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Michael Rapley

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  1. I'm looking forward to it as well
  2. Visual only, but then iv'e only recently started the hobby
  3. This is the best 419 scam i have ever read, Cosmic 419er lost in space ? The Register Laugh out loud funny
  4. Hi Nigel, they are a real friendly bunch of folks around here !!
  5. My skywatcher 10" flex dob is fairly easy to lift in one go. Other required bits of kit are stowed in a padded rucksack
  6. No no, buy everthing you might need for the next 7/8 months now. Leave the winter time purchase free
  7. Gotta love the "BBQ Summers"
  8. The moon, Jupiter, in the winter Orion Nebula and the Pleides
  9. Hi Tomys, Plenty of help to be had here. I'm a newbie myself
  10. Welcome to the madhouse. While you may think your behaviour is a little odd now just wait. Wishing away your summers and dancing round the garden and trying hard not to shout out loud the first time you see Saturn through your scope are all though normal around here.
  11. I'd like to think that this is an isolated incident. The fact that some people seem to know who is being talked about without names being disclosed makes me think that this person may just be a bad apple. From what i can see so far the members of this hobby are by and large a kind,friendly, trustworthy sort. I'd rather purchase and sell though contacts on here than ebay though.
  12. That site contains more than enough... Iv'e stopped watching television altogether since that link was posted here
  13. I personally think it's arrogant to assume that earth is the only planet with life.
  14. I'll be up for a car sticker for sure, although my wife has informed me that my "Geek Chique" stickers are going nowhere near her car
  15. This is one of the main reasons i moved to a dob that i keep in the garage, it doesn't take much longer to get going than grabbing my binos does. As others have pointed out the good nights make the cloudy ones seem like a distant memory.
  16. That is a super design, i thought that the flex dob i had compacted nicely, but yours beats it hands down. How do the views compare with commercial scopes?
  17. Welcome !! I have a flex 250px. Mine is non goto or tracking However it is a fantastic scope. I can lift the whole thing in one go fairly easily. The scope sits in a car seat and then takes a seat belt strapped across it, the mount fits in the back. This is great for visiting dark sky sites. The views are fantastic. I would recommend this scope to anyone, i'm very very pleased with mine.
  18. Are you enjoying imaging? It doesn't sound like it to me. If it starts to feel like a job, or isn't fun i'd say stop. You sound like you had much more fun observing. You don't need to sell the cameras, from what iv'e heard the C8 is a great scope for visual as well. Just pack the imaging gear away incase you want to use it again I'm a novice, but thats the way i see it.
  19. Well, I thought that i would start to record my sessions in blog form. I recently bought a nice big Dob and am hoping to get some good use out of it this winter. I live in Aberdeenshire and at the moment the sky is far too light to be able to do anything astronomy related, so i'm left with no option but staring at the scope every so often in the garage :( I'll post more when i start to use the scope in anger
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