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About Mr_Simnock

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  1. I can hand hold but only for a very short time. I use a Chinese made K&F concept tripod (KF-TM2534T), it's very hand as one of the legs unscrews to make a mono pod if need be but I don't use that with the bino's as it's too unsteady for me.
  2. I really love looking at M36, M37 and M38, each has has it's own distinct shape and look. I use them to judge the seeing conditions often during any session with my bino's.
  3. Started this short session around 1:45am and finished around 2:30am. I used my APM 15x70 ED Bino's. I could see to just about mag 5 stars with my naked eye, through my bino's though could see stars down to mag 9.5 with direct vision and around 10 with averted. Mellot 11, checked this first, haven’t looked at it for years, it's my favourite large open cluster, all the nearby galaxies are out of reach of my bino's in my rather light polluted back garden. Had a look for M51 (galaxy) and found it but it was a very dim hazy patch, tried to look for M101 and M106 (galaxies) too but found neither. Found M35 cluster in Gemini which looked very good, lots of pin point stars, to me it forms an asterism like a person with open arms a bit similar to the string man cluster but a lot larger. M37 was next, very obvious, much better than when I looked at it earlier on (I did have a look at around 10pm earlier), could make out a smudgy haze with a distinct shape whereas before it was barely visible at all. M36 and 38 next and again far more obvious than before, M38 looking like a dinosaurs footprint with averted vision. Looked for and found the small ngc1528 cluster in Perseus, it has a distinct hazy shape but I can’t just make out any individual stars. Had a brief sweep through mellot 20 on my way to the double cluster (ngc884 and ngc869), didn’t hang around there long but did pause on stock 2 (strong man cluster) for a while, quite nice. Had a brief look around Cassiopeia but didn’t really spot much apart from M103. Had a little look at M44 too, the wild duck cluster but wasn’t too bothered about that, I find it a bit underwhelming tbh. I finished off by returning to M37 and also another sweep through Auriga.
  4. It is in the North East your right, I got myself mixed up Yes, that is very obvious now, I've enjoyed looking at it through my bino's which resolve it into a nice little bright orange ball. I only asked yesterday because I can't remember ever seeing a star in that area so early after sunset, it was the only star I could see after sunset for about 5 minutes, most odd. Just been having a look at the Halo North sky software and I think it could be the star Y Andromedae. That is a quadruple star system with the main star apparently of spectral type K which is orange (edit).
  5. I am currently a bit baffled as of now. Looking north west form my window I can see an orange star in the sky, nothing odd about that apart from I could see it even though there was a lot of twilight around (about 10 mins ago) and I can't for the life of me think which star it is. Its in the area where Perseus should be but my conundrum is if I can see any of the stars in Perseus why can't I see many more? Most odd but I'm sure someone can point out what I'm looking at. I'm based in the Ribble valley, Lancashire. I know it's not Mars and it's too high in the sky to be Capella which I can't see.
  6. Once the moon slings its hook later on tonight and the clouds stay away I will have another gander at the old 21P myself with my 16x70's. I'm hoping a tail makes an appearance.
  7. You could try these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vanguard-Endeavor-ED-II-8x42/dp/B00XWEHOUU, these Vanguards are apparently fantastic value for money and you have to spend a small fortune to get a noticeable difference. Some reviews here to back this up - https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/Vanguard8x42EndeavorEDII-138.htm and - https://www.allbinos.com/278-binoculars_review-Vanguard_Endeavor_ED_II_8x42.html If I would have known about these earlier I woudln't have bothered picking up my current Zeiss ED Conquests (8x32) and got these instead.
  8. Well I've been out again for another 45 mins but this time (on Friday night just gone) I was at Ribble Head (that of railway viaduct fame). Well what a difference a 45 minute drive can give you, another magnitude of stars to look at is one of them. Had to pitch up near the road which did get a bit bothersome during the night as even close to midnight many cars drove past (going where is anyone's guess) temporarily spoiling my dark adapted eyes. Only saw one Perseid though but at least it was a whopper. The comet now was much more obvious with its brighter core visible with direct vision surrounded by a gossamer glow but the tail was still an elusive ghost with diverted vision at best. M81 and M82 were now easy targets with M81 showing a slightly brighter center to it and M101 also showing itself that bit better (still just a large glow) than back home. M31 and M110 were easy peasy and also I had good look at M33 which I haven't seen in at least 10 years, a wonderful large white glow. Best of all was the area M24 now a bright host of stars against a much darker sky although the specter of light pollution was still present. M11 was amazing, a big bright clump of stars I don't think I've seen for a very long time and M16 and M17 were now obvious bright patches with M17 showing a bright triangular structure. M23 was a dense mottle of stars and for the first time I spotted M8, just a patch of faint glow around the central 2 stars, M20 though I couldn't see at all. When I returned back to M11 I did also notice, and had a good look at, some of the milky way to the right of it as light patches of the milky way were visible between it's dust clouds, not seen that before in binoculars. All in all a great short observing session and also making me look forward to this autumn and winter when I shall be returning back to Ribble Head with my 16x70's.
  9. After coming home from a pub quiz I noticed the clouds had gone elsewhere briefly so decided to pop out and have a gander at the heavens. After reading this months binocular sky news letter the previous night for some inspiration on possible targets I decided to first have a look around Scutum and Serpens_cauda, an area of the sky I am quite unfamiliar with. This is due to light pollution mainly from Preston and Blackburn, the area almost always has a grey washed out look. Nonetheless I set up the bino's in hope and had a look and after a bit of searching around (and skipping back to my PC just to confirm via Hallo northern sky I was looking at the right area) I came across M16. Both it and M17 were the most pathetic week smudges just visible against the background haze and light pollution, high clouds hanging around didn't help either. I did spend a while observing M24, such a nice open cluster. I then tried to look for M10 and M12 in Ophiuchus but to no avail although I did take a peek at IC4655. I then decided to try and spot M101 in Ursa Major next but found it to be to faint to bother with tonight, save that for when I next go to Ribble Head again possibly this weekend to observe the Perseid's. So after that it was on to Cassiopeia for a sweep of the stars. I managed to fit the double cluster and the strong man cluster in one view (which was nice) and a very quick look at NGC457. However my main interest was could could I spot the comet (21p/Giacobini-Zinner)? And the answer was yes. With direct vision it phased in and out of view as light and small smudge but with averted vision an obvious fuzzy ball with a slightly brighter core was visible, not sure if any tail was there but I got hints at times there was something there, looking forward to viewing in September. To wrap up I had another glance at M16, M17 and M24 again, by now some of the light cloud had passed and M18 was now visible, Saturn had now just slowly drifted below a roof out of site too. All in all I had a good if not to long observing session, quite chuffed.
  10. Well the price is one of the main points that makes me assume (or guess whichever) that the Helios model has different glass. If the Helios does have ED glass then they are very well priced for it and you would think that they (the vendors) would point this out as I think that would be a great selling point, it's certainly what got me attracted to them. If you want I could just phone up Optical Vision Ltd (the owners of the Helios trade mark in the UK) up and ask them if the Helios Light quest binoculars do have ED glass or not. Next time I do an equipment review it will just be "well I like these" and leave it at that This reminds me of the Blackadder episode 'Ink and incapability' when Dr Johnson is trying to explain to Prince George about his dictionary.
  11. Your right they are made by Kunming United Optics not the Taiwanese Synta. That's because I was responding to Moonshane not yourself
  12. Its very common for manufacturers to produce the same item and just slap different names on them depending who the customer is, take a look at the images below, all rather similar no? And it's been pointed out on other astro forums that the Lunt, APM and Helios bino's are basically the same model bar very minor changes. On other photos (I'll put more up later) you can see all 3 models have the same lens caps , baffling, eye pieces and rubber eye cups. Synta are basically onto a winner with these.
  13. Sorry about that, it was turning a bit too reddit. I'm just frustrated at getting doormij to understand that the extra cost in adding field flattening lenses would potentially raise the cost of the finished article to a level that might make them hard to shift for APM. I think these bino's for the money are just fantastic value, they really don't need any more tinkering with. I also don't think these would be possible at this price point (still at 591 euro's) without being mass produced by Synta in China and APM managing to get an agreement to just fit different lenses at the front. I don't think there are any ANY 70mm poro prism binoculars at all with field flattening lenses and I think I know the reason why, although I would be pleased to be proved wrong. Taken today with my mobile phone pressed against the left eyepeice. [
  14. Oh dear oh dear your trying to refute points I'm not even making, oh and thanks for turning a thread about how great these 16x70mm bino's are from APM into some kind of daft point scoring contest.
  15. Oh yes those, they cost £6000 about 11 times what I paid, why would anyone waste so much money on those when could purchase a decent 4 inch apo, tripod and eyepieces or even an excellent set of 100mm binoculars? Another reason why field flattener lenses wont happen is because the APM bino's are primarily made for the Chinese military, I simply can't see APM convincing the manufacturer to change the production process and overall cost increase in adding these. I'll still take my 70mm lenses over those Nikon WX bino's anyway (and your small Swarovski's) as the extra light grasp is more important to me than just a flat field.
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