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most useful accessory?

It would be handy i think to know what your favourite or most usefull item is , could be anything from an eyepiece to an item of clothing that makes our vigil under a cold sky more comfortable, at the moment mine is a 25 mil wide angle eyepiece, it gives great views of a lot of sky, oh and a balaclava it keeps my ears warm. There must be loads more bits and pieces ...
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does anyone suffer from scope fever

does anyone out there suffer like me from reading the adverts in the astro mags and think that all the other scopes that are advertised will perform better than mine, so far i have got through four telescopes and have ended up with an otion optics spx250 on a goto mount but i still look at the ads and wonder if that other scope ive just read about will perform better?
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anyone out there in Cornwall......

I recently received my first scope as a xmas present. Its a 70mm refractor on an equatorial mount.
The assembly looks a daunting task, and I wondered if someone could give me a hand to assemble it?
I can pay for the time and expenses.
I live in Penzance.
Many thanks, Peter
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Observatory Humididty/Condensation

Hi All,

Happy Christmas!

I'm just having an observatory installed. I am concerned about humidity/condensation. I can measure humidity and currently I keep my telescopes at between 50% to 70%. Are these reasable figures?

What dehumidifiers are used by of people, are there any models that people already use or can commend. Perhaps the concensus is not to bother?

Any help out there?

All the best

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Stargazing in the big City

Hi Folks.Im vey new to Astronomy and wonder where can you go in London to gaze at the heavens as where I live (clapham South London) is very light polluted.Ive just bought myself a new meade and im dying to get started-thanks
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March 29 2006

Does anyone know of a site where they are doing fairly cheap trips for next year's total eclipse?
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Ursids Tonight

Hey is any one going to observe the Ursids which peak tonight? Im going to start my annual watch as soon as the clouds clear. Im packed and ready to go. Good luck all
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Age of the universe...

I understood the age of the universe to be 13.7 billion years old. I have heard however that the hubble constant is being reviewed following the discovery of galaxies and stars older than this.

Can anyone confirm this?

thanks all!
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Proposed Observing Club

Hi all out there. I am at present a lone observer in Fife, Scotland. I would like to hear from like minded folks, with a view to forming a loose club for mainly observing, (at least to start with). The problem I have at home is severe light pollution.

If any one out there has some interest let me know.
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So how do you 'view' the sky?

I thought it would be interesting to get an idea on how members here 'view' the sky. By that I mean are you a tradionalist & view the sky using an eyepiece - or do you tend to view the sky 'electronically' using a laptop & so on.

I'm definitely a tradionalist & use an eyepiece. But that is only because I still use film & using the eyepice helps to centre the DSO without ...
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