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Phattanglo
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Greetings from a newby

Post by Phattanglo »

Hello, I've just registered on SPA after discovering the site while looking for an Astronomy group with a larger British interest.
My name's Kev and I attempt to view the heavens in Leeds though I'm pretty confident I've no idea what I'm looking at most of the time.
I am observing at the moment with binoculars as I don't own a scope yet and I suppose I have a typical laymans knowledge of the night sky, ie a few constellations, where Polaris is, Andromeda galaxy as a tiny smudge !
I have made what I think will be a good move by visiting a local Astronomy club which I intend to join as I tend to learn more from hands on experience rather than just reading.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to picking some experienced brains in the near future regarding both observing and equipment.
Cheers for now. Kev
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Post by Andrew INT »

Hi Kev,

Welcome to the forum. The folk here are pretty friendly.

All the best,
Andrew
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Post by jb1970 »

Hi Kev,

Welcome to the forum. There's loads of experience and knowledge on this forum, so it's a good place to start if you need advice.

All the best
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Post by Phattanglo »

Just adding my signature. :D
PS. Does anyone know of an observing spot around Leeds
Preferably somewhere you won't get mugged or horribly murdered after dark.
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Post by Andrew INT »

So you are looking for a site where you could be nicely murdered after dark? :lol:
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Post by Phattanglo »

Yep, live fast die young leave a good looking corpse :lol:
Hang on, no that won't work when you're the wrong side of 50.
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Post by Phattanglo »

Can anyone suggest a dealer near Leeds with a range of budget scopes please.
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Post by Gary45 »

Welcome to the forum! I hope you'll enjoy your stay and learn a lot
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Post by phillj »

Hello Kev and a warm welcome to SPA.

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Post by Phattanglo »

Well, things have progressed a bit.
I still haven't got a scope of my own but the astro society I joined loan out equipment.
So my first proper use of a scope will be a 6 inch Orion UK Newtonian on a GEM complete with 10mm and 25mm lenses, a Barlow and a moon filter.
Do I apologise now for a month of cloud cover or is that only valid for a bought scope :lol:
Anyway this post is by way of a question, could anyone point me in the direction of a good link on pole alignment please.
The mount is very solidly engineered but the dials are marked differently one is marked with degrees, the other a 24 hr clock.
Also there are no hand controls for pole alignment and no provision for a polar scope, the base of the mount is simply clamped with a nut & bolt which would have to be loosened to tilt the mount.
I'll just be star hopping to start with but I would like the mount to track anything that catches my eye as the scope has a clock drive so pole alignment would be handy.
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Post by LeoLion »

Hi , I hope this link might help you with setting up the German Eq Mount [url]
http://www.backyardvoyager.com/coordina ... nment.html [url] . With a bit of luck the last Society member to have had the kit on loan should have it set at close to the correct latitude ( so that may be an adjustment you may not have to do much with ) . I hope this helps . Have a great Christmas and clear skies ( this is a bit of wish fulfilment too as I am just a little further south in West Yorkshire ! :)
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Post by Phattanglo »

I got some clear sky and tried to find a couple of objects.
I've realised already that poor conditions can't be magically improved with a scope no matter what aperture it is.
I got pleiades straight away but even a 25mm lens seemed too powerful. I did seem to get a few more stars in the view but no nebulosity,is that a real word? :D
Also I guess I'll need a lot more practice, I tried to get the Andromeda galaxy which was clearly visible in my binoculars but try as I might I just couldn't fix it in the finder scope as it was almost directly overhead so I nearly broke my neck trying to use the scope.
When I eventually get a scope of my own I think I'll get a finder scope with a right angle viewer.
Please tell me it gets easier.
SW Explorer 150p
6mm/10mm/25mm/32mm Plossl
2X Barlow/3x Barlow/ Lunar filter
8x42 Nikon binoculars.
Planisphere/ Stellarium.
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