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  1. Hi, newbie here! I’m hoping to get some advice on some star-gazing binoculars. I’ve read through the forum and I’ve decided to stay away from zoom bino’s because I’m just starting out, and I will eventually look into telescopes and whatnot if I wish to see the skies in more detail! So I’ve pretty much settled on something between 8 x 42 and 10 x 50. Please let me know the best ones in this range!!! I’ve read some reviews on the Helios Lightquest HR 10x50’s so any advice on those would be great too! I’m open to suggestions but what I’m really hoping to get is a sturdy pair of first binoculars that I can keep around for the long run, and hopefully drag around on many adventures. I’m willing to invest in a tripod as well for focused gazing, although I plant to keep them around my neck for a while so I can get used to them! I’m also unsure of how to find a great lightweight tripod so any links would be great! Love the forum so far and I’m excited to start observing the skies! Happy Stargazing, thehappypleiades
  2. So I'm having some issues recently and have a lot of questions for the erecting eyepiece 1.5x. I want to know if they are useful, better, and i also want to know if they have a lot of detail in them. How do you use a erecting eyepiece? What is it for? When can i use it? Also my issue is when I try to use an erecting eyepiece on a star it is out of focus and cant seem to find the right focus. yesterday I had tried on sirius but it just showed me a huge ball of light. Any help and tips will be appreciated.
  3. Hello all, my name is Paige. I am a college student and new to the stargazing community. I know all about the constellations and astronomy, but i’ve never bought anything to see the stars up close. I’ve read through the forum and come to the conclusions I want to start with some well built binoculars and eventually get into telescopes. The 7 x 50 seem to be the common starting point but I would love to get something with a bit more clarity, and preferably still handheld. I’ve also read up on some binoculars already and the big brands that jump out are Celestron and Orion, so I would love some opinions on those because they don’t seem to be reliable in the long run. I only have one shot on a good pair and I dont plan on buying any other equipment until i’ve mastered the binoculars! Price range up to around $300 so any tips would be amazing! Thank you, happy sky watching
  4. The ABC in Australia has just published their 2018 "Sky Tour" presentation in support of their Stargazing Live event this week ( http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/stargazing-live/ ). The presentation was produced by Genelle Weule and can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-21/stargazing-live-tour-great-southern-sky/9775660. It includes a narrated presentation by Prof. Fred Watson and includes four of my photos
  5. Whats the beat time of year to use my tellescope ?
  6. Hi, I am new to star gazing and still deciding on what beginners scope to buy (see my previous post here). I live in Staffordshire, UK and was woundering if there are any groups/clubs that welcome new comers to join. I believe joining a group of 'fellow' stargazers would help take me from a mere novice to understanding all of these terms and setups. Are there any in my local area? If not in the Staffordshire area, Cheshire-east (Congleton/Macclesfield) is also a good area for me. Thanks.
  7. Next week the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers will be holding our next monthly meet at the Hub in Regent's Park London. Our star gazing will be held on 2016 February 21 or 22 or 23. The exact date will be decided on morning of Monday 20 when weather forecasts have been consulted. Anyone is welcome to attend, we are family friendly and the event is completely free of charge; no need to bring any equipment as there is always plenty of telescopes to look through. Last month BBC Radio London attended to interview Irregulars. Search Facebook for Baker Street Irregular Astronomers and visit www.bakerstreetastro.org
  8. We are a newly formed society on Tenerife and the first! Tenerife is officially recognised as one of the very best places in the world to see the night sky in all of its glory. Its high altitude, clean and dry air coupled with a general lack of clouds means stunning conditions for stargazing and astronomy. NASA calls Tenerife one of the "four windows on the Universe" and its observatory is one of the most significant in the world. These stunning conditions are available just an hour's drive from the sun-soaked coastal resorts. Our society is a place for people with an interest in the beauty of the night sky to come together to find or share knowledge; to meet, share experiences and help each other benefit from one of Tenerife's most amazing natural resources, its very dark skies. We meet every month at Casa Zaguan in Vilaflor where we have a roof top observation terrace with a number of telescopes. Visitors and new members are always welcome so if you are coming to Tenerife on holiday, please stop by our Facebook page and say "Hola!". https://www.facebook.com/groups/tastro/
  9. Photos taken via my Samsung Galaxy J7 through my Orion f4 scope. The images of Jupiter and its' moons 1,3,and 5 were captured through a 20mm lens. Images 2 and 4 were captured with an Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens through a 20mm lens.
  10. Hi all, im still relitivley knew to learning my way around the sky I thought I’d try and learn as much as I can before getting a scope ( spent the last year or so learning about the science of it all first ) and tonight is quite a good night ( not the best) but I decided to spend an hour or so learning my constellations as I’m pretty rubbish at knowing them all. However I went outside equipped with my binos, turn left at Orion and also Stellarium on my IPad ( made sure I turned on night vision ). The most obvious place for me to start is Orion as it’s south facing my garden and I always seem to get a good view of it. In a hours session I managed to sort of memories three or 4 constellations. I say 3 or 4 because one of them was fairly low and trees were obstructing the view. Now the ones I’ve managed is obviously Orion seeing the sword also betelgeuse in the top corner. (south east I think ) of that is Cannis major with Sirius shining bright as always. After studying Canis Major abit making sure I know the names of the stars. I turned right on Orion and looked to pleiades ( one of my favourite clusters) I then followed across Perseus and I kept following until the Triangulum. I tried to see the double cluster but I think my binos weren’t having it. After getting to the triangular constellation I tried to find andromeda and just about shining through the trees I could see it ( just). So after finding Andromeda I decided to call it a night as my thumbs were about to freeze. I wanted to also know how did you learn constellations? Did you learn from books or from another method? Thanks for reading
  11. Hi all, As a member of the Hertford Astronomy Group I thought I would pass on the invitation to the following event. dag123 Happy New Year to you all. The Hertford Astronomy Group is delighted to invite you to our Stargazing Live Event on Wednesday 8th January at the Cricket Club Pavilion, Ascots Lane, Welwyn Garden City.This is our special event to coincide with the BBC Stargazing Live programmes being shown this week on TV.We welcome you all to come along with some friends if you like to share our enthusiasm for this exciting subject. Starting at 7:00 and going on until 10:00 we have presentations throughout the evening covering Space Weather, the Milky Way and other Galaxies and Space Exploration. The event is suitable for all ages from about 8 years old onwards - children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult - there will be some delicate instruments around.Refreshments will be on hand and, hopefully the weather will be clear, telescopes to look through to see some of the wonders of the night sky. There are some amazing sights at this time of year from the wonders of the Orion constellation, the beautiful Pleaides star cluster and even distant galaxies!The majestic Jupiter is in a superb position for observation and if you have never seen it before through a telescope then you must come along and see just how it changes from what looks like a bright star to become an object of wonder and delight.We promise you a fantastic evening even if it is cloudy. There will be lots to see and chat about so come along and be a part of the event that will be exciting the country this week.We look forward to seeing you there.Details of this and much more can be found on our website www.hertsastro.org.uk
  12. The next monthly meeting of the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers is planned for one April evening from our 'launch window' of 18th, 19th or 20th. The date to be decided on the 17th when weather forecasts have been considered. Held of the terrace of the Hub, Regent's Park from 6:30pm until 11.00pm, anyone is welcome to attend. The meetings are fun, educational, family friendly and free of charge; no need to bring any equipment. If you know London friends who have never seen Jupiter and its four Galilean moons through a telescope tell them not to miss this opportunity.
  13. We are taking part as in previous years and are open every Saturday night to the public http://www.astronomycentre.org.uk I think we are also on with John Gillmore 12.00 till 16.00 Wednesday.
  14. The Knowle Astronomical Society is holding a PUBLIC STARGAZING & BEGINNERS EVENING On Monday 7th October 2019 at 8pm at Dorridge Village Hall, Grange Road, B93 8QA If the weather isn't favourable (what are the chances?) we will set up a few 'scopes in the hall to show people and we will also be giving a beginners talk in the hall and, who knows, maybe we'll recruit a few new members. Light refreshments will be available throughout the evening.
  15. Hi everyone, I've recently become really interested in our galaxy,stars and Planets. I've been watching Professor Brian Cox and he has inspired me and my children. My partner has just brought me a Telescope that is great for a me as a beginner and getting really clear up close veiws of the moon, Not able to seen Planets just yet due to Jupiter, Mars and Saturn being behind the Earth's clouds but at least I'm getting use to setting up the telescope. I have the Meade Infinity 60 series really good kit for me. I've included x2 points I have taken from the veiw piece which is really hard to get a picture but it's a start I suppose.
  16. Hi, I am new to this forum, and certainly not an experienced astronomer at all. However while I was out in Herstmonceux, East Sussex during the 2016 Perseid meteor shower on the 12th of August 2016 at around 1am, I saw something pretty strange in the sky. As I was lying on my back looking up at the sky I noticed a small green point of light in the sky, about the size of an average star. It was moving around the sky, it looked slow but given its (supposed) distance I would say it was actually moving incredibly quickly. It couldn't have been a plane as it was a single, tiny point of light changing direction quickly. I live very close to the Greenwich observatory in Herstmonceux, East Sussex and I see their green lasers pointing out at the sky regularly between 8pm and 12pm usually and this also wasn't it as there was no beam, literally just a single point of bright green light moving amongst the stars. I have absolutely no idea what this could be, but I would love to hear peoples opinions or thoughts on what it could potentially be, or if anyone has seen anything like it before.
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