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  1. A new R4 drama presentation, not Welles' ( tho that was fun!) I have to recheck the listings for times etc, but I think it is Saturday afternoons.
  2. R4 has been broadcasting a lot of Mars related programmes recently, fiction and fact. Interesting one earlier today on the tales of Wells, Burroughs et al. And Wells' WOTW drama serial on Saturdays, makes great radio! I'll be tuning the dial @ 9
  3. Check Amazon for the Manfrotto 222 pistol grip, or the Neweer (Neewer?)copy of same (£29.99 so a bit cheaper). The Manfrotto is a solid bit of kit and will handle your 15x70s easily. I imagine the Neweer would be similarly OK. You don't need the additional ball head for either as it's already there
  4. So long as you initially carefully set the scope absolutely level ( on first set up, with a spirit level), my understanding is likewise that your observing surface (ground, decking, concrete whatever) is not a factor in getting a good low reading. I've managed a couple of 0.0, but usually not! Good enough to get (for example) Uranus in my eyepiece, even if not centred. Persevere - it's a good (nice and) simple system
  5. I too use mine sometimes, sometimes not ( I tend to forget I have them! Sigh...old age....) They help a bit as I recall - but I sure as heck wouldn't spend £80 on em. Blimey, that's a good 0III's worth!
  6. My personal experience ( nuthin scientific I'm afraid!) is that my 90 Mak is *great* for Lunar gazing, but the seeing in my sky has to be superb for it to match my 6" reflector on, say, Jupiter or Saturn. Being a bear of little brain, I ascribe this to my skies not being up to the magnification that the Mak offers - although I do wonder if the small aperture doesn't exactly help. Which is why I lust after 102 or even, hush!, a 127... Thus, the reflector gets more eye-time in Chez Ghost - but I do adore the *tiny* size of the 90, although my ST80 supplanted it as my grab'n'go, much better for showing people some good ol' wide field wonders!
  7. Late to this flat-out gorgeous video too....*utterly* beautiful and captivating, my utmost congrats and thanks to all involved. I never realised/appreciated the sheer speed difference in the belts, and ...the 'little red spot' below the GRS - I don't think my eyes/scopes can resolve that, but I'm sure gonna try! A *big* ghost-thanks for posting
  8. Good suggestion. Going by my Prostaff 7 8x42, the Nikon could be a very viable option indeed - my 8s are very light bins with excellent optics almost edge to edge. I love em - handling is so sweet ( they really seem to fit my little paws like a glove) and their size is very manageable for travel.
  9. Total cloud here, so no Mak ( or indeed mac ) for me and no penumbral treats I look forward to seeing any images by the fortunate!
  10. And I thank'ee kind sir Was just irresistible!
  11. If it's raining, I'll be out with my mac too! ( er, I'll get my coat...no, really....)
  12. Another Moonlight fan here too Tho I don't get to experience it on walks much, in the back 'garden' it is a pure joy in the late hours when all the neighbours are sleeping ( so lights out )...that beautiful soft grey light: really is a soul-recharge. Love being followed by a moon shadow!
  13. http://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/skywatcher-slow-motion-cable-set.html My cables are pretty much identical to the link - only mine are different lengths ( one approx 10", the other approx 12"). The review in the link states that they worked in a Porta....not sure about yours. Let me know if any use, Stu. No cost.
  14. My mojo's still risin'.... Been a Doors fan all my life ( well, since 13)! But back on topic - my mojo isn't scope specific. Any glimpse of stars, planets has me goggling up( out?)ward, whether I have glass or no. It's just utterly captivating. However, I certainly could use more impetus to set up my scopes during winter especially as I don't get home from work til late most days.....but losing interest? Nah....too excited by whatever I can see! And if I can't see squat, a photographic lunar/star atlas can hold my attention for ages!
  15. Stu I'll check the length and get back to you - they're the standard SW ones AFAIK, where you tighten w/ a screw. If I can get a pic I'll post it here. I don't know how ( or if) they differ from Vixen or Sky Tee 2 slo-mos, but at least you've got two options (hopefully)
  16. I have a spare pair from an EQ2 if they'll fit - if they do, pm me your address and I'll post em
  17. I can only add my 'Excelsior!' Beautiful, just beautiful...lovely.
  18. Ah, the hook is beginning to be firmly embedded, non? Saturn can do that to ya. And the Moon, and Jupiter, and M57, 44, 13....I could go on
  19. Nice, Charic....I felt the same last year, the first time that I saw Venus 'close-up' (well, ish). I never expected to see shape and phase, and even some hint of shading...my socks blew down! Sadly, she's just too much a bad-hair mess for me lately - too close to my neighbour's heat-belching rooftop. But even so, I thought I caught a glimpse of phase behind the crawlies the other evening with my little ST80. And a lovely report Stu! I really must stop being so lazy and get out there...thanks for some much-needed inspiration
  20. Hi Alan64 Nice alt-az mount and pillar in pic 1! What is it? Now if that had slo-mo I'd be feverishly counting my pennies, like a cat counting herring at the fish market....
  21. Hi Chad, On the eyepiece front, I'm no good with the technicalities so will only whisper three little words in your ear: TeleVue 32mm plossl
  22. Aloha Frozen Dave! Yep, I couldn't resist the ST80 when I was looking for a wide field grab n go. And being a bit of an Orion fan, their lil cutie just had to be mine Took about 30 seconds on first use for me to be besotted. Of course ( the Stan Lee in me is tempted to say 'natch'!), since then it's been all work or the grey stuff - the few clear nights, natch, were right before early starts at work, so I've been a bit star-starved lately But hey-ho, gives me more time to peruse the forum.....er, that's not necessarily good is it? PS love the T! Can I get one in midnight blue?
  23. Anyone thinking of rehoming their SkyWatcher Skymax 102 Mak ( black version - I admit it, I'm vain. I don't like the shade of blue SW used!) I only need the OTA as I have a diagonal etc but happy to hear of any potential puppies in the pipeline ( now there's an image I'm not sure about....) Thanks for looking
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