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  1. Enjoy Miranda, I saw some great things with my Strathspey 10x50s this winter, Jupiter and the Gallelean moons, the Orion Nebula and Andromeda Galaxy through moderate light pollution. Only sad thing is we've had very few clear nights around here in ages!
  2. I found Mel 111 last night on my first proper night with my new bins using this method, lovely and now I can just about make it out with naked eye even in my very light polluted back yard, thanks!
  3. After much deliberation I ordered a pair of standard (not marine) Strathspey 10x50 Binoculars at what I considered to be the very reasonable price of £44.99 inc VAT and shipping to Ireland. They took two weeks to arrive via international surface mail, but I expected that. First impression out of the box, they were lightweight, yet felt sturdy with a simple elegant design. All the bits were in place and the exit pupils were nice and round in the middle of the eyepieces. I went out and focused on a nearby church tower. They worked fine. Nice clear image, no sense of eye strain. I've used a few pairs of bins in my time and my impression from these was that they are a high quality product. I didn't get a chance to use them at night for a few days but trying them in daytime I was impressed. While a friend thought the case supplied was pretty flimsy, it was what I expected and considering the low the price it is fine in my opinion. Last night I got a chance to try them quickly at night, just in my backyard which is in the centre of town so quite light polluted, but even so, I was really impressed. The brightness and clarity of the view, the number of stars visible exceeded my expectations. My only regret is that I did not order a tripod mount as I did find it hard to keep them steady for any length of time, but that is no fault of the bins themselves. I can't wait to take them out under dark skys with a tripod.
  4. I must look out for one of them, sounds useful.
  5. Yogi

    Hello from Cork

    Hi Peadar, I lived a few years in Cork, lovely place. Good luck with your plans for study, I've only been on this forum a few weeks but it's been very useful and it is a very friendly place.
  6. Welcome Bob, Must have been nice to meet John Dobson, I really like the concept of sidewalk astronomy.
  7. Hi, My name is Rory and I'm from Wexford Ireland. I'm 44 years old. I bought a cheap telescope when I was quite young, about 12 years old but didn't really get past looking at the Sun, Moon and Venus with it. I didn't know what to look for or how to look, didn't know anyone else interested in astronomy soon lost interest myself. That said whenever I found myself under a clear dark sky I enjoyed the show and would occiasionlly go out and watch if a meteor shower, an eclipse or a comet was predicted. Anyway, in the cold December of 2009 we had a lot of clear skys around here and while taking my dog (called Yogi, hence my username) for his nightly walk I began to notice things in the heavens even under urban skys. Mars in particular. I watched his progress across the sky for a few weeks, uncertain of what it was, but thinking it was Mars. Eventually I went online and checked, was happy to see I had been right and that little bit of research opened my eyes to the amazing astronomical resources available on the internet. Then I jumped in a made another telescope purchase. Acting on the (bad) advice of a pharmacist who deals in optical products I bought a 70mm zoom spotting scope, which was quite a nice instrument in many ways, but was not very suitable for astronomy and my interest waned again. I gave the 'scope away last Christmas, but the astronomy bug had bitten me by then. Since that experience I have been doing more methodical research and naked eye astronomy when the clouds permit. I must say that there is great advice available online and this forum has been a big help over the last few weeks. I've got friend of mine interested now and he found a useful book (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe, published by DK) in the local library. I bought a planisphere and have begun to print out the monthly evening chart from Skymaps.com - Publication Quality Sky Maps & Star Charts. Eighteen months ago I could identity a handful of stars and two constellations, now by using my two eyes and the maps and charts my knowledge of the night sky is expanding rapidly. I had a great night tonight after weeks of cloudy sky. In a few hours I identified Saturn for the first time, along with the Corona Borealis, Hercules, Vega and Lyra. I saw three meteors (in the vicinity of Hercules) and countless satellites (they are way more numerous than 20 years ago and a lot more of them flare). Informed naked eye astronomy is a lot more satisfying than trying to resolve the Orion nebula through light pollution and an unsuitable telescope. That said, last week I ordered a pair of Strathspey 10x50 binoculars and can't wait for them to arrive. I'm not rushing into buying a 'scope this time. I live in the centre of town and don't drive so light pollution is a bit of a problem, that said I can make out the major stars over a limited field of view from my little back yard and am quite happy to walk a few miles out of town for a better view. Anyway, I think I've said enough for now, but am sure I will hanging around the beginners help and advice section for the next while. Thanks for reading and clear skys, Rory
  8. Nice to hear from you David and welcome, I'm new here too, been reading the forum a few weeks but this is my first time writing. I thought I would read your intro before writing my own. I look forward to seeing some of your imaging. (and maybe reading more poetry)
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