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by dazcaz
Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: M31 a first viewing :)
Replies: 11
Views: 4000

It's almost 1AM BST and I've just caught M31 from home using my 12X50 bins. The moon is very bright, and not too far from M31, but the bins managed to just about pull it out. A very light fuzzy ball. If I didn't know where to look I'd never have found it. It was just about visable. I've had to wait ...
by dazcaz
Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Beginner Advise Needed
Replies: 15
Views: 5277

I went straight for the big-un... Well i think it's big. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=200heq5 This was after months of umming and ahing about what to get.. BUT..... I'm now thinking of getting one of these http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=s1145pm For 125 qui...
by dazcaz
Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:48 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Planning to buy my 1st telescope
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

Re: Planning to buy my 1st telescope

The telescope I've been looking at is this: Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145PM http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=s1145pm Having read this forum, this telescope seems to be a good one and suit me as a beginner. Am I right? :) Yes. I'm thinking of getting one to live in the motorhome Second ...
by dazcaz
Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: M31 a first viewing :)
Replies: 11
Views: 4000

I was in Snowdonia for the bank holiday weekend too but it was too cloudy or the moon was too bright. I stayed in a camp site in Llanberis. We stayed at a small CL (Certificated Location) over the holiday which is a small plot of land licencesed for only 5 units. This was about 15 minutes from Llan...
by dazcaz
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: M31 a first viewing :)
Replies: 11
Views: 4000

Thats the other way though, I found Andromeda by going from Casseopia (big W) and to the right and down a bit, also lining it up from the big square on the right of M31, (pegasuaus?). Yes this is how I found it...more or less.... :) I used the V of the rh side of the big W (Can't spell Casseopia) t...
by dazcaz
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: M31 a first viewing :)
Replies: 11
Views: 4000

M31 a first viewing :)

We've just had 9 days in the wilds of North Wales. Stunning!!! Our first 3 nights were on a small capmsite near Tyn y LLyn, on the bottom edge of the Snowdonia National park. Surrounded by mountains the sky was totally free of any light pollution. On the first night, there wasn't a cloud in the sky....
by dazcaz
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Viewing in South Wales
Replies: 3
Views: 1503

The Cardiff Astronomical society often use Cosmeston Lakes as a viewing place. I've been there a few times and it's not bad. I'm guessing that the chemical plant will be out of your view at Cosmeston. Dow Corning is a bit bright :) CAS also use a small golf club near Caerphilly. A bit of a distance,...
by dazcaz
Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Weather forecasts
Replies: 23
Views: 5267

did you use the bbc ? I use various HF/VHF radio services for my weather info, along with direct reception of polar weather sats, and the observations we report from where i work. I used to receive the WX sats but my crossed dipole fell apart and it's on the chimney.... This means paying someone to...
by dazcaz
Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: So what do you do apart from astronomy
Replies: 93
Views: 28847

barf wrote:Quamen, nice to see another ham on here!
There's a few... We get everywhere :)

Darren
GW7HOC, MW5HOC
by dazcaz
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hi - another new beginner
Replies: 10
Views: 3256

This month's Sky at Night magazine has a 7 day + 7 Night learn astronomy article. OK it won't teach you everything, but it's a great start. No one knows everything about astronomy, not even Sir Patrick. Some know more than others (most know more than me :D ), but no one knows everything. I find grou...
by dazcaz
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Star party report. Dob dissapointment
Replies: 12
Views: 4158

Don't forget that dobs and reflectors are basically the same thing, it's just the way that the main tube is mounted that differs. I have an 8" explorer on the HEQ5 mount and it's stunning. It's needs another collomation (only the 2nd since I've had it), but when it's all lined up nice, it give ...
by dazcaz
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Under dark skies
Replies: 3
Views: 1329

Under dark skies

I have just returned from 5 days in North Wales (Llanarmon yn Ial near Wrexham and Mold). The campsite I stayed on was on the top of a hill in in the middle of nowhere. The skies were as dark as any I've seen. Sadly, when packing the motorhome I couldn't be bothered to pack the explore 200!!!! Too m...
by dazcaz
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Your favourite telescopic discovery
Replies: 49
Views: 13676

Call me easy to please, but as a newcomer to this lark and having only had a decent 'sope for a few months i'd say my best views are: 1) Saturn... yes I know it's easy and everybody can find it, but it's STUNNING!!!!! Even my non plussed neighbour said WOW! after she saw it for the first time. 2) M4...
by dazcaz
Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: photos
Replies: 9
Views: 4484

I've posted the pic I mentioned above.
It's HERE

Darren
by dazcaz
Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The stripey one and an extra moon
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

The stripey one and an extra moon

I took this pic of Jupiter last night. 3/4 moons and the "extra moon" ( Oph or whatever it's called :) ) Darren http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t262/dazcaz/DSC_0494.jpg Explorer 200, Nikon D-80 prime focus. 2 secs @ 200ASA Straight out of the camera, no faffing about with PS etc etc etc...