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Etoille

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  1. Well the newspapers do like to include terms like that for click-bait, but it wasn't deliberate on my part! It just happened to be included in the URL. Annoyingly, the webcam in our car did not record this particular journey..... although it did record the one before and the one after it!
  2. The local newspaper is carrying a report on it now: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/what-green-ufo-flew-across-995139 Nice clip here too: https://twitter.com/mkempson/status/947674834263306241/video/1 (Not sure why my post is coming up as 'hidden'? How do I unhide it?)
  3. Sorry, I did have a look before posting, but I didn't spot the other topic.
  4. We were travelling back from Hinckley to Newbold Verdon and about 2-3 miles North of Hinckley on the Ashby Road (A447) and we saw it too. A very bright and large glowing object with a bright long translucent tail (perhaps 3 or 4 moon diameters long) streaking across the sky westwards. To us it looked bright green and was traveling pretty much horizontally at high speed and what seemed a moderate but not exceptionally high altitude. It faded as it passed above a patch of cloud before reaching the far horizon. Approximate time of sighting (car clock) was around 17:33hrs. We didn't observe it bre
  5. Just been travelling back from Hinckley to Newbold Verdon and about 2-3 miles North of Hinckley on the Ashby Road (A447) we observed, through the car windscreen in front of us, a very bright and large glowing object with a bright long translucent tail (perhaps 3 or 4 moon diameters long) streaking across the sky from right to left (westwards?). To me it looked white but since I have colour issues with my sight I accept my wife's assertion that it was, in fact, bright green. The object was traveling pretty much horizontally at high speed and what seemed a moderate but not exceptionally high alt
  6. I've seen some shoddy specimens in charity shops and market places, but these really do take the biscuiit!
  7. Well I must be very fortunate! I picked up a Seagull angle finder last week for £1 from a closing photography store. I notice they are going for £39 on Amazon so that's the second amazing bargain in as many weeks! Don't know whether this is a step up from the Op though. There is also an Opteka one and both come up when you search on 'Seagull angle finder'.
  8. Well it cleared again so by 11.30pm I had the chance to try them out. Since the sky was not fully dark, it was difficult to make a proper comparison. However, I was able to make at least a brief comparison with my 8x42 Minox roof prism and an 11x70 Opticron porro. The view through the Steiner was significantly brighter than through the Minox, but the difference was less significant with the Opticron, although I think the Steiner still had the edge. The Minox generally yeild pinpoint stars but tend to produce a slight flaring on brighter stars which I understand is because of their roof prism d
  9. Wel in the 10 minutes or so that I've been sat at the computer its cloded over! Guess the bins attract them too then!
  10. Yes, to confirm that was £60 and not £600. The only explanation I can think of is that they are not the preferred 8x40/42 compact roof prism style preferred by the average birder, so perhaps they didn't sell in that market hence they let them go at a silly price to clear. Rather timely, we also seem to have a clear night tonight so assuming nothing changes I might be able to try them out in a short while. Perhaps the cloud phenomenon only happens with telescopes?
  11. Having paid the £10 postage (hence £600 total) I was please to find that they arrived this morning. I’ve had a little time to have a look at them this afternoon and I’m pleasantly surprised! They do appear to be genuine and came well packed complete with the original box which was placed inside another shipping box along with plenty of padding. The objectives and eyepieces are free from any marks or scratches and there is hardly any noticeable wear on the rubber armouring with the Steiner logo and other markings being completely intact. There is a serial number stamped on the round plate at
  12. We did ours for the learning experience rather than academic stepping stone and we paid by installments. We also learned an awfull lot as well as refreshed some of our Math sklills! This is probably not the cheapest option but it does allow you to spread the cost by paying in installments and stop after one or two lessons if its now to your liking. We completed the course, which is via distance learning, using this provider: http://www.theplanet...d_enrolment.htm One point to note is the exams. We decided to sit them and found at the time that we had to take them at a local school/colledge whi
  13. Whereas I would usually prefer to view them first, I've taken the risk and bought them. Will be interesting to see what arrives.... Will update the thread when they do and I've had a chance to have a good look at them.
  14. All I know is that the seller is a reputable, established binnocular and spotting scope outlet and this item is in their used section and the image shows the original box as well. The description states they are 'nearly mint'. If it was a BIN on eBay then I would agree with you that its probably a scam and steer clear. Evidently the Rallye (their description states Rally - but the box and binnocular clearly show Rallye) are closer to the basic Navigator rather than the more expensive Commander so thanks for clearing that up. But (assuming they are genuine) would they likely be better than your
  15. Although I cannot be sure its the same issue, this sounds very much like a similar problem I had with my Skywatcher Flextube from the factory. I could collimate the secondary with the primary and get the laser spot bang in the centre (I was using a laser collimator), try as hard as I might, I couldn't get the textbook view with everything including the primary clips perfectly centered from the edges of the outer circle as per the classic pictures. the scope seemed to work OK as it was but it still bothered me. I tried carefully adjusting the secondary (dropping it onto the primary would be a c
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