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Forum: Beginners Talk 24-01-2015, 12:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 271
Posted By Steffen
Emma, I'm telling you, your scope is right smack...

Emma, I'm telling you, your scope is right smack bang in the middle of the zone of seeing nothing.

As popular opinion in the prevailing visual astronomy camps goes, your scope is either:

Too...
Forum: IceTrade Archives 21-01-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 175
Posted By Steffen
PM sent.

PM sent.
Forum: Star Parties, Club and Community Events 18-01-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 455
Posted By Steffen
Alex (and all who went to the Airfield), what was...

Alex (and all who went to the Airfield), what was your impression of the Hydro Majestic light pollution? Is it an issue at all?

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 17-01-2015, 12:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By Steffen
The Oscars

To put it right up front, I have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood, The Oscars, and commercialised cinema in general. But as much as I despise the bulk of what the big studios churn out year...
Forum: General Chat 16-01-2015, 11:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 511
Posted By Steffen
Oh, I can attest to that. Every holiday...

Oh, I can attest to that. Every holiday destination I had picked from postcards turned out disappointing.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 16-01-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 511
Posted By Steffen
But..., maybe the Mutara nebula is different,...

But..., maybe the Mutara nebula is different, what's its catalogue number anyway? I guess something like that is only required for hiding from serious, genetically engineered villains. If you're...
Forum: General Chat 16-01-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 511
Posted By Steffen
I think there would be a certain distance range...

I think there would be a certain distance range where M42 could be seen in colour, but right next to it (or in it) probably not. Kind of like the air around us doesn't look blue.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 15-01-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By Steffen
The Moon is obviously a star it starred at QVC...

The Moon is obviously a star it starred at QVC :)

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 13-01-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,426
Posted By Steffen
Which of course means you're contractually...

Which of course means you're contractually required to provide an apostrophe there :D

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 12-01-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,426
Posted By Steffen
I noticed with some dismay that Weird Al is an...

I noticed with some dismay that Weird Al is an enemy of the Oxford Comma :P

That said, even language pedants can eventually get over themselves people like, say, Stephen Fry:
...
Forum: General Chat 09-01-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 705
Posted By Steffen
On double stars that require it (such as HR 560...

On double stars that require it (such as HR 560 in Cetus) I have gone up to 600x with my 6" f/12 Mak. On planets I believe it stops getting better in my scope at about 360x or so.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Beginners Equipment Discussions 08-01-2015, 01:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 350
Posted By Steffen
There has been some excellent advice in this...

There has been some excellent advice in this thread. I haven't got much to add, but in an attempt to be helpful I'd say:


here, on the southern hemisphere, forget the polar alignment scope
...
Forum: General Chat 07-01-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By Steffen
If your adapter is this one:...

If your adapter is this one: http://www.dx.com/p/usb-to-rs232-dongle-with-extension-cable-5859 there is a link on that page for downloading the CD contents.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 06-01-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,524
Posted By Steffen
Meh, just throw a tarp over it when you're done...

Meh, just throw a tarp over it when you're done :lol:

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 06-01-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,057
Posted By Steffen
Sorry to keep coming back at you :D but that's...

Sorry to keep coming back at you :D but that's what I'm talking about. Being a degree off after a 60 degree slew is not acceptable for most purposes, in my opinion (and Bill Tschumy's opinion...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 06-01-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,057
Posted By Steffen
No, it was an iPhone 5, but probably running Sky...

No, it was an iPhone 5, but probably running Sky Safari 3.

Bill Tschumy replied to my question:



So, there goes the ability to simply strap the phone to the tube... :shrug:

Not a great...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 05-01-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,057
Posted By Steffen
You use the Gyro button (two intersecting...

You use the Gyro button (two intersecting ellipses) for that, instead of the Compass button.

Speaking of which, I can't find the Gyro button on my iPhone 6 running Sky Safari 4.3.0.1. No idea...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 05-01-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,057
Posted By Steffen
Apparently not, since the four points you're...

Apparently not, since the four points you're making apply likewise to SkySafari.

Except maybe for point number one. I think it is illusory to expect better than 1 degree accuracy from a magnetic...
Forum: General Chat 04-01-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By Steffen
Can you ask your wife to film you as you're...

Can you ask your wife to film you as you're trying, and post a link to the clip here? Maybe we can tell what you're doing wrong, or at least get a good laugh out of it :)

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Beginners Talk 04-01-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By Steffen
I'm using Sky Safari Pro v4. Cheers ...

I'm using Sky Safari Pro v4.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Beginners Talk 04-01-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By Steffen
The Sky Safari observing list feature allows for...

The Sky Safari observing list feature allows for the recording of observing notes, incl. scope and eyepiece details, seeing, and transparency. That's what I use (on the iPad) to keep log.
...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 03-01-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By Steffen
No, I ordered from Berlebach direct. They are...

No, I ordered from Berlebach direct. They are very forthcoming with technical information and happy to accommodate customisation requests. I also ordered the double clamps and asked them to make the...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 02-01-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By Steffen
It's actually ash wood, but they will varnish it...

It's actually ash wood, but they will varnish it in a range of colours, including camouflage ;)

The Planet is a very massive tripod, it dwarfs the HEQ5 Pro mount I have riding on top of it. It'll...
Forum: General Chat 30-12-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 377
Posted By Steffen
Windows or Mac OS X? On the Mac you could...

Windows or Mac OS X?

On the Mac you could use PDFpen, it edits anything, even scanned documents.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Beginners Equipment Discussions 29-12-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By Steffen
Good point. TBH, I didn't think the 6" GSO Dob...

Good point. TBH, I didn't think the 6" GSO Dob was still made. I thought Lee Andrews hasn't had them on his website for a while, but it seems he does. Also, I see that Bintel have them on their site,...
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