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  1. Just come across this: pricey, but may be of interest to owners of big binos. https://www.meiling-astro-design.com/ (No connection, etc...)
  2. BinocularSky

    Advice needed for buying binos

    Of the ones you mention, Olympus 10x50. No contest. The Bresser is a zoom binocular. There is no such thing as a good zoom binocular. The end. The NatGeo and the Skymaster are stopped down internally, to approx 42mm and 62mm effective aperture respectively. I've not seen the 20x80. One other you should consider is tbe Opticron Adventurer 10x50 T WP. Just within your budget, better than the Oly IMO, and waterproof - a real bonus if your observing location is prone to dew. There's a review on my website (URL in sig) if you want more info. Opticron UK could probably advise you of a Belgian source.
  3. The November edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * Uranus still available * Comet 46P * Mira brightening * Asteroid occultation for southern England So grab those binocs (or small telescope) and enjoy the glories that the night sky has to share with us. To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab. You can also subscribe (also free) and have it emailed each month.
  4. BinocularSky

    7x50 binos?

    I've never had my grubbies on a stopped down 7x50, but I'm sure they must exist. Almost all the severely stopped down cases I've seen have been 10x50, Nx60 and Nx70. I do know that some Nx80 and Nx90 are afflicted as well. More importantly, I think, in this regard, I've not seen many stopped down Nx40 or Nx42 either.
  5. BinocularSky

    7x50 binos?

    ITYM "entry pupil"?
  6. For the northern hemisphere, temperate latitude, folk: Wil Tirion and Storm Dunlop's "2019 Guide to the Night Sky" is currently heavily discounted at The Book People; I've had earlier versions and found it to be very accurate, concise and well-written (as you'd expect from Storm Dunlop) with Wil Tirion's excellent charts; also other astro titles there. (No connection, affiliation, etc.) https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=926533&catalogId=10051&catId=158232
  7. BinocularSky

    7x50 binos?

    Measure your pupils, then you'll know whether it's worth going to (Mag)x50. Simple method: http://binocularsky.com/binoc_basics.php#2
  8. We used to do a Stargazing Live public event there for Kingston Lacy. We set up between the first and second banks; it's reasonably flat and you're protected by the bank from the worst excesses of carpark lights. (Round about the middle of https://goo.gl/maps/8MhfSmoCiK52)
  9. BinocularSky

    Binocular Sky Newsletter, October 2018

    M33: It's easy (in a dark-ish sky) as long as you know what you're looking for. Forget "galaxy", think ""a patch where the background sky is slightly brighter". Jiggling the binocular (or ST80) may help.
  10. BinocularSky

    H V 38 in 15x70

    Eye patch.
  11. BinocularSky

    H V 38 in 15x70

    I had it at the weekend in 16x70s (monopod & trigger-grip), but it was darned difficult, partly because it was quite low by the time I got around to it, but also because it is darned difficult! I didn't have 15x with me, but I'm pretty sure it would have been possible. I think I might avoid this one in future and might go back to my initial criteria, which I've let slip in the search for new objects: all 15x70 objects must be visible, in a decent semi-rural sky, in 10x50, and all 10x50 objects must be visible in 8x42.
  12. The October edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * The ice giants, Uranus and Neptune,are still available * Certainly one, and possibly two comets within reach of binoculars * Lunar occultation of a bright star * Possible asteroidal occultation for Shetland To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab. You can also subscribe (also free), which means you won't have to wait a few days extra because (like this month) I've forgotten to announce it and update the website.
  13. BinocularSky

    BNSS Astronomy Meeting

    The Mystery of 29P by Dr Richard Miles 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 9th October 2018 at Bournemouth Natural Science Society Richard is Director of the British Astronomical Association (BAA)’s Asteroids and Remote Planets section. 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann is a comet that has periodic outbursts. It’s also categorised as a “Centaur”, having an orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. We will find out what mechanism is most likely responsible for these outbursts. This talk is being held in association with the Institute of Physics. Image: NASA Infra-red Spitzer image in false colour
  14. BinocularSky

    Hants/Dorset Astro Calendar

    Just to be clear, I try to keep the local stuff up to date, but the more general stuff is imported from calendars maintained by others, including the UK-wide ones from Dave Eagle and Mark MacIntyre (which is why there is sometimes duplication - or triplication - of events)

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