Whilst having a perusal around the new look site (which I thoroughly like) I discovered my blog was just a number ! So to rectify that for those of you who read it I have closed the old blog and now have a 'proper' blog name
We left off last time with me having sold on the Evostar 120. I enjoyed its short spell with me but decided I needed something more portable like a 100mm - 150mm Mak. I only do visual observing of mainly the Moon and Planets and needed a scope that could be put away when not in use so as to maintain marital harmony. Additionally my skies are woeful with terrible LP and security light obsessed neighbours so most of my time is spent with viewing through my 9x63 binoculars. To this end my beloved has just treated me to a folding reclining chair that I have yet to try out. However, as the Transit of Venus approached I started to get worried that I did not have a scope to observe it with. With funds being tight no small Maksutov's were available in my price range and the panic mounted. Salvation was at hand though (or so I thought) in the way of an Celestron C6-N Newtonian. It is true that I have been known to impulse buy and this was no exception. The C6-N is not exactly what I had in mind to buy and was greeted with the usual 'what have you got now ?' from my lovely wife ! It would appear I am the cause of the recent bad weather and it 'served me right' that the transit was completely clouded out. Yet again I have a scope that I had no intention of buying, does not fit my needs, and is taking up space in the conservatory. I will do a first-light review of it as soon as the constant cloud cover that we have had for 2 weeks decides to move on. It will probably be up for sale shortly after.
Which brings me neatly to the new look forum and the return of the 'Classifieds' The new look and operation of the forum gets a big thumbs up from me. The 'classifieds' has been sorely missed by myself, and I guess many others, so it is a welcome return. I must confess to being a gear obsessive and do go through some scopes and equipment, but I think this is a great way to find out what suits one personally. It is fine asking opinions and seeking out reviews but there is no substitute for using and living with the equipment. The classifieds will now be frequented nightly and I have already noticed a few missed bargains from generous forum members. It will be good to see the gear doing the rounds again between members.