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Kirkos73

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  1. Yeah, The tripod is doing me well at the mo andvery happy with it, may upgrade only if I decide to get 25x100 bins. The Evostar 90 has surprised me to be honest, but looking to get it to a dark site to get the best out of it. And again, another bargain at £70!!
  2. Just bought 'Binocular Astronomy' by Stephen Tonkin, off Amazon for £5.92 inc p&p!! Gotta wait a fortnight as it is from the US. Something to look forward to I suppose.
  3. How about a guide to 'Dark Sites' of the UK? Is there one about??
  4. Hi Astroman, Try looking on 'Gumtree' there are some bargains on there. That's where I got them. )
  5. Hi Jon, I find the Skymasters an excellent piece of kit, you will find M31 no problem i'm sure. I have since moved to the 20x80s and also awaiting delivery on the Celestron 10x50s. There are many fine sights to be seen with your binos, I personally enjoy 'The Skiing Cluster'in Cassiopeia. Enjoy them and welcome to SGL. Clear Skies.
  6. Hi Everyone. I just bought myself a pair of Skymaster 10x50 Bins for £12 today. Bought them second hand and in immaculate condition, I got them as a pair of 'grab and go', and to accompany my other kit. I think they're a bargain, has anybody got these bins??? I think they are the 'Up Close' model. Clear Skies.
  7. Nick, I just noticed that I used the incorrect NGC number.
  8. Thanks Double Kick Drum, I will take that on board on my next session. Clear Skies.
  9. Cheers Nick, I will do that. It saves swinging the scope around wondering what I will look next. I will start with Cassiopeia as it is full of interesting sites. Clear Skies.
  10. Well done on catching the Crab! I got it last weekend and was chuffed to bits. Had a look at it last night again, and now it is easier to find. I bagged 'The Eskimo Nebula' last night, took over an hour to find. Seems fainter than the Crab, but was lower from where I was. Well done again.
  11. Yep, In the early hours of this morning and after spending a hour scanning back and forth I finally found NGC 457-The Eskimo Nebula. Obviously not much to look at in my 90mm,a very,very faint blob of fuzz. I used my Super 25mm as I thought it may be easier having a wide field to look at. This so far has been for me my toughest piece of observing yet (in my opinion). I had a quick fire bagging of M36,M37 and M38, although I did find myself muttering "My god, look at that",(as you do) Had a visit to M1 and down to Jupiter with her moons in a nice line up (used my 12.5mm Plossl and 2x Barlow) belts looked good from what I could see, and managed a naked eye view of M31. Finally, What DID bring a smile to my face was NGC 457-The Skiing Cluster, and yes it does look like E.T. I found it using my 20x80s then onto the scope, and again using my 25mm doubled up, he sat nicely in my EP. Then a deserved cup of tea sat out on the decking, going back to the eyepiece and seeing him still there looking down on me. At this point it was getting cold now, so very happy with what I managed, I got no GOTO computers or Sky Align which makes MY observations a bit more special to me,so it is all about learning my way around the sky. But I am have to get myself up onto the local Common and have a night up there, I am very limited with the amount of sky I see from my garden. If anybody have any advice or tips for me from reading any of my posts, it be really appreciated.. Clear Skies
  12. John, I just put that book in my basket. £4.41. Cheers.
  13. John, I just put that book in my basket. £4.41. Cheers.
  14. Finding the Crab seemed like a Gold medal to me, and I felt the same when I found M81 and M81. Cheers John, I will look for that book on Amazon in a minute, I also want to find a download of the Messier Marathon. Cheers all.
  15. Hi, I got 'The Practical Astronomer' book that I use later to confirm my sightings, an excellent read too. Welcome to SGL.
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