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Totnesdave

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  1. I actually bought one of these: Weatherproof bicycle cover on eBay It's light, covers my 100mm APO on its CG5 pretty well apart from the bottom of the legs at full extent, and it's certainly cheap 'n' cheerful ! Dave.
  2. I bought one of those at that price and am loving it. I had it posted to the UK by UPS, took a few weeks, and attracted a customs charge of about £18, still a huge bargain though, and a lovely eyepiece, I wasn't prepared for the size of the box and the eyepiece contained within though, like a big heavy precious jewel Dave
  3. I bought one of those green lasers and brackets from SnS. First laser was weak and faulty, the replacement one works occasionally, when it feels like it, in any case I can't rely on it ... not sure if it's partly the environmental conditions but I personally, cannot recommend them for reliability. I really wish I could, it seems like a great idea ! I think I'm going to invest in an RA finder at some point, tempted to try a red-dot unit also. Dave.
  4. Mmmm must go looking for Saturn again, it's swinging quite low now in the sky I actually find that after Titan, Rhea is the moon that jumps out at me next, then, as long as I know in advance where I'm looking with its less obvious positioning, Iapetus is the next one after that. Fainter for me are Tethys and Dione, and Dione sometimes eludes me, fickle thing that she is I always take a quick screenshot output from Stellarium before going out, set for the approx time I'm going to be observing, and match them up, it's a great tool for that cheers Dave
  5. That star partway between them, as seen in the plot above, HIP 417, acts as a splendid pointer at the moment, it's similar brightness, so just hop from Jupiter to that one, then to the next, which should then be Uranus. Not a 'jump out and grab you though'. In my 4" refractor at x75 it was merely a tiny resolved disk with a slightly perceptible green hue Best of luck Dave
  6. Hmm this bulb (the 0.7A) quietly burnt out in my Power Tank last night, blackening, distorting and part melting the rear reflector, I think I may just leave the 'top' light non functional and bulb-less, shame as its more useful at times than the main beam 'super trooper', but in any case, my main purpose for the Tank was as a PSU Not sure if it was the bulbs rating or that, frankly, the bulb contact fitting design is absolutely terrible, it pops in and out of contact when moved. Just a heads up and word of warning ! cheers Dave
  7. Nice images ... and they confirm that I did in fact see it for my first time this morning after 4am, right shape, right place on the disk (though inverted) just wasn't wholly sure of what I was looking at I found my 80A blue filter helped with the surface in general. cheers ! Dave
  8. Yep it's a hilltop 200 metres above sea level with a spectacular southward sweeping view from East round to West down to the coast and down to sea level, or almost so, especially if you set up just outside the small car park to avoid a small low copse to the west. Nearest settlement is miles away, no-one to disturb, no streetlights, just pull in to the little car park and set up. If you walk across the field to the hill fort mound itself you've got an amazing 360 degree horizon. In any case, great to catch early views of rising objects. I may try Dartmoor soon again too. Only 20 minutes from h
  9. And I did, and boy did i enjoy it Will write a little report, still waking up after sleeping through half the day, excellent observing site, got there at 1am and Jupiter was 'high' over the south eastern coast, left at 5am, will return very soon to sample it on a 'dark-sky' night cheers Dave
  10. Nice report ! I missed Europa actually 'vanishing' too, I observed it at 3.05 am approximately equidistant between Jupiter and Io, but when I returned to Jupiter at 3.40 am after doing some other observations, it was no longer visible. Uranus was a nice easy target, the sky lightened rather too much for me to find Neptune though, pesky moon, and the sun started coming up around 3am ! At 1.00 am Jupiter was riding quite high in the sky at the observing site I was at .. but that was due to having a SE horizon essentially down to sea level from high ground inland The moon was washing things out
  11. I'm staying up, spur of the moment, must be mad driving out to Blackdown Rings, a hillfort with a small car park near Loddiswell, deep in the darkest Devon countryside, should be very dark skies and horizon actually down to the ocean in parts, going to take a look for Jupiter, Uranus, see if I can seek out Neptune, got another list of nice "M"s to look for. It's about 10 miles away, never been there by night but looks like an excellent dark site in the middle of nowhere with handy car access, just hope it isn't used for other nefarious purposes Packing a wife and a flask of hot coffee to kee
  12. Another page of info on this e/p : Baader Hyperion Zoom Mark III (8-24mm) - 1.25" & 2" barrel - Teleskop-Express: Astro-Shop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung Wish they would hurry up and get them out the door I've been repeatedly tempted to give up and go for the William Optics Zoom II instead, just so I can get some observing in with it ! Dave
  13. I resolved the four stars distinctly under dark (ish) skies at x75 (barlowed 24mm SWA) in a 100mm apo refractor, this was around midnight so after most of the twilight glow had gone and with Lyra riding high in the sky, so yes I'd agree the darkness/contrast/seeing conditions is perhaps more crucial than the magnification, I could perceive their 'double-ness' even at x37 I haven't found M57 yet, definitely one for my list cheers, Dave
  14. Thanks Guys Pesky marks just vanished on the first touch of the Baader Wonder Fluid ! I had more trouble trying to wipe the leans clear of the slight oil smears after applying the fluid, couldn't get rid of all of them, but that's just practise and technique I guess I was rather nervous about touching these optical surfaces and coatings but I guess they must have 'some' degree of robustness.... thanks again for your all your advice and what a relief it's not scratched cheers Dave
  15. A few notes from this week leading up to observation of C/2009 R1 McNaught from my garden Date : 15/16 June 2010 Location : Follaton arboretum, good elevation, low light pollution, excellent horizons North and West Conditions : Skies very clear Notes : Rushed set up and consequently had issues finding and tracking, especially with some RA slop, and I note that a spirit level placed on accessory tray is *not* parallel with mount ! Bright meteor activity, perhaps six noted between 11pm and 1am, particularly one large one travelling on a line to Vega from Arcturus approx 11pm. Saturn low on hori
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