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Everything posted by simon955

  1. Im glad something is being worked out, it is unfair that many of perspective buyers were beaten to an item by traders. I hope the new forum can help curb that problem.
  2. Wow those are very nice Sheri, I must invest in a HA scope somewhen and join the party
  3. I dont mean to be a thread necromancer but is there any development on the rental schemes?
  4. This sounds like a great idea, I am currently saving up for an astrotrac setup. I would soon be sending in an order for the wedge and tracker, maybe even the pier if i can avoid any expenses this month. A rental scheme would be fantastic, it would let me have a preview of what exactly what I was hoping to buy over then forthcoming months.
  5. Jupiter was my first celestial wonder that transformed an interest in astronomy to a passion in astronomy. I have yet to see it this summer as it is a late object, but in a few weeks I will see it again. Cant wait
  6. I was thinking of getting a ZS80II DDG later this year, but now...... aaaahh now what am I going to do. Cant wait to see some more pics.
  7. Looks great I will hopefully be buying the 80mm version later this year. Can't wait to have the same excited feeling you have just described.
  8. Oh dear, im looking at it now and someone is looking at buying a £400 rubbish bin and a bathroom mirror. Wonder what it will end up at on tuesday afternoon?
  9. Wow nice job, my wee astronomer has to be lifted or stood on a step ladder to see through the eyepiece. Can a 6 year-old steer it around the sky? My little astronomer is 8 and I'm sure she would love it if I made something low to the ground for her.
  10. Thankfully my dob is too tall for anyone to hang clothes on, and the sct is in a box even higher then that. Anything that is much over 5ft high in my house is safe.
  11. I like it the way it is, the only way I could see FLO providing anyone with a weekly prize would be a £5-10 e-voucher. Praise and constructive comments would be enough for me.
  12. Nice find, if I didnt have car tax to pay this month I'd be ordering one now Hope the price sticks for a couple of weeks
  13. Im off to mars as well! hope the inflight movie is good (and long)
  14. I enjoy observing my neighbour through the window , nah not really nothing interesting there - I usually observe the double cluster on nearly every session, such a great object. If there are any planets around then I will give each one some eye time. I usually have a list to complete that I have written out at work while bored, when I have covered what i can from that list I will return to my regular favourites.
  15. New site looks good, in glad you kept some of the old features which I like.
  16. With that setup, putting resonably heavy camera body at the end of a long length of eyepiece and adaptors you will not be able to keep the scope balanced. The altitude motor on the single armed SE mount will keep slipping, I've tried similar things with my SE6. Putting a counter balance on the other end was out of the question as there are no fittings for such an option. If you are determined I expect you could come up with a DIY soloution for a counter balance. What ever you decide to do remember there is little room under the scope when pointing upwards. I use prime focus with a short T-adaptor adn then I'm limited on what I can see until I hear a knock when the camera hits the motor base. I would love to hear if you manage to work around these plroblems, I would like to bo a bit further with my SE mount before changing equipment later this year.
  17. You're right, since my earlier post I have done two scenes one for the top and bottom of the garden.
  18. That's pretty nice, I'll have a go myself.
  19. When you mentioned the material that is made of shoe-liners I imagined 3 shoes, one under each tripod leg, hehehe. Might even work!
  20. Hahaha, I always imagined Grismby to be cloudy and grey, guess it really is!
  21. Usually sandwiches and biscuits with tea, I have once eaten sushi while out observing - I was suprised that I could operate chopsticks in the dark .
  22. I see so many poorly researched articles on astronomy these days. Has it always been like this? or is poor astro journalism a recent thing? I'll measure the moon with a pair of vernier callipers in an outstreched hand, do you think it will be even 1mm larger then usual?
  23. It was the first time looking through a telescoe for most of them, certainly the girls hadn't used one at night before. No idea what thier initial expectations were, I only observed thier responses. The girls' mother informs me today what they want for christmas/birthdays.
  24. On friday (4th) I received a call from my friend who lives out in the wilderness of west wight where it is very dark. She said 'ooh its nice and clear out here and the girls are asking me questions about the sky' to which I replied shall I come over and bring a telescope. 10 minutes later I was dashing around the house grabbing equipment and loaded my car with my 12" dob, some eyepieces, red flashlight and some binocs. When I was finished I could of done with a lie down, but no I was on a mission, 13miles of country roads in the dark were driven down with some haste. When I arrived the skies were excellent no light pollution at all. Other then being greeted by good dark skies there were also 7 excited souls waiting for me. 5 of them girls aged 9-13, thier mother and a friend of hers. I wasnt expecting this many. So on to the actual observing part of my night. A 2 minute drive out of the village ontop of a hill was my site, when I hauled out the 12" dobsonian from the car there were gasps and wows (guess they were expecting a small refractor) I chose the dob to avoid the chore of alignment and inputting the data which I didnt have accurately anyway. First target was the orion nebula, the first young lady looked in and cries of 'oh my god, you have to see this' lead to a scrum for the next to get into a queue. The adults were relegated to having a look last. Fine structual detail was observed. After I let them have some time with m42 it was time to show them a different type of wonder, the double cluster in perseus. Having very dark skies and a decent apeture provided my audience with a very high star-count. Those who were at the back of the queue were treated to M45 with my binocs. The next target was saturn, still low in the skies but gave a decent image. This was a big hit, everyone had 2 or 3 turns looking at it. The last on our tour of the sky was in leo, m65 and 66. This was a first for me too, my home sight is just a little too light to see the two galaxies. My viewing time was cut rather short by being almost pulled off of the eyepiece. It was now time to pack up, it was gone 10.30. Everyone had a great time, I was very pleased with myself for giving up an evening and spending it in the dark.
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