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Posts posted by TheMightyKong

  1. I was there all day on Friday, went to the Friday pm talks. Talked to Al Nagler and bought a 21 Ethos!! Had 20% off. Having got an offer of a interest free credit card balance transfer in the post this week, was sorely tempted by the NP101 with £400 off but walked away. So ended up with a ethos and felt good that I'd saved 3 grand... Best of both worlds :-)

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  2. Doesn't any one else surreptitiously move all the astro mags from the back of the display shelves in WHS to front and centre? And if I can manage to completely cover over an Astrology publication, so much the better :laugh:

    It's usually next to fourtean times or some other 'paranormal' magazine. I do occasionally take some some enjoyment from covering up said Troutwith S@N or similar.

  3. Ladies and gentlemen, this a historic moment. Incandescent silicate rain and 7,000kph winds at 1000 degrees. This is proof positive there is life on that planet, and, what is more, someone there had just bought a 50inch dob. Where's my Nobel prize?

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  4. I like to think of it as - NEVER buy second rate.

    If I never bought second hand, I wouldn't have some of the finer things in life, which are unavailable in the mediocre world of today.

    No, I'm going to have to disagree with you there and reiterate you should never buy second hand long johns. If you're thinking about it then don't! You'll regret it. Go commando observing if you have to.

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  5. A pair of thermal long johns from marks&sparks. Those arduous winter sessions became much more pleasurable for a fraction of the price of an eyepiece. In terms of return on investment, (as opposed to getting it below the usual cost) it's my biggest bargain purchase.

    One thing - NEVER buy second hand. That's a false economy which is bound to lead to despair.

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  6. OT but how's the big apo breaking in? I read you were due to take delivery a few months ago but I must have missed the first light thread if you posted one. Actually hope to see one on the scope forum if you have the time. Cheers.

    Wow indeed. See it next to the 82 degree version for scale...


    Edit: I am thinking about buying one for my 7" triplet but I want to hear how it performs first. David Nagler has said that controlling all the aberrations in an EP becomes incredibly difficult with EPs larger than 2".

  7. Interesting question. I wonder what could be defined as a single object? Those mammoth stars would be extremely tenuous in their outer layers - just about holding together by gravity. But if you count objects held together by gravity only then what about galaxies or giant clouds of hydrogen?

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