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Britchick
21-01-2009, 06:04 PM
don't get toooooooooooo excited Chris............but one of Jon's friends is bringing around a telescope for me to have a play with tonight and he's gonna leave it for me to have a go with!!!!

apparently i can hook it up to the laptop and take pictures and you press a button and it takes you to wear you want to be


and i watched a programme about the hubble telescope last night and know about dark matter and dark something else and about the 'rip'

how cool am i :happydance::tralala::tralala::tralala:

keith
21-01-2009, 06:05 PM
ooo I think I saw the same programme on hubble last night!

Cant wait to see what photos you get!

Britchick
21-01-2009, 06:07 PM
it's cloudy tonight so don't think much hope for tonight.

what was the dark something else Keith

and what is the name of the new telescope that will be launched in 2013?

Dawn
21-01-2009, 06:13 PM
Cloudy here too.

:mental:

Britchick
21-01-2009, 06:21 PM
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_irsat.html

mumof2
21-01-2009, 07:11 PM
oh girl, you are waaaaaay cool! :yes:

Tink
21-01-2009, 07:14 PM
You are wicked cool woman!!

Not that I understood a word you said, mind. :unsure:

Skywatcher
21-01-2009, 08:16 PM
ok that sounds good - what have you got ? give me :geekon: details

so .....:unsure: does that make Keith the ONLY person without a telescope???

Skywatcher
21-01-2009, 08:17 PM
it's cloudy tonight so don't think much hope for tonight.

what was the dark something else Keith

and what is the name of the new telescope that will be launched in 2013?


The James Webb I think :unsure:

Skywatcher
21-01-2009, 08:17 PM
Dark Energy I presume as well

Dawn
21-01-2009, 08:25 PM
I had a dream last night that I was trying to look between Orion's legs but every time I got a look the teacher I'm working with kept adjusting my focus. I got very cross with her but she told me off for trying to look at Orion's boy bits.

I haven't discussed this with said teacher - I like her and don't want her to be scared of me.

Skywatcher
21-01-2009, 08:32 PM
:unsure:

best keep some tings to yourself.

they are impressive bits, though they are better if you photograph them :D

Britchick
21-01-2009, 10:07 PM
it is a celestron nexstar 130, of course it's blimmin raining :thumbsdown:

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 07:52 AM
Ok I nearly got one of those a 5 inch reflector on the SLT Alt Az mount - big plastic arm holding one side slightly curved.

nice starter scope - :unsure: not sure what he means about taking photos - has he given you a modified webcam to go along with it then?

Britchick
22-01-2009, 01:20 PM
Ok I nearly got one of those a 5 inch reflector on the SLT Alt Az mount - big plastic arm holding one side slightly curved.

nice starter scope - :unsure: not sure what he means about taking photos - has he given you a modified webcam to go along with it then?

there is some sort of card with it that i can put in and download some software to my laptop and hey presto- i'll tell you exactly when Jon has read the instructions!!!

Taja
22-01-2009, 01:29 PM
:cool:

Very!

The only thing I've understood so far is Hubble telescope! :lol:

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 05:21 PM
did he tell you it would take pics you can control it with the laptop but i'd control it with the handset TBH

Britchick
22-01-2009, 05:41 PM
i think so, i was baffled once we got onto that tbh, it looks quite clear out there so we're just going to eat then go out and have a look,

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 05:44 PM
If you can see venus - put in the time and date, pick your nearest city - TBH London would probably do and align on it using 'solar system align' find venus in the eyepiece and click enter and it should keep a track on it for you

Britchick
22-01-2009, 05:59 PM
not lat,long etc and then find venus?

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 06:07 PM
You can do that but its a pretty minimal difference to picking london from the list - As you are only using solar system align ( if you can see venus at the moment) it really matters very little - get out there girl!

Britchick
22-01-2009, 06:10 PM
i forgot, i have to take the boy to cadets- jon will set it up while i'm taking him

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 06:13 PM
It will have set by the time you get back

I'll have a think about what else you can look at - might be a good idea to do it properly then and do a 3 star align.

not sure how long you will have cloudless skies for but the objects I'd get it to look for are

M31 - andromeda galaxy ( will look like a milky smudge)

M45 The Pliedes

M42 if you can see orion but not if you cant

NGC884 one of the double cluster in perseus

Britchick
22-01-2009, 06:18 PM
okay back about 18 45 local :yes:

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 06:21 PM
you might be lucky venus would be a good sight

solid cloud here

Britchick
22-01-2009, 07:27 PM
waaaaaaahhhhhhhh it's now cloudy!! i saw a bunch of stars

when i got back the telescope wasn't on the drive, apparently nothing could be seen because of the light, so we trapsed to the field.............still couldn't see anything- i hadn't even had a look in..........i said ' have you got the eyepiece in there?' doh so off trapsed jon to get the eyepiece :slap: i just wanted to look at venus but no we had to set it up properly, by the time it got to looking at venus it had clouded over that part of the sky:thumbsdown:

i need to read the instruction manual i think!

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 08:13 PM
the first thing to look at is venus - dont bother witha full align just do a solar system align - very easy on a celestron - and you can see venus from your back garden as it is soooooooooooo bright - but dont expect too much too soon - how many eyepieces have you got?

Britchick
22-01-2009, 08:26 PM
the first thing to look at is venus - dont bother witha full align just do a solar system align - very easy on a celestron - and you can see venus from your back garden as it is soooooooooooo bright - but dont expect too much too soon - how many eyepieces have you got?

there is a 25 - we used that one

a 10
4mm ?
2x barlow
collimation
and an eyepiece filter set

Skywatcher
23-01-2009, 07:46 AM
ok the least high magnification is the 25 and the highest is the 4 adding the barlow doubles the magification of ech so you have 6 different magnifications to play with start with the lowest - the 25 first