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  1. Velkommen. 1) Have some fun with your new scope! It's decent enough for a first instrument. 2) Get to know your camera. I used to own a 350D. Great bit of kit. 3) ronl has already mentioned Stellarium. Given that you have a lunar filter you might also want to download Virtual Lunar Atlas. 4) Keep posting on these forums. Plenty of people willing to give help... Clear skies.
  2. I bought a new 8x32 Sahara binocular (Barr and Stroud) from a supplier on Ebay about six months ago. Didn't really use it much (once or twice for birds in garden). When I ended up using it to gaze into the night sky over New Year I found it was out of collimation (double image when looking at stars). Unfortunately, going back to eBay, I noted the supplier was no longer trading. Sigh.... The Barr & Strouds advertise a 10 year guarentee (of sorts). Thought I might try Optical Vision Ltd as they are the distributor in the UK. Sent off an email, they then asked me to send them the bins (which I did). Replacement bins sent by courier within a few days. No muss, no fuss. Very pleasant surprise. Well done OVL.
  3. I agree with Steve. Helios Apollo 15 x 70 are superb. My most used instrument these days... Sent from my GT-I9100
  4. A fun read Bruce. Thanks for posting. Sent from my GT-I9100
  5. Great app. I use it to get an alarm to watch the ISS. Sent from my GT-I9100
  6. The Discussion - Eyepieces forum is a good place to start reading up. Lots of different threads on all things EP. Warthog has also posted a good thread on eyepieces set for newbie. (Personally, I love my Baader zoom...) Keep asking those questions - there is no such thing as a daft one.
  7. Now that's what I call a review! Very rigourous...
  8. Steve Have you any idea where one can source a decent parallelogram in the UK? Only one I can find is across the pond... Sent from my GT-I9100
  9. It's nearly summer. Break out the wine cooler! Sent from my GT-I9100
  10. I think you can if you contact one of the forum administrators. They are quite accomodating... (PS: Interesting to read your thought processes on selecting a dobo. Mirrored mine when I was pondering what to buy about 6 months ago - great minds think alike )
  11. +1 for Planispheres Combine with a binocular and it's more fun than you can shake a stick at
  12. I used to own a Celestron but then bit the bullet and bought a Helios from ABS (marketed as Garrett). I ended up gaving my Celestron to a friends kid. A week or so ago I borrowed it back to do a comparison with the Helios/Garrett I now have. Tbh the Helios puts the Celestron to flight. Can't believe I used it for so long. Am totally converted (or is that spoiled?). I'll never go back
  13. If anyone is interested I just noticed a seriously wicked Fujinon FMT-SX 16x70 Polaris binocular on ABS if anyone is interested. £830 worth of bino going for £450...
  14. Personally I'd go for a decent 10x50 or a better 15x70... Have you considered second hand? e.g. There's a good un for sale on ABS at http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=56197 Sent from my GT-I9100
  15. Very clever. Got to give the chap 10/10 :-) Sent from my GT-I9100
  16. Heads up. I noticed a Helios Apollo 15x85 for sale on ABS for £270 if anyone is interested...
  17. Note: "Condition: for parts or not working" Caveat Emptor... Sent from my GT-I9100
  18. Really? I find her presentational style quite refreshing. Just my 2p worth... Sent from my GT-I9100
  19. Yes. Briefly (very briefly) it's down to the air masses arriving in the UK. Sources of air mass includes polar maritime, causing cold, moist, unstable conditions, with possible convective cloud, showers and thunderstorms. If you want more detailed info you'll need to study up on meteorology. PS: It's not "bad weather", it's just "weather".
  20. Get a decent waterproof bino and you can observe in the rain! A strange experience at first. Sent from my GT-I9100
  21. Or you could Google it and listen to a German speak Baader?
  22. The ad has been archived. Out of curiousity, did anyone on SGL buy it I wonder?
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