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Excitement mounts

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It's a very miserable afternoon in Lowestoft. It is raining and the sky is an unrelieved expanse of grey stretching from horizon to horizon. Early this morning the sky was clearer but not sufficiently devoid of cloud to permit the useful deployment of my 'scope. Due mainly to my overwhelming cheerfulness, I spent a happy pre-dawn hour with my 11x80mm binoculars looking at all the usual summer astro-culprits . This afternoon I have been removing malware with mixed success from two laptops. Why do companies and individuals invest so much time in devising and spreading digital diseases across the internet?

 

On a much more positive note and egged on by my son, I purchased an Altair Astro Lightwave 66ED-R refractor to go on my Star Adventurer mount. Its a very nice looking bit of kit, all new and nicely engineered in its aluminium travel case. Next month I'm off to Northumberland for a week's holiday, so weather permitting and assisted by some of my grandchildren, I should be aquiring some widefield photographs of the 'dark' night sky. No wonder excitement mounts!



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For the small extra your son should have talked you into the 72mm, but those 66mm scopes are very convenient.

Where about in Northumberland?

Going to drop into Keilder ?

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For the small extra your son should have talked you into the 72mm, but those 66mm scopes are very convenient.

Where about in Northumberland?

Going to drop into Keilder ?

Walking along bits of Hadrian's Wall from the west with grandchildren. Might get to visit Keilder Observatory but not in charge of itinerary. Didn't go for the 72mm as 66mm had wider field of view, plus less weight and cost . Have to say it was a bit of an impulse buy during a particularly expensive month!  I think I got away with it! 

 

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