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    Sky & Telescope - still a nightmare to get hold of

    I used to get the digital edition but since they stopped PDF and went to Zinio the magazine seems erratic at best (no sign for instance of the Decmber edition despite the paper edtion being out for some weeks) I have cancelled my subscrption to S&T after many years of getting it. I may occasionally now look at it if I see it in a newsagent but to be honest it has been going down hill for a while. Owen
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    What makes a good/great star party?

    Yes but you are an imager and they are always part of the problem. I think for a great star party you would need to seperate imagers from visual observers. Owen
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    IAS 2018

    They along with most other astronomy shows don't care if it is dark of moon. The practical astronomy show next march also clashes with dark of moon. If you raise this all they say is it is a day time show so what is the problem? I guess there may also be limitations in terms of when they can book the halls. Given the falling attendances you would have thought they might have thought about this but now. Owen
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    IAS 2018

    I suspect if they are to keep it going they are going to have to make it a one day event rather than a two day event. Owen
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    IAS 2018

    I thought it was very empty and no chocolate stand Fewer vendors and very few people. Many of the vendors seemed to have bought less stuff as well. Owen
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    Interstellarium Deep Sky Guide

    It is an excellent book. I did some work on the English version and alos have the Germna waterproof version as that was a kickstarter porject. I am not sure it will be useful for smalls coep observers but for medium and large scope observers it will be excellent. Owen
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    Webb Deep Sky Society

    Everything gratefully receieved. I understand about the weather, I have had a pretty bad run over the last year or so. Off to Haw Wood star party this week more in hope than expectation. I did see some of the DobMob's work and wondered if any were members of the Webb Soc. Owen
  8. I have a Mewlon 210 and the contrast is outstanding. The views of DSO's are much better than I had expected for a 8.1" scope. It does have cool down issues but the planet views are much better than my TMB LZOS 130 F6 if the seeing will allow. Everything to do with planets is seeing dependent. It has a long f-ratio at 11.5 so I needed a long focal length eyepiece for it and the TV 24mm Pan was ideal for low power views. I am not sure I liked the finder position so I did put a TelRad on it which works well.They are quite long scopes so the balance on the mount is quite critical. They are very portable. Obviously as a Dall-Kirkham design they are better on axis than off so for visual use outsanding, photographic use not so much. The Tak coollimation scope will not work well on it as the secondary is not centre dotted like the 250 and 300. The price is only going to go up after Brexit so if you see a good second hand one i would go for it. Owen
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    Herschel 400 lists

    The more the merrier. The Webb is an active society and welcomes new members. Owen
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    Herschel 400 lists

    Or you can buy the Herschel 1 and III from the Webb Society ready printed (www.webbdeepsky.com) The Herschel I and II are the AL lists for their pins. The Herschel III was another list putogether for those that like faint galaxies. There should be no overlap between the lists. Owen
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    AstroParts UK

    I believe that Brian Brooks has unfortunately passed away. Owen
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    Charles Edward Barns 1862-1937

    For interest there is a reprint from India of this book in both paperback and hardback at https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=&tn=1001+celestial+wonders&kn=&isbn= I did get the paperback version and it seems OK. Shipping was reasonably quick. Not sure how long the covers will last so it maybe best to get the hardback version. It is of interest, although most deep sky objects are referred to by their Herschel numbesr and of course their type is as known in 1927 so some may be wrong (NGC 6229 for instance is classified as a PN whereas it is in fact a globular cluster) unfortunately the link to the download version (free) no longer works Owen
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    Have you got an Astro library?

    I think I have maybe 850 astronomy books over the years. Many less than some on cloudy nights. Owen
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    Hoag's Object

    It is discussed here http://www.deepskyforum.com/showthread.php?386-Object-of-the-Week-June-2-2013-Hoag-s-Obect-(The-king-of-the-rings) Owen
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    South West Astro Fair 2018

    Hopefully the Webb Society should have a stand at the show this year, M5 not wiststanding Not a show we have been to before so hope to meet some new faces. Owen

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