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  1. Well, if you can't take your gear outside, I thought to myself, you might as well have a play with it anyway. In the absence of any clear skies for ages, I've been tidying up and sorting out my gear. While I was at it, I took a few photos of it all, and thought I'd share it here. I have 3 setups in total, acquired over the past seven years or so. My first proper telescope was my Celestron 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain on a CG-5 GOTO mount - a fantastic bit of kit, something that's given me a huge amount of viewing pleasure since the day I got it. Here's a snap: I use this a lot when I'm doing public observing events with the Cotswold AS - nice and portable, but big enough aperture to show things off well to visitors etc. The GOTO cuts down on the time spent hunting too. A couple of years ago I wanted to get something really portable as a grab-and-go, and ended up getting hold of a Skywatcher Startravel-102 4" refractor. I got an EQ3-2 mount (not driven) to stick it on. This is great for taking away on holidays etc, and is also pretty good as a back garden instrument for wide field viewing. I've got a Baader fringe-killer to try and minimise the chromatic aberration, but there's no real cure for that (other than spending much more cash on some fancy glass...) Finally, the recently adopted workhorse of my observing - a Skywatcher Skyliner 250PX 10" Dob. No frills, no electronics, no alignment - just a whopping great mirror and a hole to look through! This is a brilliant back garden telescope, especially if (like me) you enjoy the time spent star-hopping and using your atlas to find those elusive NGCs. On a good night in my (semi-urban) location I get some really great views of the deep sky with this - and the planets are always brilliant. Jupiter in recent months has been phenomenal, and I've had some great views of Mars this year too. Highly recommended if you're all about visual observing. In terms of eyepieces etc, I keep it really simple: just two eyepieces and a Televue 2x Barlow. My eyepieces are a 24mm Televue Panoptic, and a 7mm Baader Genuine Ortho. The Panoptic is excellent in all three telescopes, although the same can't be said for the ortho, and to be honest, I will probably look for something else soon for high magnification / planetary viewing. Something with a wide apparent field of view, to minimise the amount of Dob nudging I need to do in the absence of any motors! Anyway, there you go - my pride and joy. Just wish it would stop raining so I could use the blumming things
  2. From the album: My astronomy kit

    I got aperture fever in early 2012 and got this 10" Dobsonian, which has quickly become my telescope of choice for back garden observing. Excellent on the planets, deep sky, you name it. Love this telescope.
  3. From the album: My astronomy kit

    My first telescope - 6" SCT on CG-5 GOTO mount. Excellent all-rounder, served me well for many years. Fantastic for doing public displays etc - dial up the good stuff and let the crowd go wild :-)
  4. From the album: My astronomy kit

    My 4" refractor - great for wide field stuff, and a fab grab-and-go
  5. Hi. I am looking at buying a new scope. I am VERY limited for time. With a 60hour a week job and three kids, I do not have time for a full time hobby but i really want to do some of my own viewing but with as limited input and as much output as possible. I go to my local astro club but I want my own scope that will go in the boot of the car that I can take out and set up easily and see whats out there without too much trouble or having to spend lots of time learning. I know this sounds like lazyness but it really is time that limits me. I have recently found the Celestron Skyprodigy 6inch which initially sounded like the absolute perfect option for me. I have since read a few negative comments on here about the auto align being a 'gimmick' and a waste of money but it seems it would allow me to drive out somewhere and get going straight away and have it find objects for me with its auto tour funtions, after it has auto aligned. The other option would be the nexstar8 but I have had no experience with a goto before and do not know how to manually align and how long it takes and then how to find the objects. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Are the sky prodigy really no good? Or do you think they might actually have a use for people such as myself? Thank you Richard
  6. Hi folks, for all of you interested in Radio Astronomy, you might be interested on this. In the Island of Sardinia is being built a pretty nice Radio Telescope, 64 metres of diameter supporting frequencies between 0,3 to 100 GHZ. The project is financed by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Italian Space Agency. It will be employed for Radioastronomy, Geodynamics and other space-related matters. Its management is shared between Cagliari Observatory, the Institute of Radioastronomy of Bologna, the ASI and others. I think the whole thing is stil not fully operative (the image below is a Live Feed updated every 10 minutes, look at the sky ), but should you spend any of your holidays in Sardinia, you are allowed to visit the site. Website: http://www.srt.inaf.it/ Wikipedia description: http://en.wikipedia....Radio_Telescope
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