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Re: Any budding astronomers?

@strat: you could always join the SAS might be cheaper
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That could be worse...I'd end up buying a bigger personal telescope Cry

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[The 'Planetarium' is now at the Royal Observatory in Greenwhich - up on the hill. They moved in 2006. I remember as a kid seeing the original Zeiss projector at Baker Street, which looked like a crazy alien insect.

I could be quite wrong, but I don't think the Greenwich Planetarium uses the original Ziess projector, have a feeling that went back to Zeiss. But you're right it was some piece of work. At one time it was lowered to the ground floor in a glass box between performances, But don't recall that happening the last few times I was there.
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I remember as a kid seeing the original Zeiss projector at Baker Street, which looked like a crazy alien insect.

That's my recollection of it, too Cheesy - I must have been about 7 or 8. May have been since but certainly not as an adult.
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Agh!!! I hate this thread. It's going to cost me money.

Sorry about that, strat. You and me alike Roll_eyes
[quote=Wikipedia]From 2010 forward, the building that once housed the London Planetarium houses the Marvel Superheroes 4D attraction.
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Agh!!! I hate this thread. It's going to cost me money.
Already I'm browsing reflectors on Amazon Angry

I only wish I could. When we moved here my biggest regret was that the viewing from the garden is as bad as its possible to get with surrounding tall  trees houses and fences, not to mention the lights of the M25 and Watford to the south. so I sold a very reasonable short open frame tube cassegrain** 10inch reflector on a fixed pedestal mount (not new to me) But like you this thread is giving me an itchy credit card.
**Cassegrain reflectors have a hole in the middle of the mirror and a secondary internal mirror arrangement to reflect the light through the hole to a secondary (alternative) eyepiece arrangement giving a much longer focal length at the bottom end of the tube. Short tubes allow a very fast (f7 in my case) focal length at the primary eyepiece. Another type, Cordue focus directs the light through a hollow polar axis by extra mirrors that since the polar axis is static the light can be directed to another room if so desired.
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Agh!!! I hate this thread. It's going to cost me money.
Already I'm browsing reflectors on Amazon

Check out Telescope House ( Broadhurst Clarkson and Fuller ) - http://www.telescopehouse.com/
I'd recommend a pair of decent 15x70 binnoculars for anyone interested in skygazing - you'll get a deep sky experience without needing deep pockets.
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I have a couple of pairs of binoculars to hand but the problem is they don't have a tripod fitting so are very difficult to keep steady enough.

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I found this article on the closure of the London Planetarium.

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As a cheaper option you could always try a radio-telescope, must be a good way to recycle some of the old large TV dishes by converting them to radio telescopes, thus avoiding light pollution, clouds, getting cold.
Jupiter transmits an easily detectable radio signals in the 10 to 25mhz range, easy to observe with a directional antenna, worth trying something with a USB plug. There are any number of software applications for radio-telescopes, few listed here http://satorchi.net/specsoft/specsoft.php
another example is IO, (Jupiter moon), it generates variable intense noise with it's orbit.  
There are some weird signals coming from   Saturn

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Use an internet telescope.  Cheesy
http://www.telescope.org/ looks interesting.

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A few photos of the Perseid  meteor shower

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Should we inaugurate an Astronomical Society of Plus (or ASOP) what a great acronym. Or drop the o and be ASPS
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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Agh!!! I hate this thread. It's going to cost me money.
Already I'm browsing reflectors on Amazon Angry

Thank you very very much Strat, now look what you've done Angry
Browsing through the Amazon reflectors and reading reviews of this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008I59ZI2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 my mouse took on a life of its own and quivering with the effort of trying to drag it away clicked the "Buy with one click" button before I could stop it Sad
Now I'm going to have to chop a branch off my Conference Pear tree and get my neighbour to trim some of his (not over grown) Leylandi a bit.
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Thank you very very much Strat, now look what you've done Angry

Mav started it Angry Maybe we should bill him for expenses Cool

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