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  1. Yeah, that's what I thought. Maybe I was just being a bit clumsy with the focusser, especially since you say it's pretty fine. I have to admit, I didn't spend long out there because it was so incredibly cold! I think I'll get the collimation checked, try on another night and spend a bit more time with it and see how it goes. Cheers!
  2. Hi, Just after a bit of advice. I've just bought a new eyepiece (BST Starguider 8mm) to replace the 9mm that came with my 'scope. On the whole, I'm very happy with it indeed. With my old eyepiece, M42 was only really visible with averted vision, but with the BST I can look straight at it and pick out detail - (that was as far as I got on my first night out with it last night before frostbite started to set in). That view alone justified the upgrade to me! The only problem I have is that I couldn't quite seem to get stars to be as pin sharp as they were with my other EPs. I could
  3. This is very true. I've only had my first (half-decent) scope since late last year and still, every time out I get a bit better at using it, see a bit more and enjoy it a bit more too. I assume this will plateau at some stage, but stick with it and have fun improving!
  4. Luckily for me, my Dad is a bit of a DIY ninja and was looking for a lockdown project, so hopefully I'll be getting one of these eventually... https://eyesonthesky.com/tutorials/diy/2x4-tripod/?fbclid=IwAR1-mCs8fhaQKrUZwc39Zvp9vts3sTwBhTpwjABLif6qq9XorLl61s6fpaM
  5. A drummer friend of mine would grumpily tell you it's a drummer's throne. Yeah, I have similar problems – I have a pretty hefty picnic table at the end of the garden which is the perfect to put my scope on, and doesn't wobble much at all. Unfortunately, you can only see a small part of the sky from there (and I don't relish lugging the picnic table around the garden), so if I want to view anything else then ithe 'scope goes on the floor and I hunch over it. I'm on the hunt for a smaller table, but at the moment, I have two large breeze blocks and a piece of carpet on top for sitting on.
  6. Yeah, same here. I think there's a point when I'll have to actually start planning things out, rather than pointing the 'scope at anything that catches my eye or springs to mind while I'm out there. Not that the latter strategy hasn't been good fun, of course! Given the scarcity of decent clear night - got to make the most of those brief windows of opportunity, I guess.
  7. Well, I certainly am! I'm also pretty much a newbie and its good to hear someone going through similar things to me. It helps give a feel for which trials/tribulations are common to all and which are my very own.
  8. Some cool pics there! Welcome aboard.
  9. Not quite - just outside Driffield nowadays. Lived in/around Hull for all my adult life until about 7 years ago though.
  10. Wow! That seems counter-intuitive initially. but I'll give it a go as soon as these pesky clouds clear. Sounds like, to summarise, to see colours in a nebula requires one or more of the following: Good/young eyes Massive aperture Fancy photo techniques Good dark site I hasten to re-state that I don't particularly mind that I don't see the colours, and probably never will with my existing scope, site and eyes. I think my question about why that is, though, has been well answered. Thanks folks!
  11. Wow! Some great info and tips there. Thanks to all!
  12. Ah! Unfortunately, getting younger isn't an option for me. If only... Would I be right in thinking that if I had a telescope with a much larger aperture, or the means to take a longer exposure photo then there would be some chance of colour? Thanks for the info - much appreciated!
  13. Hi, I was very happy to be able to observe the Orion Nebular through my new(ish) telescope recently. I'm very aware that through my modest 'scope, I'm not going to get Hubble-like images. I'm embarrassingly excited to see some 'white wispy stuff' and that's what I'd expected to see. What I don't understand is why the pics I see online are coloured, whereas the Orion nebular I see is 'wispy white'. Do folks use filters? Or is it 'false' colour? Or would a bigger telescope show colour? Or is it the result of a photographic technique, as opposed to the human eye? Like I say, I
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