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    Caroline, You've probably already ordered the binoculars now but is your question asking me what a spotting scope is? Steve
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    Depending on the specification A spotting scope gives magnification from about 20x to 60x so the first thing is you can alter the magnification to suit the object you are viewing. The moon will look pretty impressive at 60x magnification for example and you will see a lot of detail, meaning you will be interested for longer I think. Alternatively If you want to view a wide field star group like the pliedes it is better at low magnification like 20x. So I think a spotting scope can be a bit more flexible than binoculars, also the easier viewing position due to the 45degree inclined eyepiece is a benefit. A spotting scope is really a low magnification, relatively wide field, simple to use type of telescope that is good for beginner to intermediate astronomy that will show a fair bit of variety between low magnification wide field star clusters and the higher magnification that will help you enjoy observing the moon for longer. Depending on the model, you also get a bit more aperture than the lightweight 42mm binoculars. Don't get me wrong, binoculars are good but I think it just may be worth considering a spotting scope for the flexibility and magnification range available. For a spotting scope you will need a tripod for sure. The one in the link is on an Astro website, I am sure there are other options too, here is a link to the SGL sponsors spotting scope range. Same rules apply re aperture - bigger aperture gives more light gathering but is heavier - not an issue though as you will be using a tripod. Your budget will most likely dictate the aperture / magnification and brand choice. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/latest-spotting-scopes.html Please don't let me put you off binoculars and I hope I haven't caused you more confusion, I just think from what you have said, something like this us worth considering given your initial budget. Steve
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    Binoculars are a great start. Whatever you go for, a steadying device like a tripod or a monopod with binocular adapter will enhance the experience massively as even at low mag, keeping things still is tricky. The moon will definitely look bigger in binoculars and you will see more than without anything, it will look goood the first time you look at it but it might not blow you away for long at such low magnification - sorry to say that and it is only my opinion . Brighter Clusters of stars on the other hand will be great in 8x42. So I'm sure he would get plenty of use out of 8x42 binoculars. Just to provide another option though, you could consider a spotting scope and tripod which gives better range of magnification and although it's only using one eye, will be great for astronomy. Again this is just my perspective and as the owner of binoculars 7x50 and 15x70. Here is one to give you the idea https://www.tringastro.co.uk/celestron-ultima-80---45-spotting-scope-3068-p.asp?gclid=CjwKCAiAodTfBRBEEiwAa1hauiXRPT3xdekHxulfpvSxx-Gdk3s3UzFlsZ_Io7I25b_6j3S9IyccNRoCg2AQAvD_BwE Good luck and enjoy the skies together. Steve
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    Moon Lovely NOW, Plus Change Of 'Scope

    Thanks Doug. Ha ha Sorry if I shocked you as I flew over Copernicus. Seriously though, My eyes felt like I was that close with the Binoviewers. steve
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    Moon Lovely NOW, Plus Change Of 'Scope

    Great reports people. Nice to know other lunatics were out last night! Mars did show more than I have seen recently too. Still just hints of light and dark rather than definite features (withnmy set up anyway). I had a good Lunar session with the binoviewers and 120 equinox on skytee II - I agree about the ease of set up with slo mo controls when viewing Luna. Seeing was good and the surface was pin sharp, just like flying over it in a jet! Copernicus was the centrepiece for me last night but also like the keyhole shaped fauth just to the south of Copernicus. Montes Carpatus also were shogun get nice relief. I used the sky at night moon map that was recently in the mag and it was really good. That, coupled with the 21st century atlas makes lunar observing really interesting. clavius looked quite spectacular last night as well. I also spent a bit of time around Fra Mauro thinking about the Apollo 14 landing. Many other small craters identified and next time the lighting is favourable in going to look for hortensius domes. Packed up after about an hour. Later on around 11pm I decided to go out again but with the binoculars for grab and go ease. Did the Steve Tonkin sky at night mag binocular tour with the Apollo 15x70's. It was based around Orion which by this time was simply spectacular. Meissa cluster was the start, then collinder 65. Always nice to see the 37 cluster NGC 2169, then of course M42 and NGC 1981. Finished on a few familiar clusters M35,36,37 and 38. Overall a satisfying evening of Astro sights that will go a long way towards keeping the Astro appetite well fed. Steve
  6. I have a starwave 80mm and it's really well finished. Focuser is sturdy and positive, finish is neat and I'd definitely recommend. I got mine new and it's a vey nice scope with a top quality feel. Steve
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    Sir Patrick as the new £50

    I don't think there is a limit to the number of people you can nominate. I have just followed the link and voted again, this time for Stephen Hawking. We'd all love to see an Astro related person on the new £50 note and if we vote for a few different ones, one of them might stand a chance of being on there. Steve
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    Sir Patrick as the new £50

    Done. All my £50 notes go on Astro gear so very appropriate to put spm on them.
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    William Optics eyepieces - any good?

    I have the ES 24 82 eyepiece and use it with glasses on. You do have to get close but it is easily achievable and the views are stunning. I think the cost is £223 from FLO. I'm looking at an 8-10mm eyepiece and I might go with a Morpheus. Good luck with your choice. Steve
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    127Mak or 150P

    I'm 6ft 3 ins and I also have an 8inch dob on a custom made platform to raise the height. Works a treat. I prefer the Dob to the Mak (mines an etx 125) probably not as good as sw 127 as mine is old but have found the narrow field of view a bit limiting for deep sky. Great for Lunar and planets as has been said but the Dob can also work nicely for these and it's good on deep sky. Just my opinions, others will, I am sure have just as valid alternative views. Steve
  11. Just been out for an hour thinking it looked good, clear skies here. Moon and Mars showing. Got the 120 equinox out and found the seeing was very iffy so gave up after a brief lunar session. Hope it's better where you are. Steve
  12. I am sure these scopes are amazing. I've never had a look through one and if I had the chance to acquire one, based on reputation alone, it'd be worthy of consideration. It depends how much disposable income you have I guess. As has been said, best to look through the scope at a star before committing. Like all things though, there is the law of diminishing returns, meaning that you pay a lot more money for not much differentiation. Whether it's worth the money is relative, whether its worth your marriage is another consideration! How much better it is than the alternatives that are probably half the price? How often are you observing/imaging, calculate the estimated 'cost per view' over the next 10 years and that'll give you an idea about whether it's worth it or not. Also consider the value you might get back if you need to sell it on in the future. Good luck saving your marriage Steve
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    EAA for beginners

    OK. Thanks for your help and guidance. I'm starting to be convinced that wireless to a pc with wifi control to the goto mount from indoors might be a nice idea. Can you give me some options on a cmos camera that is ,reasonable price that will work with my Altair ED 80? Steve
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    EAA for beginners

    Thanks for the advice. I want as simple as poss. I have an Altair star wave 80ed scope on a skywatcher star discovery mount. Would this set up work (as per original link from @Starpaw- thanks). I really want 'plug and play' or as close as one can get to that with half decent images? https://www.modernastronomy.com/shop/cameras/astro-video/revolution-imager/revolution-imager-r2/ Steve
  15. I'm now considering this option - thanks @Starpaw Does anyone who does EAA know you must have an eq mount or will a goto altaz like a skywatcher star discovery be ok?

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