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devdusty

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  1. Hello. You will probably need a tripod for 10 x 50 binoculars , Also it depends on your light pollution. If like me your naked eye magnitude is only 3 to 3.5 you will probably reach magnitude 6.5 with these binoculars. Chrisa
  2. I would like to join an astronomy society .Unfortunately I don't have my own transport and would need a lift to the nearest one. I did contact them but they had no members living in my area. I did manage to visit when they had an open day, but apparently they had no groups doing observational stargazing only using telescopes and cameras for photos. Chris
  3. Thanks again for the replies. I have a tripod adaptor bracket. All I need now is a reasonably sturdy tripod. Can anyone recommend a tripod for 50 pounds or less ? Chris P
  4. Thanks for your replies.The topic heading was monocular for stargazing but when I typed it in it changed to Binocular for stargazing! I was interested in observing with a monocular so any advice or thoughts about that would be welcome. Chris P
  5. I have a pair of Helios 8x40 Nature Sport WE binoculars which I find to heavy to view stars etc as they are dancing all over the place. I am interested in buying a monocular which is less than 1\3 of the weight for stargazing. Any comments or advice would be welcome. Thanks Chris P
  6. Out of interest where do you find those detailed light pollution maps of the UK ? Chris P
  7. Thanks for everyone's advice and comments. Unfortunately Albireo is not visible with the naked eye even when Cygnus is overhead due to light pollution. I have tried looking for it with 8 x 40 binoculars but without success. Is it easy to find with a 90 mms refractory ? Chris P
  8. My daughter works for a charity shop and they have had a donation of the above telescope. She has asked me to have a look at it and see whether it is worth anything. I opened the box and inside I found a 3 legged wooden tripod., telescope, a counterweight and a small 5x finderscope. However there does not seem to be any sort of mount for attaching the telescope to the tripod. Would be grateful for any comments or advice about this telescope. Chris P
  9. One of the reasons I wanted to buy a telescope was to observe the colourful double stars. Just read in July edition of Astronomy Now magazine that Albireo ,s wonderful colours will be washed out to some degree in a light polluted area. it would seem pointless to buy a telescope for a light polluted back garden., If this is the case. Chris P
  10. Thanks again for everyone's advice ,comments and recommendations. Been thinking about this over the weekend. I am still torn between a short focus refractor or a small Dobsonian reflector. Ideally Before committing myself I would like to have a look through each type of telescope. If there any members on the forum who live in the Exeter/East Devon area who would be willing for me to have a view through their telescope, I would be very grateful. Thanks again Chris
  11. Thanks Ricochet. I would prefer the 100 p because it is smaller than the 130p and also the tube is enclosed rather than open. Chris P
  12. Thanks again for all your replies. Just looking at the Skywatcher catalogue , just noticed the Skywatcher Heritage 100 p which is well within my price range. I looked at the review by Sky at Night magazine and they seemed to think that it was good buy. Obviously it has limitations but it seems ideal for me. Any comments or advice gratefully received. Chris P
  13. Thanks to everyone for their advice and comments. I note your recommendation Alan for the Skywatcher Evostar 90mms reftactor. In fact my daughter bought this for me 5 years ago as a combined 65 th birthday and Xmas present. I selected it as I was advised it was suitable for towns with bad light pollution. I found it too long and bulky for me to carry in and out to the back garden. Also I never got to grips with the equatorial mount.! It never seemed to move in the direction I wanted it to. The other telescope that might just be in my price range is the Skywatcher Startravel 80mms refractory on an altazi muth mount. If anyone has advice or comments about it , I would be grateful to hear them. Chris P
  14. Further to my post about the Skywatcher flexible 130 p, I am now looking at a short focus tefractor. I am 70 years old so can only manage to carry a fairly lightweight telescope into my back garden. I am interested in viewing the moon, double stars, bright planets and the brighter star clusters. I am looking to purchase one of the following Celestron travel scope 70 Bresse r Classic 70/350 Skywatcher mercury 705 70mms. I understand that these telescopes have limitations, but they the only ones in my price range. Any comments or advice would be welcome. Chris P
  15. Thanks for all your advice and comments. Will have to give this some thought over the next few days. Chris P
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