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Corby club???

Now that I have taken delivery of my lovely Explorer 150 with EQ3-2 I would really love to meet up with people who can help me get the best out of the scope and from whom I can learn more about astronomy as a whole. I live in Corby, so if there is anyone out there who knows of any clubs around here I would be very grateful. A search has of yet yielded no ...
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Short Stories.

Hi Gang,
I hope that you will not mind me posting this but I have found this forum to be full of honest people. I have written two short science fiction stories. I am in the process of laying down the format for turning them into novels but I would dearly like peoples opinion of them. This forum, quite rightly, doesn't allow that kind of posting but I wondred if some of you wouldn't mind ...
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out of box eyepieces.

I have a question on eyepieces.As 'Cloudcover sucks' asked in an earlier post so sorry to ask again.I feel it would be an advatage to upgrade my eyepieces rather than use the ''these are so you can use it''out of the box ones.In the box was x2 barlow,super 25 wide angle long eye relief and super 10mm.All are un-named.Obviously you get what you pay for so the ''super''is to make you think you have dog's ...
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Daylight Savings

I was interested to read the recent posting (can't find it any more!) about the DST settings for GOTO telescopes.
I recently bought a Meade EXT90EC and set the DST to 'yes' thinking this meant that I lived in a region where such adjustments are made (automatic on a PC when requested) - rather than that that was the current mode - so thanks for the clarification that offered.
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Hi Gang,
I read somewhere recently that there are many astronomers who have never seen the planet Mercury. I observed it during it's last evening appearance. I just wondered whether it was true. Who has and who hasn't seen the little planet? I'd be interested to know!
John jsc248.
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Growth of the Forum

Just under a month ago (Feb 27th), John (jsc248) commented the Forum had reached a total of 577 members.

This morning, I note that we have now exceeded the 700 mark, which represents excellent rate of growth for this ever increasingly popular and friendly forum.

Must be very satisfying for Admin to see their Forum's growing popularity.

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Saturn with two 3xBarlows

Hi all -
I actually managed to get out for an hour tonight. The sky was very hazy and seeing was moderate but I attempted a couple of pics of Saturn - what do you think?

Although I used 2 barlow lenses to get this image, after processing in Registax, it looked the same size as an image taken with one barlow lens. Can anyone tell me why?

I am such a nonker at times ...
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Orion Skyview Pro 120 Refractor

Hi, I'm new to this form, and had some questions. I just ordered the Orion Skyview Pro 120 Refractor. Is this a decent scope? Can't seem to find much on it. I know it's not an Apo, but the false color shouldn't be too bad with a 1000mm f8.3. Any input would be great.
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Saturn puts in appearance

Finally.After waiting a week and a half for the clouds to clear to get a first try with my new telescope,there it was,a GAP in the clouds.I was out there like a exocet missle.Almost lost everything when i tripped on the door step,but no amount of pain in my stubbed toe was going to hold me back,look out man on a mission.Cats scrambled the garden fence like i was a rottweiler bowling down the ...
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My first attempt at astro photography.....ish!!

Hi all,
Have just got back in from a good viewing session. Saturn was the main focus but had a look at the Beehive Cluster and Mars also. Feel like I'm starting to know what I'm doing a little bit more. Then I had the idea of what if I was to put my mobile phone camera lense upto the eyepiece! Well this is the result. A bit rubbish i agree but amazing what you ...
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