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by A
Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:02 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Looking for advice on starting astronomy
Replies: 11
Views: 3502

Hi
Even from the skies of Liverpool, you will get good views of the moon and planets (Jupiter when its higher).
What is your budget?
by A
Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: First view of Jupiter
Replies: 10
Views: 3720

Hi Yes, it is the atmosphere, with Jupiter being so low. I went across to my friends house last night, he has one of the best APO scopes ever made and the view was pretty rubbish in that scope last night. Do you use filters at all. Even in my 120mm Achromat, I find Jupiter to be very bright and I ha...
by A
Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Credit Crunch
Replies: 11
Views: 2141

All I want is to see the Tories win the next election so the pound will recover a bit. Hi Eclipse If they can, then I second that. The buisness I'm in is based around the pound/euro, the exchage rate has been rubbish for a long time now. The only ones who seem to employ anyone around here now are t...
by A
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Credit Crunch
Replies: 11
Views: 2141

Credit Crunch

Hi Is anyone else out there finding it hard going. How is it affecting your astronomy? At the start of the year I had saved up enough money to buy my dream scope, but started to see how things were going to turn out, so cancelled the order and put the money back in the bank. Income is now 90% down f...
by A
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Leicester National Space Centre
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: Leicester National Space Centre

joe wrote: I don't know. It's probably worth it, yes. We traveled from London especially but stayed overnight to enjoy the other highlights of Leicester. I can't remember what they were though.
LOL :lol:
by A
Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Did you know?..
Replies: 31
Views: 8341

It seems that Zwicky was a man who liked too shout a lot. During meals in the Caltech Athenaeum, Zwicky would drop to the floor and start doing one-arm push-ups, while at the same time shouting "come on then, any takers". In his later years, Caltech put him in a basement office (no doubt so that he ...
by A
Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Leicester National Space Centre
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: Leicester National Space Centre

Melanie wrote: Monday morning, we set off... see the sign on the M1 for the NSC, follow the brown signs to it, an hour away from the M1 Thanks
Blimey Melanie, what sized scope were you using to pick them up. :)
BTW, my brother went to visit the NSC, and came back as he could't find it. :lol:
by A
Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 46258

Hi The issue raised by Mike is indeed an interesting one. Regarding observations affected by cloud, I have an old astronomy book that shows that is was able to make some form of astronomical observation every 1-in-3 nights from records made over a 30 year period starting from the beginning of the 20...
by A
Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 46258

Hi

Just to add, that this very morning I received a letter from my MP.
I will print off Colin's reccomendations and take them along to our next meeting.
by A
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Absolutely fabulous...aurora
Replies: 25
Views: 3971

Dear "A" I am pleased you read it that way and found it amusing. The "pun"(if that is the proper word to describe it) was intended, I nearly went on to mention that I had relieved myself in Kabul back in 1966, even before the Russians had a bash at it. Best wishes from Cliff Hi Cliff Please stop it...
by A
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 46258

With regards to the possibility of supposed increases in crime in unlit rural areas, Hi Cliff The crime rate in our dark community was up by 40% last year, that was recorded crime. We find out that just as much goes on un-recorded to the police. Any property in the U.K. (town or country) has someth...
by A
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Absolutely fabulous...aurora
Replies: 25
Views: 3971

Although even serious TV news items can be questionable - I recall John Simpson relieving Kabul single handedly several years ago ! Best of luck from Cliff Funny post :lol: , that has to be the quote of the year. I rolled all over the floor, fell down the stairs and p***** myself with laughter. Did...
by A
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Contrast
Replies: 6
Views: 2435

I think you find that there are two types of people when it comes to diagonals, those that spend lots of dosh and say they can see a big difference, and those that spend a lot of dosh and see extremely little difference when comparing against the cheaper units on the market. I am one of the latter. ...
by A
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: One of those flashes
Replies: 20
Views: 11697

I suspect that the brief flashes I have seen in the past are point meteors - but why do so many seem to be aiming for me! Hi George What you are describing here is exactly what I see every week on several occasions, and they are aircraft lights that turn into your line of sight for a brief moment (...
by A
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:28 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter
Replies: 12
Views: 2995

Re: Jupiter and Venus.

Hi got a view of Jupiter this evening around 20.54 Io shadow transit and Ganymead transiting Jupiter no sighting of thr GRS only viewed for ten mins,also got to see Venus in the SSW. :lol: 80mm spotting scope and 8/42 Bins. I went out to observe Jupiter last night at 22:00p.m. Thought it was going ...