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About russ.will

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  1. Well, I had another couple of hours free of cloud to play tonight and tried out the extension ring with and without the eyecup up. No problems achieving a steady eye position with either, although I preferred it with eyecup up from the point of view of blocking out extraneous light. What it also showed is what easy, relaxing EPs the Morpheus are to spend time looking through. I spent over an hour on the Leo Triplet first through the 17.5 and then the 12.5 probably only removed my eye from either eyepieces a couple of times. Considering what I have spent before, I'm very happy with these l
  2. For sale. Boxed and immaculate. £40 Inc postage to UK mainland.
  3. You should sit in that chair and pretend you're Kate Bush Cloudbusting! Russ
  4. Which water butt stand is that on the bottom? Russ PS. that barely qualifies as a 200p anymore!
  5. It came with it. I was expecting and would rather have had the red dot. Flimsy it may be, but the 6x30 is plastic (quite clear though) but back breaking to use! Russ
  6. @johninderbySome questions if I may? Which length Bob's Knobs are they - 35mm? I assume it's the tiny grub screws on the focuser base that allow the focuser to rotate? Did you do anything to ease the action of the base? Russ
  7. Like so many things since I was last passing through these here parts, things have moved on. The trusty SW 200p is still the king of cheap views, but the Bresser makes an exceedingly strong argument for spending a bit more to get a properly equipped and finished scope. It simply feels and operates a lot more expensive than the price difference would suggest. Of course, that does not mean I won't tweek it a bit, but my expectations and wants are very different this time around. Serious amounts of road cycling has joined hi-fi as my joint money-pit, so astronomy expenditure will be foc
  8. Actually, a first light for everything. After a 3 year lay off for one reason or another, my 8" Messier Dob and a brace of Morpheus turned up this morning. First impressions? I would perhaps prefer a millimetre or two of extra depth on the eyecup to assist in keeping eye position constant, but even then it wasn't exact;y an issue. I've struggled with long ER EPs in the past. I did not enjoy my Delos despite them having the eyecup to end all eyecups. Even with that assistance, I felt like I was treading a very fine line between losing view of the field stop and kidney beaning. I spent more
  9. I can't complain. Both it and a pair of Morpheus turned up by 10am this morning, out on the lawn early evening to cool and a quick collimation check. Not much wrong there, so returned after 9pm for first light. Venus a crisp little crescent, then revelled in some moon for the rest of the evening. May add a knob or handle as per John above, because by the time I've added a camping mat dew shield, it's nice to have something to tug it around with.
  10. Yep! Tactical astronomer look is possibly a bit extreme for this side of The Pound though. Russ
  11. Wear them round your chest gun-slinger style. The warmth may keep them from misting up. No? I'll get me coat... Russ
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