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Everything posted by Fozzie

  1. Just over a year in and the Iroko wood has darkened alot.. almost hoped it would stay lighter than this.. but hey ho.. the grain running through, gives a fantastic contrast! Amazing how it's aged, much better than me that's for sure!
  2. I've taken the day off for this, and my intention is to head over to the astronomy centre, good to know there's an event -event on... undoubtedly a daft question but I assume your happy for visitors to bring their own scopes etc, or should u leave it home!?
  3. Exactly the same, I do keep considering a SCT, but I feel im a refractor man.. My F11 has never disappointed me.. the seeing and transparency and good old weather, continue however to be an abject disappointment! Fair play on the Paramedic Science, a Worthy and Nobel undertaking.. wishing her all the best! Both fine scopes John, the 130 (triplet?) must be similar in weight. to the 8kg? Is this for handleing or size or just pleasure of use?
  4. might have a bit of a temperature yeah... Would just like to go a bit deeper than I can with the 100mm, I have been tempted to go for the star travel 150 or 152mm F6.9's (but there's always another Bill to pay..) and for some reason the thought of a newt or Dob isn't doing it for me.. although you could get a lot of mirror for the price of a 150ED the 8kg is interesting, the EDF125 is listed as 7.8kg.. not a lot of difference..
  5. This looks new... a 150ED doublet in the offering from Altair.. I liked the look of the 125EDF , but I like the look of this a tad better... has some interesting specs too.. From the Blurb.. The focal ratio of F8 and the FPL53 ED Glass element allows excellent colour correction for high resolution imaging, and visual use. Colour aberration is almost non-existent and the doublet lens acclimatises quicker to ambient temperatures, reaching optimum performance faster. Not only are the optics top quality - so is the CNC machined optical tube, 2.5" Rack and Pinion focuser, tube rings and sliding dewshield with super-durable powdercoated finish. Each Altair 150EDF refractor comes with an interferometer test report showing a Strehl ratio of 0.92 or more in green light. The test report is logged against the lens serial number, and as usual, always the pick of the best optics when assembling any lens. Weight is 8kg and length is about 1.2m assembled, allowing another 40cm for the dewshield extended. We recommend the iOptron CEM120 or SkyWatcher EQ8 for imaging and/or visual use, however the EQ6 mount will handle the scope for visual use, and/or solar system imaging. https://www.altairastro.com/Altair-150EDF-Refractor.html Thoughts!? Ta Fozzie Link Attached!
  6. Pleasure meeting and chatting to you @DougM43... That Mounts in great condition. Thanks Again. Steve
  7. So yesterday I was in the loft getting the cases down for next week's holiday, and I thought.. i known I check on the Tal 100rs i have stored up their, just to make sure the box is not getting damp or being attacked by anything.. If your wondering why it's in the loft, it's because I bought it when my now five year old turned one, as a gift when/if he's curious enough to want his own scope.. it's "mint" as in I've never removed it from its packaging, seen the lens or taken it out of the green bag.. it will stay that way too.. looks like it was a 2011 scope from the shipping label so will be 13 years old when my son's 10.. Anyways, as I was checking it I thought need to sort a mount for this, and would you have it one pops up in the sale section a short hop over to Burnley.. not just any old mount, a Tal mount for a 100mm refractor... A bit of astro fate! Thought itd be a good thread to see if anyone else fallen on the good side of this?! Ta Fozzie
  8. I keep thinking about calling along.. it's only 15mins from me.. probably should.. I could do with a shot in the arm of astro enthusiasm as it happens!
  9. Fozzie

    LunarMap HD

    LunarMap HD is my go to resource during my outings, I like the fact you can click on a feature and it tells you some basic information, such as length of feature or diameter, origin of name and location etc.. It used to be linked to something called the moon wiki, which would open another browser page and give real in depth detail, origin, geology, name sake, feature information and obiter photo's but alas that part has since been closed by wikispaces.. bit of a disappointment that.. thanks for sharing the Derek view website @Stu, will have a look at that.. Ta Fozzie
  10. That I can imagine is a fair amount of effort, I struggle in a bit of long grass sometimes, let alone in reduced gravity, dusty white, cratered, inhospitable environment like the moon.. I wonder, did he ever tell you har far it travelled?
  11. Easy... which bunker is it in!? If it's even landed yet..
  12. Think I've just been watching them too.. never seen them before so I'm always a tad doubtful.. my sister has the DSLR, so all I had was an basic point and shoot..
  13. Excellent thread, there is some different class workmanship you've done here, no stone left unturned during the refurb.. looks like it was made for that little mac too. Very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing!
  14. A few thoughts... Observing reports – award for the most engaging and imaginative descriptions (you don’t need a camera for this, but could be fun..!) Sun dogs/Halos Moon Halos Green Flash Brocken Spectres Meteors/Showers Multiple star systems – star colours! Oh and absolutely revisit the old ones, new year new conditions, new targets lots still to do! Ta Fozzie
  15. I was watching the Moon/M44 conjunction with a pair of 70mm bins, from the back garden.. watched until HIP 42542 was occulted. I probably should of set the scope up, but it was quite relaxing, laying back on a chair with the bino's (on a stand) in front. I have to say, for a £60 pair, the opticron Oregon 70x15 are a great buy, very pleasing image.
  16. @Moonshane, nothing but respect for the amount work you've put in across the garden Shane, looking forward to seeing how the Obs progresses!
  17. Lovely set up John, and a fairly unique Borg scope and binoviewers, would have loved to look through this at ingleton, many moons ago.
  18. After missing out what appeared to be a wonderful clear, transparent night on Wednesday I made sure I wasn't going to miss out on last nights clear forecast. I set up the Frac on the skyteeII, first time use with the Iroko Tripod and new Whittled EP tray. The intent was just to test the set up with the Skytee, as normally I've favoured ,and been spoilt with, a lovely tracking vixen GP mount, so I fancied a change to the simplicity of Alt-Az. Targeting the moon for a short session I took in a number of terminator delights, I found the following areas particularly captivating Rima Ariadaeus the finger of Albategnius as the the illuminated side projected into the dark of the crater basin Montes Caucasus and the hint of structure to the Aristoteles crater Wall However the one thing that really grabbed my attention, was the watching the moons apparent motion. Assumingly as I was observing in non astro dark the non-illuminated disk, showed a lovely hint of earth shine, which allowed you to see opposite limb slowly encroaching the faintest of stars, until "pop" the moon passed in front, and the star disappeared out of view behind the non illuminated limb, I counted 4 stars pop out last night before I headed in, it reminded me packman, hence the title, chasing little white orbs around the sky. It should be clear here for tomorrow night, when the moon should pass close to the Beehive cluster, if last night was anything to go by, that should be a good show! Clear Skys Fozzie
  19. From someone who clearly knows elegance with your wonderful and unique Clave, I thank you, very kind comment!
  20. It is, there's just a lovely amount of earth shine giving a hint of the unilluminated face.. just watch as a star occultation on the far limb.. lovely stuff..
  21. Going alt-az tonight.. pleased with the look of this set up!
  22. I feel the streams have reversed tonight, kids in bed already, teas sorted, the wife's going for a soak!
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