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RichD

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  1. Thanks guys, I was starting to wonder if I was seeing things as it's like Piccadilly Circus up there.
  2. I've managed to find a few Messier objects now but over the last 2 nights I seem to have seen about 4 or 5 satellites while viewing the Sword Handle. 2 were visible with the naked eye but the others weren't. I think one must have been a meteor because of its direction and speed but I didn't get a chance to see it with the naked eye, it just flashed across the scope. I've checked on the Heavens Above site and I don't think I saw the ISS this time. My question is how many satellites could you expect to see in an evenings sky watching?
  3. Thanks to everyone for the informative replies, you've been very helpful
  4. I was trying to find M31 too, and failed miserably. Will try to find Pleiades next time. Thanks for the advice, I think I'll invest in a finderscope as I reckon it might be the best way for a beginner. I need a new pair of binoculars too as my current pair are extremely old and next to useless.
  5. I kept my EPs in my pocket last night and didn't have any problems, although the dew problems were nowhere near as bad.
  6. Thanks for the help guys, I'll have to keep trying and keep studying the charts. I've downloaded Stellarium so that will keep me busy for a while
  7. Hi all, I'm very new to astronomy so these questions might seem really stupid. So far I've managed to align my scope fairly well as I was able to track Jupiter using only RA but I'd like to start looking for Messier objects. From what I can understand reading the telescope instructions, I should be able to find an object from its star position, but does the 'scope need to be perfectly aligned to attempt this? I've read about the star drift method. Also, using a Skywatcher 130, how far up the apparent magnitude scale would I be able to go? If I can't see an object with the naked eye, and my scope isn't perfectly aligned, will I find it? Is it a matter of perseverance? The reason I ask is that I tried to find Uranus but found it impossible, even knowing it's very close to Jupiter at the moment and that I should be able to see it with the naked eye (maybe I need an eye test?). I have a red dot finder which seems fairly well aligned, should I be using a finderscope? I'm sorry if this sounds really stupid but I'm very new to the hobby. Thanks for your help,
  8. Thanks very much, I'll give it a go when this horrible weather clears up.
  9. Thanks very much for all the advice. I could definitely see more detail last night, but I was out there too long and my scope started getting damp, another problem that's new to me, dew.
  10. Thanks Zapp, it's nice to know I'm at least using my scope properly, hopefully.
  11. Thanks Dave. I could just about make out 1 belt, I'll keep looking to see if I can spot a little more detail. Didn't know Venus was visible before dawn, I'm not a good early riser but I'll have to make exception for this as I'm looking forward to seeing Venus. I've been advised to use a moon filter for Venus so I'll give that a go too.
  12. Hello, I'm new to the forum and to astronomy and I've just bought my first scope, a Skywatcher 130 with motor drive. I've been a bit of a star gazer since I was a kid, occasionally using binoculars but never had a telescope before. After setting up without too much trouble I did a bit of Jupiter watching. I got a fairly clear view and I could see the 4 large moons but I could only see very, very faint detail on Jupiter, although it was still very impressive. Should I be able to see more? The scope came with 2 eyepieces, 25mm and 10mm, and a Barlow lens. I was using the 10mm with Barlow. I'm not sure about the quality of these lenses or whether I need a more powerful lens. Jupiter seemed very bright so I tried a moon filter, which is the only one I have, and I still got a pretty good view but I didn't see any more detail. Should I be using a filter to look at Jupiter? Any advice on improving and/or using this model Telescope would be very much appreciated.
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