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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
  15. I use this Metcheck.com - Global Weather Forecasts - 7 Day Weather Forecast for London - [updated on 04 March 2011 at 12:00] - Weather Feeds - Live Data - Long Range Weather Forecasts and it fits nicely onto my phone screen so I can plan my eveing on the train home !
  16. Is it just me or is this one of the hardest websites to find anything on.I cant find any filters
  17. Hi Tac Do you have it on good authority that Lidl wil be doing the 10 x 50 s again . I intend to try some more expensive 15 x 70's but I'm concerned about their portable BUT if I had a cheap pair of 10 x 50 ' s then problem solved !
  18. Yeah same here - the collimation as terrible after I had focused and aligned then properly.I spent less than 5 minuted looking at sirrus and I had a terrible headache. Also when I used them in daylight the image looked very 2 D . I suppose you shouldnt expect too much from a cheap pair of binos but I 've borrowed gone a pair of Celestron 10 x 50 's and they give me some great views
  19. Sorry to be negative but I had problems with the revelations 15 x 70 and I returned two pairs before I gave up on them. They seem to be very sensitive to being knocked which I suppose is fair enough considering the price . On the plus side FLO were very good at arranging a courier to return them and I'm just waiting for a refund now
  20. yeah I have Stellarium and its pretty good - I just liked the filters on this one as it told you what to look for with binos , scopes etc
  21. Thanks I think it is a simple as that ! Next question then - what is size seperation ?
  22. Hi, I've been looking at this website Tonight's Sky Main Page and it looks really helpful for a novice like me. One question I have is what is local horizon ? Cheers
  23. One thing that I would add is with the revalations you will need a sturdy tripod they can be very uncomfortable without one. Purely out of curiosity is there a discount being offerd on these at the moment or is the discount code for something else ? If you dont want to answer that no problem I'm just being nosey !
  24. To the OP do you mind me asking if you used binos before you got your scope.The only reason I'm asking is that from my little understanding scopes are a bit of a faff to set up in themselves and if you havent gotten comfortable with the location of things before then its going to be doubley hard. Thats my understanding anyway . Also is the problem of dew commoon to all scopes ?
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