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About Cjg

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    Visual, am a newbie, so it's all still amazing, and yes i did punch the air and do the "happy dance" when I found M13 unaided for the first time. The joys of a 6 year old bio! Now on 103 out of the 110 Messiers and use a Tak 76 DC. Volunteer with Norwich Astro.
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  1. Congratulations, I have the slightly larger brother (125) love the views and build quality. Hope you have first light soon. Chris
  2. Didn’t one of the Greenwitch chaps end up with Hinds when Greenwitch closed a few years ago? Sad to see another business close down. There’s usually a negative effect in the local community too.
  3. Hi Mark, I'll take the Vixen and Televue Plossl's please. Let me have your PayPal email and I'll gift you the money . Thanks, Chris
  4. Given the unsettled weather we seem to have had over the past 2 years, I wonder if people are spending money on other hobbies? In my case I spent my cash not on aperture, but on portability with a scope that will go in an overhead locker, and isn’t too heavy. I had more clear nights observing in 2015/2016 that last year and so far this year...Hopefully we have a decent winter and get the use of of our scopes.
  5. Managed to pick up a lightly used Skywatcher AZGi, for those of you with this mount, could you please recommend a cable to go from the Powerbank (mine's a Tracer with the cigarette type lead) to the mount? Had a quick look, but couldn't spot anything out there. Thanks, Chris
  6. Just throwing you a different option. There was a used version of one of these on Astrobuysell UK last week. https://www.altairastro.com/starwave-152-v3-red-tube-achromat-refractor-telescope-461-p.asp It’s a very good achromatic, plenty of aperture?
  7. Thank you! I’d forgotten to do that, although the phone number is no longer mine, the post code is! I’ll have to fire up Photoshop
  8. Thank you. AstroPhysics have a different business model, which is clever. As I understand it, they produce their scopes in relatively small batches, and create a wait list. You sign up to the wait list, and if you’re fortunate enough to be at the beginning of the list, you’ll receive your scope within a short time frame. This new Stowaway was exhibited at an Astro Expo in the USA in 2018; think the people visiting the stand would have been on the first batch. By the time I’d visited the website to add my name, I was far down a long, long list. As I understand it, this will be the
  9. Thank you, our weather forecast for the next two weeks is for clouds, clouds and rain . Am looking forward to getting it out under the dark skies at a Seething Obsy as soon as.
  10. Pelicase make superb cases, but you can obtain them in the UK. Inside though, was what I had thought about in (I think) April 2018, and then forgotten about until an email dropped into my mailbox on Thursday evening. Of course, the weather is completely cloudy (that's the polite description) for the next two weeks, so I've managed a total of 5 minutes moon-gazing in between clouds and rain.
  11. Had a distraction on Monday with a delivery from UPS. The parcel was shipped out on Friday from Machesney Park. The outer boxed looked like this!
  12. Congrats, it's 5 years since my Tak 76 arrived. It's been on many AstroCamps, outreach events and adventures, including a Messier Marathon in France with me. Have read great reviews of the 100 DZ. Am sure yours will bring you many smiles too. Chris
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