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Angus Wright

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  1. Thanks for the link, just the thing to fill a cloudy evening when there is nothing on the TV
  2. Plesion or Vicinus - Greek and Latin for neighbour.
  3. Had my first light through my new (to me) 12" dob last night. I thought it looked promising during the afternoon but there was a lot of haze and conditions were terrible. At one point I moved the scope to have another look at Jupiter and there was so much few on the Telrad window I couldn't see the planet! I have up at that point. At least I know it does work but needs a collimation tweak.
  4. A few years ago I went to a lecture on telescope making in Sunderland. The man who gave the lecture started as an amateur astronomer, started making scopes and eventually that took over from the astronomy. The first scope he made for himself looked rather like Isaac Newtons first reflector without the mount. Just a tube and eyepiece, 4" I think. He stuck the mirror end under his arm and the eyepiece to his eye and scanned the sky at low power. Over the years his telescope making improved and he eventually made something like a 12" Newtonian on eq mount in a dome in his garden. It had diffracti
  5. Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I have a Mondeo estate so scope and me is no problem, I was just trying to foresee me, scope, girlfriend, 2 children on holiday and how things would fit, they wouldn't with a solid tube! I've decided on a 12" dob, now it's just a case of which one to go for. The Meade lightbridge is favourite at the moment. I wish I could see one before I took the plunge, if only I had been able to get to Astrofest! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  6. I'm just wanting to see what more experienced members of SGL think about this topic. I have a 110mm refractor which is great but when I do get the chance to observe from a dark sky I feel the need for a light bucket, so I've been thinking about getting a dobsonian. I'm not bothered about GOTO, I've got the basic EQ6 and prefer the challenge of finding object myself and learning the sky. I thought about getting a scope that could be mounted on the EQ6, and have seen solid tube dobs with tube rings, but even though I have an estate car, I couldn't take this on holiday with my girlfriend and her
  7. My first scope was a Vixen 102mm achromatic refractor on a GP mount. The 50x per inch rule meant 200x max. I bought a 4mm eyepiece that gave 250x as an experiment, it was a cheap eyepiece. Only once did I see more with the 4mm that the 5mm (200x) the scope came with and presume the atmospheric seeing was the crucial factor. On a night with cracking seeing you should get 300x from your scope, but those nights are few and far between. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  8. What I find sad in 21st century Britain is that there are faith schools actually teaching children that the Earth is no more than ten thousand years old! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  9. I was fortunate enough to camp in Monument Valley some years ago. The daytime was cool enough having a cowboy horse ride around the rock formations but the stars at night are awesome. I had to turn around about 5 times just to find the Plough as you lose it in the multitude of stars! Sadly I didn't have a scope but the MkI eyeball and cheap binos are awesome out there! On the same trip I visited the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and managed to view M11 through the 24" refractor, an amazing experience. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  10. Very interesting account of an observation of Sirius B. I can say that it is an object that is on my 'must see one day' list. As the angular separation is currently increasing for the next few years so it should get a bit easier, up to about 2025 I think. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  11. John, I was interested to see your scope and hear your report as I am looking at the possibility of getting a similar instrument. I was especially interested to hear you observed Jupiter at 454x as I have an eyepiece that would give the same magnification on your scope, a 3.5mm 82° fov. I was wondering how fast Jupiter would move at that magnification and how often you had to nudge the scope to observe. I know a dob like this is not the ideal scope for planetary viewing and I would mainly be buying it for deep sky observing at much lower magnifications but I'm interested in what it can do.
  12. The fireball I saw was in the north, visible for about 4 seconds. Bright greenish white, brighter than Venus. It went from the head of Draco towards the centre of Cygnus, some small pieces seemed to break off. I think it burned out about 5 degrees above the horizon.
  13. Wow great image. I have only just got an eyepiece that gives high magnification on my short refractor so I was trying to eyeball Red Junior but the wind and thin cloud put a stop to that. Next time maybe...
  14. Thanks for the welcomes. The 24" is at Sherwood Observatory, the home of Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, and it's a Newtonian now but I remember in 1988 it was operating at the coudé focus at F12. I don't know what magnification was being used that night but I don't know if I've seen Jupiter showing a larger apparent disc since then!
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