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by nas76
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Major light pollution problem
Replies: 0
Views: 2025

Major light pollution problem

Hi it's been quite a while since I last posted on here, however I have quite a large light pollution problem and I was wondering whether anyone would be able to point me in the right direction. I recently moved house within Watford to the edge of town, however my back garden backs on to a major roun...
by nas76
Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Looking for Uranus
Replies: 17
Views: 5419

Looking for Uranus

I've not yet tried looking for this planet yet, though I know that (clouds excluded) at the moment it's a good time to find it and also considering that it is much smaller and further than the gas giants, would I be able to see much more than a dot?
by nas76
Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Saturn - Overjoyed!!!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1832

I have some lovely observations of Saturn in February and March and I even managed to spot two of its moons, albeit faint. I had a look for Saturn about 3 days ago as Leo is now getting low in the sky and near the position of sunset, though I did see it again it was a disappointment compared to view...
by nas76
Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Webcam recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 1191

Webcam recommendations

Hi, I was wondering whether there are any good webcams that I would be able to use with my scope to capture decent images with. I find my digital camera a little ungainly when trying to take pictures, mainly because of the weight of the thing I tend to get a too much of the edge also due to the fact...
by nas76
Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Dirty mirror but its new?
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Mike Feist wrote:I cannot image the dust falling of the mirror like that...seems most unlikely.
MF
I assume only excess dust, any dust/dirt that is stuck to the mirror certainly won't fall off.
by nas76
Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Saturn
Replies: 2
Views: 1321

Last night I had another look and on the low power (35x) I could just make out 2 very faint moons of Saturn, I drew a sketch of my observation but not yet scanned it to show on here. Even at 56x, 105x and 175x I made them out in there relative positions to Saturn; I was very pleased with my observat...
by nas76
Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Black Night
Replies: 12
Views: 6755

The best I saw, which is not in the UK per se, is when I was on business on the Channel Island of Alderney. There is only a sparse population and being 15 miles from Guernsey and 6 miles from mainland France (and area around the nearest part of France is also not heavily populated). You would be abl...
by nas76
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Observations: is that is or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 2410

In the second and third sketches you have drawn the constellation Leo on the right. The right most object in those images (which is fainter in the third) is Saturn which is currently moving just below Leo.

If I'm wrong, I'm sure a more experienced postee will correct me as I'm relatively new here.
by nas76
Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Dirty mirror but its new?
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

The manual for my scope suggests that if you take the cap off and point it downwards and leave it for a while, this will enable any dust that may have accumulated on the mirror to fall to the ground.
by nas76
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Saturn
Replies: 2
Views: 1321

Saturn

Had my first look at Saturn tonight, given that it was about the first cloud-free evening since it's been in the sky this year so I gave the England match a miss to have a look. One thing that bothered me before I went out was that my puny 3" reflector would not give me a satisfactory view given mos...
by nas76
Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy by Fred Hoyle
Replies: 28
Views: 5026

Nothing to do with the lifespan of a human - where does this rubbish come from?? The point I was making was that in my lifetime (and yours no doubt) the date of the vernal equinox will vary between 21 and 22 of March because of the leap year every 4 years, hence we would never notice that it was wr...
by nas76
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy by Fred Hoyle
Replies: 28
Views: 5026

The length of a year is such that by adding an extra day every 4 years is a good approximation for the average lifespan of a human but over longer periods it was found to be incorrect. The Vatican found when calculating the date of Easter (FYI Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full m...
by nas76
Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Light pollution in South-east Essex
Replies: 3
Views: 3821

I see what you mean, I've added my comment and used my SPA pseudonym. I can understand some people being ignorant to the needs of astonomers, amateur or otherwise, but it pees me of for some to automatically give us the 'anorak' tag, I'm sure most people on this forum have led more exciting lives th...
by nas76
Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:10 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The multitude of cameras on Mars and none pointed at Phobos
Replies: 10
Views: 2242

Going back to the original question, I suspect the primary reason for ignoring Phobos is because the photos taken by Viking revealed it (and Deimos) to be a pretty insignificant rock which was captured by Mars' gravity. I is unlikely that anything that anything new could be gained from rephotographi...
by nas76
Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: New to the whole Astronomy scene
Replies: 7
Views: 2694

Thanks for the info too, as a reletive newbie I thought all of these software packages were costly so didn't bother looking around.

The only issue now is to wait until there are some cloud-free evenings. :(