Search found 203 matches

by M54
Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Scotland summer observing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

Re: Scotland summer observing?

If you get much then it would be limited and I would guess at about 2 hours worth, which owning to BST being in place at that time of year means something like midnight to 2:00AM. I would expect it to never get "dark", the sun just wouldn't get too low. You are about 6 weeks after the Solstice at le...
by M54
Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Weight of Telescopes
Replies: 4
Views: 1822

Re: Weight of Telescopes

Chris I doubt you will have a problem. The Evostar 90 is a nice sized scope and I would be surprised in it gave you any real problems. They all look big for some reason, having said that my 90mm is the most manageable scope I have, somehow the 80mm looks worse. Not sure why. :roll: The one situation...
by M54
Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: It is with great sadness
Replies: 22
Views: 4255

Re: It is with great sadness

Peter, I am sorry to say I have found much the same. First club I visited I sat the whole evening and literally not a word was said to me, didn't get a Hello. During the evening various people turned round to look at me from their seats as if I was from another planet. As in "What's that sat there?"...
by M54
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Novice Astronomical Projects
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: Novice Astronomical Projects

For something to look at/for many do the Messier Objects, simply go find and view each one as they present themselves. In the US they hold Messier Marathons usually mid to end March. You can get a lot of them in one evening at that time. Cannot recall your location, if supplied, but they hold one do...
by M54
Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Any Views
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

Re: Any Views

I know the LS8, I have access to an LS6 and own 3 other Meades. The problem is that they are in an Alt/Az mount - basically they move horizontally and vertically, the sky does not. The sky moves about an axis of rotation. If the first star of a constellation appears in the East it will be in effect ...
by M54
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Any Views
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

Re: Any Views

All your scopes seem to be SCT's or Mak's, and on Alt/Az mounts. These are OK for planetary imaging, but not for the longer exposure DSO imaging aspect. In simplest terms you put a webcam in where the eyepiece goes, get it to focus the object on the webcam and that take a movie of the planet. This i...
by M54
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Laser pointers
Replies: 15
Views: 6965

Re: Laser pointers

If you can track down a 10mW I think they are the best all round. Had a 5mW and I gave it away it simply was too dim. Equally I used it often at home and there was light pollution. Had a 50mW but that was overkill, except for one situation where it exceeded. Legality: Well that seems to be one of th...
by M54
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Earth's core heating
Replies: 1
Views: 2384

Re: Earth's core heating

The radioactives are well spread out so would not get concentrated enough to go bang. Even if it somehow occurred and sufficent atoms formed a group then you could only get to one critical mass and so have one atomic explosion - that will not cause much damage, just look at the many we have exploded...
by M54
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Climate Change - Global Warming CC-GW PART 1
Replies: 46
Views: 7539

Re: Climate Change - Global Warming CC-GW PART 1

Apart from anything else there are far too many people wanting to eat and drink MY food and water.
That is the problem: They (whoever) think you want to eat their food and drink their water.
by M54
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Goto telescopes
Replies: 3
Views: 2179

Re: Goto telescopes

At a guess the Meade etx-80 Ace cameras have them at £290.
by M54
Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: GOTO in Theory and Practice
Replies: 12
Views: 2797

Re: GOTO in Theory and Practice

The catch is that visit a club or go along to a public star party and more then 80% of the scopes are goto's of one make or another. I visited a couple of event when Stargazing Live was around and literally nearly everything was a goto. Perhaps it is time to realise that they are the standard now, i...
by M54
Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: What future for casual astronomy?
Replies: 33
Views: 7845

Re: What future for casual astronomy?

I suspect that the attached electronics will change, however a 10" mirror is still a 10" mirror, now or in 10 years time. The Newtonian has really altered much since Issac made the first one. :lol: Would not be surprised to find there is a lot less casual observing. Why stand outside when you can ru...
by M54
Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A Yosemite Winter's Night ..
Replies: 4
Views: 960

Re: A Yosemite Winter's Night ..

It the MacDonalds behind whoever took the shot?
There is quite a bit of white light coming from behind whoever took the shot.
by M54
Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: How unique is the Star of Bethlehem? ..
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: How unique is the Star of Bethlehem? ..

This has been covered via several programs and the one thing that keeps comes out is there is nothing to account for the report. The idea of a planetary conjunction was one of the first to be thrown out as the people at the time were familiar with these. They knew, we look it up on the internet. :( ...
by M54
Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: new scope purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 2893

Re: new scope purchase

Don't own one, prefer refractors, but a nice size, easy to use and transport, will fit well on the EQ5 - as in not too big. Yes there are bigger, there are also smaller. With common sense you should manage quite a lot of whatever is floating round up there, usually hiding behind any available bit of...