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About RichM63

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  1. Canon vs Nikon

    Never a truer word spoken! Happy Canon camper here, but the monetary price per individual picture does not bear thinking about.
  2. Lens Clear Out (Canon fit)

    I'd like a boat for Xmas.
  3. looking to upgrade canon 18-55mm kit lens

    Wider than 18mm, faster than f3.5 and better IQ all for £200. Only really leaves Tokina and Tamron as brands in the running. Sigma, Canon and Samyang will all require almost double the budget. I do have lenses from all of these and can say that I am happy with the quality vs price. But with lenses you have to spend increments of £100-£200 to see a result. ie £70 18-55 Canon = £190 Tokina 12-24 f4, = £400 Canon 17-40 f4 L and then....£2000+ Canon 11-24 f4 L USM ........and onwards. Most of the time edge distortion etc etc can be removed/cropped out PP if RAW shooting. Best, Rich
  4. Can you guess part 2

    Clearly it was the annual cross border Lancs/Yorks "Ballistic Parkin Competition" always held in November. May result in 'smeared' images; but famed for "we keep eating Parkin" (well you would, wouldn't you, if the stuff kept landing on your telescope!) Rich
  5. Lens Clear Out (Canon fit)

    Having previously purchased my Tamron 150-600 from Anthony, I can only say that he was very honest in his description of condition etc, and clearly he does look after his kit. Personally I would not hesitate to make another private purchase from him, and may yet do so, if I move one of the big Tamrons along, before he sells the Sigma. (I can't justify 3x super tele zooms even though that would give me a lot of fun comparing). My experience from purchasing from Anthony (Hobsey) was a real pleasure. Rich
  6. Fingerless Gloves, Anyone?

    Yup, I have many pairs of fingerless Thinsulate gloves. Coincidence is that I am wearing a pair as I sit at the desk reading and replying to this thread. No heat on at the moment and a balmy 12°C in the house! Rich
  7. My New Toy

    Great looking thing, now all you have to do is to figure out how to make the OTA vertical! Congrat's
  8. Mount levelling

    Not quite, but I understand. One of my locations is on a slope, if I didn't do at least some leveling, the whole rig would be in danger of falling down hill.
  9. In my feeble opinion, you did ask. The first one is way over cooked in contrast/sharpness etc. The second one that you don't seem to like is GREAT. nice and natural, given the conditions. 3rd n 4th detract from the 2nd. But please keep at it, comparing results is a great way. Best, Rich
  10. Mount levelling

    If it is still available, have a look at Dion's tutorial on leveling etc from the AstronomyShed it will give you a good insight. And no I do not rely on bubble levels, go figure, my gimbal head has one mounted vertically!!
  11. First Dark Skies Visit

    Lovely report from what looks like a fabulous location.
  12. that moon from V to X 27-10-17

    Superb shots! and no mistake. But you are missing 'a Little Egret' flying foreground through center shot. You did ask. Nice set.
  13. Geo Tagged Photos

    Use 'captions', eg. "Here is my picture of the Eiffel Tower taken in Glasgow" That should work. Rich
  14. I'd certainly stick with the TAL 1 for quite a while and see if over the next few years your daughter or you get bitten by the bug. Here is a very good and detailed review/report on the TAL 1. Rich
  15. Ophelia Sun From Brittany

    I didn't get light until around 15.00 local time. All day was just an eerie dull orange subdued light. Even the birds stopped singing and the cows just lay down in the fields. However around 13.00 local time I did start to get glimpses of the Sun. These single frame shots with the 5DIII and 150-600mm Tamron, any graininess is not 'noise' but sand cloud from the Sahara. Happens quite often but not usually this dense. Unfortunately I cleaned the Glossy Black ML on Friday, I now have the Desert Storm version. Thanks for looking. Rich