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  1. I personally find it easier to start to align the finder scope in the daytime when you can see what you're doing. See if you can find a distant tree or house roof through the main telescope and then use the two small finger screws on the finder scope to slowly bring the finder scope to the same point as the main scope. That'll get it fairly close. Then at night you can hopefully find a nice bright star through the finder scope which will hopefully also now be in the field of view of the telescope. Centre the star in the eyepiece and then use the star to fully align the finder scope. So basically start with something large during the day and gradually use a smaller or further object until you can do it at night on a star. It'll take a bit of practice moving the finder scope around with the finger screws but just a matter of playing. I once used the sea forts and ships out at sea to do mine from the sea wall. It's always great seeing ships on the horizon upside down!
  2. Yes please! I'll see if I can send you a personal message on here. Thanks.
  3. Lurcher

    No Excuses now!

    Wow thanks mate! I've seen your photo quality sketches and have been very impressed, so I'm really grateful for your encouragement and kind thoughts. Many thanks.
  4. Lurcher

    Pursuing the Horse.

    Excellent links John!
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    "GinaRep Concorde" 3D Printer

    Clever stuff Gina! Well done it's beginning to look the business.
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    Is this m42?

    Ooooh. How many of us can relate to all of that!!!? Well done for observing and noting the Trapezium. I also mentioned on here a while ago about the four small stars in the centre to then read all about their fame afterwards. Clear skies!
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    My (rubbish) first image of Orion

    Yeah good shot. You can see you were having to battle a bit with light pollution, but I like seeing the house in the bottom corner as it puts the constellation in context. Well done.
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    Pursuing the Horse.

    Sorry I can't answer your question, but thanks for posting this as I was hoping to see the Horsehead Nebula from my back garden the other night and couldn't see anything. I was thinking it was me being stupid, so it's nice to hear when other people have had difficulty too. Makes me realize it's not just me. I've ordered and am just waiting for an Explore Scientific CLS Nebula Filter from FLO in the hope that might help with that type of object, but I also now think there was more light pollution than I realized at the time. I'm hoping to be able to post a review on here soon as to what difference the filter makes. Although after hearing that you already used a filter I'm a little worried now! Bets of luck, and I hope someone else can give a good answer.
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    No Excuses now!

    Thank you! (Nice scope! I love the wooden truss dobs like your Obsession. They're works of art in themselves). Thanks very much. ( and I couldn't help noticing you own 16 inch Meade Light Bridge! Nice stuff!!). Thanks guys.
  10. Lurcher

    First Light At Last!!!!!

    Hey well done! I think I've read your previous posts and know you've waited a long time to finally get a scope and be able to use it outside. We had a clear sky last night for the first time in ages too. It's such a welcome after so long isn't it!? My back garden is pretty limited too, with the only benefit being that Orion is directly behind me at the moment at night, so that works well at this time of year. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I looked quickly at M31 last night too as that's always a good one, but I was really disappointed with the views of it last night. It was quite high in the sky but, (and possibly due to the neighbours' sodding external lights), I could hardly see anything! So if it was looking good for you last night and you managed to find it you did well. Well done for getting out with your scope last night and the write up.
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    No Excuses now!

    Thanks Des. That's very kind of you. (When my Wife saw what I was doing she laughed and said I was "cute". I don't think that was a good thing). Thank you! I'm amazed you could recognize it! Very kind of you to say. Thank you for your kind comments. Thanks guys. Much more positive than I was expecting! I'm going to get a white pen for sharp stars, and maybe try a white pastel next time. All the best!
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    No Excuses now!

    I'm embarrassed to put this on here after having seen other people's sketches, but here's my very first attempt at doing a sketch. I real life it looks better, honest! The scan has emphasized all the scratchy lines so it looks less blended. PLEASE SQUINT AT IT! I also need to get a white pen. The stars all came out too large by the time I'd gotten a mark on the paper! And while I'm making excuses . . . . it was flipping cold!! Ok so it's not exactly Hubble Space telescope, but I said there would be no excuses once there was a clear night and I couldn't wait to have a go. Hopefully they will get a lot better with practice.
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    First or Last "Quarter" phase terminolgy

    But on a full moon we see half the moon so half of a full is a half!! Half moon not full moon!?? I can kind of see it that way. Thank you!! Yes that makes sense! Got it! I knew you guys would put my feeble brain out of it's misery! Thanks! I was indeed thinking purely of what I could see. Thanks.
  14. Hi All, Sorry, this might be really pointless, but I wondered if anybody knows of the reason why the phase of the moon, when HALF of the moon facing us is illuminated is called the "First Quarter"? It's quite clearly half of what we can see so surely should be called the first HALF, not quarter. If it's because they're thinking of the moon as a whole, as we're only seeing a quarter of the whole moon, then surely we should also remember that the other quarter we can't see would also be illuminated, and it is still therefore HALF of the whole moon at that phase? Further more, if we're thinking of the whole moon at that phase then perhaps we should refer to the full moon as the HALF moon?? It seems strange to me that we go straight from quarter to full with nothing in between. If anyone can please explain to me why astronomers refer to the first half as the first quarter I'd be really grateful! Thanks!
  15. Lurcher

    Hi all. What a great site!

    Ha! There's so much to learn isn't there?? Thanks for your message. And yes I hope my old scope's gone to a good home. It seemed quite light polluted where it was now living so I hope it's going to be ok! (sniff). On the subject of learning - I was reading in "Astronomy Now" yesterday that the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237) is just to the left of Orion in Monocros, and apparently well worth a look with a wide angles lens, but that's another deep sky object I've never seen, so can't wait to see that if we get any clear skies before Orion disappears again! All the best and thanks.

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