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  1. What are you trying to imply? I am not a retailer (though I have been a retailer, wholesaler, importer, exporter, as well as a manufacturer of various products completely unrelated to astronomy - primarily to do with slates, granites, ceramics, plastics, high technology timber frames to modified and improved Canadian R2000 Standards, plus manufactured high specification custom computers for CAD, Publishing enterprises, Music Studios, etc., as a sideline). I am a customer. I was looking forward to trying something new, something that hasn't been available as yet (nobody has bought those collim
  2. Somebody has just permanently lost a customer, and it isn't Sky's the Limit.
  3. What's nice about binoculars, is you use them with what they come with. But that doesn't build up an eyepiece/filter/etc range over time. I get on really well with my old pair of Russian 7 x 50's. Dad picked up a cheap pair of 10 x 50's on offer at Lidl, and they are surprisingly good. Then I got him 15 x 70's for his birthday, equivalent to these Celestron - Celestron Skymaster 15x70 , and they are very, very nice indeed! I have a short tube Skywatcher ST120 refractor on an AZ3 mount Startravel - Skywatcher Startravel 120 (AZ3) which is a lovely 'scope, very nice for DSO's, not bad for moon
  4. That is drop dead gorgeous, well done all. My favourite bit of the sky.
  5. It really is weird, every time my sister comes to visit, the weather is fantastic. PS she's going back to London Tuesday.
  6. Weeeelllll, some sucke* I mean 'brave soul' had better volunteer to get one of these to see what's what with it then? I can't see Alan getting anything naff and not being more than above board about things (look at his description of the standard adjustable laser collimator he sells, for example - which I was going to get), so this muggins is prepared to put his hand up and go on the waiting list. Let's be honest here, CNC's can spit out precision components faster than 20 to the dozen these days, and at negligible cost. I think some people might be a little shocked at how little it costs to m
  7. Another thing that may well work, is go to start>accessories>command prompt - right click on command prompt, and run as administrator. When you have the command prompt, type in: chkdsk /f and hit return; Usually you have to follow this by typing in Y and hitting return. Restart the machine, and it will check and fix any broken links, etc.
  8. Norton writes itself everywhere, and doesn't exactly do a lot after it has. Download superantispyware (free version) and do a full scan with that. Then after superantispyware has cleaned everything up/out, download Ccleaner (free version) and run the registry cleaner. Let it do a backup of the registry first before letting it fix things. Norton does so much in the registry, once it is out, it can leave a right mess behind it, that can take a few days to start throwing a real wobbler. HTH
  9. Rich, if you sell your HEQ5, and get a secondhand EQ6 (should be lots coming on the market soon, with the launch of the EQ7?), as well as the 190MN, wouldn't you still be inside your budget? eta: In the same boat, I'd probably pick up a cheap secondhand ED80 and sell the 200mm newt for fundraising, use that ED80 on the HEQ5 until a nice secondhand EQ6 cropped up, then sell the HEQ5 and maybe the ED80 to fund the 190MN. How might that work with the budget?
  10. Well the good news is, once you've got the basics, they stay with you. I did a fair bit years ago sailing, which was very good for teaching you things like keeping a weather eye open, etc. Thanks to that, when my satnav charging system conked out somewhere east of Budapest last year, and with no maps on me (I wasn't bothered really, could have hit Vienna and aimed for the Med, and followed that to the border with Spain, then headed North), I was able to get to the campsite in the Czech Republic no problem, and from there across Germany, through Belgium, etc. Just using the Sun. The bad news is
  11. Well a cheap compass will get you pointing into the right area, the book will help you find places to start, Stellarium shows the bright stuff (as you zoom in, so the visibility numbers decrease) to use as a guide, and with the finder and a low magification eyepiece, or a pair of binoculars, you can see the layout of the targets for you to go for. The more you do, the easier it gets. PS. Oooooh no clouds! Runs out to put telescope out to cool.
  12. 2 down, 200 billion to go to the end of chapter 1! Get a book like 'Turn Left at Orion'? Have you got a compass at all? I find that one of those is great with Stellarium, so you know where you are with it. I got dad a birthday card which had a nice small compass in it, and as soon as his birthday was over, I pinched it (it's a great help). Basically though, relax, enjoy the views, have a go trying to find some stuff, and when you fail (almost bound to at first, I think), try again next time, and often 'There it is!' and 'How the heck did I miss that before?'. A lot of it is learning how to s
  13. John:"Be interesting to see if they actually are the same." Won't it just! {not that I'd know any different, not having a Hotech personally} I'm very tempted to try one of his new range of Flat Field eyepieces soon too. Might just order the 16mm next week (as much as anything I'm curious about the contrast with it).
  14. I was just browsing to see what Alan offered in the way of collimators, and spotted that he has self centering ones coming in soon. They look very interesting! Collimators
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