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Star Struck 97

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  1. My 8" dob is called "The Little Beast" and Mum's 12" dob is "The Big Beast"!
  2. No Steve, I didn't get to. What was it like? Was it one you would recommend?
  3. Lots of clear skies, but far too much light pol from the front, and dads obs out the back. lol It's not looking good for the near future.
  4. :cool:Just a thread to say thank you to some people for making my stay at Lucksall as good as it was: The Thing, for helping keep me and my friend Dylan entertained, for our warhammer 40k models, and adding your experience into the mix. Michigoose and Michigander, for all your help in advancing our knowledge of the night sky. ps. The Pass Pass was delicious! Mark, for the game of chess. albedo 0.39, for being a great friend and giving us the magic spray. Also, thank you for your help in the form of the collimation workshop. Thank you Mum and Dad, for taking us to such a great place for such a great time. Finally, thank you anyone I have missed.
  5. That's some interesting data there, I've only managed four of the six, but it's a start! Would you know how high mag you need to get all six?
  6. :)As all of you who went will know, Lucksall StarParty was brilliant! We got at least 2 good nights and I claimed 4 Ms in 1 night! It was a good turn out if you ask me, and I met a lot of SGs that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. All in all: brilliant!
  7. Good on you Patrick, for another year!
  8. Yep, I've got a special booklet for just that! p.s. How's the 12-incher coming?
  9. Oh, yes they are. What a night indeed!
  10. We have had two great nights here in Dilton Marsh this weekend, and we got to see quite a bit! First of all, we looked at Mizar and Alcor, a double double. Suprisingly, for me anyhow, my little eight-incher and 25mm EP managed to split the double double into it's componant four stars. There were also lots of stars in the background, making it look like a cluster. I wonder if any of you have noticed that? Staying in Ursa Major, mum showed me M108, an edge-on spiral galaxy. I could see a faint smudge that got brighter when I used AV (Averted Vision). Next, I pointed the scope at the pleiades. Disaster! The dog had knocked the RDF and it was out of alignment. So a quick re-alignment on mars (and a good look of course!) and we were back to the Pleiades/M45. Very beautiful. We had to move the eight-incher around to see the whole thing! Then on to the double cluster in Perseus. We could see the two clusters in the EP at the same time, but what a veiw! Our penultimate object was M44/Praespe/The Beehive Cluster. Suprisingly faint on such a good night. Finally, The Leo Triplet! What a sight! We could only see the twin M65 and M66, but it was as stunning as ever! All in all, a summary? Two words: Didn't Disapoint.
  11. Here is a simulation of an iridium flare. File:Flare Simulation.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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