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Everything posted by estwing

  1. A nice grab and go set up with howling in the background I think!!!...thanks for sharing Gerry...stay safe!!!!
  2. Fully understandably Derek...as stated we were lucky to have had the autumn gathering when it was reasonable calm...but this situation is a whole new ball game...stay safe everyone and let's look forward to everyone's company in autumn...Calvin.
  3. The highest power ethos I have is the 8mm so it made sense for me to have one...but as the photo shows the baseball bat effect doesn't look sensible!
  4. What a belter of a night and a great report!....well done.
  5. I have had pleasing views of M33 with good extent of two spiral arms...but that was in very Dark skies on a new moon with 18" of mirror...has been caught in 15x70 bins also.
  6. Ahhh....you have me mistaken for Damian (mapstar) ...yes he likes the 13..
  7. Where was this mate?...usually drunk on vodka!!!
  8. Old..but gold..this was in a 20" tho...
  9. No...in my scope I have the 21,13 and the 8 ethos and rarely use the 13!...17,10 and a 6mm would be my choice in your scope but if you ever go bigger you're future proofed ...don't waste the money on a 31.
  10. That's really good Mark...have you a waterproof scope cover ?
  11. Damian..(mapstar)..had a crack at the cone but reported that hardly any of the surrounding nebula was visible
  12. Nice report mate...great dark skies make that aperture punch above its weight...get a telrad on it...so much easier to find targets...good to meet you...clear skies!
  13. After a 5hr drive to the site ( leaving the cloud and rain behind in the Lake District) I set-up quickly with the promise of a clear night ahead...rare for me in Scotland!! Dew heaters on ,kettle on, 21mm Ethos in..ready. First up I just had to look at Jupiter, Saturn and Mars..Jupiter wasn't showing much detail and Saturn was only slightly better but tbh its always a better view than Jupiter!. Mars ( star of the show) was too bright for viewing without a filter..so on to the Witches Broom. Not a massive difference between the filtered and unfiltered view, not dissapointing, just not
  14. Left at 11am..home for 3:30pm...fantastic to see you all again, one good night out of three suits me...thanks to Lesley, Derek and the two super athletes who showed a turn of pace walking back the pub on Saturday afternoon...see you in March, take care everyone...Calv.
  15. And two 500p scopes together isn't large at all..!!!!
  16. Think that was two 18" with john Nichol mirrors
  17. I would love to go bigger but the amount of time I get out with 18" doesn't justify spending 8k+...
  18. Cloudy here but for slim patch...still bagged the Omega!
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