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Vicky050373 last won the day on January 31 2016

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About Vicky050373

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    Secretary for Wakefield and District Astronomical Society (WADAS)
    Member of Huddersfield and District Astronomical and Philosophical Society (HAPS)
    Member of The National Trust, English Heritage & RSPB
    Wife and mother of two - no pets (except the husband and the two kids!)
    Always remember - life is not a dress rehearsal
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  1. Vicky050373

    COMPLETED - SOLD Binoviewers

    Shame you didn't get on with them. I believe they are the pair you bought from myself. I can vouch for the fact they were in "as new" condition when purchased from me as I was unfortunately unable to use them myself as my eyes are unusually close together (58mm IP distance), which was just less than the minimum IP distance of this particular make of binoviewers (which is 59mm I believe). Unfortunately, I had kept them beyond the point of being able to return them so had to sell them instead of returning them for a refund. Although I was unable to bring the image fully together to use them properly, I could tell the quality of the above set is fabulous. Each EP holder has its own helical focuser to allow the viewer to set independent focus for each eye, and the supplied Barlow lenses mean you can view at 3 different magnifications without the need to buy further matched EP pairs. I'm sure they will give the buyer much viewing pleasure
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    Welcome to all

    Hopefully next time. Weekday nights are almost impossible for me now I'm working full-time hours. This middle aged woman can't hack the lack of sleep like I could, even 3 or 4 years ago. Plus, I had to pick Luke up from cadets on Monday night as Terry was unable to go for him. I've got too much on sometimes. I'm itching to get out for an Astro-gang night with the scopes
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    Welcome to all

    Nice results @Mark62 and @Marci. Looks like I missed a decent night of Astro.
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    Welcome to all

    It's all going against you this season
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    Welcome to all

    Results of a quick 15 minute back yard session last night with the Canon 100D DSLR with 50mm F1.4 lens on my Star Adventurer mount.
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    Welcome to all

    I have found the perfect dew-shield for the Prinz 660 refractor. It is, in fact, a cut-down 2L Sprite bottle, but it's contoured shape has made it an absolutely snug fit, and it will look amazing once finished. Personally, I also think the other patterning on the plastic will just finish the look once painted etc. Looking for tips on how best to finish it off. Was thinking of filing off the edges as they are a little sharp, and then using matt black paint on the inside with white paint on the outside. Hoping my acrylic paint will work, and then maybe protecting the outside with some kind of varnish? Ideally, it'd look better to flock the inside but I don't have any suitable material for this. And help/tips appreciated please
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    Welcome to all

    Grabbed the opportunity to get the gear out last night and captured some data before the clouds came in. Had issues with PHD, so had to stick to shorter unguided exposures. Still, it was nice to get the gear dusted off and aired out M97 The Owl Nebula & M108 The Surfboard Galaxy in Ursa Major 28.01.2019 Skywatcher Equinox 80 ED & Altair Hypercam 183C 125 x 60 second exposures
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    Welcome to all

    It's not been the best of seasons again. You have been very busy with work. I've had health issues over Christmas, which have sapped my energy and taken my Astro-mojo. Plus the clouds seem to be a permanent fixture apart from when there's the DLB in full force! Know what you mean - it just feels as though the season is slipping by again. Hopefully see you at an upcoming meeting.
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    Welcome to all

    I was out in the back yard last night having a bit of fun lunar viewing with the vintage Prinz 660 refractor I have been "fettling". I took a few quick DSLR shots of the Moon and I'm really happy with the results. The images don't really do the view through the eyepiece justice, as this scope gives pin sharp detail along the terminator, even at this lunar phase! Below is a single image from last night. The Moon Canon 100D DSLR and vintage Prinz 660 refractor Single 1/400 second exposure at ISO 400
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    Welcome to all

    Having a bit of fun in the back yard with the vintage Prinz 660 refractor and William Optics binoviewers. The lunar views were incredible. Almost 3D. I felt as though I could reach out and touch it. I've also done a few DSLR shots which look really nice, and I'll post them tomorrow when I've had chance to put them on the laptop. Vintage long focal length refractors (and this thing is long) really put the fun back into astronomy
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    Wanted SW or Orion 76mm Tube Ring.

    That is frustrating. I ordered mine just before Christmas, and when I looked at their website yesterday they showed as in stock. Might be worth double-checking with them. Good luck, and hope you manage to source some.
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    Wanted SW or Orion 76mm Tube Ring.

    I just recently ordered a pair of these from 365Astronomy. Think they were about £23 for the pair and arrived within 48 hours! Look smashing on my vintage Prinz 660. Good luck
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    Welcome to all

    I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019 and hoping for many a clear night for all
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    Welcome to all

    Thanks D. It was a bit disappointing that it was so hazy with lots of high cloud, but she was fascinated with the Orion Nebula. For a 76mm scope it gave pretty good views
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    Welcome to all

    Well, I finally got to show my niece, Emmie, the Prinz 660. I also gave her a large fold-out poster sized Moon map, Nightscenes 2019, Tim Peake's "Ask an Astronaut" and an Astronomy dot-to-dot book. She absolutely loves the scope, although it takes her a while to see the objects in the eyepiece. We initially set up in the front yard and viewed The Orion Nebula, Betelgeuse, The Pleiades, Hyades and Mars. However, the street lights were bright so we moved to the back yard to see what we could see there. Unfortunately, a haze began to set in and we were unable to see anything more than the brighter stars so we called it a night. Next time we are hoping to do some lunar viewing to see if Emmie can name the features by using her Moon map. A budding astronomer in the making

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