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Nick P

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  1. Nick P

    The sun today

    Wonderful sketches, thanks for posting
  2. Nick P

    Mars 24/4/16

    Beutifully done, l like the subtle features
  3. Great detail, wonderful drawing
  4. Lovely sketch great detail there
  5. Outstanding sketches Todd, really enjoyed the detail, thanks for posting
  6. Beautiful set of sketches, thankyou for sharing Nick
  7. Nick P

    Messier 1

    I really like the style of your sketches, almost photographic
  8. Thankyou all for your kind words
  9. Great detail, and a strangely haunting atmospheric sketch - I keep coming back to look! thanks for sharing
  10. Really like the 3D effect, something to aspire to!
  11. Managed to see the GRS on Jupiter last night with a 90mm refractor - Im very impressed with the detail I can see with this little Evostar Below is a scan from my log with sketches and descriptions at 75X and 150X Hope its OK posting this here? All the best Nick
  12. Nick P

    Hello Again!

    Hi Pip So far I've found the EQ2 with the little frac to be fine, the image stabilises after about a second if I tap the tripod and about three seconds when focussing (even at 150X - 180X), even more surprising there is no image shake when using the slow motion control in RA which makes tracking a doddle! I was expecting to upgrade the mount pretty quickly but I don't think I'll need to... The sad thing about the sea air is there probably isn't a solution for salt residue on the mirror - I had mine here for about 5 years before the coatings showed serious degradation - Im sure yours will be fine though if you only observe next to the beach and keep it well stored Clear skies Nick
  13. Nick P

    Hello Again!

    Thank you all for the very warm welcome back :-) Skies have been pretty clear for the past week here - long may it continue for everyone!! Nick
  14. Nick P

    Hello Again!

    Hi All, Haven't posted here for quite some time so I thought it right and proper to say hello again..... So hello everyone and thank you for maintaining such an outstanding resource as SGL I'm very much a visual observer of the night sky and used to enjoy the views from a very nice Orion Optics short tube 8" reflector, unfortunately two catastrophic events conspired in its ultimate demise....... 1. Living next to the coast I hadn't appreciated the effect sea air and condensation has on mirrors. 2. Children! Long story short, having removed the mirror cell from the tube and wondering if it was worth while getting it recoated, two of our younger daughters decided to sit on it! Now, anyone who has owned an OO reflector will understand that the tubes are not particularly 'robust' - so the tube was instantly transformed into a pancake and mirror put into daddies box of 'Junk' which has since gone walkabout in a house move! Roll on a couple of years and said daughters are now excited by Tim Peak's adventures on the space station and their school being involved in the question and answer sessions - they are now thoroughly interested in all things astronomical - which gave me a very good excuse to get a new telescope. So after much research on what we (I) wanted a scope for a new Evostar 90mm Refractor on an EQ2 mount was purchased from the very helpful people at FLO. I was quite worried about the mount, but I have to say it has been absolutely fantastic and whilst not the most stout mount it is very usable with no real issues upto 150X magnification, indeed my wife and I were able to see the GRS transit on Jupiter tonight - for its cost the performance is outstanding as long as one recognises the limitations of a 90mm refractor! Apologies for droning on, look forward to meeting you all in the forums All the best Nick
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