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About Lurcher

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  1. Blimey that is a hardcore and sturdy scope! Oooh. Aperture greed kicking in again!! I suppose I better learn how to use mine a little better first!! but thank you for your reply and feedback on the Stargate. It's nice to hear it's proving to be a well made scope. One day maybe. . . . .
  2. Absolutely agree. I was so tempted to get out last night just to look at the moon, but I had to get up at 4.30am this morning so decided against it. (But I'm hoping to get out tonight if it doesn't cloud over, and my friend and I have agreed in advance we'll just enjoy the moon rather than seeing it as a shame for washing out the faint fuzzies). I bought a 12" Dob as I had a love for deep sky objects, but just lately, I've been finding more disappointments than wow moments, (due to light pollution and poor seeing I suppose), so I'm now starting to enjoy more and more finding features on the moon to sketch or photograph. (Stargate 450P - Nice scope. How have you found it? They look good. I'm hoping they'll start making they're way onto the 2nd hand market in a few years time!).
  3. Thanks Paz. - And I'm so glad it's not just me. I thought the areas I'd chosen would be quite easy to identify, but it took me quite a while to find them.
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    Moon 13 Feb 2019

    Absolutely. Excellent images Ruud. I like the font on the latest one which matches with the flow of the paintbrush effect well, but the first of the new set really jumps out of the dark background at you.
  5. I don't know if this is the same, or of any help, but this is the page I always go to look at. https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=9&lat=6692409&lon=120319&layers=B0FFTFFFFFF I find it easy to use due to the different base layers you can use.
  6. I found them! Sorry, this is going to be far more important to me than anyone else, but I was so pleased to be able to match my sketches up to a moon and photos. Here's my annotated version of my sketches now sowing the crater names.
  7. Thanks Mark. What you're doing there though is finding the great holes in my knowledge of what I'm looking at! - I think it was a six day old moon on Wednesday? I recorded the date and time, (cropped out of the images), but I thought it would be fairly simple to identify what I was looking at afterwards, but I'm struggling! I'll try to identify them confidently over the weekend, but I spent 30 minutes trying yesterday without that final certainty. But you're right I am definitely lacking on the information front.
  8. I love your scopes. I've watched a video on Youtube so many times showing the construction of a 20" Dobsonian. I love the detail of the split blocks in particular. I was about to ask if you'd seen it as it was so similar to yours, and then realized it was yours! So glad I didn't just ask a really stupid question again. I would love one of them (ideally with a GoTo as I'm a bit useless without that). Really nice designs.
  9. Hi All, Finally got out and did a bit of sketching again. (Also just been catching up on other brilliant sketches on here this morning). I did a couple of my usual rough-and-ready sketches which I then tinted on the computer. (I quite liked the result of the tint! I might do that again, or use a coloured pencil next time). I'm not sure of any crater names I'm afraid. I'm going to have a look at a moon map later and see if I can identify them). I know there were near the terminator on Wednesday evening the 13th March. Cheers all. Martin.
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    Well done Davhei. Great sketch. I always have trouble seeing M51 with any size due to the light pollution in my area I suppose. (I have a to use a long exposure photo to see it. It's always difficult I think drawing these very faint galaxies. You've done a nice job.
  11. It's really not easy to sketch these very faint and distant galaxies. Well done.
  12. Hi Achem, Nice sketch. The use of the grey paper as a middle background, darkened with black charcoal and lightened with white gives a really good result. Good to see Achem.
  13. Like "Pig", I also thought I must be looking at a photo. Best one yet. (Although that's a tough one to call actually).
  14. Thanks Alan, I owned the 8" version before this one. I loved it, and still think maybe I should have kept that scope, but aperture greed took hold and I saw someone selling the 12" version on E-bay 2nd hand for a good price and couldn't resist going for it. But you're right the tracking and alignment of my 8" scope was always brilliant. Always got a delight from watching it slew to an object and then seeing it in the centre of the eye piece on nearly all occasions. It was my first GoTo scope. The 12" hasn't been behaving quite so well so I took the base to pieces again and increased the tension on the worm screw gear. I took it out last night, (briefly before the mist and fog rolled in and ruined everything!), and it was working much better. I think before there was so little tension, the worm gear was backing off and just turning when at low speed, rather than turning the scope. Now I know what to do I might even go back and add a little more pressure but I'll see how it goes. It was a surreal evening actually. I was down what is normally a deserted farm track, but last night there was an organized marathon run going past me! Every couple of minutes another few runners with head torches would run past me and I would cheer them on and they would say thanks or even ask about the scope! One couple even said they would be back to have a look on the next loop, but due to the fog I didn't stay long. The things you see in the night in the middle of nowhere! The highlight for me that night was the Orion Nebula which looked better and clearer than I'd ever seen it. Can't wait to get out again!
  15. Good one Nick. I didn't know about NGC2440 or its white dwarf star so thanks for that. It's always nice to have something with a point of interest to find and mention to others. I shall have to see if I can find them sometime. Fingers crossed!
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