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  1. Thanks for the tip Frank. I'll certainly look into that.
  2. I'm glad you all enjoyed this so much. I'm a bit of a youtube junkie so try these for size. One from the cockpit... ...just in case you were wondering how Santa delivers all the presents in one night. (and the shuttle launch is a bit special too)... ...and here's one to raise a glass to... Hubble going up... I could watch these all day. Chris.
  3. I finally managed to get the telescope out last night. I managed to get Saturn lined up, if not quite focused properly. I had taken the eyepiece out to transport the telescope but had taken it apart incorrectly which meant a lot of messing round trying to fit it back correctly, which I didn't really manage. It was quite windy so the image was shaking quite a bit and I was struggling with the altitude adjustment on the telescope mount. There were four of us that went out so we didn't get much time at the eyepiece before the clouds rolled in (after about half an hour). All in all I guess I should have been really disappointed, but I'm not. The fact of the matter is I've learnt a lot of really important lessons. In the cold light of day I've managed to sort out the eyepiece problem, and now know how to assemble it properly. I've also worked out what I was doing wrong with the altitude adjustment. I also know that this isn't something I'm going to master overnight (I love a challenge). I also found somewhere that is much clearer than where I live, and seeing the stars come out (albeit briefly) reminded me why I wanted to get into this in the first place. My friend is also really wanting to get a telescope of his own now. I now can't wait to get out again on a clear night and have more time observing and experimenting with lenses and sites etc. For those of you that maybe interested. The spot we found was by the coastguard station in Blundellsands (Liverpool). Although it's not perfect light wise, it's much better than the residential areas. The only thing I would say is that with any public area that's dimly lit, I couldn't say how safe it would be to be there on your own. I think it may be more of a winter viewing place, when the nights are colder and people are less inclined to venture out. I'm thinking of venturing out a bit further afield, maybe up towards Parbold etc. As ever suggestions are welcome. Chris.
  4. Hopefully this topic should go here. Here's some footage of a solid rocket booster returning to Earth from Atlantis mission STS-115. Some interesting sounds on there as well as some spectacular views of the Earth. Warning may cause motion sickness... http://glumbert.com/media/spacefall Enjoy
  5. Thanks for that Captain. I had a go at that when I first set it up. It uses the Red Dot finder, and I was pleased with it's accuracy. I actually took it out briefly last week, but I don't consider it a first light as it was more of a drunken "I can't wait anymore", and although I could see Saturn, my eyes couldn't focus properly... . Finder worked a treat though. So I'm still looking forward to that first proper night.
  6. Hi I'm hoping to get a proper first light with my new telescope tomorrow night (Tuesday night). From what I can tell from the weather forecast it's supposed to be clear. I'm wondering if any members from Liverpool can give me any pointers towards good observing sites, either for tomorrow night or for the future. I'm also open to any suggestions for observing sites in the North West for the future. Cheers Chris.
  7. Tuddy76

    Hello and thanks.

    Yes I do get it. I have to say when it arrived on Monday I did feel like a kid again. We're a bit pushed for space and my girlfriend is already calling it a dalek in the corner of the room.
  8. Hello all, I've been reading these forums for a while now, and I wanted to introduced myself. My name is Chris, I'm from Liverpool and I just turned 31 on Monday. Although I've always been interested reading about space and looking at pictures of planets and stars etc I'm completely new to astronomy. Thanks to these forums I've been able to narrow down my choice of first scope. I've settled on the Skywatcher Explorer 130PM as it seems like a manageable scope to handle and set up while I come to grips with finding my way around the night sky. I wasn't sure when I was going to get one, but I was overwhelmed on Monday morning when one turned up on the doorstep as a surprise birthday present from my girlfriend. She also bought me a copy of Terence Dickinson's "Nightwatch" which I think is going to be invaluable to me. Today was my first opportunity to get it out of the box and set it up, and typically after 3 clear days and nights, the clouds have rolled in, but I'm looking forward to giving it a go in the next week or so. I have plenty of questions to ask which I'll post in the relevant forums, but in the meantime if anyone knows of any good places around Liverpool to observe from, I'd love to hear from you. I'm looking forward to contributing to these forums and getting to know you all, and I can't wait to post about my first nights viewing. Until then I'll just wish you all clear skies. Chris.
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