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  1. Greenish in my 50-year-old Wray 9 bins and surprising large. At the moment directly below the Pleiades at a distance from them equivalent to that between Oriion's belt and Rigel. Stil high in the sky.
  2. My OMC140 Mak (metal, not the later carbon-fibre version) is heavy, but lives comfortably in a Black and Decker plastic toolbox. I imagine a small Skywatcher Mak would fit well in the same sort of box - Hugh
  3. Lidl 10X50 which I rarely use even though collimation and mechanics are fine. It's left way behind by my 50-year-old Wray Nine (9X60) despite basic coatings and little eye relief. Just light enough to be hand-held, but those extra millimetres in the objectives make a big difference - Hugh
  4. TV products always seem very sensitive to the plunging pound - now sinking towards $1.50 or below. So anyone thinking buying a new TV probably needs to move quickly. Unfortunately for anyone seeking a four-inch apo, the TV102 was deleted about 18 months ago - Hugh.
  5. Most of the time I use a Wray Nine (9X60 Porro made either in London or Paris about 1965). It's slightly out of collimation but gives a good bright image and on galaxies and clusters easily outperforms a Lidl/Bresser Chinese 10X50 that cost £10 about three years ago. The Wray, which has coated optics, would have cost about £35 when new, equivalent to about £400 today. It gives a good wide field, but eye relief is poor by today's standards - Hugh.
  6. I have a 15mm Eudiascopic and a 5mm Antares, both of which are multicoated and outperform most other Plossls I've tried. They are not quite parfocal and are themselves outgunned by my 20mm and 10.5mm TV Plossls (both fully multicoated) - Hugh
  7. I started out in sstronomy at school in 1958, and he's been with me all the way. One of my first books was the Space Encyclopaedia, which came with a special supplement about the first satellites. All the planetary articles in the encyclopaedia were written by him. He was never patronising, always helpful, even to schoolboys like me with elementary questions, and we shan't see his like again - Hugh.
  8. Whoops, I don't know what happened to that link. Maybe better to go to www.cieletespace.fr and click on "Instruments" at the foot of the home page. The Bosma test was in 2007.
  9. The French magazine Ciel Espace did a Bosma review quite a few years ago. It's now in their test archive at http://cieletespace.fr/files/InstrumentTest/BosmaMK18015.pdf They liked the OTA but didn't care much for the mount that came with it - Hugh
  10. I suspect it's a 1940s-50s product not made by Broadhurst Clarkson. It just happens to be carrying one of their eyepieces. The Ramsden eyepieces are much older than the telescope, I think. Unfortunately the seller's photos tell you a lot more about the ironmongery of the mount than about the telescope - Hugh
  11. Hilkin was one of the brand mames used by a London company called Hill. In fact one of the first telescopes I had at school was one that they made, branded Hilkinson. The Hilkinson brand is now used on imported binoculars by a company called Claritas. Maybe they could help you. I remember Hilkin refractors coming to the UK. They were one of the first Japanese brands sold here, and helped to finish off what was left of the UK binocular and telescope industry. There were also 60mm Hilkin refractors and some small Newts - Hugh.
  12. I remember these in the 90s. They were sold in the UK before Skywatcher refractors and their clones started arriving here. I think Soligor was a German importer of kit from the Far East. There used to be Soligor Newtonians and eyepiece sets as well - Hugh
  13. We had a fine halo last night up here. Has anyone had a moon corona recently? We had a very clear one last Thursday - a bright glow surrounding the moon in thin, high cloud with a dikstinctly greenish dim outer ring round the bright light. It only lasted 20 minutes or so - Hugh.
  14. I used to live in Didcot, and could never understand why the Abingdon Society used the Ridgeway crossing at Bury Lane because you get a lot of light pollution from the Harwell complex below. I used to go on to West Ilsley, turning right at the foot of Bury Lane then left past the cricket pitch towards the woods at High Robins. Less than 3 miles farther on and right out in the sticks. Just before you get to the hamlet of Catmore there's a public footpath on the left where gthere's plenty of room to set up. HTH - Hugh
  15. Age 65; observing since 1958 after my father, an RAF navigator in WW2, showed me the constellations and bought me a tiny telescope - Hugh
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