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Philip R

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    the Tupolev Tu-154/x (NATO name: 'Careless') * shortwave radio listening SWL/DX * Hi-Fi * ukulele * yo-yo * frisbee * kite flying *
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  1. Do you mean something like this? https://www.astroshop.eu/dslr-lens-adaptors/astoptics-nikon-lens-to-1-25-t2-adapter/p,57836
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    Hi @Warsaw dream / Andrzej and welcome to SGL.
  3. I would be tempted and get the 0.965"-1.25" adapter. Then when you have a few 1.25" e/p's, (if you decide sell the 'scope at a later date), keep the 1.25" e/p's for the 'new' 'scope. When I used to own a Prinz Astral 550, the only 0.965" e/p that I found that was any good, was the one as shown in the image below... it is a 6mm Orthoscopic or Ortho next to my 1.25"-0.965" adapter. These... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces.html would be an improvement on what you already have, or if you are on a budget, maybe these... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/v
  4. Having used a Thousand Oaks type 2+ glass full aperture solar filter since 1998/99, it has a few pin-pricks and is no longer in use. Since 2018/19, I now use a Lunt Herschel wedge and polarising & solar continuum filters with my TeleVue Ranger. I also make a habit to check all items before each and every use for defects.
  5. Hi @Astro Waves and welcome to SGL. I am not an astro-imager at present. I have used SmartMedia, CF & SD cards in sub-zero temperatures and I have not had issues with either media to date. My cameras and media are as below... Olympus C2040 - SmartMedia Nikon Coolpix900 - CF Nikon D80 & Nikon D40x - SD The only issue is the batteries in sub-zero temperatures.
  6. Hi @StuartT and welcome to SGL. As per @Waddensky says above. One thing I have noticed, (and maybe others), is that since my local authority, [Wokingham], have changed to LED from sodium street lighting is that the night sky is a little darker and better higher up. You could ask your local authority, (i.e. Oxford City Council or Oxfordshire County Council), to shield the offending streetlights, if you think the light-spill is invading and disrupting your sleep pattern or privacy. You could or may need to submit some non-astro images to highlight your case.
  7. Apologies for not replying sooner @Knight of Clear Skies but I think it was green and some fragmentation. Sorry, but was concentrating on motorway traffic.
  8. Remember to check the solar filter before each and every use for scratches, pin pricks, rips, tears, etc. Any defect however insignificant it may seem, just bin the filter and consign to local authority land-fill site and purchase or make another. DO NOT attempt to repair it. Also, ensure no children are near when the ‘scope is left unattended.
  9. Good evening all. I witnessed a bright fireball this evening at 21:55GMT/UTC (approx) heading north-west (approx) about 2 deg. tail - mag. -5.0 (approx). I was driving on M4 between junction 7 & 8/9 at the time, on my way home from work at LHR.
  10. Hi @Skygazerlass & son + 'big Betty' ...welcome to SGL. Depending on you budget I will suggest these... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces.html or even these... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-npl-eyepieces.html. If you have more to spend then I would suggest these... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-planetarium/baader-hyperion-68-degree-eyepiece.html If you want to take the leap and go for a zoom e/p, then maybe this.... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-planetarium/baader-hyperion-zoom-eyepiece.html For filters I w
  11. Hi @evertonian7uk and welcome to SGL. If you are on a budget these fixed focal lengths maybe just the the thing... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces.html or these... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-npl-eyepieces.html Another option to consider is a zoom eyepiece. 8-24mm zoom e/p's tend to be the most popular. Bear in mind that some zoom e/p's, the higher the magnification the narrower the field of view. You can experiment with different focal lengths until you find one or two that hit the sweet spot before purchasing fixed focal lengths.
  12. Cheap refractors i.e. online auction sites, online warehouses, department store, etc., will. If you have a dedicated 'bricks and mortar' astronomy reseller then he/she is your best friend... including FLO sponsor of SGL. Not sure if FLO ship to Norway, but maybe worth enquiring with them when you have decided. BTW - the Orion Starseeker IV is a 'Newtonian' reflector.
  13. I know this has been said before... Do remember to check your full aperture solar filter before each and every use for any pinholes, scratches, tears, etc. Do not leave the 'scope unattended if young children are present/nearby.
  14. Hi @Daniel Valencia and welcome to SGL.
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