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February Night Sky

Mars is technically visible in the night sky for much of the year, but for reasons I have explained before, its distance from the earth varies by a huge factor, and much of the time it presents only a very small disc where your chances of seeing anything more than a bright red blob are small. That is true this month, but there is added interest, since at the end of the month Mars will pass very close - less than a degree, so in the same field of view at low power in some telescopes - from Uranus. The closest approach is on February 27. If you have never seen Uranus, or have difficulty in finding...

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Offers to rehome DIY 9inch Newtonian

July 2017 - Paulton A well built 9" Newtonian configured on an equatorial mount is available to preferably rehome for immediate usage but could be used for parts if no home can be found for it intact. Its maker was not able to make significant use of it due to illness. The tube is glass fibre, 10" in diameter and just over 6 feet long. It is treated internally to reduce reflections. It has been mounted horizontally for several years and so may have bowed slightly. The primary mirror was manufactured by contacts in the filming/natural history industry - no markings were visible from the exterior....

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