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Jeff Marsden

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. This account by Thomas Back is interesting re AP lens history. http://www.csun.edu/~rprovin/tmb/tmb1.html Jeff
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. A step back in time with George Hole. Enjoy http://www.britishpathe.com/video/garden-telescope
  11. 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 better performance. The number plate on the secondary cover is apparently supposed to be horizontal in relation to the bottom of the tube. Mine is not and whether this contributes anything I don't know. The Moon is my main area of observation and the telescope does well on this object. I have seen the elusive crater Aldrin with it but so far not the Alpine Rille. When things gel, Saturn is also very good. I have seen the Terby white spot a number of times. When the rings started receding back from their last maximum tilt, I caught a very early reappearance of the globe edge. A few days later someone on Cloudy Nights said they had just seen the same thing. That was remarked upon as a good catch. It has been with me now for 30 years and I see no reason to part with it. It works with minimum fuss and as I and the scope grow older, that quality is not to be underestimated. Jeff, Huddersfield
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast19/ Just a little better than the West Yorkshire Pennines. Well, I think so? But then again... Jeff
  15. I had my '81 C8 out last night and during moments of good seeing I could see the emerging gap between Saturn's rings and the globe. Gamma Leo and Castor were looked at which were nice especially γ Leo. 7X42 & tripod mounted 11x80 binoculars were also used; early doors on Venus & Mercury and then on the Beehive and Pleiades. I hope the 15th is clear with the thin crescent Moon joining the party with Venus & Mercury. Jeff
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