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Comet 46p/Wirtanen

I was just checking out what to have a look at tonight and came across this:

It's a bit difficult to see at the moment being very low in the south and heading south. But at the beginning of November it turns to head north and on 16th December, at closest approach, it increases in magnitude to an estimated nice bright 3 when it will be nestled on ...
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Refractor image

Hi, I am a bit confused doing some research to get by first telescope. As I want something portable and easy to set up I'm leaning towards maybe a 4inch refractor. I understand that the image will be upside down but reading some sources they suggest the image may also be a mirror image.Now I think I can cope with an upside down image for star hopping but not too sure about mirror image on ...
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Hi everyone I am a new member

I'm new, I joined this forum looking forward to learning more about you guys, I hope everyone helps me thanks!
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Day Light Saving

When I switch on my Celestron mount one of the questions on the hand set is Day Light Saving?

Would the answer be yes because we're in BST or no because we're in BST and it's already accounted for. Or no because we're in BST and it's already accounted for!

Also, we'll be in GMT in a couple of weeks, so, what then?


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Dew Heaters Dew Heaters

Hi All,

I have an Astromaster 130EQ, and due to the short tube, and my location I get dew on the primary, after making a dew shield, it still forms dew :( After looking at dew heaters and deciding they are really expensive for what they are....

I bought 3 clothing heat pads from Amazon, which get rather toasty (There is a temp control on them and ...
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First telescope recommendation for a 5 year old

My 5 year old son is obsessed with the solar system, specifically Saturn. Last Xmas he asked for a telescope and I told him that he was probably a little small for Father Xmas to get him one. One year later and he still wants one. I have seen a few in the £30 region but i am concerned that it is a false economy and if it is really rubbish it will put him ...
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Being An Astronomer

The first edition has been reduced on Kindle, while I have started writing the second one:
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M76 - the 'Little Apple Core'

With a name like 'Little Dumbbell' or 'Little Apple Core', I expected M76 to be smaller, but just as bright as its big brother, the planetary nebula, M27. Actually, it is not a bright object at all, and very much smaller. It is only 10th magnitude, which makes it hard to spot in a telescope. With the ISO set to 6400, a 30sec exposure give a very faint green rectangle with a blob of red ...
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Surely the gravity of the moon is something impossible made

Surely the gravity of the moon is something impossible made possible...

Celestron CGX First Light

Well the Celestron Evolution wireless system didn't work so I sent it back and swapped it for a CGX instead! Last night was first light after a few practice runs in the front room! I used a red light on a nearby chimney to set up the finder scope and get focus. There were some clouds about so I started a two star alignment on the hand controller using Vega and Altair. Even with just ...
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