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by antares6iron
Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Meade 5" LXD Refractor OTA**SOLD**
Replies: 0
Views: 803

Meade 5" LXD Refractor OTA**SOLD**

MEADE AR-5 LXD55 REFRACTOR OTA....Sensible price for a well made refractor.... Diameter 127mm L=1180 f/9.3 Meade 5" Refractor in A1 condition with a 2" focuser plus 1.25" adaptor. OTA only(No Tripod),comes with the Meade ring cage and saddle plate... An Orion Ezee red dot finder brack...
by antares6iron
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Glowing balls in the sky
Replies: 45
Views: 16437

There have been a lot of these sightings if you check around on this forum and they are normally found to be chinese fire lanterns but maf and myself were just saying balloons instead of the lantern... Alaistar Mcbeath our meteor section director has reports of them on a regular basis.... Sky-lanter...
by antares6iron
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Glowing balls in the sky
Replies: 45
Views: 16437

mike a feist wrote:Not those blasted chinese lantern balloons again eh!? maf
Got to agree with maf

They are a total pain and dangerous...Image
by antares6iron
Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: sts-127
Replies: 2
Views: 2635

It was the main tank seperating from the shuttle as referred to in a previous post by Dave Entwistle and Stella..STS 127 Launch and Main Tank Separation. Well spotted..I was looking for it from my location though it may have been too low down on the horizon.Do you have any idea of its height it may ...
by antares6iron
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: China Eclipse 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1421

Looks like you are on your own Paul!

But what a great trip!!!

Very envious.Checking the date you are are already on you way.. :roll:
by antares6iron
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Complete beginner - what did I see tonight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1732

It was the ISS....International Space Station you saw Joe check this link for future views http://www.n2yo.com/?s=35633 Welcome to the forum just ask away there are soooo! many very experienced astronomers here that I doubt there are in questions you have which they may not be able to answer as long...
by antares6iron
Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS 12/7/09 over Manchester!
Replies: 5
Views: 3336

BIG GRINDER! wrote:Just read previous post :oops:


Kev :D
No worries Big Grinder we all have days like that...
My eldest daughter lives in Rochdale and I do not always remember my
route there!!!
Now where did I put those tablets.....Image
by antares6iron
Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter
Replies: 8
Views: 2143

Jupiter is becoming better to view as the month goes on reaching it's max height above horizon in the night sky on 31st July. It's the 4th brightest object in the sky at present and boy it sure does look the brightest I have seen it for quite a time. I have spent hours viewing it and looking for the...
by antares6iron
Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: ISS
Replies: 5
Views: 3095

Yes I saw that pass and the following one at 00.05 approx. ISS extremely bright now due to max solar array panels and the Sun being just below horizon for us showing some good passes. It was the progress supply ship that had undocked prior to the shuttle going up with last parts of the Japanese labo...
by antares6iron
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Apollo 11
Replies: 15
Views: 3136

Hi jb1970 I found the whole Apollo manned missions absolutely terrific. Unlike maf I was at the time with all of my colleagues well into the excitement of manned space travel and lets face it hold your breath moments. I was working in the team who designed Concordes fuel system for the Olympus Engin...
by antares6iron
Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Occultation of Antares 4 July
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

Thank you for information on your observations NS. I had a similar problem last night (3rd of July)with glare from Moon using my 15x70 handheld bino's watching for occultation of 48B Scorpii. Moon was obviously well in front of Antares at 10.46 BST which you observed being occulted, Plus a big welco...
by antares6iron
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Hitting the Moon
Replies: 15
Views: 3319

Thats a good idea Cliff we can find some dark skies up there too.

A good excuse a trip to dark skies and a distillery Image
by antares6iron
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Occultation of Antares 4 July
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

Thanks ricci for telling me my namesake is being occulted on Friday Image but I cannot get there to watch it.... :roll:
by antares6iron
Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Green lasers: how much power is too much?
Replies: 14
Views: 3664

You would be quite right in treating these lasers as dangerous. I use a 50mw which I would say is max you need anything above waste of money and if you point one of 100mw at a balloon pop! http://www.smileygenerator.us/subscribe/all/albums/weapons/spam_laser.gif So 5mw to 50mw is what you need and b...
by antares6iron
Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Sleepless in China
Replies: 2
Views: 1860

Hey!Calebnrogers did Dave's chart help? or did you fall asleep and forget
to check back on the forum.
A nod to Dave would be nice old chum..Image

Nice work anyway Dave helping out the love lorn' from one of our old colonies.... :wink: