I have passing interest in looking up too. If you ever get he chance then the South Pacific Star Party is worth a visit. You can get to see all sorts of homemade and professional gear in use. It is at Ilford in NSW each tyear http://www.asnsw.com/node/712Everytime I go to an observatory I want to buy a really good telescope but I know it is a waste and wouldn't get used enough to justify the eye watering cost of admission.
Still skies and no mosquitoes. Damn cold though.Pretty chilly camping at 1C but the night skies are superb.
Geee, really sorry to see that. Hope it gets resolved without too much cost to you.This is why you can’t have nice things. Or even a Polo. Other humans don’t give a shit.
I'd be gutted too If I spent all that coin on a poverty pack RR Sport and had to look at a RAV out front and a Commodore in the rear view mirror...at least the guy that totalled the Merc gets to upgrade his little sisters car to something proper.My day was going much better than someone else's!