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by The Bat
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Comet Pannstars
Replies: 76
Views: 13713

Re: Comet Pannstars

I saw it tonight in 10x50 binoculars at 19.00. Lovely sight, with quite a significant tail pointing upwards towards the Moon. Couldn't see it without the binoculars and it was very quickly lost in the thick cloud blotting out the horizon. Not enough time to get any pictures and as the nearest good W...
by The Bat
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Exploding mini-asteroid over Urals injures hundreds ..
Replies: 17
Views: 4139

Re: Expoding meteorite over Urals injures hundreds ..

Some fantastic footage of this on the BBC - amazing! 8)

Rachel
by The Bat
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Keeping Jupiter in view
Replies: 15
Views: 10200

Re: Keeping Jupiter in view

Yes, all of those were using a 2x Barlow.

Rachel
by The Bat
Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Keeping Jupiter in view
Replies: 15
Views: 10200

Re: Keeping Jupiter in view

Most of my images are in the gallery somewhere, but I haven't posted any for quite some time, the last year being quite the worst as far as weather goes. Rather than trawl through trying to find them, here are a sample few. My camera is different to yours. I have an Imaging Source camera and use dif...
by The Bat
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Keeping Jupiter in view
Replies: 15
Views: 10200

Re: Keeping Jupiter in view

I have an almost identical setup with a C8 on CG5 mount. Mine is not Go-To but I have managed to get some reasonable pics of the planets. You shouldn't need guide instruments with a webcam. I don't polar align exactly - usually I'm happy if I can sight Polaris up the polar axis - and I can normally ...
by The Bat
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Just starting
Replies: 25
Views: 7826

Re: Just starting

Would you mind explaining the red dot finder a little more? The finder is the little scope attached to the side of the main telescope tube. It's used like a gunsight to point the telescope in the general direction of the object you want to observe. There are 3 types of finder: Red dot - projects a ...
by The Bat
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Just starting
Replies: 25
Views: 7826

Re: Just starting

Hi Tom Welcome! :D David is right: Turn Left at Orion is a great book and will help you get started with finding many of the best sights out there. The finder on that scope looks like a red dot finder if I'm right. That will make star hopping to some fainter objects a little trickier but you should ...
by The Bat
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon occulation of Mercury 14th November 2012
Replies: 1
Views: 978

Re: Moon occulation of Mercury 14th November 2012

Given the proximity of the Moon and Mercury to the sun, and the fact that the occultation occurred in broad daylight, I would suggest this would have been phenomenally difficult (maybe even dangerous) to either see or record. :D

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: First Proper Telescope
Replies: 16
Views: 4581

Re: First Proper Telescope

Skywatcher scopes are a popular brand and are generally good. You'll certainly be able to see the rings of Saturn, Jupiter's moons and the phases of Venus. I don't think the scope itself will be rubbish, but the finder looks like a red dot finder which in my experience is limited in its usefulness (...
by The Bat
Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Essex Starfest II convention
Replies: 0
Views: 926

Essex Starfest II convention

Just to say thanks to the SPA for coming along and supporting North Essex Astronomical Society's Starfest II convention in Braintree yesterday with their trade stand and donation of a raffle prize. And thanks in particular to Robin Scagell for an excellent presentation on comets, which I heard sever...
by The Bat
Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Is my Power Tank dead?
Replies: 11
Views: 4418

Re: Is my Power Tank dead?

I have bought a new power tank in the last couple of weeks and this one actually comes with instructions on the tank to recharge periodically - every 3 months in winter and monthly in summer - and not to let it drain fully. :)

Rachel
by The Bat
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Essex STARFEST II convention - Saturday 10 November 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 2515

Essex STARFEST II convention - Saturday 10 November 2012

STARFEST II Following on from our successful inaugural STARFEST convention last year where we welcomed over 140 attendees, North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting its follow-up, STARFEST II, on Saturday 10 November 2012 at the Alec Hunter Humanities College, Braintree. We have a line up of...
by The Bat
Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Solar observing at Great Notley, Essex - 27 August 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 2145

Solar observing at Great Notley, Essex - 27 August 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society Public Solar Observing After a fair bit of cloud dodging for our July event, North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public observing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on bank holiday Monday 27 August. As we are ...
by The Bat
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Unconscious
Replies: 10
Views: 2975

Re: Unconscious

Ha ha :D . I didn't go to bed because I thought maybe I wouldn't want to get up again ... for all the good it did as a group of us met up and stared at a cloudy sky for 90 mins. Really worth staying up till 4.00am :shock: .

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon
Replies: 14
Views: 2521

Re: Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon

Saw a lovely occultation of Jupiter last night. Completely occulted by cloud! :(

Rachel