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Eskimo Nebula

Another planetary nebula. The 'Eskimo Nebula' (NGC 2392). This is in Gemini, which is coming into view later in the evening. Its only 10th magnitude, but it is clearly fuzzy, and blue. It isn't difficult to spot through a telescope.


Since it is so small, it is difficult to image any detail, but by using the highest resolution, and stacking 40 images I was able to get this.


This is 40 x 10sec ...
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Who has been to a Star Party?

I thought it might be interesting to see who has been to a Star Party and what you thought of them.

We've been to several - I think our first was in West Wales, near the Presceli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, in which we had about 40 minutes of clear skies on the Friday evening before the rain set in for the rest of the weekend.
Excellent talks though

We have enjoyed several Peak Star Parties ...
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How to see the Sun

This is the second booklet in my "Phil's Scribblings" series:
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Issue with new Meade 102 StarNavigator

Morning all,

First off, hello - I'm a new poster, though I've been lurking here for a while.

Secondly - looking for a bit of advice...

I've been using a Sky Watcher EQ 150 for a couple of years now. It's a PITA to set up and use though as far as I'm concerned, and I've been looking to upgrade to something that'll give me the most out of my viewing time. I settled on ...
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The usual mixed bag of offerings for October:

For the video, I chose a Metellica song:
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Eyepiece help

I have been researching on eyepieces for a day or two now and I can not come to a conclusion on what to get. I have an Orion space probe 130st. The focal length is 650mm and I am looking to view planets mostly Saturn as its the planet I took most interest in. If anyone has a good recommendation it would be great to hear it thank you.
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Hello, i am here new
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Skywatcher 130 Motor Drive.

Hi everyone, I'm new here and I have a new telescope, the Skywatcher 130. I've just about worked out how to polar align it, at least through the guide scope. It has a basic motor drive attached, but according to the instructions, it says it will keep the scope steady 'If all 4 buttons are depressed'. The instructions are very basic and I think that's probably an error in translation? Surely I don't have to ...
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First telescope question

I am looking for my first scope. So far I am deciding between the skywatcher 8 Dobsonian or the Celestron Omni XLT 127. I’m fairly certain at this point that I want to avoid the GOTO scopes as I can get more bang for my buck and learn the night sky better by avoiding GOTO. I also think that the search is half the fun. Any advice between these two or another scope suggestion is ...
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I've just registered.

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I'd say hello and see if I can successfully post a new topic.

Regards, Jim
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