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by M54
Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cornwall
Replies: 7
Views: 1721

Re: Cornwall

Stella, No, In Cornwall, June nights are not "long"; they are the shortest of the year. Damn, brain not working again. :mrgreen: Strange you start typing, get it wrong and even reading through afterwards still it doesn't register. Suspect I reread it four or five times owning to spelling. I knew wha...
by M54
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Cornwall
Replies: 7
Views: 1721

Re: Cornwall

You will see the Milky Way, you might hurt you neck looking up so much and you might walk into things but seeing the Milky Way should not be a problem. Cloiuds permitting, of course. What you won't see are the constellations that lie in the band of the Milky Way, it will swallow them up. Other advic...
by M54
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: March observatory
Replies: 7
Views: 1944

Re: March observatory

Half is guess work:
Google Maps, enter "Fenmarc Products"

Zoomed in under the satellite option but cannot make anything out, but it isn't that clear, or at least to me.
by M54
Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Are zoom binoculars any good?
Replies: 5
Views: 4423

Re: Are zoom binoculars any good?

Have a set of zoom's, will agree that there are better optics but these were bought for the novelty value and the fact that the optics were half decent. The novelty being they are electric. They zoom over 8-20x and are 50mm dia. On each barrel is a toggle bar button, one operates the zoom, the other...
by M54
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Do not like the sound of this?
Replies: 11
Views: 1581

Have a search for Alexia Demetria, as best I can see the basis for this is: The 1974 horror film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” kicks off with brilliant footage of solar flares and descends into violence and mayhem. Everything say's "The award winning...." but no mention of what award. So we are ente...
by M54
Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Please could someone confirm...
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Think it is Venus - Right, Jupiter - Left.
by M54
Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Magnification
Replies: 58
Views: 29199

Also have astigmatism, get long eye relief eyepieces and wear your glases. There are a lot of them out there, and for a 305mm scope I cannot see why you would consider the budget plossl's. A 6mm plossl will give you about 4mm of eye relief if you get a plossl, probably not enough. Try something like...
by M54
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Please Help!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3525

If all the data is correct including time zone = 0, DST = Off and you had the time as PM. The PM could be the one missed as I am not sure if it defaults to AM or PM and that would shove it 180 deg out. Pick bright stars that are sat alone, Meades will always chose Arcturus if it is anywhere around a...
by M54
Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 3138

Nothing wrong with a 70mm scope, I have 2 and use them most of the time. Just make sure it is set up as well as possible. Simply makes whatever it is pointed at clearer and in the case of the finder scope makes things easier to get into the field of view. Objects at this time are Jupiter, Orion Nebu...
by M54
Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Complete Novice - But enthusiastic learner!
Replies: 12
Views: 4875

Will have to make the assumption that the scope is aligned by the normal method for Meades. Have you entered the data correct? Cardiff is 51.5 N for Lat and -3.2 for Long. Long may be 3.2 W. The timezone is GMT/UT or 0, cannot recall which. Just in case DST is OFF. Sure there is something else. To a...
by M54
Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: all in ones
Replies: 38
Views: 5714

You won't have a problem with Alpkit, other then getting hold of one. They only get a limited number made and these tend to disappear fast, many will have been ordered, and the people waiting for them, before they ever get to the UK. My first one I placed the order for some 10-12 weeks before it arr...
by M54
Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Transporting a telescope
Replies: 3
Views: 2617

I usually lay mine on an old sleeping bag. Equally I don't have a reflector, all are either refractors or Mak's. So they do not suffer with mis-collimation as much.

All I can suggest is similar and don't try anything resembling going off road driving. :D :D
by M54
Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: all in ones
Replies: 38
Views: 5714

Search for North Cape, they do a range of long johns and tops which are good. Based in Manchester. If you want a down jacket go visit alpkit.com and order one of their Filo jackets. presently £95, but they are WARM, get one size bigger then you normally get. I have been stood out in one at -13C and ...
by M54
Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Winter Soltisce
Replies: 4
Views: 1054

May be a bit simple but it is when we have the shortest day/longest night and that is about it.

Astronomically not a lot happens, well nothing happens.

It does not even mark when we are closest to the sun.

In astronomical terms what about it?
by M54
Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Is the velocity of light constant?
Replies: 6
Views: 4574

Since the earths orbit is not circular but elliptical the large, but therefore changing, solar gravitational field would effect the measured speed of light at the earth by your theory. We sit in the suns gravitational well. Additionally there would be variations because of the moons orbit. A quite l...