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Skywatcher130

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  1. Tracking it here in Staffordshire. Every now and again there's a gap in the clouds and I get a clear view, it's like a full stop on a blank sheet of paper
  2. Anyone else seen this evening's Met Office weather forecast video with Aidan McGivern standing in front of a photo of the milky way? He mentions the Orionids meteor shower then points and laughs and says "stargazers, you're not going to see this tonight". Grrrr
  3. As a follow up to my original post, I went along to the science day at the forestry centre on Saturday which is where my local astronomy group are based. They were very proudly showing off their newly-opened observatory, and I met some lovely, friendly members who put my mind at ease as to attending some of their monthly sessions and possibly becoming a member myself in the future. I met a very knowledgeable gentleman (who actually lives in my village!) who was displaying on his laptop some fantastic images he'd taken from his own back garden observatory. I left feeling much less nervous about the whole club issue and excited about the possibility of being able to tap into a wealth of experience and advice as opposed to observing alone. I may have been grinning and saying 'wow! ' a bit too much though, but from not knowing anyone else with a telescope to seeing loads and being able to go up into the new observatory was pretty exciting stuff Deb
  4. That's great Bob, and the club observatory sounds really exciting! I should be at the science day with my husband and boys so we'll come and say hello
  5. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.365astronomy.com/Solar-Filter-for-130mm-Newtonian-Telescopes.html&ved=2ahUKEwj5yJzbh_jkAhXkURUIHeJlAxoQFjAAegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw3deicknzz9OSSfCUkGqNUo Thia is what I have ordered, at £26 seemed reasonable. Telescope is same as my name, on a go-to AZ mount. I would love a 200p go-to dob in the future though and keep the 130 as a travel scope as we like to go camping. Yes, I'm aware of the transit and I should get a fabulous view from my south-facing garden, weather depending obviously. In the meantime, I will be practicing aligning the sun (I know to cover or remove the finderscope, don't worry!)
  6. Treated myself to a solar filter which should be here in a day or two, very excited! (even though I take it there's not much to see at the moment ) I shall let you know how I get on. Deb
  7. Some good advice there Geoff. There's a few tips that I think I will try with my little Skywatcher Go-to as it's not been as accurate as it has been previously. Think my power pack may need replacing too.
  8. I did this last year as a newbie. It was very enjoyable. I might do it again this year with my son who has an keen interest. Nice to have a 'plan' to follow. I have a free Sky at Night subscription through the RB digital app from Staffordshire libraries. Most councils used to offer similar things, well used to before all the cuts that is!
  9. Thanks for the replies. I guess I should just try it and see how it goes. Perhaps I should have just asked if any SGL members are also members of Rosliston Astronomy Group which is my nearest club. It looks like they are at a science day at the forestry centre where they hold their meetings next month so I might go along and have a chat. Thing is, I don't know anyone else with a telescope so it would be great to meet like-minded people and hopefully get to have a look through a bigger set up than mine
  10. How many of you are members of an astronomy club or society, and how welcoming to new members do they tend to be? I like the idea of joining like-minded people and getting away from my light polluted back garden but I'm a bit nervous about taking the plunge to be honest
  11. Illuminated reticle eyepiece, for enhancing my go-to accuracy
  12. For future use you could try hanging up one of those decoy wasp's nests. Usually available from discount stores for a pound or two. The theory is that wasps won't make a nest close to an existing one and will find an alternative location. It could certainly work for an enclosed space such as a shed or observatory. Deb
  13. Welcome to SGL, it's a really friendly site. Have to say, WOW what fantastic images. If they were mine I'd have them printed onto canvas and up on the living room walls ? Deb
  14. Earlier this year for me, February I think. I wasn't expecting to see all four moons so that was an extra bonus. I still haven't seen Saturn yet due to neighbour's trees but I have calculated using Star Walk app that by this time next month it should be clearly in sight, can't wait! Deb
  15. I'm across the river from you ? and would have to agree that the sky has been pretty poor lately. As per my previous post, we are supposed to be Bortle 5 here but I am not sure how accurate that is, comparing it to our dark sky location up North - Bortle 4, which is markedly different in sky quality. I did get out for a bit last night, wasn't forecast clear skies so good job I'm always 'skywatching', lol. One thing I have come to realise is that I should probably make a list of things I would like to look at prior to setting up, make better use of what little chances we do get at the moment. Deb
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