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  1. Oh ****! Not another end of the world. This'll be the fourth one I've celebrated. I've only just got over my millennium wave goodbye to the world hangover. Better get my beer and snacks order in early this time and beat the rush.
  2. I'm going to buy star then charge everyone £5 to look at it. Pointing at it will be a bargain @ 50p a time.
  3. Books are always a good investment. What have you read so far?
  4. Just as well it's gone then. Been consistently cloudy here so my astro library is expanding to fill the void. My bank account is turning into a bit of a black hole as it is.
  5. Astroboot? Guessing it was like a carboot for astro stuff?
  6. Save your money. Most cleaning products have silicone in them which leaves a thin layer that only attracts more dirt and dust over time. You'll end up with a yellow patina build up with more applications unless you clean off the old silicone. I use ordinary tap water with a splash of vinegar and a few drops of washing up liquid to clean plastics and metal. Applied with a good old yellow dust cloth or mutton cloth. Soak the cloth in that and wring it out till it's almost dry and work over the areas you want to clean. Then rub off with clean cloth before it drys. It's as good as anything you can buy. To clean glass (not optical), use distilled water and methylated spirit 75/25. I repair stuff for a living and have used both these solutions for over thirty years. They are just as good, if not better than proprietary products I've tried in that time.
  7. Just when I thought i was out... they pull me back in.
  8. Just to report. I'm three chapters into this book and it's proving the cat's meow so far. Takes the beginner through the essentials and not too maths or tech heavy. I haven't really thought about anything too geographical since I left school a long time ago. This far in, the book is more jogging my memory than teaching me anything new. But that's no bad thing. Flicking through the latter chapters, there seems like a lot to learn, that will help when deciding and more importantly, putting into context just what it is I am looking at. Thanks Merlin66, I can see this book becoming a firm favourite already.
  9. ^^ Ideally you need at least motor drive on an eq mount for steady tracking. Goto finds the planets or stars then follows their path across the night sky. AZ mounts Like Dobsonians, are not really suited to the job.
  10. I only just sold my 200P flextube auto. But only because I live in an area where I couldn't really exploit it, and don't drive so it hardly ever got used. It's a good all-rounder and easy to use. You'll love it. And so will the kids.
  11. ^ I'm hoping they'll be my last astro purchase for a while..... .... Ooooh, look! something shiny.
  12. ^ Thanks, Einstein can't be wrong. That's me sorted. Don't quite know how I've managed to remain ignorant on the benefits of better EPs for this long.
  13. A snap decision, I sold my 8" dob that hardly ever gets used to a friend earlier today, so have some cash to spend. Left with my 150P and Skymax 102, I'm wondering if it's worth investing some of the proceeds on an eyepiece set?? I've only used the standard ones that came with the telescopes, so have no real experience with eyepiece upgrades. Will I notice any benefit from buying something like this: Eyepiece Set? or should I be v sensible and put the money from the sale into the building society? I doubt they would much improve the Skymax, but could extend the envelope of the 150P. Thanks for any advice.
  14. Find yourself an upholsterer or ask a dry cleaner who also does repairs. They can easily knock up a bespoke bag for you if you give them the scope to make a pattern from. You might have to supply the padded material, but that shouldn't be too hard to find. Or you could give them something that can be cannibalised.
  15. It's no surprise the 150P on EQ3-2 is the scope of choice for a good number of new recruits to astronomy. It is big enough to give good views of the planets and can handle deep space. The EQ mount is steady but not too heavy to carry out into the garden and set up when conditions permit. You can add goto later as has been said. And last but not least, has a ready secondhand market if you decide this hobby is not for you. Not the main reason you should pick a scope, but worth thinking about. The same argument holds, should you get the bug and wish to upgrade.
  16. Tis a very accessible and informative book. Combined with the Pocket Sky Atlas, they are all you need to get you going. These two books should come as standard with every beginner's scope.
  17. Very interesting reading what everyone has. I've an 8" dob, a 6" reflector on eq, and a 4" mak. Since I bought the handy little mak the first two hardly get used anymore. Either the 8" or the 6" will be sold sometime, but I can't decide which???
  18. Whichever type of lead-acid power pack you buy, remember to put it on charge at least once a month whether it's used or not. This isn't as critical as is often made out, but greatly extends battery life and drain capacity. The Maplins 3 in 1 is a rugged, proven design that should give years of reliable, trouble free portable power.
  19. Maybe we are the first. Just another one of the universe's ad-hoc experiments. If it works out more will follow. If we muck it all up, the idea will get scraped as a bad lot.
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