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  1. I usually have a peek at the Double Cluster in Perseus, and the Albireo double star.
  2. I thought it was great that the finder chose to donate it to science. Contrast this to a news article from last year where a meteorite crashed Through a roof and the owner sold it for £1.4 million...
  3. Try here https://m.youtube.com/user/britishastronomical
  4. I’m another solar newbie. We had Lynn Smith from the BAA solar section do a great talk via Zoom at the local Astro society meeting recently. It’s well worth looking this up on YouTube so you can put what you see into context.
  5. I looked at the Baader zoom but ended up getting the Celestron 8-24 instead as it was a fair bit cheaper. I’m very pleased with it.
  6. Perhaps try one of these? https://www.screwfix.com/p/turbogold-plastic-screw-gauge/7337J?kpid=7337J&ds_kid=92700048793290424&ds_rl=1249413&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx7qhzsah7wIVxO3tCh3P1AuOEAsYASABEgIO4fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  7. Ash, Don’t know if it of interest, but I’ve been tempted to have a go at creating some of the awe-inspiring Astro images as there seem to be more cloudy nights than clear. I don’t yet have a camera so I’m starting out by using raw data from here: https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/294-iki-observatory/ There are some really good tutorials on the web showing how to do this...
  8. There are links to live broadcast (and recorded) electronically assisted Astronomy sessions here: https://www.cloudynights.com/forum/73-electronically-assisted-astronomy-eaa/
  9. I had exactly the same problem. The booklet that came with the mount could be clearer! There is a discussion thread on this forum which give instructions, you can find it if you search for SW AZ - Gti mount firmware update??
  10. One also available here if you’ve got a tight budget. https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=170860
  11. I’ve got the same scope and it works fine with a 1.25 diagonal. I didn’t like the visual back that was supplied as standard so upgraded to one of these (nice but not essential...) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-2-inch-compression-ring-adapter-for-sky-watcher-newtonians-and-72ed-refractor-m54.html
  12. I get cold feet observing on the patio this time of year. Standing On an insulating pad really makes a difference, I’ve got a bit of closed cell packing foam that is easy to kick into a new position when changing target. The reusable sodium acetate hand warmers also work surprisingly well. Stay warm!
  13. I’m thinking about dipping a toe into the fun and games of Astro imaging. So, all you successful imagers out there, what is the one thing you wished someone had told you before getting started? Thanks, G
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