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WADAS (Wakefield and District Astronomical Society)

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Yes Chris - Venus, Mars, Jupiter and The Moon looked beautiful in the pre-dawn sky. Wish I had looked out 15 minutes earlier as it would have given me time to get the camera out before dawn stole Mars away!

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That's good mark, I've just been outside and seen something thats not been seen from Yorkshire for thousands of years, Venus, Mars and the moon :) Venus is shining very brightly this morning.

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It' was too cloudy here but the sun is shining bright and the sky's are blue now I don't know how long it will last. I'm sure the cloud will cover the sky before dark and rob me of another night under the stars

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Yes Chris - Venus, Mars, Jupiter and The Moon looked beautiful in the pre-dawn sky. Wish I had looked out 15 minutes earlier as it would have given me time to get the camera out before dawn stole Mars away!

I forgot Jupiter off the list

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I thought you meant the Sun Chris when you said thousands of years!

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Yep the sky was amazing I had a trip out to Woodhead pass this morning at 6... wow is all I can say! Ozzy saw the first Geminid of the season. Even before me! He described it perfectly with the correct direction away from the base of Gemini!

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Yep the sky was amazing I had a trip out to Woodhead pass this morning at 6... wow is all I can say! Ozzy saw the first Geminid of the season. Even before me! He described it perfectly with the correct direction away from the base of Gemini!

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Glad some got out, the ruse about selling everything has provided some clear dry weather at least!
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Just unpacked and set most of it up, feels really sturdy and well made piece of kit, mount was a bit 'fiddly' so that won't be coming off very often, wouldn't like to do it in the dark, will spend a bit of time looking at the rest of it tomorrow.post-46309-0-81937100-1449156013_thumb.j

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Looks very nice Eric.

I may be mistaken but it looks the same tripod as what Kieran's CGEM mount has on it?

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QUIZ !! I will be probably ok answering my name, but apart from that I dont know my Castor from my Pollux lol

Eric

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Nice looking scope Eric - hopefully we'll get some clear skies soon to get out and do some viewing :)

Looking forward to the quiz tonight - anyone off to the pub afterwards as I might walk up if a pint could be on the cards ;)

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Looks very nice Eric.

I may be mistaken but it looks the same tripod as what Kieran's CGEM mount has on it?

Can't say as I haven't seen Kierans CGEM mount, it's certainly a very substantial tripod, all metal including metal not plastic locking nuts and strong metal tray, just charging mount  now as recommended, everything seems to be there , I will try the supplied RDF but dont hold out much hope for it as I am not too keen on them to be honest even with my limited experience, so far so good, got excited and had a quick try of optics via double glazed window with supplied 40mm ep and M1 (motorway) looked good lol.

Eric

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Nice looking scope Eric - hopefully we'll get some clear skies soon to get out and do some viewing :)

Looking forward to the quiz tonight - anyone off to the pub afterwards as I might walk up if a pint could be on the cards ;)

I could be tempted be a couple of cokes - hardcore i know right.. right? ;)

Matt

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Just unpacked and set most of it up, feels really sturdy and well made piece of kit, mount was a bit 'fiddly' so that won't be coming off very often, wouldn't like to do it in the dark, will spend a bit of time looking at the rest of it tomorrow.attachicon.gifIMG_1081.JPG

Looks good Eric, which part of the mount did you find tricky, mines held in with 3 bolts and I find it easy now to take apart. I think if you rotate it on the tripod it slots into the correct place for the screws to go. You'll get used to it I'm sure.

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Looks good Eric, which part of the mount did you find tricky, mines held in with 3 bolts and I find it easy now to take apart. I think if you rotate it on the tripod it slots into the correct place for the screws to go. You'll get used to it I'm sure.

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I think the instructions noted that it doesn't click in place like the 6 or 8, as you say probably when I get used to it yes, its heavy so maybe would be better removing the mount for transport, but it can be moved with mount in place, like I said Heavy, even the tray weighs 2.5 kilo !!.

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I think the instructions noted that it doesn't click in place like the 6 or 8, as you say probably when I get used to it yes, its heavy so maybe would be better removing the mount for transport, but it can be moved with mount in place, like I said Heavy, even the tray weighs 2.5 kilo !!.

Eric

Yea, I'm not sure if it's the same had design as mine, it does sound a little different

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I think the instructions noted that it doesn't click in place like the 6 or 8, as you say probably when I get used to it yes, its heavy so maybe would be better removing the mount for transport, but it can be moved with mount in place, like I said Heavy, even the tray weighs 2.5 kilo !!.

Eric

I think it is the same tripod design as the CGEM the tray is exactly the same so a solid performer. Edited by mapstar
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I got 40 out of 40 in the quiz so save me my chocolates [emoji849]

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I got 40 out of 40 in the quiz so save me my chocolates [emoji849]

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The total was 140 Mark, bottom of the class for you! ;)

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I got 40 out of 40 in the quiz so save me my chocolates [emoji849]

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The two vicky's won nearly all the goodies

Neil

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Let me guess, one Vicky got the astronomy questions right, the other got the eBay questions correct? :)

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Fab night tonight chaps. Thank you Soupy for putting together a really challenging quiz. Luke's eyes will pop out of his head when he sees that chocolate in the morning.

Hopefully, we'll get a clear evening soon to meet up, but if not I look forward to seeing everyone again on 17th for the curry night :)

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Heads up there is an Imaging Source mono planetary CCD camera just gone up for sale in the classifieds for £175.

Same model I've got and it's a cracking little camera, and really user friendly software.

Worth a look for anyone wanting a starter level planetary CCD :)

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Brilliant night tonight. Great quiz and great company.

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Brilliant night tonight. Great quiz and great company.

Yeah, we're not a bad set of geeks are we? ;)

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Not bad at all... Really enjoyed tonight and nice to have a beer or two afterwards. ;)

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