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    Analogue (live naked-eye) viewing and learning with binoculars and a 200mm Dobsonian mount reflector
    Looking for and finding 1) asterisms and constellations, 2) stars esp. coloured binaries/doubles 3) planets 4) meteors especially low and long ones 5) planets and planetary moons esp. Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus 6) Our moon esp. craters 7)DSO's (clusters, nebulae, galaxies) 8) ISS and Satellites
    Visiting dark skies 2) Alice Springs, Hawaii, North Norfolk and visitor centres like Keck, Leicester Space Centre

    Non-Astro: ESP32, Raspberry Pi, CAMRA Craft beer and real ale, FLAC audio, Jazz Rock, Krautrock, Ambient and Classical Music.
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  1. The challenge is how* to convey "what is in our brain" to those starting out. They can be seduced by the digital image without giving visual observing a chance. The same reason why pictures on the radio or in a work of fiction are always better than TV or a movie I guess. *My attempt
  2. Astronomy Talk - Launched in 2009, NASA’s Kepler revolutionized our understanding of other worlds by discovering thousands of exoplanet systems. 10 years after Kepler ended, NASA launched TESS to continue the revolution by finding planets around brighter, nearby stars. Ground-based telescopes have been critical to understanding the planets and their host stars throughout this discovery renaissance, with Keck Observatory at the forefront. Dr. Ciardi will explain why space missions like Kepler and TESS need ground-based telescopes, and how Keck Observatory plays a leading role in the world of ex
  3. So are you going to be taking orders?
  4. My budget solution is cap + washer This and Gary Seronak's guide is what I follow: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2009/07/zen-and-art-of-telescope-collimation.html?m=1
  5. I think the star test is the simplest, easiest and most accurate way to check collimation. I follow Gary Seronik’s no-tools collimation advice https://garyseronik.com/a-beginners-guide-to-collimation and can recommend the Small Optics guide at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVi6UI5BvXm9lyZg5AG0X1g/videos More details: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/2009/07/zen-and-art-of-telescope-collimation.html?m=1
  6. Excellent - very informative. It would be useful to have some information on the process of swapping between the EP and the sketching pad. For example... getting used to the light change, head light or handheld light, closing observing eye when sketching. Thank you
  7. My wording was not very helpful so I have edited the original. I was attempting to suggest that the OP looked for reasons other than collimation for reasons described in the above link.
  8. I suspect that collimation of your mirrors (if needed or possible on your I00P ) is not going to improve the view of the moon with your new eyepiece. Try comparing the trapezium in Orion and splitting Castor with both eyepieces.
  9. I use all three parts of the Affinity suite. The latest version 1.9 is a bit temperamental but an update should hopefully settle things down. As for a video editor, I am using Open Shot since Serif ceased developing MoviePlus X6.
  10. "Being hit in my retina by the sheer, live, almost 3D brightness of seeing something like the trapezium or the Castor double through an eyepiece." It knocked me sideways when I first saw this in my eyepiece and it still impresses me. I have only ever seen this "effect" through the eyepiece and never in an image. An astrophotographer can share their image but all I have is something in my memory that I am unable to share and can only pitifully try to explain with words. Help!
  11. I am finding that less is more. Spending quality time with my friends, looking at them for longer and sketching them is increasingly more stimulating than being a space tart.
  12. I had a similar mixed night as well. I thought atmospheric conditions weren't ideal. Turbulence probably. I spent a lot of time looking at M31 and environs with my 42mm WA. Sigma Orio cheered me up after failing to get M51 (the moon didn't help) or split Alniatak again.
  13. My 200P came with a straight through finder. On its own I found bending to use it uncomfortable so I added a sighting tube. This helped. The addition of a Telrad made targeting much, much easier because 8/10 times I can go straight to the EP. I am only using the straight through finder to "tweak" where I look. For example looking for a pointer that is not visible to the naked eye. This means that my time looking through the straight through finder is much less. I am sure a RACI would be easier on my back than my straight through finder but it's no so much of an issue for me now.
  14. I am going to reduce the number of targets per viewing session in order to spend more time with my "friends". I want to improve my sketching skills and start recording every target.
  15. It took a while to get the focus correct with this finder. The large ring had to be turned a few turns to achieve focus. I then used the smaller ring to lock it into place.
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