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  1. I'm following SpaceX for a while now and I have to say that I'm in awe every time he lands one of his boosters! The best thing is that you can follow the live feed of the start every time! Go Elon ^^
  2. I had very little time to work on the list the past few days but here's an update: • the first cell of the observed object turns green as soon as you fill out the "Observing Date" field • in General Overview the Star Log effectively counts the observed objects • the Messier and Caldwell Catalogue are almost complete Things that I'll do as soon as I get to it: • Counter for the different catalogues in the General Overview • The what's on this / next month section (essentially a field where the sheet will tell you which constellations are to observe) • further detai
  3. Crunshing NGC numbers like a mad man!

  4. I think I'm done filtering the catalogues... I'll re-check everything a second time just to be sure 873 combined entries should be enough to keep us busy for a while I think... Next up: filling in the basic missing details. The Collinder Catalogue should be the most time-consuming one... But hey, weather is bad!
  5. Hello everyone Okay, as soon as I've finished the Star Log, I'll share it with you here. Does anyone know how to share a Google Sheet as a file? Is that even possible? If not I'll copy the stuff in a normal Excel sheet
  6. Okay, thank you for the Magic Fluid tip. Buying myself right into it! Thank you @Louis D for the detailed description of taking it appart. At the given moment I won't strip it, but who knows what the future holds! Some valuable input here
  7. Hello fellow gazers I want to share a little project of mine I started a few days ago. Last week I opened another thread regarding a new EP which I ordered and @YKSE commented on it (again thank you for that! ). I saw his awesome signature and blandly copied it into my signature thinking to myself that I as of now had a Mission... a Mission to see and log all those beautiful clusters, nebulas and galaxies! As a well known sitcom actor would say... "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!" Then I ran into a few problems... first of all... where the hell would I find all the informati
  8. Thanks everybody I'll cut them in four little pieces and try to get them back under there. Yes, I was recommended to do that as soon as I'd get the EP, but I have to say that I quit like it as it is at this moment. Perhaps one day I'll strip it What are you guys using to clean the glas by the way?
  9. Oh my god, you were absolutely right with your suggestion... There was a rolled up foamy sticky tape underneath the shroud! I removed the both of them but I'm asking myself what their purpose is? Perhaps to prevent that area from getting moist and getting moldy? Should I try to stick them back?
  10. I think I'll try this before jumping to anything at the moment... THX Hm okay I see... just talking about the 40mm, which one do you think has better eye relief and is sharper on the edges? What about correction? Has anyone tried both perhaps?
  11. That's what I fear too... It bothers me already just seeing this wave... Thanks for all the other replies. I contacted the seller and they are out of stock unfortunately... so no way to exchange it... After scrolling over the site I also noticed that they carry the Explore Scientific 68 Series Eyepieces. Are they recommendable? If so I could see myself exchanging the Maxvision for the 68 SE 40mm... What do you think?
  12. Hello fellow watchers Thanks to a few members on here I purchased a Skyliner 200P with BST Starguider eyepieces a while back. I absolutely love tanking the stuff out and sit in my spot all night long and enjoy gazing around. As a member in my previous threat about the BST Starguiders suggested, I also bought myself a Explore Scientific 68° Maxvision 40mm to sweep around the night sky. It was delivered last night and oh boy, this thing is huge! I mean I knew it had to be bigger... but that big? NICE! Now here's the thing... As I took it out of the bag I noticed t
  13. Hoping for clear skies tonight!

  14. According to skywatcher.com the tube itself comes in at around 21kg, packaged it weighs 23kg. The base ships in a different box than the tube and weighs 20kg (with packaging, so around 18kg without) for the normal version and 33kg (with packaging, so around 31kg without) for the GOTO version. So it could be that the normal version weighs around 44kg and the GOTO version around 54kg...? Someone correct me if I'm wrong I'm just taking a wild guess here, I just own the 200P.
  15. I really enjoy reading your stuff!! I can identify myself with a lot of your impressions
  16. 3rd of July 2017 / 21h30 UTC+01:00 / Stargazing Conditions: 80% After much reading and hyping myself so much, I was pretty stunned by the early notification on my phone that yesterday night could potentially be a good evening with good seeing. So I went home after work (with my phone still showing 80% of potential seeing), sat on my desk and prepared myself. I chose to watch the Moon, since I never really observed it, Jupiter, Saturn and search for the Sombrero Galaxy! Last week I searched for a few good atlases and stumbled unto the Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas. A promising
  17. Oh wow... Never figured that the given name "cross-hair" would literally mean hair!! O_O I always thought it would be an etching or a cut in the lens, but hey, the names usually aren't that far fetched ^^ For your problem, don't you have any warranty for it? Is it a new one?
  18. Hey Reggie, I'm glad you like my reports and the picture! Yes, you're absolutely right! I had a brief moment that evening where I didn't even consider looking through the scope, but only look around... enjoy the moment.... enjoy the view... as you say, be a part of it. I just felt connected in a way... Never had this experience before. I really can't wait to discover new things! Unfortunatley everything is clouded at the moment... seeing went down to 22% and even 01%... Next window will be thursday if I'm lucky! Have a great day, Abe
  19. 21 of June 2017 / 22h30 UTC+01:00 / Stargazing Conditions: 88% So, I crammed all of my new acquired stuff together and went to the darkest place I could find near my town. It's a mere 5 minute drive from my home. As I set everything up, I tried to wait for 20-30 minutes to give the 'scope a chance to acclimatize but I really couldn't! Jupiter I looked west south west to find Jupiter, pointed my finderscope at it and I was amazed by how clear the image from the 'scope was!! I had a 5 minute stare through my 25mm BST eyepiece where I could distinctly see
  20. Hello there, I thought to myself that it would be great to write everything down I'm experiencing. From the very beginning, to the very end... So I chose to create this blog and use it as my small journal for personal observations, stargazing sessions, thoughts, reflections and what I recently learned. The greatest thing about this is, that it gives the opportunity to kick of many interesting discussions and I really can't wait to get started. Around the end of winter 2017 I started gazing around with a pair of binoculars I found at home. I initially got them when
  21. Oh wow! Thank you Littleguy80! What a marvelous guide and list!! Just scrolled a little in them, but I'll take them appart as soon as I'm getting the chance
  22. Thank you for all the great advice you gave me I don't know how to thank you all! I pulled the trigger yesterday night and ordered myself the Skywatcher Skyliner 200P with the 25, 15 and 8 BST Starguider eyepieces! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DHL GUY TO SHOW UP!!! I will have an extensive look at what I will need in the future and I think that some Explore Scientific EPs along the missing BST EPs will find their way into the collection I don't know if I can ask my next question along with this thread or if I should start a new one in another section, so Mods, feel free t
  23. Hey rockystar, Thank you for the advice! Does the sharpness and clarity stay with a Barlow? Or am I loosing quality? I think I narrowed my choice down to 25, 15, 8 and 3.2 if a Barlow will result in quality loss What do you think? Hey Louis D, Thank you for your great report, but I think I'll stay in the 55€ section at the given moment and will expand to more expensive EPs over time The 40 mm Explore Scientific MaxVision sound absolutely great though!! My pooooor wallet
  24. Hey folks 2-3 months ago I started my first thread in the beginners section and thanks to all of you guys, I finally decided to get myself a Skyliner 200P! (YAY) But here's the thing... I fear a little that I'll be fed up by the stock EPs and given the fact, that I already have to pay 60€ for the shipping fees AND that FLO gives a good discount on the BST EPs, I decided to jump the rope and immediately order myself other EPs Now my question is, which EPs should I buy? I want to get some beautiful clear filling views of some galaxies and messier objects, but I also want
  25. Thank you Paz, I took my time to educate myself about what I saw. It's as exciting to read and learn about all this, as to stargaze I'll perhaps report about tonight if it doesn't bother anyone
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