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BWBlackett

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  1. Does anyone know of a website which lists when each planet is viewable from the UK, i.e. I have read the Jupiter is past it's best for this season - but when will it be back again? When will I be able to see Saturn in the late evening sky again? Any help appreciated, Brian.
  2. Has anyone got/used one of these Red LED GloTorch http://www.telescopeplanet.co.uk/ViewProdDetails.asp?prod_code=PON03L000002 I know FLO used to sell them but they have disappeared from his website. I'm after a torch suitable for searching in my toolbox for eyepieces and being able to illuminate a sketch pad whilst observing. Any advice appreciated. Brian.
  3. I've done a quick search but can't find any mention of this site on SGL www.ngc891.com is labelled as a Astronomical Web Site dedicated to observing, ATM and more As well as giving details of the guy's home made 18" dob it was load on info, maps and images of dso. For example a complete list of Messier, Caldwell and Herschel objects with zoomable starcharts and an image of each object. There is loads to look at - a very well put together site. Brian.
  4. I was out the other night in the cold, it's the first time I had to put my woolly hat on this year! I had my first view of the Pleiades through my scope - it was a great sight. Winter is coming - roll on them long dark nights with plenty to see and sketch!!! Brian.
  5. Sorry Peter I disagree - I would never go back to an optical finder on my Dob, it just confuses things too much. You look atthe sky with your eyes and see one set of stars, then through the finder you see another then through your scope you see yet another. With the red dot finder you you put the dot on the object you want to see and there it is in your scope. It is even better for finding things you can't see - like I've said before I use Stellarium to locate an object e.g. the Ring Nebula in Lyra, I can see that it is about 1/3 of the way between the two bright stars at the bottom of the constellation. So I move my Dub until the red dot is pointing 1/3 of the way between the stars, then hey presto looking through my 30mm eyepiece I can see a little grey smoke ring, it may be slightly off centre or just outside the field of view so a little searching my be required, but with practice you get a lot more accurate. I can then step down to my 10mm eyepiece to get a better view. I found that with an optical finder I was getting too confused by the other stars that appeared and the fact that the image was the wrong way round. Red Dot Finder £15 from FLO - best thing I ever bought (after the 10" Dob!) Brian.
  6. Anthony, I too had great problems trying to find things with my Dob but, as I said on another post, get yourself a free copy of Stellarium, a red dot finder and a 30mm 2" eyepiece (From FLO). Use Stellarium to do some star hopping in your mind, then do it for real using the red dot finder and 'daa naa' the DSO will magically appear in your 2" eyepiece. I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now and I can usually get 75% of what I am looking for in the FOV first time. Good luck, Brian.
  7. CW - thanks for this reply. I really like this forum because people really try to help newbies (like myself) but this post in particular gives some details about the book rather than just saying buy "Turn Left At Orion". My nomination for post-of-the-week/month. Brian.
  8. I seem to be doing really well at finding DSO using Stellarium to give me a rough position e.g. it looks like it's half way between them two stars and up a bit, a red dot finder (rather than the supplied finderscope) and a superb 2" 32mm eyepiece (last two supplied by FLO). I had a great session last night - probably the best I've had yet with my scope and just happened to get my targets with minimum of 'hunting'. M92 was a real WOW - I think it's even better than M13. Brian.
  9. Jim, Thanks for the info, I don't think I've loosened then tightened the locking nuts - I will give that a go next time. Brian.
  10. What a great night - just collimated my scope - took about an hour, then spend 2 hours outside. Managed to bring my Messier count up to 8. Tonight's' sights were M3, M92 (WOW), M103, M13, Double Cluster, M31 M32 Brilliant.
  11. Finally got it sorted - I think! Had a great evening - perfectly clear skies. M3, M92 (WOW), M103, M13, Double Cluster, M31 M32 Brian.
  12. Tony, the manual doesn't look anything like the real scope! It talks about a philips screw and a hex bolt for each pair - put actually they are a flat screw and nothing. Both have finger grips around the edges.
  13. The video is alright but it doesn't say which screws to what? I have undone one of the large screws and it comes off - so it is on fact a nut - the thread must be attached to the mirror holder. Does this mean that this is the locking screw rather than adjustment screw? If I turn an adjustment screw too much is there a risk I can crack my primary ?
  14. Can someone help me with collimation. I've borrowed a baader laser. I've managed to adjust the secondary mirror so the first bounce of the laser is hitting the circle marked in the centre of my primary. The return is off centre in the laser target. I can't figure out which knobs to turn on the bottom of my primary, they don't match what it says in the Skywatcher manual. There are 3 sets of 2 screws, each pair has a smaller screw which would take a flat screwdriver and a larger screw with no slot. Any of the screws can be turned by hand. I've messed with all of them and can get the laser to move around in a cicrle but not get anywhere near the centre mark on it's target. Any help appreciated..... it's a clear night - I want to get outside ! Thanks, Brian.
  15. Baz, Great slide show (amazing?) it looks like a very good setup - how long did it take you to build? When can you come and do mine ? Brian.
  16. An interesting programme, but not much 'new' info. He said (and showed) 2 posters at the end of the show, but the website only mentions one. If you missed it, it should be available for download from the BBC iPlayer website tomorrow. Brian.
  17. I've seen it, I've seen it I had a quick glance out the front window and saw 1 solitary star poking out between the clouds. A quick dash to the garage and got the Dob out, 2 mins (literally) later the red dot finder homed in and there he? was in all his? glory, Jupiter with 3 moons on the left side and 1 on the right. Lasted for about 10mins then disappeared behind the clouds again. I'm really pleased because:- 1. It's the first time I've seen Jupiter. 2. My Dob was out and set-up really quickly. 3. It's the first time in 5 weeks there has been anything to see apart from cloud. Brian. (Happy as Larry - whoever he was!)
  18. You have got to be kidding - cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud.
  19. OK, I'll make a start. They are all big and black here at the moment, with lots of flashing light and loud rumbles...... Brian (Not-so-sunny Blackpool)
  20. I wish.......... I've seen nothing but cloud for the last 2 weeks.... Brian.
  21. You can download the LAC set for free http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/mapcatalog/LAC/index.shtml :moon: Brian.
  22. Astronut, Nice scope - I bough it's smaller sister the 250PX from Steve a couple of months ago. It's brilliant. I too didn't get any plastic caps for the screws - but like you said they are only cosmetic - it looks like they aren't supplied anymore and the manual needs updating. Two quick tips:- 1 - take off the eyepiece holder on the front - it just bangs into your leg (and hurts a lot) when you are carrying it. 2 - check out this thread for converting it into a push-to scope - the piccys on page 16 really show what's it's all about.http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/937949/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/16/vc/1 and a quick question - where about in Lancs are you? I'm in Staining near Blackpool. Regards, Brian.
  23. What date/time is it going to be high enough to see in Northern England ?
  24. I understand that Mars will be viewable from the UK towards the end of the year, I've tried skipping through the dates on Stellarium but can't work out when the first opportunity and best times will be to see it. Any help? Brian.
  25. Martin, When you've finished with the Cloud moving motor can I have a lend? Brian.
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