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  1. Hi guys I was trying to find a chart or similar to at a glance see when the moon is visible where I live. Iv found rising times in apps but wondered if theres a chart for at a glance seeing where the Moon will be visible and when it's not. Thanks guys
  2. Unfortunately the wooden tripod and head disappeared after I let a relative use it a couple of years ago. Would have been nice to have it with the scope as my wife bought me it one Christmas. I'll always remember the massive wooden crate it came in when I picked it up at the shop. I needed to borrow a van as it wouldn't go in the boot of the car at the time.
  3. I dug this out, it's nice to still have it
  4. Mines 0331, it hadnt occured to before seeing this thread the age relative to the number.
  5. I'll be tieing the pole to the Velbon head, and using another head to connect the binos too.
  6. Thanks for that. That's such a simple solution, I love it. I might try similar and use the Velbon tripod, as I still want a new tripod that goes to 7 feet in height to put my binos on when standing.
  7. How did you attatch the pole to the tripod head? As I had thought about that sort of answer, but didn't want to try making something out of wood. My new monopod is a very strong hefty thing so would work if I could attatch it to my Velbon head, which is a very sturdy metal tilt head .
  8. Thanks guys, I'm still in the deciding stage, as I'll also be using it for my Helios 80 scope as the tripod I have is a very old Velbon VE3 which has a lot of drift when tightening up and is showing its age now. Something that's tall enough for the binos and scope, possibly even my camera the odd time, and grab and go ish. I'm not worried about a little heavier than light tripods. But that cross bar option as an extra use for The binos crossed my mind if it was up to it. If something like this does as I want, it would be a light and easily mobile option instead of going for the monster parallelogram mount which would be limiting as far as easily mobile is concerned, and would save a lot of money too.
  9. I found a thread on here talking about these from years ago as they extend to 7 feet tall which is ideal. But when I was looking at them on their site I noticed the centre post comes out and cameras can be attatched that way too. I think you might know where I'm going with this? Would a set of 20x80's be usable on this cross post with a counter weight of some sort on the other end? If the tripod was set very low and the binoculars were mounted on the cross post they could be used from a reclining chair possibly? Just a thought, but what do you think?
  10. Thanks to you showing us what to do Iv just cleaned mine too. On close inspection in the front of the scope I noticed what appeared to be water type marks which I first thought was mould, as mine too had been stored in a damp place for years. After removing the lens I thought I'd clean the outer of the lens as it was the internal side that needed cleaning. Once this was done I carefully looked at the lens without splitting them and found the two surfaces sealed together we're still clean and clear, so I decided to not split them to clean as it wasn't needed. Thanks to your help and because I didn't need to split the lens I had it done and back together in no time. That night I looked at the moon , as I have been doing a lot recently, and found a brighter more crisp view or so it seemed to me. I had thought about getting a new scope before doing this, but once I had relooked through my Tal 100R with cleaned optics I changed my mind. It feels like I already have a new scope and it's still performing very well as it always did twenty years ago when I recieved it as a Christmas present from my wife. Many thanks nightfisher for posting this how to, you saved me a lot of money on a new scope and also saved my Tal100R from becoming relegated to collecting dust in favour of another scope. Which would have been a terrible mistake on my part.
  11. Thanks Ruud, that's a very helpful reply though I was looking at something up to £200, though that is negotiable. Dark Vader thanks very much too, I don't know why I didn't think about opticron as I have their 20x80 Oregon binoculars and I'm very impressed with them.
  12. Iv had my Bushnel 8x42's for a lot of years now and have decided to upgrade and get some new ones. Bird and nature stuff and even looking up too, but because there are so many to choose from i thought I'd ask for your help to decide which ones to go for. Up to 10x50 ish as my new monopod will help steady the views Thanks guys
  13. I was pleasantly surprised how good the head was for such a nice price.
  14. And what a nice surprise, the 20x80's fit fine and feel very easy to walk around with.
  15. Just been out looking around and I'm very happy with it.
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