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Posts posted by steve1

  1. Hi Gary have found the celestron c5gt manual on the net ,and from what i read you can in put into the hand set the RA and DEC of any object you wish to look at and it will take you there,and store it for use again,and now all i have to do is get a scope to go on the mount :D clear skies to all

  2. Thinking of getting a eq5 (goto) can any one tell me if it will accept any coordinates that i may put in ,that are not in the goto controller(to find double stars) other than whats in the goto controller, if not what system should i look at ,that gives this flexibility..clear skies to all....Steve :D

  3. Climate change true or false, yes things may be hotting up a bit ,but are we the cause of it ,not all scientist think we are ,but the politicans soon jump on the band wagon ,and so do some scientist some good money hand out can be got out of this ,so as far as i am concerned the jury's still out on this ,time will only supplie the answer,any one who differs from the the political, or from the (scientific view) will be burnt at the stake ....thats my pessimistic view for what its worth .......clear nights to all :police:

  4. Just caught saturn going behind the moon with the binoculars first, then got it in the scope before it went behind the moon ,didnt think i would see it then it just snapped into view with the binns :police:

  5. Raven ,have a look on the German e bay at carl zeiss binns there is a bit more choice than the UK ebay, for this class of binoculars in 10x50 or 12x50 range ,avoid cheap Chines binns not( worth the eye room) better off with a good second hand pair of carl zeiss ,or other top brands Nikon fujinon, ...good binocular hunting :lol:

  6. Have now got the first surface mirror and have mounted it on the mirror stand that i built from plans of the net from the photo you can see the dogs not impressed by it one bit .The complete unit is mounted on a manfrotto 055cld tripod and the head is a 141rc pan and tilt .Did try to mount it on a old camera tripod i had,but it got the shakes .I just hope the quality of the mirror is as good as the bins (no distotion) the bins are fujinon 16x70,but will also try the 10x50 fujinons on it ,when we get some clear sky again ,fingers crossed. For any one interested as where to get a mirror from the go to www.scientificmirrors.co.ok...........may your nights be clear :lol:


  7. Have just built a binocular mirror Holder,from plans i got off the net ,just waiting for the mirror to arrive from vacuum coatings ,then will put it to the test...The scope teknix bino flex looks like a good buy at £69. 99 some other makes are much dearer than that . If had seen the advert before i started building my own .i would have bought one :laugh:

  8. Well have been out with the new bins fujinon 16x70,even with snow on the floor,got them on thursday but this is the first time had chance to use them.Mounted them on the manfrotto tripod,very pleased with the view ,have been looking at saturn plus beehive , pleiades ,the moon looked real good and so did the m36 and m38 star clusters,every thing sharp to the edge .The next thing is to build binocular mirror, have got some plans of the net ,and ordered a first surface mirror so looking at the azimuth will be not so neck braking,so come on dark skyes and clear nights ,might even see the Tanhauser Gate :laugh: :stars:

  9. Have just ordered new binoculars fujinon 16x70 i fancied a bit more power to get darker Skye's,through these light polluted Skye's.i have the fujinon 10x50,and have been more than satisfied with them,the view through the fujinons is sharp right to the edge.Have thought about getting the nikon 18x70,but after reading some of the reports in the various astronomy forums,ie the edge sharpness was not as good as with the fujinon ,plus the cost of the glasses being a bit dearer,i decided to stick with fujinon ,thats not to say the nikons are a bad binocular they are not,i have a pair of 8x32se nikons that are sharp to the edge,great for bird watching Oh before i go i have orderer cloudless nights and dark Skye's,that might come with the new bins,but i am not holding my breath on that one :laugh:

  10. 10x70 exit pupil 7mm 10x50 exit pupil 5mm when you get older your eyes dont dilate to 7mm if the person is young they do . i am 61 so not much to gain with getting 10x70 so i have the 10x50 for my night sky observations ,but dont buy cheap big chinese bins may see More with quality instead of quantity,a lot of chinese stuff on the market under various names Some very good European glasses on the market and Japanese,you get what you pay for,and that applies to bins as much as any thing else :lol:

  11. Have been out with the fujinon 10x50 to night up to 8pm when the cloud rolled in ,but not before a good look at orion neb pleiades looked great ,then searched for the double cluster near perseus ngc869 ,but this being virtually at the azimuth was hard going trying to find it ,till i took the bins off the tripod, then got out the foulding garden chair and set it right back ,so when i laide out on it ,i could get the bins right to the azimuth,this is the way to view the stars and relaxe at the same time ,so i think it will be good by tripod for me . The bins weigh in at 1.43kg about 7 pound but they settle well in the hands which helps to steady the view,which is pin sharp.Does any body out there use bins ,dont see much about them on this site. Good review in the Astronomy now about the fujinon 10X50 FMTR-SX :lol:

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