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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. An additional $117 for UPS for Shipment and Insurance and (from memory £777) at Stansted for Import Duty / Customs /VAT.
  2. Hmm, think lockdown and poor skies the reason that my Stowaway has spent more time in the case than the Tak did. As to the import fees, I was ready for them, but it still hurt the wallet hard. I’ve a few things to sort out with my life this year, but plan on getting back out under dark skies as often as I can.
  3. Stowaway owner here! n.434 of the 3rd production run. Sold my Tak 76mm upon receipt of the Stowaway. Had to wait 2(3?) years, and the email from Darleen telling me my number had come up was a complete surprise. Just vary rare, and not available 'off the shelf' so less seen and talked about. For the price I paid UPS, and the £770 import duty at Stansted, there's an substantial cost on top of the $3500.. The views are wonderful, but with lockdown, the Observatory at Seething has been closed to all, I've not used mine this year...it's going with me to Devon next week though, i
  4. Did you see that there is someone loooking for one of these on the "wanted" threads... Good luck,
  5. Congratulations, I have the slightly larger brother (125) love the views and build quality. Hope you have first light soon. Chris
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
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