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  1. Hi Dave Kudos for wanting to own a British refractor. I have restored, owned and covetted many. My advice with the Irving is to take a look at in the flesh. I understand Wildey optics were used for some Irvings, just like Fullerscopes and several other makers but the only way you can be sure is to take out the objective and see if it is signed. Ive had 2 Wildey refractors and both were signed on the edge of the objective in pencil. Dont discount Broadhurst Ckarkson refractors, I have had a few of these of different vintage, some better than others but my old 1910ish 3" Starboy had excellent optics and when fitted with modern eyepieces performed superbly. Some Wray scopes are good, i had a 3.25" from 1890 once and its objective was a thing of beauty. As for modern scopes, Lyra, Skylight, Antares Well done on the Vixen Btw, A flocked, baffled and correctly adjusted Towa will give the Vixen a run for its money. I still have my updated 339 and it never fails to impresss
  2. just used some ep`s

    Nice one Jules, I still enjoy visual on lunar. I particularly remember some fine views with my old 127 Mak and binoviewers on the moon a great combination even with relatively cheap eyepieces. Your old 180 Mak excelled with the BVs as well and the views were only surpassed by my old C11.
  3. Sad to see it go Jules but I feel your pain, my observatory has now been decommissioned and is now just a shed due to encroaching light pollution from business parks, neighbours trees and house lights. Good luck with the sale
  4. Playing with the Towa 339 80mm F15 and Olympus OM D EM1 mirrorless camera. 24 frames registax etc. Click for full size
  5. Sold Admin please move to completed sales, thanks
  6. NGC2237 NB

    Heres the Hubble Remix. Prefer the former myself
  7. NGC2237 NB

    Rosette taken with Tak FSQ106 (T12) at SSO Australia 20 mins Ha, 20 mins O3, 20 mins S2, processed as Ha=R, O3=G, S2=B This object has always been a problem from my observatory due to weather, gremlins, neighbours trees and ill health all contributing to me only getting a very short and poor DSLR image about 8 years ago. I have finally done it.
  8. Ive used many different types of scopes for observing doubles over the years, achros, apos, newts, Maks, Cats and always found myself using a 4" F15 Achro out of as my first choice but my 5" ED Triplet is a close contender. I also have an 80mm F15 achro which gives a good account of itself. Nice clear and sharp airy discs in them make splitting much easier than with the reflectors I have used with softer.
  9. Yep I'm in no great rush. Not got the house move till spring. I will pm you later when I get home
  10. I will be at Kelling (not with mount) if anyone wants to know more about the mount.
  11. Celestron CGE Mount & Tripod plus standalone pier. The Original (and IMHO still the best, no plastic here) Celestron CGE Mount complete with many extras. The mount is in good condition being housed in my observatory with condensation control. The package consists of the following: · CGE Mount and Tripod (A few minor chips to crackle paintwork on the mount head commensurate with age and use. Tripod head has a few more paint chips but nothing a can of touch up paint wouldn't fix)). Gearing has been re lubricated with Teflon grease. · Reliability upgrades = Gary Bennet Cable Upgrade to mount. RA and Dec Limit switch upgrade. · ADM tool free hand screws on column and mount adjustment lock. · Celestron CGE Polar scope · Nextstar Hand controller (Upgradeable). Spare Hand controller (Basic, non upgradeable). PC and guide cables. Homebrew mount hub with USB adapters. · Copy of Nexremote plus Logitek wireless gamepad for wire free mount control · Standalone steel pier with twin height settings (1.25m or 1.05m) plus anti condensation heater built in for mount electrics column protection. Pier fitted with accessory tray. · Mount head transport box. Homemade, fitted with castors for easier transport. · Celestron 25lb counterweight plu homebrew 10kg weight. More pictures available please PM for details. C11 shown not included. Collect only (from South Derbyshire) due to weight and size. (Please note I cannot to deliver or meet part way). Price £875
  12. Clearing some space and these have to go. I thought about selling individually but thought I would put it all up for sale as a lot. Here is a Maplins case full of Astro bits listed as below:- · Burgess Optical BAK4 FBBMC Bino viewers. I good condition, just missing one white nylon eyepiece clamp screw. · 2 off Antares 25mm Plossl eyepieces, for use with the above binoviewers. These are actually quite nice eyepieces. Good condition. · BS Astro 1.25" Filter Wheel 5 position. Good condition, hardly used. Nosepiece has been skimmed of black anodising. · 1 off 25mm Fullerscopes Orthoscopic Eyepiece, circa 1980s, Very slight coating mark on periphery of front element, doesnt affect views that I can see. · 1 off Circle T 25mm Kelner eyepiece. Good condition. · 1 off Circle T 9mm Kellner eyepiece. Good condition. · 5 Antares 2" Planetary filters, #11,15,23A,56 & 80A all in good condition · 1 off 1.25" mystery filter. No idea what it is. · 1 off Meade 1.25" star diagonal, basic, in OK condition. Works OK. Case included So as you can see a bit of a selection of interesting stuff. Ideal for the visual observer with something for the imager thrown in as well. £160 inc p&p UK Mainland Possible deliver to Kelling in September but payment or deposit required to secure.
  13. Hi Tim, sorry to have missed your update, been away from the forum for awhile, funnily enough I was just down the road from you at Upton On Severn last week, popped into Phillip Serrils auctions in Malvern for a laugh but didn't see any scopes Well done for returning the scope. I know lots of dealers that have had these and other repro brass scientific instruments that think they are the real deal and have had to break the news to them on many occasions. Its all genuine, mistakes are made often in the antiques trade and you are always learning, that's the fun of it, the research is the fascinating sie of it. Glad we could be of help.