Monthly Archives: January 2012

EQ3-2 Mount Tune-Up (Part Two)

Whilst I had the mount on the bench I thought I’d have another look at what seems to be a perennial problem with the Skywatcher mounts at UK latitudes: the mounts are at the limits of their design spec. for … Continue reading

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EQ3-2 Mount Tune-Up (Part One)

Having read a posting on Stargazer’s Lounge about converting the EQ3-2 to direct(-ish) drive on the DEC axis, I thought I’d have a go myself. My EQ3-2 mount is one of the older models with a “Sky Scan 2001” logo … Continue reading

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Observation Report, 27 Jan 2012

Something of a shock, being about to get out with a telescope three nights out of five, but given a decent forecast my intention was to go out and find M32 and M110, the two galaxies close to the Andromeda … Continue reading

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Observation Report, 26 Jan 2012

It’s been some time since I’ve been out with the ST120 so with a forecast for clear skies last night I decided to have a change and moved it outside to cool down. Unfortunately the weather didn’t live up to … Continue reading

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Observation Report, 23 Jan 2012

Clear skies were forecast today, so I got the Mak 127 out early in the afternoon so it would be cool as soon as I wanted to use it. Then the clouds rolled in and it started to rain. I … Continue reading

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A (Relatively) Cheap Illuminated Reticle Eyepiece

When imaging with the 127 Mak and SPC900, getting the target somewhere the webcam will pick it up is one of the most awkward things to do. It’s made more tricky by the fact that if the scope is sufficiently … Continue reading

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New Apiary Progress

I found time this weekend to get out into the new apiary area and clear up the mess from felling the trees last time, including cutting one of them up into shorter lengths to dry out this year. That allowed … Continue reading

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Cleaning a Celestron Ultima Barlow

I had a close look at my Celestron Ultima 2x barlow the other day having spent a few nights out imaging Jupiter and Mars and discovered that it was disgustingly filthy. No idea how it should have got so dirty … Continue reading

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My First Full Double Rainbow

From our position here, pretty much on the top of a hill we have a good view in all directions and that means we often see lovely rainbows. Even so it’s not particularly common to see one complete from ground … Continue reading

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This Year’s Veg Plot Plans

This week I finally got around to ordering most of the seeds for our vegetable plot. Somewhat later than I usually do it (I plan to get everything sorted in November if I can, but events have overtaken me somewhat … Continue reading

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