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Special K

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  1. Hi Gerr, sorry for delayed response. It is still up for sale.
  2. SOLD to Bryan. I'm selling my ED80 kit as I only use the larger refractor now. I've had this several years and it has had many an outing but is in great shape. The dovetail has obviously been used but functionally is fine. Back of the case has some scuff marks but that's about it. £300 and shipping costs will be extra. Collection certainly an option from St Albans, Herts. If you don't want the diagonal, I can remove that from the package and reduce the cost. Paypal gift is the preferred payment option. thanks, Kevin 07957218508 jklshewfelt@aol.com * Magnification with Eyepieces Supplied: x21* Highest Practical Power (Potential): x240* Objective Lens Diameter: 80mm* Telescope Focal Length: 600mm (f/7.5)* Eyepiece Supplied (2"): 28mm LET* 2”/50.8mm Di-Electric Star Diagonal* 9x50 Finderscope* Dual-Speed 11:1 2” Crayford Focuser (Backlash-Free)* Multi-Coated Objective Lens Supplied with Tube Rings & Mounting Plate* Aluminium Carrying Case
  3. Hi, I've got an AZ4-1 that I'm not using and looking to sell. £100 not including delivery. The mount is in great condition and the only damage is a little chipped paint on the handle which should be visible in the picture. Packaged in original box and ready for shipment, but collection also an option from St Albans, Herts. Paypal gift is the preferred payment option. thanks, Kevin
  4. Nice report, Stu! What a great feeling to finally achieve a view after trying for so long. @markse68the double double should split easily at x100, so if that’s not working I’d agree there could be something mechanical at fault.
  5. On vacation at Lake Tahoe and have the bins with me this time. The weather has been perfect so a quick jaunt uphill out of the town provided some excellent views. The mountains are high all around us so the moon was not up until much later. As my eyes adapted, the Milky Way started to emerge. Without the moon this would have been much better even with local LP. The stunning sights were to the south west where Jupiter hovers over Scorpius. Antares was a brilliant beacon and the tail clearly visible leading to a full view of the Teapot of Sagittarius which has Saturn near its handle. This alone was worth the climb! With the bins steadied on a convenient lean-to wooden fence, I hauled in some nice finds. M4 was a soft splotch compared to M22 which is bold as anything. M8 Lagoon was naked eye and in bins showed plenty of nebulousity. The Triffid’s cluster was neatly marked and thought I could detect a puff in there. Up to the M24 Star Cloud which this time reminded me of the smiling cat asterism in Auriga. As always this was a dense, well...cloud! Aptly named. To the east lay another Messier open cluster (thinking M50?). The Swan was bright but struck me as quite small without a telescope, while the Eagle’s cluster was nice and bright. Holding as steady as possible I could make out the oval shape of Saturn and those bright moons of Jupiter. The highlight was discovering M8 Prolemy’s Cluster behind a fir tree! This is a dazzler and was at a great angle to view from the fence. The nearby M6 Butterfly was a nice bundle of stars as well. All in all a refreshing and uplifting view of the summer sky. This is a great place to visit day and night, in all seasons. There are some locations you can drive to if you want absolute dark but for a 10 minute walk, this is pretty good. Clear (binocular) Skies!
  6. Those small cluster in Cass can be a lot of fun. I’m with you on M52.....it’s a very faint bunch. With averted you’d never miss it as a fuzzy but doesn’t yield many stand out points of light when looking directly at it.
  7. That’s a handy list of doubles I must try for. Small constellation too! I had a look at M15 the other night and it sure is dense. Nice one!
  8. The field sounds like a winner. One man’s solitude is another man’s peace and quiet! It’s good to share and the moon is a real crowd pleaser that’s for sure.
  9. That Crescent is one faint object! Thanks for posting
  10. That's a hefty, chunky looking scope!!! Bet the views are grand, and of course the moon is in the way at the moment. Wishing you many more happy trails across the sky
  11. That looks like a great deal for someone skilled enough to clean those lenses. Sorry it cannot be me!
  12. That’s a great report and I have to agree using bins is effortless and rewarding. I looked at Zeta Lyr at 44” separation in the scope s week back and didn’t linger. But looking at them in 10x50s a few nights later and Wow!!!
  13. Excellent one Peter!!! Just reaffirms what I was seeing at just that time. The tail in your image is very distinct. That’s a picture to be proud of and grateful for!
  14. I’ve heard this quite a few times now and looking forward to LED! We’re still on the orange ones here but my tshirt-on-a-stick trick works a treat for the worst lamp across the street!
  15. Great report! Some nights just seem to stand out. Ouch, I didn’t know that dark adaptation also deteriorates with age! I hope that’s not the case as there are enough things to struggle with as it is. A delaying of dark adaptation by a few extra minutes is not going to have a functional impact on observing over several hours. I choose to ignore it! Let’s face it: age will have an impact on our sight. But hopefully, experience in observations can overcome some of these handicaps. On the topic of measuring quality of skies, there’s a lot of layers to the onion. Some methods are useful for different things, e.g. the Bortle Scale seems to get very detailed at the highest levels where a key factor is whether you are detecting Zodiacal light or Gegenschein. I also find NELM indicative of the base conditions of the location being observed from and add to this the factors of local seeing and transparency. Just to make things more confusing, there are SQM measurements too
  16. Great report! The fog is a kicker. Towards 4am this morning I was packing it up and skies were closing in. When I woke around 8:30 there was a heavy ground fog being illuminated by the rising sun. A beautiful scene in its own right!!
  17. This morning offered the best view yet! 21P was not shy and retiring any more, and I'm gonna go out on that limb and claim I could see the tail fanning out from the coma a little bit. I did the sketch below around 3am and then tinkered around other objects. I came back about 45 mins after the sketch and it had shifted half the distance of the last void toward that huge pack of stars!!! It's not often you can visually observe the cosmos moving and what a delight!
  18. @Wyvernlooking at that picture, all of the stars look dimmer so it's hard to tell. Atmospherics must have really had an effect. This was the morning I missed and should have been out looking! It was bright as anything Weds morning and would have been a great view. There was no chance today due to cloud, so I slept through
  19. That sounds like a smasher @Patbloke!! 120 is a good size all round and f/7.5 is handy for all sorts of observing pursuits. Nice report on targets from the field test too!! My last attempt with Theta Aur wasn’t a success. I must try harder
  20. Great report! Skies sure are dark out there and that’s an excellent result with The Lagoon.
  21. Great hunt around the sky!! We’re all learning our way around and picking up new things so you are amongst friends!! I agree that M92 is a fantastic globular and it’s pretty cool that M13 is yet to come. A nice bright Nebula is M57 in Lyra which will look really nice in your 200P.
  22. We’ve been clouded out here until now. Missed the flyby around M37 but hopefully there’s another chance to see it before the weekend. I’m keen to see if it has brightened any more! good luck
  23. This seems a good time to take stock of a recent burst of activity! The following is a collection from the past weeks mostly. The common denominator was a clear spell lasting quite a few days punctuated by leaving the EQ5 out on the deck throughout. I was surprised how much easier this made observing at the drop of a hat without having to lug that out every time! Comet 21P/Giabobini-Zenner figures high on my list of activities: I first picked this up in Cassiopeia in mid-July just north of the Heart Nebula. At that point, the comet was fairly dim with no hint of a tail, but still very exciting to get it in the 6" refractor! It was more of an averted target than direct vision. 3 Sept, spotted next to Capella with 10x50's but this was best guess. Consulting the chart confirmed the blotch I'd seen was it, which was a little gratifying! Experience in looking for obscure galaxies comes in handy at the eyepiece. 6 Sept wee hours, it has travelled down Auriga and is a much easier target to find with the bins. 102x with a No.12 Yellow looked pretty impressive. A diamond asterism, likely FSR761 cluster was nearby, adding to the appeal. The moon was still waning around 25% in the vicinity which washed the comet out somewhat. 7 Sept wee hours, earlier rain cleared the air, transparency sublime and the moon had dropped a lot of intensity! 21P had moved about 2 degrees SSW and pleasing to view in a rich field with M38. Comparing the magnitudes of this cluster with the comet they looked fairly similar but obviously much smaller. Signs of a fan-tail still playing with my mind, I continued using the No.12 to revealed a few extra details. The seeing on 7 Sept might have been poor but I was running an uncooled 6" scope straight out of the house, so that didn't matter much! I reckoned the NELM was much closer to 5.5 than 5.0 which happens from time to time from home. M31 was a naked eye, averted glow. M33(!) was even visible in the bins, which is rare here indeed! M45 Pleiades were a smashing blue at 19x. Capping the session was a lovely, thin crescent moon with remarkable Earth-shine glowing in the pre-dawn sky. Simply exquisite! I had two good sessions on double stars: one in Camelopardalis: Webb 2 is a smasher of contrast: Σ389 is a 2.7" separation of 6.4 and 7.9 which is pleasing Σ384 escaped me this time but is sub 2" with mag 8 stars. ….and the other in Lyra: Eta 1 and 2, of course the Double Double...……..say no more! Σ2470 & Σ2474 make up the Little double double and as an interesting variation, both sets are in parallel. Excellent target to hunt down Σ2390 I resolved in the 6" but not the ED80 Σ2333 was a nice split Zeta 1 and 2 are a huge 44" separation but with a bright yellow primary Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to leaving the mount out for a week again sometime soon
  24. Great piece of kit!! I like the sound of travelling light and the trade off between aperture, weight, etc seems the right mix. Beautiful writeup! Glad you got in a clear sky session and interesting to hear what looked different in the new rig.
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