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by T Russell
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: My first proper observing session
Replies: 13
Views: 3486

Hi david,
The Longniddry bents are pretty close to your location and offer good skies. Only problem is, it is a popular venue with courting couples and some of them are not too keen on blokes parking close to them with telescopes, binoculars and cameras! LOL.

Tom
by T Russell
Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Scopes for schools?
Replies: 86
Views: 21552

Hear, Hear.
I for one would spare a couple of hours showing the kids a few sights through a telescope.

Tom
by T Russell
Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Cheap telescope
Replies: 0
Views: 1022

Cheap telescope

In my never ending quest to find a good grab n go telescope I chanced upon an advert from Telescopeplanet describing a 70mm rich field refractor reduced to £29 including postage and packing. Despite being outfitted in Telescope planet livery the specification appeared identical to the Nipon 300, ret...
by T Russell
Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Mathematics
Replies: 16
Views: 8912

There is a free, downloadable "maths pack" on the UCLAN ( Univ of central Lancashire) website. (Astronomy certificate pages)
Might be a bit basic for your needs, but hey it's free!

Tom
by T Russell
Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: andromeda
Replies: 21
Views: 5858

yep, if it's a moonless night and I drive about 40 mins from my home I can see it easily unaided eye. (sometimes the triangulum galaxy too), but I need binoculars to see it from my garden.

Tom
by T Russell
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Partial solar eclipse visible from UK (1 Aug 2008)
Replies: 88
Views: 17758

Grrr!
Have got a wall of cloud so thick you could bounce bricks off it! Can't even tell where the sun is. No chance of seeing even a glimpse.

Tom
by T Russell
Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus Seen!
Replies: 2
Views: 1554

What's a blue sky?
Well done Mike.
Tom
by T Russell
Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Anglesey Dark Sky Zoning
Replies: 6
Views: 4577

How can I cast my vote on this poll (above) the one on general chat doesn't really apply, but if zoning makes me visit Anglesey even once thats much more often than before.

Tom
by T Russell
Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A Forum Question
Replies: 37
Views: 6736

Mike, us small aperture guys must stick together! please don't leave.
Tom
by T Russell
Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: The Moon and Lunar dust.
Replies: 22
Views: 10139

Hi, The dust is only as compacted as it can be due to gravity. Regolith is actually quite fragile, and the elctrostatic forces holding it in shape are easilly disturbed by the mass of a human foot. Although gravity on the moon is only about 1/6th of that on earth, the sheer mass of a human will comp...
by T Russell
Mon May 26, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Alternative theories
Replies: 14
Views: 5515

I'm sure it's actually a spoof site, but certainly does make you chuckle.

Tom
by T Russell
Mon May 26, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Alternative theories
Replies: 14
Views: 5515

Alternative theories

Accidently came accross this http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e_djublons ... hyFlat.htm

Brought a tear to my eye!

Tom
by T Russell
Tue May 06, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: the stars make me happy
Replies: 10
Views: 2730

Hi Martin, Sorry to hear martians have to put up with all the rubbish us earthlings get too. Listen mate, you are doing exactly the right thing. Nothing like astronomy to put lifes problems in perspective! I'm guessing you are still quite young if you are doing A levels? Life does get better - hones...
by T Russell
Fri May 02, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Any non-OU distance-learning Astronomy students ou there?
Replies: 33
Views: 7410

Well, that's the final assessment posted off. I think I might do an OU or LJM course next, see how they compare. I found UCLAN's course quite challenging with all the formulae and theoretical work, but I'm quietly confident of getting a pass mark. I was finding the lack of tutor support a bit irksom...
by T Russell
Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: NO PORN PLEASE
Replies: 27
Views: 5641

I find if you report these unwanted intrusions directly to the mods they get removed PDQ.

Tom