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  1. Nick P

    The sun today

    Wonderful sketches, thanks for posting
  2. 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
  15. I view in similar conditions Ags and find I never use my nebula filter or OIII, and I have an 8" scope - I find they dim deep sky views so much to render them pointless for me (tried them on a 3.5" once and the view under dark skies was too dim as well). The 7mm will give more mag but I doubt it would improve the detail observable over the 9mm and 6mm you already have. Which leaves the 11mm option which would give lovely views of clusters etc, however I would be a little concerned about the quality of view through a £35 wide angle eyepiece. Clearly the above is just my opinion and your 'mileage may vary' as they say
  16. How long will this supernova be visible for? unfortunately we have had cloud and gales for the last week or so and cant get out to view - hopefully over the next few days the weather will change! Nice sketches George, I particularly like the third with the stars identified Best Nick
  17. I've just set mine out to cool, hoping to catch Uranus before it drops too low - only a few wispy clouds on the horizon at the moment! Hope the clouds keep away for you
  18. Hi everyone, I have been trolling through the internet trying to find resources to help improve my astronomical sketches (especially lunar) and have found the following which I thought other SGL'ers might find useful: Google Books - Astronomical Sketches a step by step guide: this is only the first chapter but covers lunar sketching very well in three different media (graphite pencil, charcoal, and ink) Astronomical sketching: a step-by ... - Google Books Carol Lakomiac's (Talitha) step by step lunar sketching guide (Mods hope this is OK as its to another forum - but it is very useful, and it is our Carol!) CN FORUMS ARCHIVE Telescope Reviews: Step-by-step Lunar sketching The Belt of Venus - this site contains a wealth of sketching techniques in several languages, plus many galleries - many hours of entertainment here! Astronomical Sketching Resources - Belt of Venus I hope anyone starting out or developing their sketching finds these as useful as I do. Best Nick
  19. Fantastic program - never appreciated the power of pulsars or quasars before!
  20. I remember having a similar problem with my LX 55 some time ago, I took the grub screws to a hardware shop and got some longer wide head screws I could adjust by hand - sorry can't remember the thread size though, but it worked a treat!
  21. About 4 months ago getting my head wedged between a wall and the eyepiece on my old 6" refracter when slewing down from looking at something at the zenith! At that point I knew the scope was too big for my viewing location and decided to sell it!
  22. Interesting thread this, I have three daughters and a wife ALL of whom are interested in what I am looking at, we all watch astro programmes on the TV and point out objects we have seen, and just recently even my Mum has been showing an interest (and she's 79!) Yesterday I got my Dad to help stripping my newtonian OTA to fix the finder scope properly and then got him to colimate it as he'd never touched a scope before, and we had a thoroughly good time doing it! My Mum wanted to know when she could get to use it, then started discussing the finer points of finder scope use! I think that sums the answer to the question up for me - My Dad and I like the tinkering and learning aspect first followed by the views (the 'look I made it work' syndrome), and My Mum, wife, and daughters like the views primarily followed by the tinkering and learning!
  23. I would like to call on the collective experience of SGL for help as I am sitting here pondering the best way to eliminate coma (for visual use) from the views in my 4.5 newt and can only really find two options, being a TV Paracorr or a Baader/skywatcher coma corrector. As the Paracorr comes in at over #300, is it really that much better than a Baader/Skywatcher coma corrector at a third of the price?
  24. Although I am a visual star gazer, I still like to mount a digital camera on a tripod and get some lovely wide field views, and using most photographic manipulation software can remove light pollution or any other distractions simply and quickly - its surprising what a 30 second exposure can capture with a wide angle lens! However the patience and technical know how needed to create the pictures we see here regularly (and other sites) is way beyond me in terms of time needed to produce the image, and investment in the kit. Time's precious and I would rather use it viewing some details in a known object I haven't seen before or finding new objects. Both disciplines produce great rewards and I am thankful to those people with the nouse to produce great shots of the skies, they really do show us what we are truly looking at, but I'll stick to visual and the odd wide field picture with my compact camera - and keep my sanity
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