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ajg

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  1. Sat 10/03/2012 14:00-17:00 Norfolk Community Primary School All kinds of fun with Sheffield Astronomical Society and Sheffield Physoc. Mars rover, stomp rockets, badge making, build a planet, solar telescopes (if Sol graces us with her presence), presentations and more! There are 2 ISS passes during the time, so Sheffield Amateur Radio Club are going to try and make contact (no promises there ...) Google Maps
  2. Sat 10/03/2012 14:00-17:00 Norfolk Community Primary School All kinds of fun with Sheffield Astronomical Society and Sheffield Physoc. Mars rover, stomp rockets, badge making, build a planet, solar telescopes (if Sol graces us with her presence), presentations and more! There are 2 ISS passes during the time, so Sheffield Amateur Radio Club are going to try and make contact (no promises there ...) Google Maps
  3. Was a really busy night! I was struggling to keep track of both the scopes Still, we got through a good few things - Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Orion neb, Andromeda glx, double cluster, pleiades, praesepe, even pulled out the crab neb later in the evening!
  4. I'll be around, Darren will probably be around too. It's pretty easy from the Mayfield carpark as the street light on Bole Hill is almost precisely due north.
  5. Weather reports are looking good for the public observing event this evening at Mayfield I'll be there with the Dob and the Mak ...
  6. Weather reports are looking good for this evening's public observation event at Mayfield I'll be there with the Dob and the Mak ...
  7. BBC iPlayer - Rony Robinson: 17/01/2012 Check about 0:22 and 1:21.
  8. On a good night, the milky way is clearly visible from Mayfield (S10). Seriously doubt there is a better site without travelling way out into the peaks.
  9. EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! Just heard on the grapevine this event is CANCELLED. Apparently the car park is under a couple of inches of snow so it wouldn't be safe. Sorry folks ...
  10. Peak District Dark Skies with Sheffield Astronomical Society are doing an observing evening out by the derwent dam on Saturday 10th. I'll be along with the dob and maybe the 4" refractor if I can fit them all in the car ... The location is NOT Mayfield, repeat NOT Mayfield. We will be in the car park adjacent to the marker on the map ... Derwent, adj Fairholmes - Google Maps
  11. I have the Baader Clicklock, but as I understand things, as long as they are a dielectric mirror, they're all as much of a muchness really. I do like the clicklock though.
  12. The Antares one I has came way out of collimation. Lined it up best I could and got rid of that in favour of the Howie Glatter which is superb.
  13. That's the thing with fast scopes - they don't suffer lower quality eyepieces, although I think that Hyperion may have been a lemon - the one I had was fine although I did have some focus travel problems in the 16" Lightbridge (not enough outward focus travel) - was still miles better than the Meade QX that shipped with it. The ES70s will be variants on the Erfle - 5 element design is a dead giveaway. I'm very happy with the 100s and 82, a hair away from the TVs for quite a bit less money, but I've never seen the 70s ... I have the full set of BST Explorers (OK, one of them is an AstroTech Paradigm, but they're the same thing). Really happy with them for the money. There's a bit of coma towards the edge, but you'll still get that with real top-end eyepieces on fast scopes - the only way out of that is to add a coma corrector into the optical train.
  14. Aye, best asking in the thread - I believe FLO have some stock now. Quick summary of the hyperion zoom - it's good - very versatile, and the click-stops are useful in the dark. Way better than the usual zooms you see which all seem to be clones of each other, although I haven't stacked it up against some of the other premium zoom EPs ...
  15. I'll throw in another vote for the BST Explorers. IMO they're a hair off the Baader Hyperions for about half the price and 1/3 the weight.
  16. You could be right ... Might even be on Tuesday ...
  17. Don't get too hopefull with that - they go comarrific when the smythe lens is removed - I tried it and it was horrible.
  18. I was looking at the 70s ... Telescope House Explore Scientific Eyepieces ... a little Google-fu indicates that these may be related to the Meade QXes which ain't all that great. There's always the bST Explorers which IMO are a hair away from the Hyperions but about half the price. I like them a lot.
  19. My criteria was "can I get the base through the interior doors of my house without taking it to bits?" The 300P was the biggest thing which met that requirement so I bought it. 2" of additional aperture doesn't sound like much, but look at it from the surface area of the primary. 250 = 491cm²300 = 707cm²Looks a bit different now eh?
  20. I'll wait. It's a fantastic bit o' kit, but they do have a tendency to break things on a new major release. I'll wait a couple of weeks before I jump ...
  21. Opticstar AR90S Gold Dual Speed refractor telescope. I won't need much persuading ...
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