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About DavidJM

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  1. Backing up what others say Align the finder scope in daylight Get decent software to help learn the skies, stellarium is good Turn left at orion is a great book Use your eyes at night and get to know the stars you can see, will really help in star hopping, but remember that what you see in the scope will be orientated differently to what you see with your eyes You do not have the Hubble telescope, do not expect book like images Prepare for clouds and frustration, so many times I have planned a session and seen nothing Don't rush out and spend, enjoy and learn the equipment you have first Finally.........welcome to the most maddening, frustrating yet beautiful, wonderful hobby there is, enjoy it
  2. Please please give me a clear sky, so want a good view of this shower
  3. The winter Albireo.

    Really good post Nick, will be going out to look for "both" winter Albireo's!
  4. Thanks everybody, sounds like a sensible start would be a dew shield and hopefully that solves any problem, cost effective too
  5. Mob views in Skye

    Great report and pics!
  6. Will do but please bear in mind a) we haven't had a decent clear sky here for what seems months and I'm not into photography. There is a big difference in scopes though and you also have to factor in other points such as light pollution, usage etc.
  7. I have both the 100P and 200P, the 100 gets used massively, easy to use and set up. As the base has a screw fitting it can be mounted on a camera tripod, takes up hardly any room and if new to astronomy it is a great place to start. Now if this was my only scope and size and portability were major factors I would go for the 130, aperture does make a difference but because I have the 200P, quick grab and go, the tripod flexibility etc. Made the 100 a good choice for quick sessions as a second scope
  8. Could anybody use some spare cloud

    No thanks, plenty of my own to get rid of!
  9. Actually think clouds only started to appear when I started this hobby! Makes the clear sky nights spectacular though
  10. Cheers, have read that dew is not so much of a problem for a reflector? But the finder is so although I hadn't considered it, it is probably the priority
  11. Heard that the business has changed hands and little info on quality now, old ones are considered high quality, Astronomik have great reputation and explore scientific if on a budget like me, I haven't took the plunge yet but is next on my list as funds tight also, David
  12. Thanks for the images and the explanation
  13. Thanks Charl, hadn't thought of finder!
  14. I might have not explained well, I'm looking to prevent dew when using my 8" dob, my 4" heritage is used for short sessions between clouds, when grabbing for a quick hour so no point worrying about dew, from experience you don't typically run anywhere with an 8" on a dob mount, so for clarity..... Do you fit a dew heater around top of tube, one round bottom of tube, one round eyepiece or is that overkill in uk climate? And is that the best place to fit the heaters? Any images of heaters fitted appreciated and if on a Skywatcher 200P even better
  15. Help required How many dew heaters are needed and where do you actually fit them? More for my 8" than 4" as I usually just run indoors if it's a 4" session