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by Me7551
Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Galloway Forest Park
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

with a little luck i may make a trip there one day, sounds great even if the weathers nonsense :D I think I can honestly say that when I did get a bit of a look at the sky, it was about 11pm, and so quiet, I felt extremely at peace. Very surreal at first, a little spooky, but very theraputic. I liv...
by Me7551
Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Galloway Forest Park
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Hi, there. I only got a break in the clouds on the last night, and since it was a full moon it was awfully bright. Although I did see more stars than usual with my binos, I'm glad I didn't attempt to take my scope up there this time round. I might start looking round for places to stay that are a li...
by Me7551
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Galloway Forest Park
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Galloway Forest Park

Well, this weekend, I'm off to stay near the Galloway Forest Park for a few days. I checked the weather and it looks grim, but hopefully I'll get a brief break in the clouds so I can look at the night sky without light pollution. I was going to take my scope this time, but I'm not very experienced w...
by Me7551
Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Eyesight and other questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2535

Thanks for the reassurance. I have seen a lot of the halo phenomena the last few night especially. I even gave up one night as even my finderscope was misted over, plus my toes were numb! I'm glad that binoculars are known for the "bouncing around", at least I know it's not just me! Starting this ho...
by Me7551
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:37 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Eyesight and other questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2535

Eyesight and other questions

I've invested in a pair of Celestron 15 x 70 binoculars, and while I'm very impressed by how crisp and clear the colours are as far as stars go, I'm starting to wonder if there's something odd, whether it be with my binos, my location, or more worryingly, my eyesight. I've been trying to look at the...
by Me7551
Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Finding Jupiter
Replies: 5
Views: 1995

Wow! I just downloaded Stellarium, and it's great!!! So helpful to be able to see things in real time. I think this will save me a lot of frustration. Thank you all for your help!!
by Me7551
Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Finding Jupiter
Replies: 5
Views: 1995

This is brilliant, thanks!!!
by Me7551
Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Finding Jupiter
Replies: 5
Views: 1995

Finding Jupiter

Of all the things I want to see the most with my 130mm scope, I want to see Jupiter probably the most. I've not been able to figure out where it is at the moment, though. I've had a look at the sky diary on here but it's not very clear about where I should be looking. It says it is lost to view by F...
by Me7551
Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Laptop
Replies: 2
Views: 2542

Ah, this is an excellent tip, and something I didn't even know. Thank you! :D
by Me7551
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Mars a tiny white dot
Replies: 37
Views: 10822

Jimmy, if it's any consolation, I can totally relate to your problem. I was also gutted when all I could see in my telescope was a white dot. Still can't get it to appear any better than that, so I've resigned myself to holding on and viewing it another time, or perhaps going for something else unti...
by Me7551
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Laptop
Replies: 2
Views: 2542

Laptop

Hi, all. Since I'm a beginner with astronomy, and not currently using any software or other equipment, I don't really know where to start with computer technology. I have a laptop at the moment but it's designed for gaming and entertainment so it's monstrous, and not very portable, and I'd like to i...
by Me7551
Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Fireball?
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

The one I saw was at about 7.45pm. Kinda gutted if it was just a lantern. Bah! :cry:
by Me7551
Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Fireball?
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

Including almost tripping over the dog several times :roll: , getting my binos out of the bag and taking off the lens covers, and watching it, I'd say it was in the sky for almost 3 minutes after I first saw it.
by Me7551
Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The moon - my first pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 1229

The moon - my first pictures

I've had a great night tonight. I saw (what I think was) a fireball, and I managed to get the hang of taking photos of the moon using my digital camera against the eyepiece. I'm very impressed with the result! I took a lot, but here's a few of the best: http://i654.photobucket.com/albums/uu263/me755...
by Me7551
Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Fireball?
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

Fireball?

I saw something truly amazing to me this evening. It's been clear all night so I got out my telescope. I was observing the moon when I looked away to the North. I saw a large orange blob, which looked somewhat fuzzy, and was moving quite quickly. I ran inside to get my binoculars as I didn't want to...