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by Malcolm Zack
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: celestron 15x70.binoculars.
Replies: 7
Views: 2198

15 *70 Celestron

Hi Have used a pair belonging to a friend briefly. These are good value given the price and are light enough to be handheld for quite a while despite the size. I found that the outside 20% of the field lost definition a bit but still a good buy for that extra bit of power. Keep in mind though that c...
by Malcolm Zack
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Canopus et al
Replies: 0
Views: 513

Canopus et al

Having been fortunate to have a week down in at the southern tip of Lanzarote (72 deg F most days... sorry!) a quick report: Mostly moonlit as the full moon fell in the middle of the visit. The impact of a full moon at the zenith on clusters and other objects was pretty significant!!!! Got to see pa...
by Malcolm Zack
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Petavius to Humboldt -- three observation montage
Replies: 3
Views: 872

PDA sketches

These are most illuminating peter. Have you written about the technique anywhere?

malcolm
by Malcolm Zack
Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon near Pleiades Now
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

moon at zenith

Mike. You are quite right. The sky may be clearest, but the neck "achest". Panning in alt az even with the slow motion controls was much harder than I expected as you lose sense of direction! Plus it was through a diagonal which reverses the field. Things are soooo much easier at lower altitudes!! I...
by Malcolm Zack
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: New years eve (09) Partial Lunar Eclipse
Replies: 10
Views: 2287

lunar eclipse

Fine skies in canaries. Moon low over mountains. Just had time for 15 mins viewing at 7pm before wife and kids dragged me out for new years eve meal! Darker area of shadow approached area towards Tycho. Some hint of copper colouring in scope at x30 but very slight. Tycho seemed somewhat subdued and ...
by Malcolm Zack
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moon near Pleiades Now
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

moon at M45

Weather here in Lanzarote is fairly clear with high ciruss. Observed the moon approach the Pleiades up to midnight. However moon is at zenith here and scope is on an AZ3 mount which fouls the tripod at around 80 degrees. Reasonable view but moon is very bright and only the bright 7 or 8 stars could ...
by Malcolm Zack
Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moonbow?
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Halo not a moonbow!!

Thanks Mike. You are right. I got my terminology wrong. A halo is what I saw as the size and dimensions fit the critera.
by Malcolm Zack
Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moonbow?
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Moonbow?

Hi. Just arrived last night for a week in Lanzarote. Saw what I think was a superb moonbow aound the gibbous moon which was about 50 degrees in altitute. A complete circular cloudlike structure with a radius of about 20 degrees. Some light hazy cloud and low lying stuff so it may have been some othe...
by Malcolm Zack
Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Which eyepiece?
Replies: 7
Views: 2691

Eyepieces

have not used the Lidl telescope so cant comment on what may be best - but given that its not an expensive scope, I doubt you'd want to spend too much on additional eyepieces. Some suggestions - Seben Zoom. I have used a friends on an 80mm Skywatcher. Its available as a buy it now on Ebay for around...
by Malcolm Zack
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: beginner going nowhere
Replies: 42
Views: 13480

Which books...?

Ash dont worry about possible cross overs between books. I have quite a few in my collection and its not unusual to find them covering some of the same objects. However different authors tend to pick out things that appeal to them and can give a new slant to an object that you are familar with. Some...
by Malcolm Zack
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:47 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: 2009 December 24 -- Sunrise over Thebit
Replies: 3
Views: 1055

Thebit

Peter... I am just inspired. That is a superb sequence of images using your PDA technique. Thanks for sharing it on the forum.

Malcolm
by Malcolm Zack
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter-Neptune conjunction
Replies: 9
Views: 2266

Jupiter/neptune

Malcolm: You should have used the 6" Mak-Newt, ideal for it. I'm clouded out tonight. Andy - you are quite right - the Mak newt would have been perfect but it was one of those dash out and see it moments so rather than open up the roof and start aligning, i had the 72mm on a tripod all ready to lite...
by Malcolm Zack
Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter-Neptune conjunction
Replies: 9
Views: 2266

Jupiter and Neptune

Hi Andy - I picked it up around 5pm this evening. Seeing not good at all but clear in my WO 72ED at around 30x. Jupiter quite clear with two main bands but only picked up two of the moons but that may have been due to the seeing. Neptune just appeared as a star about half a degree away. Did not rais...
by Malcolm Zack
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Help in Gt Dunmow
Replies: 5
Views: 2482

Societies near Gt Dunmow

Loughton Astronomical Society meets weekly on Thursday nights in Theydon Bois. We are further away than the others mentioned but we do have members from Gt Dunmow, reading, Stevenage and central London. We are about 40 or so but with an active observing core. LAS runs the autumn Equinox sky camp at ...
by Malcolm Zack
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: What's the best beginner telescope under £100
Replies: 23
Views: 17241

Telescope for under £100

Just to add to the discussion - an earlier post mentioned HA Rey's The Stars a New Way to see them. I got my copy of this as a 13 year old back in 1976. Although it was first written back in the 1950's it remains the best book I have seen for learning the constellations and your son even at 10 will ...