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by The Bat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Solar observing at Great Notley, Essex - 21 July 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1811

Solar observing at Great Notley, Essex - 21 July 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society Public Solar Observing Ever optimistic, despite the ghastly weather of late, North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public observing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on Saturday 21 July. As we are now into the ...
by The Bat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Red dot finder
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: Red dot finder

Hi John Best thing with any kind of finder is to align it in the daytime. Find an easily identifiable object such as a chimney or lamp-post in the main telescope. Then look through the finder to see if your red dot is centred on the same thing you can see in the eyepiece. If not, then you need to ad...
by The Bat
Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hi from Kent
Replies: 5
Views: 2554

Re: Hi from Kent

Hi and welcome

Good scope you have there, if it's anything like my C8. Just hope for some clear skies to use it!

Rachel
by The Bat
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Solar observing at Great Notley, Essex - 23 June 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1758

Solar observing at Great Notley, Essex - 23 June 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society Public Solar Observing After May's wonderfully clear stargazing night, North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public observing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on Saturday 23 June. As we are now into the summer...
by The Bat
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Well, that's it until 2117
Replies: 15
Views: 3198

Re: Well, that's it until 2117

That's very cool, Brian. 8) I don't think my view would have been that good even if it had been clear. :lol:
Thanks. That's nearly made up for missing it.

Rachel
by The Bat
Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Well, that's it until 2117
Replies: 15
Views: 3198

Re: Well, that's it until 2117

I was down in Cornwall for the week and took my binoculars with some newly made solar filters. I was up at 4.30am ready but the sky was completely overcast. Despite having a reasonably good eastern view from where I was staying, the clouds persisted and after about an hour it was raining. :( I went ...
by The Bat
Thu May 31, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Solar telescope loan advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1885

Re: Solar telescope loan advice needed

Have you got an astro society nearby that does public outreach? They may not loan you their telescopes, but they might be willing to come to you with the scopes. That's what my club would do, but unfortunately we're in Essex, not Birmingham! Have you checked the Federation of Astronomical Societies ...
by The Bat
Mon May 28, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: TIS DFK21AU618.AS
Replies: 2
Views: 1858

Re: TIS DFK21AU618.AS

I don't have exactly that model but my DFK camera is very similar. I wouldn't class myself as an expert but I like to dabble. :D
Are you using IC Capture as the software?

Rachel
by The Bat
Sat May 05, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 26 May 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1761

Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 26 May 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society Public Stargazing After April's cancellation due to monsoon conditions, North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public stargazing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on Saturday 26 May. From 6pm to 9.30pm we will h...
by The Bat
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: solar viewer.
Replies: 10
Views: 2156

Hi Andy I bought a few eclipse viewers from the BAA a couple of years ago. £1.75 each and they are quite handy as a grab and go option. I used them to look at the last partial solar eclipse. They are just a piece of card with a strip of solar film in. The link to the relevant part of the BAA shop is...
by The Bat
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 28 April 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1584

Stargazing at Great Notley, Essex - 28 April 2012

North Essex Astronomical Society Public Stargazing North Essex Astronomical Society will be hosting the next in our series of public stargazing events at Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, on Saturday 28 April. From 6pm to 9.30pm we will have a range of telescopes set up and welcome anybody...
by The Bat
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Is my Power Tank dead?
Replies: 11
Views: 4419

Aha. Now, I didn't know that these things need recharging periodically. Nor did I know it's not a good idea to run them into the ground. I think I am guilty of both. I used to recharge religiously after every observing session, but with an increase in public observing activities and outreach events,...
by The Bat
Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Is my Power Tank dead?
Replies: 11
Views: 4419

Thanks for that, Brian. Could be useful.

Cheers,

Rachel
by The Bat
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Is my Power Tank dead?
Replies: 11
Views: 4419

Thanks, guys. I thought this might be the case. I was just wondering whether 4 years was a reasonable life expectancy and whether replacement batteries were available as a long shot (guess not!).

Oh well...

Cheers,

Rachel
by The Bat
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Is my Power Tank dead?
Replies: 11
Views: 4419

Is my Power Tank dead?

I have had my Celestron Power Tank for about 4 years now, but increasingly I am noticing that it is not holding charge very well. If I plug it into the wall to recharge, the 'fully charged' light hardly ever shows any more; it's eternally 'charging'. Connected to the telescope, it seems to be able t...