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  1. Altair Astro Starwave 152 f/5.9 V3 refractor. The telescope was ordered on Tuesday the 14th of July 2020 from Altair Astro themselves. Delivery was made on Friday the 17th of July 2020 by DPD following, from usual experience with this company, an accurate time delivery slot text. On opening the box and taking the telescope out, I felt a movement from the front of the telescope and my initial reaction was that it was a very slack dew shield that was drooping. Then a clunk was heard and another. I slid the dew shield up the tube for slackness testing and the dew shield came off the end
  2. I saw this post this morning and thought it rang a few bells. The tube cradle looks to be larger in diameter though than when appearing in the Refractor photos. http://www.deep-sky.co.uk/telescopemaking/tm3.htm Jeff
  3. https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/404734-new-12-apm-apo-binocular/ $500,000 Dollars area in 2012. I seem to recall that they were for a Chinese billionaire.
  4. I saw these 20+ satellites for the first time at approx. 18:03 Wednesday 22/1/20 going from roughly South West to North East. Not knowing anything about them, I was quite taken aback at the procession to be honest. Someone from Doncaster put a posting on here on Wednesday evening asking what they were with replies saying what was happening. Will we have timings for spotting StarLink as we do Iridium flares? Jeff
  5. I had exactly the same thought before I read your comment. Especially as last week I was in front of the below massive original in Huddersfield Library / Art Gallery https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/joshua-commanding-the-sun-to-stand-still-upon-gibeon-21810 Jeff
  6. In honour of Leslie Peltier's rotating observatory at his home in Brookhaven? If correct can I claim my prize of one gobstopper and a tube of Smarties (not M&Ms) to be left at the Astronomy Centre and I will collect them when next up there. Jeff
  7. I can't help with commercial mounts but if you fancy a DIY approach the Richard Berry Dob mount for refractors is often mentioned. Try this one at the beginning. https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/146934-ron-ravneberg-memorial-scope-gallery/ or this cutie half way down the page by Jeff Morgan https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/546728-richard-berry-dob-mount-for-refractor/ Jeff
  8. This account by Thomas Back is interesting re AP lens history. http://www.csun.edu/~rprovin/tmb/tmb1.html Jeff
  9. If you press on the link in my first post it will take you to the program mentioned. On the right hand side of the screen are other episodes to view.
  10. I have just been on YouTube and found a series of vintage Sky at Night programs uploaded by Martin Mobberley. I watched one with Paul Doherty that I remember from 1977. However this episode from 1970, 'Frank Ackfield's Observatory' has that warm glow of yesteryear. Moments at 7:40, 10:00 and 18:00 are rather quaint with the first two also rather advanced. If you have the time, enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq5ImzuJHTk Jeff
  11. Am I right or... Just come back in at 12.20 after picking up Venus with 7x42 binoculars. Sun hidden by the top of my garage and being very careful. Definite crescent phase seen. About 5 degrees above and to the right of the Sun. Jeff
  12. A step back in time with George Hole. Enjoy http://www.britishpathe.com/video/garden-telescope
  13. Brought mine new back in November 1981 from Astro Systems. Drove down to Luton to pick it up from Rob Millar. The scope is in excellent shape and would appear to be a good example optically. Easy & quick to set up and take down on its equatorial wedge. This point helps when the scope has cooled down only for the clouds to have reared their ugly heads; again. Image shift has never been much of a problem with this example. Rob Millar was said to carry out a number of tweaks on the Celestrons that he sold at the time. I don't know whether that included rotating the corrector plate for
  14. I have not seen the programme yet but I think the Guardian newspaper article got his name wrong. It was 'John' Hosty who worked with my brother in law at Huddersfield General Post Office. I have a clipping somewhere from The Huddersfield Examiner showing John sat in a dentists chair (?) with the binoculars attached. If I recall they were 'small' battleship binoculars with only one half that worked. Jeff Huddersfield
  15. Zeiss 7x42 BGAT usually; for generally scanning. Early 80's Celestron 11x80s on a Uni-loc Major tripod with camcorder fluid head on top. Then there are a pair of 6" reflecting binoculars made by Peter Drew with a pair of 19mm Panoptics giving x32 magnification. Jeff, Huddersfield
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