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  1. 4 points
    I often read these type of threads. I must have been lucky with my wife, if I hinted I wanted something her reply was always the same "If you want it get it". The problem with this was it always made me feel guilty.
  2. 3 points
    NGC1499 otherwise known as Sh2-220 or the California Nebula imaged on Christmas Eve with a bright, 93% illuminated Moon not so far away. A total of 5 hours 10 mins using my Tak FS60CB at f4.2 with modified Canon 40D. CLS filter fitted but not much help in the strong moonlight. CS, Andy
  3. 2 points
    Just as the 25X has an increase in magnification it has a reduction in field of view compared to the 15X. This reduction in field of view makes it a lot harder to see something in the sky, and then find it through the binoculars. In addition, at 25X magnification you cannot hand hold the binoculars and have a satisfactorily steady view. I bought a pair of the 25x70 and had to add a tripod, a binocular mount capable of mounting an RDF and an RDF. This meant the setup time was longer than my dob, and the magnification/field of view meant the two were competing rather than complimentary. The binoculars were worse in every respect and as a result were not used. If I was to buy this size of binocular again I would only consider the 15x option, that could probably be used with only a monopod for a faster setup. When you consider there are additional costs required for this size of binocular you may find that you're better off going smaller so that you can hand hold, for instance with the Opticron Adventurer T 8x42 or go straight to a scope that will outperform the binoculars on all targets like the Skywatcher Heritage 130p.
  4. 1 point
    Good to go I have been stashing a bit away and all accounts locked down, I hope
  5. 1 point
    It's a Meade with the "bird-jones" optical design (hence the short tube and relatively long focal length). Even though minor details are different I think it's the same scope as pictured in kipfords post.
  6. 1 point
    Very good Andy. Nicely framed. The 40d is still a proven performer.
  7. 1 point
    Here is the link to the planetary protection protocol revision: https://spacenews.com/committee-recommends-review-of-planetary-protection-policies/
  8. 1 point
    Thankfully I don't have a use for a laser pointer so don't have one nor will be buying one. I look on them as dangerous weapons as some can damage eyesight. I'm not condemning those who do use them as long as they are used sensibly and considerately.
  9. 1 point
    Hope everyone had a really lovely Christmas, and that Santa bought you lots of nice goodies. I got a really sweet mini telescope on a pendant, which extends out to around 3". You can even look through it and things are slightly magnified. It's cute
  10. 0 points
    Well the moon was full on last night and really bright. Like daylight here at 4am. Quite a frost this morning
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