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BinocularSky

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About BinocularSky

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  • Birthday 23/04/50

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    Visual astronomy (obviously), Kites, AmDram.
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    Between the New Forest and Cranborne Chase
  1. Binoculars 150 quid budget

    The WO at £160 is definitely worth a look as long as (as Alfian has said)the eye relief is sufficient for you, i.e. you don't need spectacles to observe). If they aren't to your taste, the Pentax SP 10x50 WP is a very nice instrument; the lockable focus is very useful - review here.
  2. Been on my hols (at @ollypenrice's wonderful gaff!), so this announcement is later than usual: The latest edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready for these post-equinox decent-length nights. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * A grazing lunar occultation for southern England * Asteroid Iris brightening to easy visibility in binoculars * The possibility of a comet for small binoculars Please note that the charts are necessarily of low resolution, but clicking on them will take you to a higher resolution version. I hope you find it useful with your binoculars or small telescopes) To grab your (free!) copy, or to subscribe (also free) and receive it monthly, please go to http://binocularsky.com and click on the 'Newsletter' tab.
  3. Where "bang for your bucks" is the issue, all else being equal, Porros are generally a better bet. I prefer IF for astronomy (set it and leave it), CF for terrestrial.
  4. Collimation for Dummies

    Yup, April 2016. @asset189, drop me a PM if you need to.
  5. One for users of 10x50 bins ...

    It does indeed! However, I'm far more self-centred: I merely point out the "S"-shaped curve of stars between Alnilam and Mintaka and tell people it's there as "S for Steve", to remind them who pointed it out to them.
  6. One for users of 10x50 bins ...

    Two more easy ones: The Leaping Minnow asterism (Aur) Collinder 70 (the cluster nearly everyone has seen and hardly anyone knows) (Ori)
  7. One for users of 10x50 bins ...

    That load of dross? Bargepole, mate! Seriously, @Demonperformer, feel free to play in the "Observing" section and troff anything you like (it's what I put it there for!)
  8. One for users of 10x50 bins ...

    Noting that it's "novice" and that a lot of nominal 10x50s care actually 10x42 or smaller, in no particular order: Stock 2 Mira will brighten towards the end of the year I was surprised how easy IC1805 was in 10x42s in strong moonlight last night. Kemble's Kite The Queen's kite Albireo M27 M35 M41 M42 M50 TX Psc Pisces Parallelogram psi-1 Psc 77 Psc HD8949, 8956 Rho/94 Psc NGC 752 Lion Cub beta Cam Davis’s Dog HU Tau NGC 1746 I think η Per is too difficult for a novice. My rule of thumb is that you need darned good optics and a bit of observing skill to split a double when magnification x arcsec approaches 240. NGC 253 might also be a tad tricky, depending on horizon conditions.
  9. Just discovered that Universal Astronomics has ceased trading. What a pity! I guess Larry decided to retire... Shouldn't be a problem: the base of the Skymount (& so, I assume, the Paragon clone, but do verify this) is 89mm diameter, which is about 20mm wider than the hole in a standard surveyor tripod (some have smaller holes). Replace the 5/8" bolt in the tripod with a 3/8" Whitworth bolt (& washer?). Alternatively, you may be able to source a 5/8 female to 3/8 male adaptor; I know that they are made for microphone stands, but I'm not sure if the microphone 5/8 thread is the same profile & pitch as the one on the tripod. HTH.
  10. If my memory serves me well (no guarantee!) @Damo636 upgraded from his Lunt Magnesium 16x70 to the APM ED version. He may be able to advise.
  11. The "Mammoth" has not had good reviews. I have an ancient Virgo Skymount, of which the "Paragon" is a clone; I think the paragon is as well made. It easily balances my Lunt 16x70 (but needed the friction clamps tightened for the Helios Apollo 15x70 that I used to have; counterweight inadequate to balance it). Its main shortcoming, IMO, is that the only possible orientation of the binocular is pointing over the tripod; after using something with a few more degrees of freedom, this seems restrictive. This mount is well thought of over on Cloudy Nights.
  12. I don't think you can beat the Universal Astronomics ones. (I have had one of their T-mounts for over a decade and it is perfect for my needs.) But they are expensive; I have put some links to DIY options at the bottom of this page., and @michael.h.f.wilkinson has posted plans of his DIY one somewhere on these forums.
  13. The nights are getting longer and the latest edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. I'm releasing it a few days earlier than usual, for the benefit of those who do not take the Twitter or Facebook feeds and/or may have missed last week's NEO announcement. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * A close approach of a Near Earth Asteroid (from the end of August) * Two grazing lunar occultations * An asteroid occultation Please note that the charts are necessarily of low resolution, but clicking on them will take you to a higher resolution version. I hope you find it useful with your binoculars or small telescopes) To grab your (free!) copy, or to subscribe (also free) and receive it monthly, please go to http://binocularsky.com and click on the 'Newsletter' tab.
  14. Sorry about that. You'd think that by now I'd have learned to double-check orbital elements for currency!
  15. Drat! Thanks for that. I had loaded updated elements from the MPC, but somehow they went into the wrong folder. Now corrected. Apologies, all!
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