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  1. Great article, thanks for posting. It’s quite difficult to envisage such a massive balloon but an innovative alternative to a satellite. Makes back-garden astrophotography sound easy!
  2. Yes, the North_Level alignment brings my Az_Gti pretty much into alignment if I level the tripod at the start. Takes a minute or thereabouts, so great for snatching a peek at the sun between gaps in the clouds.
  3. I usually have a peek at the Double Cluster in Perseus, and the Albireo double star.
  4. 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...
  5. Try here https://m.youtube.com/user/britishastronomical
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. There are links to live broadcast (and recorded) electronically assisted Astronomy sessions here: https://www.cloudynights.com/forum/73-electronically-assisted-astronomy-eaa/
  11. 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??
  12. One also available here if you’ve got a tight budget. https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=170860
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. It might take a while to work your way through all the posts, there’s a lot of content here... Envious of you dark skies! Regards, G
  17. GSmith


    Hello Steve, I also struggled finding what I was looking for. A goto mount is definitely the way to go. Cheers, G
  18. I was in the same situation and ended up saving some red cellophane from the Christmas Quality Street chocolate box. Two red sweet wrappers folded in half (4 layers) and the taped onto my head torch is about right for me with the moon out. My torch, bought online from Alpkit, has different brightness levels to fine tune. Six layers is good for as dark as it gets with my light pollution. You don’t need to get a specialised torch straight away and now have a good excuse to eat more chocolate. Win all round!
  19. Great tip which I’ll try next time we get a clear evening. Added bonus that will also have a warmer head!
  20. I think you may be right just to keep It simple and just stick with gaffer tape.
  21. A recent purchase had a bit of a tear with the foam insert. I was wondering if anyone has managed a good repair of these or could suggest what adhesive would work best? Thanks!
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