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  1. I'm right handed and left eyed, even though my left eye is the weaker of the two. Surprisingly it causes the most problems when playing darts, as I aim as though the dart was being held in front of my left eye which it isn't. As such the darts end up flying off to the right of where I'm aiming. When I got my first 180 I was actually aiming for treble 5 each time, but with the aim off they all landed in the treble 20 bed instead!
  2. Thanks, I thought it meant the eyecups but thought it was worth checking on here just incase. Still a nice eyepiece though!
  3. I think I saw an advert in the for sale section for a TMB Planetary a few weeks ago. In the description I remember it mentioning "adjustable eye relief". Is this the case, as I spent a good few minutes staring at my own TMB (6mm) and cant for the life of me see how it would work? If it is indeed the case, how to I use it? Thanks!
  4. The app is currently on sale for £0.59 to celebrate the last flight of Endeavour, if anyones interested. During the last Shuttle flight it got to no. 1 on the iPad charts, so it really is a great app.
  5. The 150PL would be best for DSO's, and it would also be good for planetary and lunar work. It would also be forgiving on cheaper EP's as well. I have the shorter version (150P) and it's a really nice but of kit. The Skymax would be good for planetary, but not as good on the DSO's as the 150PL. It to would be forgiving on the EP's. As for the 130P, it's a very popular scope but either of the other two would be better for you IMHO. If I had to choose, I'd go for the 150PL. Good Luck!
  6. Why Does E=mc^2? by Prof Brian Cox is a good read. Challenging, but with a bit of thought you can get it. Or think you get it at least...
  7. When I first got my 150P the collimation was worrying me a bit, but it really is easy if you read a good guide, like Astro Baby, first. don't let that put you off reflectors.
  8. Firstly, thats a nice mount you've got there. As you'll be using it for visual use first, I'd go for a reflector, you'll get a much bigger apperture for your money. You've got a good budget, so you could maybe get a 8" or 10", like First Light Optics - Skywatcher Explorer 200P DS OTA or First Light Optics - Skywatcher Explorer 250P DS OTA . The 250P is slightly over your budget, but its 10 inches! I'm not an imager, but I think both of these would be suitable when you start imaging. Someone else will probably correct me if needed . Good Luck!
  9. So this model assumes proton decay? I asked Prof Cox this on twitter, which he kindly replied to, but 140 characters isn't really enough to answer the question properly. His answer was yes, but they don't know for sure yet. Can anyone else expand on this for me?
  10. I think that, although the content is important, the main aim of B.C's programmes is to get more people thinking about science. At this it succeeds brilliantly, though now it would be good to see more "proper science" as he has captured the imagination of the audience. Despite the lack of scientific detail, I still think his programmes are a good thing. It has got people talking about astronomy and science, so well done Professor Cox!
  11. It's not strictly astronomical, but "When We Left Earth" is a pretty immense series.
  12. It would be such a shame of people new to astronomy were put off by scopes such as these. In fairness to the eBay seller, he seems to have updated the ad as per Adrian's suggestions. It's refreshing to see honesty like this from a seller, but maybe he should think about lowering the price as well if it's not "professional quality"...
  13. in that case I'll have the James Webb Space Telescope when its launched. And my own private space station so I can actually use it... Does anyone know what size focuser is on the JWST so I can decide what EP's to get for it
  14. For me the filter is essential. Without it is both uncomfortable on my eyes, as well as giving me a headache after a while. While I agree that the view isn't quite as nice, the comfort is worth the slight loss of image quality in my opinion.
  15. I've got the 150P on the EQ3-2. It's my first "proper" scope, so I don't really have anything to compare it too, but it is brilliant in my opinion. The mount is very solid, easily good enough for the 150P. As for the actual scope, the focuser is lovely compared to the R&P one on my first mini scope. It's also worth pointing out that collimating is a doddle. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough!
  16. I found it very frustrating without the polar scope, even a "good" alignment without the scope was only good enough for 5 minutes or so. I would definately get the polar scope from the start if I was buying the mount again.
  17. The mak sounds like it would be a good scope for you, though it won't be great for DSO's. It will be portable, good for double stars and planets and it will also be forgiving on lower quality eyepieces. I would wait a few weeks, maybe even longer, before deciding what EPs to get. That extra time will let you know exactly what you need, and the ones it come with are good enough to get started with, especially on a slow scope like the mak. Good luck!
  18. Would the mirror from a cheap diagonal work?
  19. Get a cheshire and a red light, perhaps a moon filter, and NOTHING else! Then give a few weeks, maybe even months, before you get anything else like EP's and filters. You may however, feel that you need to get a polarscope for the mount, which will make observing easier and more enjoyable. Good Luck!
  20. I saw the show at Birmingham and it was honestly the best, most inspiring thing I have ever seen. The whole show was the perfect blend of comedy and fact, but Brian's piece stole the show. He talked about the LHC (hinting that they have indeed found the Higgs particle!), the speed of light and relativity. The way he explained it I understood reasonable amounts of it! The show we saw was the day after the results of Gravity Probe-B were announced, which he explained. The highlight was right at the end though, when they played the quote from Carl Sagan about the "Pale Blue Dot", with the photo itself on the screen behind. It made us all feel so small, yet so lucky and grateful at the same time. Very humbling indeed. Less good was the 40 minute wait to get out of the carpark...
  21. Go for the 130P, its got a better mirror than the 130M. The P has a parabolic mirror which focusses the light better than a circular one, which the M has.
  22. I don't know how it compares to the Celestron, but I would imagine it would be similar. The 130P is a very popular starter scope but, for an extra £40 you could get a Dobsonians - Skywatcher Skyliner 150P Dobsonian which has a bigger aperture and is a slower scope. The slower scope will be easier on the EP's, both those that come with it and those you will inevitably upgrade to in the future. The 150P will also give you a higher magnification that you will need to see the planets and moons in some detail. The larger aperture will make seeing the brighter DSO's much easier. Whichever you go for, you will probably want a moon filter so you don't blind yourself I would wait a little longer and save up for the bigger mirror if I were you. And as for what they look like, hopefully it'll be dark when your using it so you won't be able to see what it looks like!
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