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Re: Any budding astronomers?

Just one small problem with your advice, shutter...
Although there apparently is a loft there is no access to it Cheesy
Of course we could bash a hole in the spare bedroom first.

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Re: Any budding astronomers?

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@Mav, you may find this useful http://xjubier.free.fr/download/Guides/Quick_Easy_Polar_Alignment.pdf
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Thanks, Petlew. That looks very informative.
Edit: I found a site that gives latitude by entering a Post Code. It gives both decimal and Deg:mins:secs: Is this sufficient?

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In which compass direction (gulp!!) from your viewing position is the street lamp?

There are two: the one outside is approximately West North West and there is one on the opposite side of the road 5 doors away and that is approx North North East.
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Pretty much sadly. You didn't mention south, if that's fairly dark up to almost over head you're in with a chance.
How well are you acquainted with your local friendly estate agent.
Do you have any local (dark) open spaces you could take the telescope to? where you can't be accused of being up to anything other than astronomy.
As I skimmed through it the link I sent covers most of this, if not this one does http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/feature/how-guide/how-toalign-telescope-mount but for casual use degrees and one decimal place would be more than sufficient.
In fact it has a rather good simple method of setting latitude as long as you know it.
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About 1/4 mile away there is an pathway to some open fields. We often cycle there during the day. There is a train line at the far end but think, based on what you describe, it may be a suitable spot.

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You are going to carry a telescope on your bike?  Grin

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Now you're just being silly...



I'll get SWMBO to carry it Cool

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Sounds like a fair division of labour. You carry the torch Mav.
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Who needs a torch. Since giving her the telescope her constant smile is lighting up the night sky Cool

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Ahh!
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Because of narrow doors SWMBO wants to keep the telescope in the conservatory.
The conservatory gets very hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter. Would this have an adverse affect on the 'scope?

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As long as you allow sufficient time to let it reach equilibrium before observing it should be ok. Its only a small scope so it shouldn't take long, half hour to an hour. Can you shade it from direct sunlight.
You're not thinking of using it in the conservatory I hope...are you?
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You're not thinking of using it in the conservatory I hope...are you?

Nope. SWMBO doesn't want to leave it in the garden but, luckily, the conservatory has double doors into the garden but narrow into the house. Last time I looked it was covered with a blanket to keep off direct sunlight.

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