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  1. My first thought would be to get a good 4mm eyepiece
  2. That is a very good question... I once went to Lacock which was certainly darker than Bristol. I tend to think South of the city is good.. because more things (including ecliptic) lie South. But really not much of an idea... it's only really dark from midnight to 2 am at the moment. I've just come back from a Greek Island.. I could see all of Scorpio right down to the tail including Ptolemy's Cluster. Was spectacular!
  3. Let's have us a Star Party!
  4. Check the moon is not going to interfere with your astronomy sessions (with planetarium software). I have found 66x in my 4 inch newt vastly superior to 10x50 leica binoculars. If your sky is significantly better than what you normally get you will regret not taking 80x observing equipment. The other thing not to underestimate is your health and stamina for night time viewing sessions in the summer when we have to be up late to get away from astronomical twilight. Good luck. Ciao
  5. Did I just witness a supernova? I am on holiday in Kefalonia Greece. Unfortunately the Moon is in the way during most of my stay. However on my second night I observed moonless from 3 to 4 am. I have leica 10x50 and a 4" reflector with me which can go up to x66 magnification. Firstly the milky way around sagittarius was spectacular.. It really felt like looking into the centre of our galaxy.. The milky way looked like one of those long exposure Wide angle photos and the shape of the central galactic bulge was obvious. I was looking at M22 in binoculars and was very puzzled to see how large this beast is compared to M13 in my 10x50s. I spent the better part of an hour hour on M22 with the telescope. It looked like a globular with criss Cross lines all over it and individual stars detected with averted vision techniques. At a certain stage just before packing up feeling very sleepy I may have been scanning capricornus in binoculars maybe around Algedi.. maybe I was still in Sagittarius.. Suddenly I saw a mag 3 star flare up to mag 1 possibly brighter then disappear.. which means mag 10 or dimmer.. All in the space of 1 second. My first thought was a satellite flare but there had been no movement of the star in question. It definitely remained still from start to finish.. The date was 12th July 2019 around 4am GMT +3.. I only told my wife today because I thought what I saw was so fantastical it could not possibly have really happened. But it did! Anyone else saw it or have an opinion?
  6. I really appreciate all these answers; they are all very good... I will study each very carefully Yes, my latitude and declination of Saturn nebula is all I need... I also noticed the graph function can help me.... Still, IMO, there's room for a function which calculates the optimum / ideal time during the year to observe any given object Thx again, Roland
  7. Thx Supernova, but my question is slightly different. I know how to find the transit time, and centre it for any given moment.... but what I want to know is on what day will it be at its highest for the whole year... ie. culmination Any help appreciated, Roland
  8. Thanks, but I am specifically trying to get this result in Sky Safari 6 Pro... Thx anyway...
  9. Hi Group, I was wondering with Sky Safari 6 Pro, how can I find the best time to view the Saturn nebula ? I need it to be as high as possible in the sky... so I need to know the culmination of Aquarius, which is October, I think. I live 52 deg N, obviously I have my location entered into Sky Safari, but I need to know how to find the maximum elevation of the Saturn nebula. I thought it would be simple, but I can't find a definite procedure... I am just able to fiddle things with the Time buttons, and get a rough idea. Thx, bye for now, Roland
  10. That's not good... I ordered the very same eclipsmart... must check it carefully as I haven't used it yet
  11. Let's say rare Earths or Lead in the lenses then... probably no different from your average eyepiece. I'll post the answer if I ever get one.
  12. I did think about the plastics.... But more likely to be lead in the glass, I think.
  13. The sticker is on the bottom of the box... It reads WARNING Cancer and Reproductive Harm www.P65Warnings.ca.gov just above a larger sticker which reads "Part number 07733 Made in China bar code Copyright Meade Instruments Corp. All rights reserved." I also thought it may be the packaging, rather than the eyepiece itself. Still I am curious to know what's going on.
  14. Hi group, just got a Meade 12mm HD-60 eyepiece from China (listed on UK Amazon) it arrived with a P65Warnings.ca.gov / Cancer and reproductive harm sticker on the box I looked up the warning, so I know what it means, but can anyone tell me some specific info on Meade eyepieces; why or how dangerous this eyepiece is to use?!! Thanks, Roland, Bristol
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