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  1. Well, just about in time for the weekend, and a parting glimpse of Comet Neowise...!
  2. Sadly, it's time to part with my trusty Helios Apollo 15x70s, as arthritis is making handling increasingly awkward. They are in very good condition, with just a few very slight scuffs around the tripod-adapter socket (see photo below). These have taught me more about what's where in the night sky than any other optical device. Complete in original case, with an unused and unopened lanyard, plus the solid metal tripod adapter, adapter socket blanking cap, objective lens caps and eyepiece rainguard. I don't want to ship them, as I'd rather not risk any knocks in transit that might affect collimation, so collection only please from Worthing area, West Sussex. Given reasonable weather, we're happy to offer socially-distanced inspection in our garden. Asking £195 ovno, with payment by cash on collection preferred, or by bank transfer.
  3. If you wear glasses to observe, the amount of available eye relief might also be an issue. I've also been looking at these models and formats, and - for example - the 16x80 version of the LightQuest has more useful eye relief that its 20x80 equivalent, which wouldn't work for my eyes. Bit of a juggling act!
  4. If you want to use the binocular for wildlife, even occasionally, then I reckon that tends to rule out all the models with individual eyepiece focusing, as trying to re-focus both eyepieces as wildlife moves around could get rather tiresome! Probably also worth checking out the close-focus distance of the various options, as many of the 20x80 models show 20m as their closest focus, which might also be a tad limiting for wildlife. The Pentax 20x60 gets down to 8m, has centre focusing, and is relatively lightweight, but has limited field of view - plenty of positive reviews around. Might also be worth considering some of 15x56 models, such as Vortex Diamondback HDs - there's a thread on CN that's worth a read. Best of luck with your search!
  5. Thanks Hals - appreciate your comments. Sadly, now is not really the time to suggest people could add a weekend in Brighton to their trip south, as tempting as though it might be for some!
  6. Hi Martin Hope all good with you. Not sure if my experience will be of any interest to you, but I was at the point of buying a monocular a couple of months or so back. The Opticron 8x42 & 10x42 were on my short list. I was looking for something decent but small, that I could slip into my camera bag while on countryside walks during the lockdown. Inspired by some reviews & comments I read on CN, and on Neil English's website, I ended up going for a small bino instead - the Pentax Papillio 6.5x21. It just fits in my camera bag, or even a jacket pocket. It focuses down to 0.5 metres, so it's magic for butterflies and other tiny stuff, while being good enough for some impromptu birding and generally enjoying the view. AFOV is 7.5 degrees, and it's nice & sharp across some 80% of the field. It has become our fave nature-walk optical aid! Best of luck with your choice, whatever you go for. All the best, Simon
  7. Comprehensive system, comprising 150mm/6” OTA, 1500mm focal length (f10), with original 1.25” visual back, plus diagonal, as well as a Revelation dual-speed rack & pinion external focuser, allowing for coarse focusing with the primary mirror, and fine-tuning via the external focuser. The OTA features Celestron’s StarBright XLT coatings, and is fitted with the original full-length Vixen-type dovetail. The scope comes complete with a Star-Sharp Bahtinov mask, a full-aperture Seymour glass solar filter, a flexible dew-shield, and a heater band. The secondary mirror is fitted with Bob’s Knobs, for easier collimation. Apart from some scuffs on the dovetail bar – see photo – the OTA is in nice, clean condition. Collection only please (Worthing area, West Sussex), as don’t want to risk posting this and have no suitable case etc. However, as long as the weather’s fine, we’d be happy to arrange a safe, socially-distanced inspection of the scope in our garden. Cash on collection please, or payment by bank transfer. Asking £335.00 ovno.
  8. You'd need to fit a dovetail onto the base, where the two tripod-mounting threads are, and then yes, it would fit onto pretty much any astro mount, AZ5 included. I've had two or three different Vixen-type dovetails on it in the past, to fit onto my EQ5 or Tecnosky Cubo alt-az mount. Very simple to do. Hope that helps. Cheers, Simon
  9. Beautiful image, and lovely composition. Very nice indeed.
  10. Meade 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA Focal length: 1250mm, f13.8 I’ve owned this lovely little scope from new, bought in the late 1990s while working in the USA. The mount and electronics gave up the ghost a while ago, so this is the OTA only. Always kept in the original ETX90 hard case. OTA is in good condition, with sharp optics, and supplied complete with original finder scope, screw-in end cap, flip-mirror visual back, plus ETX to SCT thread adapter, and ETX to T-mount adapters. It’s also complete with the original Meade 26mm Plossl eyepiece. The ETX90 OTA has a tripod thread underneath the rear mirror cell, and as well as its obvious highly portable lunar and planetary astro applications, it also makes a nice spotting scope. Collection preferred, as very reluctant to risk posting it, but if the weather’s fine, we’d be happy to arrange a safe, socially-distanced inspection of the scope in our garden. Cash on collection, or payment by bank transfer. Asking £95.00 ovno.
  11. Love the "featherweight" approach! What a sweetly simple result, and elegantly minimalist...
  12. That sounds like a very encouraging start. Ever since reading your previous thread about monoculars, I keep thinking of how useful one could be! Hmm... food for thought. And for wallet! Cheers, Simon
  13. Hope your new monocular lives up to expectations. Looking forward to hearing more!
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