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by dazcaz
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Do not like the sound of this?
Replies: 11
Views: 1612

I'll be OK, I have a hat made of tin foil and a bath full of petrol to keep my generator running. :) What really worries me about that website is that people will see it an believe it. The ITN clip is accurate, but reported out of context. Solar flares/storms/expulsions do disrupt radio comms but th...
by dazcaz
Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267095

It's never been easier to get a ham licence, but IIRC, the lowest level does not allow satellite comms. Still worth getting your "ticket" for though. Been a ham for 22 years and it's still the great hobby it always was. David, consider doing it. You will enjoy it immensely. The Yupi is a great rig, ...
by dazcaz
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Saturn. First time in my 4" refractor
Replies: 3
Views: 792

Yes 200 was was a tad too much. I am looking for 6 or 7MM eyepiece. 150X would be the ideal for this 'scope.
by dazcaz
Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Sirius
Replies: 13
Views: 4325

Sadly, being colour blind, I rarely get to see any colours of our astronomical wonders. Mars looks a different colour to other "stars" but It's never red. Same with Betelguese. I hear people talk of the different colours but I rarely see them. I can see the colours of the banding on Jupiter, but app...
by dazcaz
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Saturn. First time in my 4" refractor
Replies: 3
Views: 792

Saturn. First time in my 4" refractor

Friday night we went along to one of Cardiff astro society's regular observing sessions. It was nice, for a change, not to be stood in the freezing cold :) My main reason for going was to see how Saturn looked through my 2nd hand 4" refractor. First light for the night was Venus, this was mainly to ...
by dazcaz
Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 34
Views: 9212

Keep an eye in shops like cash Converters. I recently bought a celestron 4" refractor on a half decent mount/tripod for 50 quid. It's a superb scope, and the detail on Jupiter as very nice through it. I am aware than I was very lucky to find this, but there are often telescopes in cash convertors as...
by dazcaz
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Maplins 3 in 1 jump starter
Replies: 4
Views: 1191

I have a couple of these "jump starters" I use them to power my 'scopes and also to power my portable ham radio kit. Some have lights built in which come in handy when packing up at the end of the night... I always drop something and the built in light has saved my bacon on more than one occasion. T...
by dazcaz
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Planning permission for observatory?
Replies: 4
Views: 1234

If this project ever does happen I will be sure to get the permission before the old garage is pulled down. A friend of mine is an artichoke so he wil help me along the way and get the drawings done. As for mounting the 'scope, my plan, or as close to a plan as I have, was to have a solid concrete f...
by dazcaz
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Planning permission for observatory?
Replies: 4
Views: 1234

Planning permission for observatory?

I will soon be moving into my mother in law's old house. At the end of the garden is a large metal garage with a tall roof. The roof's apex is about 18 feet high. I have had my eye on this garage for the 30+ years that I have known my wife. I have hatched a mad idea. Demolish this garage and build a...
by dazcaz
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Road Lighting Could be dimmed.
Replies: 53
Views: 27210

How do they intend to dim the lighting. You cannot dim the typical road light. It's either on or off. Maybe by dim, they mean turn some off. Personally, I don't see the point of 90% of street/road lighting. They also want to curb the office blocks that keep the lights on all night, and the external ...
by dazcaz
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS voice transmissions
Replies: 1146
Views: 267095

this evenings pass went right over Cardiff.
Head PI9ISS talking to another PA station. tried calling back when they finished but no reply. Not sure if the uplink is still 145.200 or whatever it was.

30 over 9 here at the peak!
by dazcaz
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Image upside down.
Replies: 3
Views: 2406

This is normal on a reflector. You are doing nothing wrong.

http://www.spaceref.com/telescopes/Imag ... -Down.html
by dazcaz
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Horsehead
Replies: 4
Views: 938

Horsehead

The other night I went on the search for the Horsehead nebula. Using my 4" F10 refractor. I failed :( I know where it is and what it looks like, but no joy. I have since been searching the net and have discovered that it's not exactly easy. Now I don't want to get a view like you see in the photogra...
by dazcaz
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Max Wind speed for observing
Replies: 8
Views: 3250

Perhaps it was 32, but this seems very close. They were on opposite edges of the view at X50. It was a tiny smudge, barely visible. Only noticeable using averted vision. Nice to see them both in the same view whatever they were. Just been out in the garden and found M31 through the bins. The first t...
by dazcaz
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Max Wind speed for observing
Replies: 8
Views: 3250

We went out with our local AS to one of our observing spots last night. My view of Andromeda was as you described it too. A faint blur. Nothing like some of the views I have had in the past. I was unimpressed, but we did get to see a glimpse of M33 and in the same field of view... Which was nice :) ...