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  1. I think of it as a second hand Ford Fiesta or the glory of the Horsehead Nebula from the middle of a city. Know which I'd rather have. But as I write this I'm thinking - how many SGLers are going to suggest buying the Ford Fiesta and driving to a dark site......
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    The Telescope That You Never Got On With

    I definitely fell into that category when I rekindled my interest in the hobby 5-6 years ago. After months of research I thought the new C6 Evolution, with fancy mobile phone-controlled go-to, would be a lifetime 'keeper'. Turned out to be the wrong scope on every count - optics nothing special, mount far too heavy for my back (and for the little 6" tube), and I realised pretty quickly that I didn't need go-to at all.
  3. Superb - many congratulations Matthew.
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    An Old Find makes me wonder, what first inspired you?

    Think we had a similar idea for our avatars Ian .....
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    The Telescope That You Never Got On With

    I didn't really get on with the Celestron C6. Very good star tests and collimation but was never satisfied with views through the eyepiece - stars were bloated, though it was a decent lunar and planetary scope. C8 Edge was a lot better, but sold it to buy myFC-100 and don't regret it.
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    An Old Find makes me wonder, what first inspired you?

    Observer's Book of Astronomy was my first inspiration too in the mid 1970s.
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    Quick Menorca report

    Very nice. Looking south from that location, there's nothing but 200 miles of sea until you reach the coast of Africa. Unfortunately I have another 50 weeks of work before I get to go back .....
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    Quick Menorca report

    Thanks Kevin. We were staying at the Biniarroca hotel near Sant Lluis - very close to the south east. Agree it's a good area for stargazing - no big tourist resorts. In previous years I've found a couple of dark locations along the coast - west of Punta Prima
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    Quick Menorca report

    Thanks all. Stuck in London most of the time so it's nice to be able to share holiday experiences once a year
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    Quick Menorca report

    Back from Menorca holiday this week. Temperatures in the high 30s throughout and very humid - hardly perfect for stargazing but penultimate night seeing was fairly good and more modest humidity. Took Takahashi FC-100, and mostly used Panoptic 24, Nagler 11, and Delites 3 and 4 for planets. Saturn was beautiful - Cassini prominent throughout, and could actually make out C-ring in my final session. Jupiter also lovely - nice detail in the temperate belts though colours seemed more muted than usual. Mars was just an enormous sandy blob all holiday - a huge disappointment. Open clusters were least affected by the humid conditions, so enjoyed sweeping through Sagittarius and Scorpius - M6 and M7 marvellous. M11 and Cassiopeia OCs likewise. Managing to resolve the outer stars of M22 - also spent a long time on M13 and M4.. Swan nebula was stunning, but highlight of the holiday was the Dumbbell - really extraordinary detail that the Tak pulled out of an object I've observed scores of times before, but never with this success. Came back to UK slightly regretful that I hadn't expanded my Messier and NGC account, but very happy that the weather gods allowed me one excellent session
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    What did the postman bring?

    Just taken delivery of an external pressure controller for my Lunt solar scope after coming up at a bargain price. Have wanted one for a while as the manual pressure tuner on my LS60 only comes on band right at the very end of its travel, which means it's very tight - and difficult to keep the scope balanced and on target while tuning. Now can dial in exact desired pressure without affecting the view - so I can concentrate on observing.
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    What’s your best holiday memories for Astro?

    My most memorable stargazing experience - alas not with a telescope, but with binoculars - was in the "empty quarter", the Arabian desert in eastern Yemen. At the time there was civil war within the country, and we were in a tribal region which meant we didn't hang around for long. But the view of the Milky Way was incredible.
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    Diagonals - can you really see the difference?

    The leap from stock diagonals which come with SCTs and refractors (I've had a few Celestron and Skywatcher units that have been very poor) to a decent upgrade (for e.g. the various dielectric diagonals - which in my experience are fairly similar - and excellent) is enormous - the subsequent gains when you trade up to the various pricey Baader options are less dramatic. The best value diagonals are the 2" SW/Revelation dielectrics or the 1.25" Takahashi in my experience.
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    Help! A dumb question....,

    No - it's well protected - I would be concerned if we had a violently turbulent flight but they're pretty rare. Observing conditions haven't been great in Spain over the past couple of weeks - very hot and humid - but It was worth bringing the Tak this time purely for the views of M22, M13, M27 and M8 last night - will stay with me for a while
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    Help! A dumb question....,

    Jock - there are caps you can buy from Wex camera which fit the FC-100 perfectly - fellow SGL member and Tak owner Stu posted photos a few weeks ago. I tried to buy them before this holiday but they were out of stock. I've made some cardboard covers for this trip, but will order some of the Wex caps when I get back

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