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  1. Fozzie

    Northern Lights

    Hi Mark, the best time is usually quoted as late September through to March as the nights are generally longer, especially the further north you head. Obviously I guess the longer the darkness lasts the better chance of seeing any activity. Although that's the key, activity, i'm not sure there is a prescribed time "when" the aurora will be active, and any forecast doesn't allow for much time to arrange a trip, I guess that bit is pot luck! As an example, I was lucky enough to take the family to northern finland in December 17, and was blessed with 3 outstanding nights of activity (although the number of people who hadn't seen anything I met there was remarkable , not sure what they were doing to miss it!) Last year my sister in law also visited northern Finland, and although they had clear sky for 4 nights, they didn't see any activity at all. One of my directors at work went to Iceland last year for a week and also didn't see the lights, despite going on an actual aurora hunting trip to the north.. So I guess that's the crooks of it, there's a more opportune time, but probably no best time.. Ta Fozzie
  2. Fozzie

    More Terminator Treats

    Just watching a shaft of light throw an arc through hevelius.. lovely view as it's developing And a even fainter "fan" of light developing in grimaldi too..
  3. Fozzie

    What did the postman bring?

    Toasty.... might need some odour eaters!
  4. Fozzie

    What did the postman bring?

    New boots for cold night observing!!
  5. Fozzie

    Mineral Moon help needed ūüôā

    Check out the attached from Tom Kerss of the ROG. True colour moon is on my to do list also.. Ta Fozzie MoonTrueColours_TomKerss.pdf
  6. Fantastic, lucky thing, twice in 2 years... great shots!
  7. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    @Stu, I can lend you an Allen key set if you like... Edit* Oh actually I cant I need it for the cot, as my 9month old nearly pulled himself over the ledge this morning... which is nice as I didn't even know he could sit up by himself!!
  8. Fozzie

    Why was my wife a little upset??

    Dont do that, she'll be mad you don't know, and she'll know you don't know by having to ask... best just runaway!
  9. Fozzie

    Why was my wife a little upset??

    You've knocked over her slipper and not put it back... that would be inexcusable in our house!
  10. Fozzie

    Practical Astro show.

    I'm intending to go for the morning it's a 5 hour round trip by the looks of it.. still thoigh if I make it, it'll be my first astro show.. maybe put some faces to names!
  11. So who's going to brave the early morning cold to see this.. I'm being forecasted clear sky's over north Leeds (for now).. I've also got the day of work too..
  12. Fozzie

    Suggestions for an Alt-Az mount...

    Yeah, a Skytee2 with extension pillar and tripod is not the most portable set up.. I've a large wooden tripod on mine which adds to the stability but again the weight! not a pick up and go option for sure, but then a neither is a 6" frac..
  13. Fozzie

    Suggestions for an Alt-Az mount...

    I'd have said, second hand bear bones skytee2 with 1.75inch tripod.. future proof as well with designs on a big 6" frac.. Problem is you'll want a ADM saddle up grade and probably an extension tube.. £££
  14. Fozzie

    Some people...

    It does seem that ignorance and selfishness that was once a preserve of social media is creeping out into everyday life, it's a sad indictment! As an example, I was in a supermarket on Saturday with the wife and the 8 month old. Little William accidently dropped his comfort blanket/teddy on the floor, which I without thinking bent to pick it up. However at the same time the woman, who was stationary looking at yogurts had decided to move off, accept I was then blocking her way for all of 2 seconds. I was actually just about to apologise (pet hate of mine is abrupt stoppers in the supermarket!) when not only did she tut, and role her eyes at me she said, "your in my way, he (referring to an 8 month old) shouldn't be messing about when it's busy like this"... Usually I'd hold my council outside of work (construction, some of the conversations can get "over exciting") however this time I decided against it.. I know it's not big and it's not clever... sticks and stones and all that.. (it did feel big and clever though!) I just can't believe that's where we are with things... and by the look on the wife's face, I did the lady a big favour.. A BIG FAVOUR! Emad, great to see the generosity, sad to see the concept of pay it forward is lost on some people.. Ta Fozzie
  15. Yes the initial reports do sound encouraging, certainly the Achro does show some false colour at 170x, but it's not objectionable, and the semi apo filter does help. So good to hear that it's virtually non existent at 170x in the ED variant! As that's usually my upper limit on good nights due to seeing and local conditions. I swear the river to the south of me gives of more thermals than a radiator sometimes! As said though, and not the first time we've seen this with a new scope, packaging and transport seem to have let it down a bit. I'm going to hang fire for some more reports, photo's and the like, the intention currently is to go to the Astro Show in Kettering and have a look.. hopefully feel assured enough to walk away with one!
  16. Im going to withdraw this mount for the time being while I decide which avenue to persue.. Can the Mods please archive/remove.
  17. Afternoon I am tentatively offering up for sale my skytee2 mount, with 1.75" steel leg tripod. This mount has a number of modifications/extras that I would like sell as whole, as opposed to stripping down as yet. Due to weight of the mount this would be collection only. I work in Leeds, York and Sheffield so would be willing to meet up if required, DM me and we can discuss.. Included are the following Skytee2 mount and Tripod, EP spreader unit ADM saddle upgrade (both original saddles are included) 16" extension pillar 2No slow motion flexi controllers 8kg meade Counter Weight Boxes for mount head, extension piller (not sure about tripod) All are in excellent condition, the mount has been regressed recently in line with the attached word document.. Skytee2 strip.docx Asking Price is as follows. Skytee2 with 1.75" Tripod £359.00, Sky watcher Extension piller £67.00, ADM Saddle Upgrade £135.00, 8kg Meade Weight £75.00, Flexi Slow Mo Cables £19.00 = £655.00 to buy brand new. Going with the traditional 2/3rds price I should be asking around £435 for this mount, however I'm going to offer it up at £375 PLEASE NOTE THE WOODEN TRIPOD LEGS ARE NOT BEING OFFERED FOR SALE (CHANGE OF MIND) SO THE MOUNT WILL BE ON THE 1.75" STEEL LEGS I will upload more Pictures tonight, but for now the mount, fully modified mount with wooden tripod, is as below.. Reason for sale.... thinking about upgrading a scope, Thanks for looking.. Ta Fozzie
  18. Interesting.... i might just go to that..
  19. This actually taps in to every concern I have about this scope. Hence why i'm being coy on it, and having doubts about selling off my equipment! I know from last year, my starwave Achro will show me the best the sky conditions offer, as im sure the ED will, I also know that with my achro I can see down to approx. 2.3km (Gassendi P) craters on the moon, again subject to conditions, but that's my "record" I believe currently.. That was with the Achro and a Semi Apo Filter.. I'm hesitant because I'm thinking the Achro with Semi Apo filter, might just be very close in performance to the ED version. Although as you say, its possible the differences are seen at higher magnifications, how often do we get the chance to push, I've no real experience of ED or APO scopes, so Im at a loss here.. ie on any given night if the achro was good for 160x, would an ED be good for say 200x because of better optics, giving me better chances to see finer details on planets and lunar..? I'm starting to sense small gains with this scope..
  20. Which makes perfect sense, however, as we know the TAL is for my first born, when he's 10, he's 4 now so in 6 years time if he shows an interest. If I sell this, then that birthday or Christmas I wont get the opportunity to say "I can pretty much guarantee that no other person in the world is opening one of these" Big song and dance, nice new TAL100RS, I mean sure i'll need to drill new holes for a the finder and no doubt the doublet is the wrong way round, but hey isn't that just a what a TAL is all about! As for the starwave achro, I love this scope and after "that" night during the Beast from the East, I know just how good the optics are.. I mean 450x it was unbelievable.. Also if these have now been discontinued (yes by a very similar ED) but wont these be sought after by Achrofanatics in the future.. and wouldn't this just make a cracking gift for my No 2 son on his tenth birthday! As for the SkyTee2, well it occurred to me that actually what I have here is a well thought out, heavy duty AZ mount, with nice modifications, and I feel like it's almost giving it away at the current value.. The longer it goes un sold, the more I think, that's going to take some beating for an AZ with out some future serious spends.. I think I might be a secret hoarder.. My brain works in strange ways sometimes.. Another one who's missed a "0" of the end the idea of a side by side is one reason im also hesitating on the skytee sale, would like to give that a go, you know for the good of the SGL community.. It's almost becoming my preferred option, just buying and worrying about it later! Hopefully if I punch the button on the ED and it blows the achro out of the water, then I might not be too bothered, about selling it on.. All interesting stuff! Ta Fozzie
  21. Your one to talk... I'm sure you put first refusal down the day I bought the GP from Dobbie?
  22. I bet if I put my GP up for sale, some one would snap my hand off.... Question is should I look at selling the TAL and Starwave Achro instead, or is it that we are so close to the new year, we're all watching our budgets a bit more stringently! or third option should I just Jeff it and order one, and worry about it later!
  23. Fozzie

    Cloudy Skies every night

    Oh don't worry there's a full moon on Sunday, it's always clear on a full moon.... Oh hang on.... it a;so a lunar eclipse on Sunday/Monday... it's going to be wall to wall isn't! Actually, this thread is good timing, Im agonising about thinning the equipment to by a specific scope im interested in.. but what is the point in having equipment sat around with limited opportunity to use, might as well have onething you'll enjoy using when you get those rare chances eh? Clear skys to everyone! ta Fozzie
  24. I've dropped the price on this, hopefully for a quick sale.. before I change my mind on letting it go.. the wooden legs are now not being offered for sale, so will install the metal legs for sale. again collection only, but I am happy to meet as above, say anywhere within an hour or so of leeds..
  25. Well that's the 10mm Delos away... I've had some interest in the skytee2 if I want to split it down.. although I am now tempted to part with the tal and the starwave achro and keep the skytee if I go large frac in the future... someone said Evo150ED.. I notice the AT 100f7 has been panned and also short apo manufactured by kunming or long perng as not good on the old colour correction. They haven't even stopped their, they've also gone after the vixen GP and GPDx as being not suitable as a mount due to focus vibration.. What a place CN is eh! In all serious now, I've not had any issues with my set up.. what do we think mount wise, surly a GP is more than enough for this scope a under 5kg A little bit closer to the ED now.. Ta Fozzie

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