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    Yep!, Kielder is the place to be for both Observers and Imagers, providing the weather cooperates. It's a pity they can't improve the facilities there. Electric hook ups would be a big help, and better prepared ground for tent dwellers. I'm not sure how such improvements could be funded though. Perhaps restrictions are in place to prevent any interference with the Observatory though. it's a while since I visited there, and I live quite close too.
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    You don't realise how good the SGL team is until ...

    If Astronomy, both practical and theoretical is a big part of your lives, then for a Forum base of operations, SGL stands alone, no question about that. I wish I could be at the October Lucksall SP but circumstances don't permit it this time around, For those who are going I wish you all a great time, and good skies to go with it. Enjoy. . Had to edit this, as I had jumped ahead a month .
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    Jocelyn Bell Burnell Scholarship

    took a while for the Lady to get the recognition she so richly deserved. Her male collegues milked the plaudits until they realised Jocelyn's major contribution to the Pulsar discovery. Justice was done though
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    Telescope House in trouble?

    Used to be a place to visit during my Annual London holiday. Mainly I just browsed around and hoped one day I would be able to afford to buy a Telescope of high quality. That day never arrived unfortunately. I had to make do with making my own. I really got enjoy that intense labour of love. If you want an activity of rewarding therapy. Try it, it works, as a few guys here on SGL will attest to.
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    So Much Easier.....

    That's quite a parade Doug, very salubrious indeed. You're a lucky guy to have such an army of quality glass. My experience with eyepieces started with 0.965 Huygens to 1.25 Plossls. I did have a friend who owned an array of Clave's though, I found out what class glass was then. Always out of my league price wise though unfortunately. That's the beauty of the Star Party, you get to enjoy using quality stuff for a short while, and it costs nothing but a Big 'Thank You' .
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    New Horizons zooming in...

    I guess the knowledge gained from such ventures as this, will one day serve a practical, and rewarding purpose for mankind and science. It isn't too far in the recent past, that projects like this were in the realms of science fiction, so we have to be confident that more forays into deep space will bring surprises we could not have dreamed of not too long ago. I salute the scientists and engineers who conceive , and put these spectacular events before us. It's all great stuff indeed. I just wish I was a teenager again .
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    (Nice) things wrong with SGL

    Prof. Carl Sagan was very much respected by his students, and everyone else for that matter. 62 was far too young to be taken from the world, but his Cosmos Series will forever be etched into the minds of those of us who watched it.
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    (Nice) things wrong with SGL

    You need not talk to yourself, but you could use a Walkman, and whenever you feel the need to express what you are feeling whilst observing, dictate those feelings, and after your observing session, you could have enough on tape or chip to assist you in placing a report on the forum. Members will always appreciate observing reports, and they can be an inspirational fillip to others. It's never a good thing to go to a remote site on your own, best to go with friends if possible, then you won't feel any reservations about talking to a microphone .
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    'Longitude' was a fascinating series on TV. Michael Gambon in the role of John Harrison was quite superb. As a Clockmaker, he was well suited to the task of creating a timepiece to aid in the establishment of 'Longitude' at Sea. The Award that was on offer to the person who was successful in achieving that goal, was certainly a prize Harrison earned, but had one hell of a fight to finally get that reward, but the intervention of King George the third ensured he was paid that money. Little help was afforded Harrison by the Georgian Astronomer Royal at the Time, Nevil Maskelyne. Harrisons Son also played a big part in this success story. A fantastic bit of television, and I recommend it to anyone who has not seen it.
  10. A refractor would be a sensible buy for you Chris. An ed80 would be great for many types of stellar targets. The problem is you would need a tripod and a mount for it too. The mount.ne only be an Alt Azimuth type, as I guess you just intend casual skirmishes around the night skies. The telescope is an Apochromatic, which makes them more expensive than it's poor relation the simple Achromat. The Apo version is designed to eliminate false colours. Well corrected Newtonians give you true colours too, but you seem reluctant to go for that type in view of the possibility of regular adjustments that may be required. I suggest you visit some sites that deal in used Astro equipment, Astro Buy Sell UK for example. You could get a bargain, people are always upgrading their astro gear, and use money from selling their cutrent gear to help finance the upgrade. Word of warning though,. Be very careful before committing to anything, if you have any doubts, voice your concerns here, and you will get help on how to proceed before risking your money. Good luck.
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    Hello I am Chris

    Don't worry Chris, you have a fantastic Astronomical Society right here. A veritable Library of knowledge resides on this forum, and it's all free for the asking. Don't be shy in asking for help should you need any, you'll likely be deluged with replies . Welcome to the best Astro. Site you will find anywhere on planet earth.
  12. I'm looking forward to a Drone flying above the Martian Surface. I believe that is on the Cards. Sure I read it somewhere. My apologies to Moonomaly for taking his post off topic a little .
  13. The moon is certainly an exciting place, and you won't get a better sight of It's surface than you will from Images like these. Unless one day you can visit the place . Many congratulations to the successful entries, they really are something.
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    Jupiter's additional Family

    If the tube is rotatable, and the focuser can be placed in an optimum position for you. one of these might be a big help. Not all that expensive to buy either. Hydraulically operated by hand, could get you to the height you need to reach the eyepiece. This is a draughtsman's version, there may be others. You would need it on a firm base though, you don't want it shifting around when you are seated up there. Any object you view is obviously going to move out of view in time, so allowances need to be made for that, such as placing the target in view east of you a bit, and draw the scope towards you as the earth rotates Will give you a little extended time at the eyepiece. Seems a bit elaborate Paul, but I can't think of any other solution.
  15. My love affair with the Universe began many many years ago. That love has endured, and I still find that immersing oneself in the wide field traversing of the stars fills my whole being with a sense of wonder, and also,many why's. Nothing ever stayed Same Ol Same Ol, there are always discernible differences. When an extended object entered the eyepiece, moon, or planet, my reaction was, it didn't fit into the grand vistas way out there, the great untouchables. The objects tethered to our stars gravitational influence, were vastly remote from the endless tapestry of the distant Cosmos. I think when ones senses become one with all that wonder, you will never desert it, and you will return again and again.

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