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Ed in UK

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  1. Great App. I find it extremely useful for planning sessions.
  2. @Kronos831 have a read of this useful guide.
  3. Well done on the M42. For now I would just get used to using your scope on finding objects in the sky. Have a look around here as there is a very useful sticky about which Eye Pieces may be best to use with your scope in terms of high, medium and low magnifications.
  4. Kronos831, With Sky Safari it's possible to search for object in the app. Look for the magnifying glass symbol and press it. Then enter the name of what your looking for then press the magnifying glass symbol to search. Choose your object from the list and then press centre for it to be shown on the map. I find Sky Safari really useful not only to find objects in the sky but also to plan sessions and star hopping. Good luck.
  5. Alarm went off at 0230h, cloud and rain, reset to 0330h, cloud even more rain. ? Back to bed, woke up at 0500 for a loo break, by chance looked out of the window to see stars winking at me. Yes moon clearly visible and in totality ?. I dont think I've got dressed so quickly. Ran outside with the camera and watched the rest of it until just before 0700h. Great unexpected sight.
  6. I'll give a spin in the early hours but currently for is forecast. ?
  7. After the poor weather forecasting of recent, I've just got my stuff ready for the eclipse tomorrow morning. Given that the skies are clear when they forecast cloud, I'm applying a touch of reverse logic. Forecast here is pretty poor, but we'll see what the gods have in-store for us.
  8. Fingers crossed @domstar ?
  9. Managed to get out last night for a session and was hoping to spend some time in Auriga looking for clusters that I have listed brighter than magnitude 8 on SS6. Sky was pretty poor with high level cloud being luminated by the moon making only the brightest of stars visbile. With the naked eye I could just make out Polaris and Orions belt. I started by aiming my scope at Altinak and dropped down to Sigma Orionis. Through the scope I could see A/B, D & E with Struve 761 just visible. I increased magnification from 25mm ( x36 ) through to 18mm (X50 ) then upto 12mm ( x75 ). At 12mm everything became quite washed out and blurry making it quite difficult to get a decent focus. I decided not to try for the clusters but to wait for better conditions. I moved onto Sirius, Castor and Pollux, but all appeared as milky stars at 25mm ( x36 ) so decided to call it at night. Hopefully next time I'll be able to go cluster spotting in Auriga!!!
  10. Glad that you managed to get out Dominic. Weather seems quite frustrating here as well.
  11. Hopefully the next few days may bring an opportunity for us here in the UK to get out. I've booked a clear night for Monday Morning to watch and photograph the eclipse. ?
  12. Kronos831, I'd get your scope out again, point it at a star and use the focusing knob/wheel to bring the star to a pin point of light. I think because you focused on the moon you may of thought you didn't need to refocusing again for stars. Always check the focus when moving from target to target and especially when changing eye piece. Let us know how you get on.
  13. Thanks Size9hex, didn't even know it was a technique as I just happened to see the nebula as the scope moved during the search. One more tool for the box ?
  14. As dweller25 has implied, did you refocus the scope after moving from the moon to Mars ? I'm assuming the circles that you mention are when you look through the eye piece and not on your camera/image.
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