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Matt2011

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About Matt2011

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    Astronomy, Martial Arts, Ghost Hunting, Paranormal and Investigating the Paranormal, Sky at Night and Stargazing Live!
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    Torquay England

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  1. Sounds good Shelby90 and I am thinking of buying some hand held binoculars and looking at some Japanese Optricron 11x80s to go with my Helio Apollo 15x70s. Naked eye astronomy is something that I enjoy a lot myself and checking out the sky and what is visible. I am enjoying my set up at the moment with the monopod and binoulars and being able to recline on the chair and lay back and observe the night sky. I normally when it is cold take a flask of hot soup outside and that works wonders here in the UK
  2. Hi Shelby90, Glad things are good over there and shame about the cloudly nights but it's the same over here in the UK but have had some clear ones too but the messier objects are fun and I have been targeting some of the more fainter ones but my bincoculars which are the Helios Apollo 15x70s will show many of the more fainter ones but would need to up my aperture to make out a lot of detail on the more fainter ones but will show many and the Pleiades and Hyades in Taurus are a gem though. Glad you got the chair though and have one myself which is the red one and it's perfect for binocular astronomy and even better if you use a monopod with a trigger pistrol grip head with it and just aquired one from amazon and well worth investing in one for use with the chair and much better in my opinion than using a tripod, my mount seen in the photo is great for standing up but a monopod is perfect if you want comfort of being able to lay back in comfort and observe with the binoculars and it's perfect. Beige is a nice colour btw and hopefully will have some clear skies in the week as it's a little cloudy today but fingers crossed it will be clear tonight.
  3. Hi Shelby90, glad you are enoying this site and hope it is very informative for you and that you are getting a lot out of it and how's the observing going over there in the USA?
  4. Shelby90, Yeah you should be able to pick it up easily and you will find it invaluable, yeah took a few photos of the eclipse of the moon and the books you mentioned I have them all Turn Left at Orion is excellent and probably that and Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson are the best books I think and hope you are enjoying it and has everything you ever want to know and very helpful for your observing. Here is the photos of what I took on the 28th September of the Eclipse of the Moon and enjoy
  5. That's great and glad you got that book and it's very good and just what you need and had a good eclipse thanks and had some amazing views of the eclipse of the moon here in Torquay in England, took some photos and posted on facebook actually and will upload them on here for you to see and glad you had some amazing view with your binoculars and I did with my Helios Apollo 15x70s HD.
  6. That's excellent and hope you bought it in the end and definitely a coincidence there and there are a lot of books I can recommend and Turn Left At Orion is another book which I highly recommend I really enjoyed the Eclipse and took photos and ended up staying up until 4.30am in the end to see it all and we had some cloud here in Torquay UK but took some nice photos and they came out pretty well considering but glad you had some great views of it. my first photo did not come out too well but the others were not too bad so was really happy with them and uploaded them on facebook also.
  7. That's excellent Shelby90 and hope you bought it in the end and definitely a coincidence there and there are a lot of books I can recommend and Turn Left At Orion is another book which I highly recommend I really enjoyed the Eclipse and took photos and ended up staying up until 4.30am in the end to see it all and we had some cloud here in Torquay UK but took some nice photos and they came out pretty well considering but glad you had some great views of it. my first photo did not come out too well but the others were not too bad so was really happy with them and uploaded them on facebook also.
  8. Thanks Shelby90, I am all set up with the Helios Apollo 15x70s and not long now as it's 10.25pm UK time and the eclipse to be seen at 10.47pm and it's clear but some mist here but clear views so looking forward to seeing it. I have seen many of the Messier objects but many are very faint for smaller binoculars but you will a lot and would highly recommend this book from amazon which I have for binocular astronomy and will serve you well. hope you get a great view of the eclipse tonight of the moon and enjoy the eclipse tonight. http://www.amazon.com/Binocular-Highlights-Celestial-Telescope-Stargazing/dp/1931559430/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443389409&sr=8-1&keywords=binocular+astronomy
  9. That's great Shelby90 and I have the same recliner chair and can honestly say that is very comfortable and would be a great buy and also different colours to choose from, I have great observing sessions laying back in this chair with my Binoculars on the paragon mount and sweeping them around all the different star fields and constellations. A telescope would be a great purchase for the future but you will enjoy the binoculars and the many things on view in the mean time. The scope I have gives great clear images of the moon and planets and high contrast and near HD quality. Hoping for some great views of the moon eclipse and the weather has been great recently so hope it stays that way.
  10. This would be perfect Shelby 90 - http://www.amazon.com/Caravan-Sports-Infinity-Gravity-Chair/dp/B0032UY0BU/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1443242013&sr=8-16&keywords=recliner+chair
  11. My Skywatcher 127 Maksutov Skymax Telescope on a Celestron CG5 Equatorial Mount and my Helios Apollo 15x70 HD Binoculars on an Orion Optics Paragon-Plus Mount.
  12. Your welcome Shelby90 and been interested in the subject of Astronomy for over 15 years now and the moon is breathtaking, up close up with a scope is outstanding and getting up close with the craters and the valleys and vast details, Saturn with a high magnification will show it's rings and globe fairly clearly under good conditions but depending what size scope but a small telescope will show it well. I am looking forward to the eclipse as well and hopefully us British will see it as sometimes and often we find when there is a celestial event it either rains or clouds over but we keep out fingers crossed for it and I suspect you will get some great views and that you will absolutely adore the eclipse and it's certainly something you won't forget. With the planets as far as observing as them a telescope will be necessary and would recommend something like Celestron SCT telescope as they are good all rounders for everything astronomy and will show a lot of detail on the planets and moon that will take your breath away. Saturn will look like a planet and will see the rings clearly and the cloud belts and some details and some of it's moons and titan the largest and brightest among other things, Jupiter is the best target though and it's the largest and brightest planet and you will be amazed at your first views of either planets when you get a scope in the future. My set up is consists of an Orion Optics Parogon-Plus Binoucular Mount and a pair of Helios Apollo 15x70 HD Binoculars bought here in the UK at First Light Optics who sponsor this forum SGL and they are brilliant and the quality of the image is out of this world and the mount is very stable comfort and you will find having one very useful and will make your viewing pleasure of the heavens even more satisfying.
  13. Hi Shelby 90, Glad you got the Binoculars and they are excellent for astronomy, will show many of the star clusters and and some of the brighter ones and some of the brighter nebula like the Orion nebula and Pleiades and the Andromeda Galaxy and much more and also will show many variable and double stars and good for comets also and the brighter satellites and the moon and some details on the moon and it's craters. You won't regret it and would highly recommend the 15x70s later on though but a telescope would be a great purchase for the future and will give you hours of enjoyment and seeing the planets and great views of Jupiter and Saturn especially and some of the brighter moons. Keep us all informed on how you get on with the binoculars and feel free to post anything or if you have any questions on anything. Good Luck Matt from Torquay in Devon England!
  14. I saw comet Jacques about 2 weeks ago in Cassiopeia and haven't been out to observe it recently but what constellation is it in now and has become less bright now!
  15. Hiya, I got the Orion Optics Paragon mount and it has an adjustable set of legs and has a counterweight at the end but it's not visible on the photo but it's a single weight to balance things, the only problem is when I want to try and lay back on my reclining chair I can't really use them on the mount as such but it's not a huge problem as I normally have to adjust the legs and the height through a handle which I have to turn and place the mount with the binoculars in to a suitable position up against the side of the reclining chair and then have to loosen all of the screws and bring the binoculars forward while I lay back on the chair which can be a little uncomfortable but the mount normally is leaning forwards when I am looking at an object like for instance comet jacques in cassiopeia which is quite high up so sometimes the mount ends up against the side chair which means the mount sometimes has to tilt towards me and then one of the legs of the mounts ends up lifting from the group. Hope I have explained it clearly though and also have my Skywatcher Powertank 7AH to the side with a small hairdryer for any dew that may get on the lenses on the Helios Apollo 15x70s HD. Thinking of also getting the Helios Apollo HD 20X110 or the Helios Apollo HD 28X110
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