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by Steve Young
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Field of View question
Replies: 3
Views: 2453

Re: Field of View question

Sorry, stupid question. I have just worked out what I need.

Should have put my brain in gear before posting

Steve
by Steve Young
Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Field of View question
Replies: 3
Views: 2453

Field of View question

I have a pair of Bresser 10 x 50 binoculars, nothing special, Lidl's bargain. Printed on the back is 120m/1000m which I guess is a standard field of view measurement. How does this translate to the area of sky I could see? I have tried to work it out by looking at the separation between known stars ...
by Steve Young
Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Viewing Saturn
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Re: Viewing Saturn

Chris

I hope you enjoyed your first view of Saturn, well done. It is special when seen for the first time.

Sorry I couldn't get down to help but as I said in my pm things are somewhat busy with us at the moment.

Do you think you have got your problems sorted?

Regards
Steve
by Steve Young
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Base for a new scope
Replies: 2
Views: 1224

Base for a new scope

Live link to the preparations for the new European Extremely Large Telescope - by blowing the top off a mountain. That's the way to do it!

Today between 5.30 and 7.30 hopefully

http://new.livestream.com/ESOAstronomy/ ... ndbreaking

Cheers
Steve
by Steve Young
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Still Problems with Finder
Replies: 12
Views: 3136

Re: Still Problems with Finder

Chris Compared to many others on this site I am very much an amateur at this game but my suggestion would be that you need to sort out problems one at a time. Firstly - If the focuser tube is loose then you need to try and find out why and get it as tight as possible. It is difficult to sort out thi...
by Steve Young
Thu May 29, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Still Problems with Finder
Replies: 12
Views: 3136

Re: Still Problems with Finder

Chris Slight edit to clear up some points I don't post on here very often but I hope this will help. Have you tried getting everything lined up in daylight, it is much easier than fiddling around in the cold and dark. My suggestion would therefore be, Set up in daytime somewhere where you have a goo...
by Steve Young
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: End of the World?
Replies: 4
Views: 1276

Re: End of the World?

No, it will all be OK if you stand on your head.
by Steve Young
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: What Age When You Started Star Gazing And Now?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

I have had a serious interest since early teenage years. However I did not get to look through a reasonable scope untill aged 57.

That's a heck of a wait for clear skies!

Cheers
Steve
by Steve Young
Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope Problems Part Two
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

Hope it's not damaged the patio too badly

Cheers
Steve
(sorry, had to be done)
by Steve Young
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: konusmotor 130 we need help!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2287

First make sure your finder scope is aligned with the main scope. Do this during the day by finding a selected object on the horizon in the main scope and the aligning the finder scope on the same spot. BE CAREFUL of not looking at the sun don't point the scope anywhere near it Then as a first step ...
by Steve Young
Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Light Speed
Replies: 6
Views: 3695

So if there is no deceleration/acceleration involved then why is the speed in different materials different?. The particles of the material may as well not be there if they don't affect the speed of the photon. An opaque material stops all photons, (does it get warmer or heavier), a transparent mate...
by Steve Young
Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Light Speed
Replies: 6
Views: 3695

OK so if the speed of light is different between travelling in air and in a vacuum it makes me wonder what is happening when propagating through air or in something close to a vacuum. Presumably in any fluid or solid for that matter it is a full vacuum between the particles so do the photons travel ...
by Steve Young
Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Weather forecasting/conditions
Replies: 10
Views: 2908

Try netweather.com

I think all the sites use a different random number generator as a basis for their predictions. If they all used the same one then at least they would all be consistent(ly wrong)

Cheers
Steve
by Steve Young
Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Portrait - Horsehead and Flame Nebulae in Ha
Replies: 6
Views: 2213

An absolutely lovely image

Congratulations

Steve
by Steve Young
Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Red Dot Finder
Replies: 12
Views: 3596

I mounted the Skywatcher RDF piggyback on my finder scope on a 200mm reflector. It's easy to align all 3 units and then use the RDF to get close to the area of interest, then move to the finder and main scope for final alignment. It may not look pretty, just held on with a jubilee clip, but it works...