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Ben Ritchie

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About Ben Ritchie

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  1. He taught me spectroscopy when I was an Astronomy undergraduate, and was a terrific teacher. Nice to see he has kept busy
  2. Meade 24mm series 5000 'super-wide' (68-degree AFoV) eyepiece, 1.25" format, original box, endcaps, etc. Purchased new by me from a UK dealer, but I've just succumbed to temptation and purchased a 24mm Panoptic so this needs to go - I can't justify having two 24mm eyepieces! Very decent eyepiece, well made with a good twist-up eyecup, and runs the Panoptic respectably close, especially in slower telescopes. Overall condition is excellent, but there are a couple of tiny flecks of dust on one of the internal surfaces that i'll call out here. Been there since new and only visible with close inspection with a white background and under bright daylight - they're off-axis and invisible under the stars, so don't appear to have any discernible effect on optical performance - but in the interests of full disclosure I want to highlight that they are there. Too small to photograph, I've had a go but no luck. Asking £55 collected (cash or bank transfer) or plus P&P at cost (£4.45 first-class signed for, package is just under 1kg). Let me know if you have any questions. Ben.
  3. Interesting! I'm on the original list (signed up in either 2000 or 2001, and long since gave up hope of ever getting notified for a Stowaway or a 160EDF) so fingers crossed I might get lucky - would be a very pleasant surprise!
  4. Low-power browsing with a 2" eyepiece should be a natural use-case for it, but there are some slight frustrations - it's very focuser-heavy and hard to balance with a 2" diagonal and a heavy 2" eyepiece, as the short dovetail doesn't give much room for adjustment. I find mine a bit easier with a lighter max-FoV 1.25" eyepiece (I have a 24mm Meade SWA, but a 24mm Panoptic would be great too), and that seems to be a good combination and gives wide fields with less weight. Haven't had time or clear-enough skies to really test mine out properly - only arrived from FLO a couple of weeks ago, and life's been busy! - but first signs have been pretty positive, and i'm pleased with the purchase.
  5. Still available Kev, please drop me a PM and we'll work something out
  6. Baader SkySurfer V with Baader quick-release universal finder base, and lens-caps / dew covers. Fully working with new battery, but no box or instructions. Used but good condition, minor cosmetics to the anodising from use. Only issue is that one of the adjustment screws has lost its cap at some point (see picture) but doesn't affect use or adjustment in any way. £70 to include Royal Mail 1st class signed-for delivery, bank transfer preferred - I can do Paypal but only if you cover the fees, i'm afraid. Collection welcome if you're local (Chichester area). Ben.
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