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Tyr

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  1. So they were delivered yesterday and I took them out for a quick test last night. They were every bit as easy to handle as I'd hoped and looking at the lunar surface the clarity of detail was really sharp. It was still pretty light when I went out, and I haven't had out my old 10x50s to compare the light gathering capability, but stand alone first impressions were very good.
  2. I've seen build instructions for those before, looks good.
  3. I've got a monopod with a ball / trigger grip head (if that makes sense) and horizon tripod both of which I use with the Apollos, depending on the amount of stability / time I'm going to spend wanting to have them pointing at the same thing. The tripod is especially useful if I want to find a target then show someone else. I'm looking forward to sitting back in the deck chair with the new pair.
  4. Steve, I found the review of the 8x42's on your website to be most helpful thank you.
  5. Yes, the full model is listed as the "Opticron Imagic TGA WP 42mm Binoculars 7x42"
  6. So until the last couple of weeks, it had been a while (like a year!) since I got out to do any observing, but some nice clear and warm evenings tempted me out. Unfortunately I had to put my scopes into storage back around Christmas time to make some space in the house, but I've still got my bins. So I've been using my current pair of 15x70 Helios Apollo's, which give amazing views but are too big and heavy with too small a field of view for relaxed sky scanning and I find I need to use them with support to get the most out of them. I've got a pair of 10x50 Helios Field masters
  7. Last week I was following the S@N binocular guide which Steve T put together for August and really liked this asterism, I'm sure it's something I'll come back to. Thank you to all involved for getting it published and especially to Eddie for spotting it and sharing it.
  8. Last Thursday (the 24th of July) I was off to visit my parents for dinner and the night before heading away for the weekend. All of last week I'd been watching the lengthening of astro dark and wishing I could get out for some clear skys. So with the prospect of the morning off work and the added bonus of going somewhere with considerably darker skys than where I live, I decided to pack my reasonably new Helios Apollos and tripod to see what they could do. Location edge of Didcot Oxfordshire. Time 9:45 24th of July to 00:15 25th of July. All observations made with 15x70 binoculars, steadied wi
  9. Unless done intentionally probably not, but at least forgetting your torch won't be something you'll likely regret on the way down
  10. Well I've been observing on Countisbury hill before which is near Lynmouth/Lynton (just up the other side of the town), there's a car park (free parking I think owned by the National Trust, anyone that knows better please correct me if I'm wrong), from there you can walk to the church and then through the church yard and up onto the open hill / cliff (take a torch, falling off cliffs in the dark is not recommended). There are some buildings at Countisbury including a pub so some outside lighting but if you walk a little way you should be clear of any direct lighting as they are in a bit of val
  11. oh I'd not heard of that before, I've just added the feed on my phone will have a listen, thanks.
  12. Satellites? there's a website for that (and an app too I think) to be honest I've not used it really much before but I remembered the name. Normal I just go outside look up and sooner or later I spot one or two and then follow them with the binoculars. However if you were interested in actually planning to spot some, you can put in location (near the top of the page) see configuration, then click on "daily predictions for brighter satellites" a bit further down. Here I set it up for today, in the town where I live and asked for only things brighter than magnitude 3, which means I should be abl
  13. I'm looking forward to getting a better look at the highlights of the summer triangle, I managed to relocate M5, 11, 13, and 57 this last week / weekend in the summer twilight, but I'd like to get a proper look before they're gone. And if we get a really clear night then the milky way running through Cygnus is a great naked eye sight to look forward to. As far as planning for the next session, well I'm probably not doing enough, often it's a case of dial up the planisphere and then go from memory or get out this months sky at night. I need to get some better plans made though otherwise I'm not
  14. wow, that's a pretty big project to take on. Version 1 looks really nice congratulations. A couple of minor suggestions How about a mouse over tool tip on the hours that are red / orange to say why at a glance Does a 1% chance of 0.01mm of rain need to be counted as precipitation? living in the UK I'd take those odds any day Thanks for putting it together Tyr ps In my opinion apps of web pages are overrated, some developers seem to sink large amounts of unnecessary resources into maintaining apps (think of the frequency of new android / IOS releases), when a well scaling well designed web pa
  15. I have a 15mm BST and 7 and 25mm X-cel's, so I can't speak for the views of the 18mm's specifically but for the money but I've not been disappointed with the views from any of the ones I own. The overall construction of the BSTs feels a bit cheaper, but then they are cheaper so that's what I'd expect. Having said that I've had the rubber eye cup rim has come partially off on my X-Cels because the glue has decayed, I could glue them back easily enough if I wanted I guess. I don't know if celestron have resolved this problem by now, maybe someones bought some recently and can say. I find the eye
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