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Everything posted by TheMightyKong

  1. Surrey/Sussex seems to have the highest concentration of astro shops. Those lucky people down there!
  2. Sounds like she's very bright! Very young kids are like sponges in that they just absorb everything (which is why it depresses me when I see people swearing or smoking around their kids).
  3. Wowser! To me the most interesting thing he said on that video is 17mm eye relief.
  4. Wow that's some seriously nice kit, congrats!
  5. Thats terrible so sorry to hear that. I suppose it really changes everything.
  6. Australia for me, sunny weather, clear skies nice culture and quality of life, Rupert Murdoch no longer lives there; down side is I'd be scared of stepping on something in the dark that fights back.. Good thing about the UK is the wimpy wildlife. Closer to home south of France seems nice though I've never been there. Must ask Olly. Closer
  7. They like European scopes and we like Chinese scopes. Everybody wins!
  8. They'll all different to SPM. SPM was the best precisely for his enthusiasm but I feel he had difficulty conveying that enthusiasm in this last programs under the burden of age, infirmity and illness. I think Brian Cox is pretty good and will expand the appeal of the program to other demographics. He does have that stylistic tic of saying everything is amazing and staring off into the distance; but I can forgive him for that. Kermode does Cox
  9. I think portability varies for people depending on the level of effort they're comfortable with expending on a regular basis. Me, I'm finding the 12in dob an effort... Not that I've had to heft it out much lately.
  10. No, but there were 2 questars there today. One a 1968 Q on the widescreen stand upstairs and another downstairs at the Astro-Engineering stand. They were the most beautiful scopes there IMO. Had a play with the 1968 Q for a few seconds and it's motions were just so smooooth.
  11. I didn't use a cubicle and I didn't notice about the toilet lights. Can't comment on the ladies loos but did notice a little flicker on the big screen and the presentation disaster was averted by the presenter in question pluging his laptop to a charger on another socket. Could it have gone more smoothly? Sure but to be honest it hardly bothered me and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Highlight for me was Alan Bond's talk about Skylon and the SABRE rocket engine.. very exciting.
  12. I think that price is the same for all TV at the show - Green Witch, downstairs, had the same prices on Televue eyepieces and powermates.
  13. I see you're in North West London, the exhibit is open all day tomorrow as well. All the lectures are sold out but you can still go and look at astrostuff if you like that.
  14. Actually when the lenses get that large, doesn't cooling the mass of glass in an air spaced triplet become the limiter of performance?
  15. In case people are interested David hinds has a stack of 6mm on his stand today.
  16. The best roofs roughly match the best porros, for about 4x the price. Also, you can get much bigger sized porros!
  17. If you typed that out instead of cut and paste then YOU deserve a Nobel prize too!
  18. Not dark matter - that's something else they (we) don't know about. Dark energy was cooked up to explain the observation that the expansion of the universe appears to have sped up, instead of being slowed down by the pull of gravity of matter in the universe. So they've come up with something that acts as a repulsive force and called it dark energy. You have to admit its a cool sounding name.
  19. Well done for taking a stand. By the way, at first glance the thread title did make me think you were complaining about Astro Systeme Austria - maker of expensive imaging scopes...
  20. I still have the first pair of bins I was given by my dad, a 10x50 'Miranda' with 'gold coated optics' (whatever that is). I got them sometime in the late 80's. When I compared them to a 10x42 opticron bino made sometime in the mid naughties a few years ago it was staggering just how dim and soft the old Miranda's looked in comparison. These are both fairly inexpensive chinese made binoculars. I don't know how the old high end binoculars compare to cheaper contemporary makes but i would expect the newer ones should be brighter though not perhaps sharper.
  21. You're going to call it Little Woo? Congrats and look forward to the pics!
  22. My Dad, has a casual interest. Bought me a pop up book about soviet cosmonauts, then another book on the solar system. Actually it could have started even before that as I'm told when I was a baby my mum and my gran used to take me outside and show me the starry sky in an effort to get me to eat. Luckily I didn't grow up in a city.
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