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paul schofield

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paul schofield last won the day on August 23 2012

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  1. Welcome back Orion nebula, excellent. Does this mean winter's a comin ?
  2. Mix and match for sure, I had a 10mm teleview ethos eyepiece, never really worked for me, might be my eyes, don't think so though. my teleview 10mm plossl out performs it by a long shot. I suppose everyone's eyes are different, that's what makes us human I suppose. Try before you buy is a great idea, although I have spent copious amounts of money on eyepieces recommended by others, only to find they just don't do it ft or me. I don't think the eyepieces I love would be perfect for everyone else. Wouldn't it be great to buy 10 ep's and return the ones that don't do it for you ? I own 36 eyepieces and my absolute favourite is my skywatcher 2 inch Ed 25mm by a long shot. Moonshane makes a great point, used ep's along with research is probably the way to go. I have always avoided eyepiece sets and zooms and have been quite happy with my choices, or subsequently eBay sales. Good luck to you, hope you find your perfect optics.
  3. Stand back and leave that baby alone. Unless your scope becomes unusablly filthy, it really is not worth pulling it to bits to clean, believe me, I've done it & it just isn't worth the hassle' I had. My previous telescope mirrors were shockingly dirty, cleaned them, made no difference. If anything, it came out a lot worse. The mirror on my small 130 scope is in a terrible dirty, pre owned unloved state, and when collimated correctly still works like a dream. I used to think if my mirror had dust on it, it would not work so well (ocd' n all that) but that's just not the case. If one of my scopes becomes so bad (never happened) I would be inclined to buy again rather than clean mirrors etc. In my opinion, it ain't worth it. ........I'm gonna get member blasted now.
  4. The back yard astronomy guide, TLAO, and Exploring the universe with binoculars are three of my faves at the moment. Oh and Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait.
  5. The back yard astronomy guide, TLAO, and Exploring the universe with binoculars are three of my faves at the moment. Oh and Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait.
  6. Thanks all for your valued opinions, in the end I have gone for Helios Naturesport plus 10x50's. I know they should be an improvement on my Meades. It was the sky at night review that swayed it. Thanks all. Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk
  7. Hi happy kat, I have adjust my bins and they are not perfect, but improved from how the they were. I now use them at work as they work really well still for close observation purposes. I just want to step up a little from my £30.00 Meade 10x50's. They are great budget binoculars, but I feel I could do better with a spend of £100 - £200 ish.
  8. Thanks for your views chap's. I will settle on a new set of 10x50's. As you suggest, I think anything above 10x would sacrifice a steady view, etc. Mmm Bushnel, Helios naturesport, the research continues. I am not expecting top of the range views from a £100 set of bins, just a step up from my Meade 10x50's. I am kind of wondering if anyone knows of any bad points, niggles etc on the bins in my first post ?? Or indeed are they all produced the same way, same factory in China, hope not. Thanks for any advice, ronin I can only imagine the excellence of a view through some Leica's, but I shall hold off for now.
  9. Hello fellow gazers, I'm going to pose a very hard question (as in sure nobody has owned all these models) but any individual advice would push me in the right location, I'm sure. I desperately need a new pair of mid sized bins, as my Meade 10x50's have given up the ghost, seeing double n all that. Plus I want to step up a bit. Now, I own revelation 15x70's and the are great, but need a decent set of 10-12x50's. After 2 weeks researching, I have arrived at ?? Maybe ?? Pentax xcf10x50. Barr and Stroud Savanah 10x56 Barr and Stroud Sahara fmc 12x50 waterproof Olympus DPS 10x50 Or Pentax 12x50 xcf. I will be using bins for astronomy only. I own a decent tripod, although hope my deck chair will suffice, neck ache. Is it true that, buying porro prism binoculars under the £100.00 mark is a pointless exercise ? If you have any other suggestions on good 10x50 to 12x50 ish bins for astronomy use, please give me your advice. Much appreciated folks, clear skies one and all.
  10. Welcome back to the forums.
  11. Great review of a brilliant scope. I have owned the 200p for 3 years, and even with light polluted skies I am stil in awe of its usability and resolving power. Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk
  12. Hello and welcome to SGL.
  13. paul schofield

    hi to all

    Hello and welcome to SGL. A great scope to be starting out with.
  14. Hello and welcome to SGL.
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