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thunderbird

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  1. I have a pair of Strathspey 15 x 70's which I think are great but I'm using a very cheap tripod which is taking away a lot of my observing fun. I was thinking of getting the Strathspey tripod like this Strathspey BinocularsDue to my positive experience with the binos, Has anyone else got any experience of these ? Or are there better tripods to buy , in a similar price range ? Cheers
  2. Thanks I'll try this out this week !
  3. Thanks wendy - I think I'll persevere for a while but I think I'll buy some more 10 x 50 - they just seem more fun ! Hobbes its the tripod is a Hama star 61 - it was only 12 quid from Amazon so I cant cmplain too much but I am suprised just how unstable they are
  4. Hi, I've been waiting for my new 15 x 70 bins for over a month due to courier problems which I wont bore you with nowl. Anyway last night was pretty clear so I got them out for the first time. TBH a bit of a mixed reation. One the plus side I saw saturns rings and some stars in Bootes which I would nt have seen with 10 x 50 bins, One the negative side the tripod I have just isnt good enough to hold the bins properly and everything shakes,even when I use it sitting down as a monpad. In fact if I'm honest I spent 5 minutes looking at Arcturus thinking it was Saturn and convining myself that I could see rings , when in fact it was only blurred vision caused by shaking. In addition I felt that I have to spend a lot of time focusing so when I looked at a star field I have to keep changing the focus to see everything which I found frustrating compared to using 10 x 50 which I didnt have to adjust half as much. More importantly than that I have a very slight but noticable pain in my eyes even thoough I adjusted them and used them perfectly wel lin daylight. Really in 2 minds whether to return then ( bearing in mind the problems I;ve had before with the shop and the fact that there is nothing wrong with the bins ) , or to persevere with then and hope that this is a learning curve, What does everyone else think ?
  5. let me be the first to say hello !
  6. I think the pen and paper route would be better for me , I really cant be bothered faffing about with a laptop whiist observing - let alone working out how to dim the screen !
  7. and what do you record in it. Are there commercially available ones or do you just use an old notebook?
  8. Have you thought about using your mobile phone ? I have Google sky maps and its pretty easy to use , and mobile ( obviously !)
  9. That sounds like the stupid thing that I would do - which is why I hate buying second hand
  10. Actually thats a fair point but you also forgot to mention the excellent Naill Ferguson documentary on Channel 4 just before it !!
  11. Thats the problem I have with it I think the BBC are trying to make him into a poster boy - he is on the cover of Radio Times as well. I also felt that it was a bit light on content and the only thing I really remember about it is the entropy analogy
  12. As others have said it doesnt look like you have been ripped off but what I'd like to know is. Did you inspect it before you bought it and if so did you not point out these faults before you parted with the money. Might be something to think about in future
  13. Ha Ha - I was talking about search filters like distance, price etc not lens filters thanks for giving me a laugh
  14. From what I understand posts made inthe Lounge dont count towards access to the For Sale section - perhaps some of your total post count has been adjusted because of this
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