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About Chefgage

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  1. I have a 200p and it does not take up that much room. The OTA points upright when in its 'parked' position so the whole scope and bases footprint is just about the diameter of the base. There is no need to store the scope and base separetly. And i would not recomend doing that anyway. Yes the handles stick out but these can be removed when stored. Surley it could be stored in a corner somewhere????
  2. App recommendations?

    I very usefull thing i find using skysafari is the ability to set field of view circles based on the equipment you are using. That way what is shown inside the circle on sky safari is what you will see through your eye piece
  3. Cloud cover

    I use a combination of the clear outside app (very detailed) and also XC weather which gives you a percentage of cloud cover. Both sources more than often dont agree but at least it gives you a rough idea.
  4. Similar to what has been said. I use cassiopeia to point to mirach. I then put mirach at the bottom of the field of view and that then gives me a backward L comprising of 45and, uAnd and mirach as shown below I then bring uAnd to the bottom of the field of view and then Andromeda will be top right of the field of view as shown below. The outer blue circle represents my binoculars field of view.
  5. Thats better. I will just look through the pub window now
  6. How i wish i had a big enough property to be able to do that. At the monent i have restricated viewing due to the close proximety of my house. 150m away? That would put me somewhere in the pub carpark
  7. Thats a good idea about m45. It should be an easy target. I was out picking lettuce at 6:15 this morning (picking lettuce in the dark ) I could see M45 with a slight averted vision. Also there was a loverly earthshine on the moon as well.
  8. Thats good advice that . I am going to start doing that.
  9. Sorry but that made me laugh I can just imagine doing that myself and freaking out. To the OP I too have had sessions like that lately. Nothing seems to go right, all the plans i had for the session seem to go out the window! But then on another session i might find more objects than i set out to find. So i would advise just stick with it, I reckon all the disapointed sessions are soon forgoten when you have a great viewing session
  10. Thats what i ended up doing, i use the two encoders when light pollution stops me seeing stars within a constillation. There is a write up here https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/296417-modifications-to-my-200p-dobsonian/
  11. The Sun Through Sahara Sand

    The sky is getting wierder by the minute here in north lincolnshire. Everythings gone a deep yellow
  12. Dusty Sol

    Same here in north lincolnshire
  13. Fed up

    I seem to be getting more and more sunny days but cloudy nights. I am thinking of starting solar observing. That way in theory i should get more time at the eyepiece, be it day time or night time viewing. Might be worth considering.
  14. Night at the Breckland Observatory Site

    Very nice detailed report I need to have a look near where i live to see if theres any suitable places regarded as dark sky.
  15. I struggled a bit to start with trying to find objects using the 9x50 finder. Then i got a rigel quick finder which is basically just a viewing window with no magnification but has a couple of lit up circles that it superimposes on the viewed sky. This quickfinder is aligned to the scope as well so you have the quickfinder, 9x50 finder and telescope all lined up. Then you can center a star for example in the quickfinder as that view is just the view you see with the naked eye. Then you can dial in the star into the center of view using the 9x50 finder and then finally with the scope. All this made locating objects/star hopping alot easier.