end with Up and Right on the controller to account for any slackness in the tracking. Oh almost forgot make sure your mounts level. Somewhere on here someone from Flo mentioned that you should point your scope at Polaris then turn off and turn on again. Interestingly when I did this I managed to get Jupiter sitting in the eyepiece without any noticeable drift at all. To get to the point: what procedure are others following for an auto az mount? I've had this scope since March and not really worried about tracking until now (well I haven't used it much over summer really due to light skies and work demands). I've been playing with it over the last two evenings - last night the tracking wasn't so good - so I'm trying to 'fix' in my mind the best procedure to follow to get good results. Any tips, great fully received. Thank you Steve.
  16. Not sure which would be the nearest to you. There's a list somewhere on the web of all the clubs in the uk. I found this with a quick google: Astronomy Clubs by County Welcome to Stargazers by the way! Steve
  17. Hi Billybop You might be better posting this in the astro lounge section of the site or the equipment section as more people will ready it so you'll have a greater chance of a reply Just a thought. Steve
  18. Ah. I was going to ask you that I'll be a bit later than that as I tend not to get home until 6:30-7ish. I need to check where it is as well. Think I've got the details somewhere ...
  19. Hi Sorry I perhaps wasn't being clear. I wasn't referring to dew although I did refer to 'damp' but not exclusively. That'll teach me to type replies too early in the morning when I'm not awake The atmosphere isn't stable and conditions can vary. You're basically seeing the air 'wobble' in front of you. We're all effectively sat at the bottom of the atmosphere here on earth and it's not always steady. There are currents of heat and movement etc. Perhaps a better explanation can be found here: Astronomical seeing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Regards Steve
  20. Probably a combination of moisture in the atmosphere and heat rising from the earth. This can be a local problem or more global. Pointing your scope above other houses can cause this problem as they release heat, or as mentioned it can be a more general issue. It's a bit like looking through water isn't it? Someone probably has a more scientific explanation. This is called 'seeing' by the way. So it's sounds like the seeing wasn't particularly good for you. It was certainly damp here where I had the same problem. Steve
  21. Fairly clear in Stafford - high wispy stuff still hanging around. Only went out to figure out how to get my flextube auto to track. Cracked that :-) so off to bed. Early start as usual
  22. Wow! That's some scope you've ordered there (just did a quick google). Let us know how you get on with it when it arrives Steve
  23. I'm definitely up for it. Working in Redditch Friday afternoon so that'll delay me a bit. Good warm up for Kielder. Well definitely warmer than Kielder Anyone got a rough eta? Steve
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