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About Trikeflyer

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  1. I just got these https://www.firstlightoptics.com/opticron-binoculars/opticron-imagic-tga-wp-7x50-binoculars.html For the money they are a good all rounder, light weight, easily hand held. Not bad during the day or at night. I’m very pleased with them. Obviously not 10x50 so if you’ve set your heart on 10x50 they won’t be what you want, that said, if your open to other options, at this price you can’t go wrong. Good luck in the final decision. Steve
  2. +1 for the Ed 120. I have an equinox 120 and it’s nice. I only do visual. Second hand you could get one for the price of a new 80mm if you look out and are not in a rush to get one. steve
  3. You might just need some adjustment on the tensions. There is a thread about this on cloudy nights but let Rob check it out. Glad your impressed. Enjoy SGL
  4. Did you get your AZ Pro mount sorted Ade? Steve
  5. I looked this afternoon in white light and couldn’t see it. Hopefully, it will be visible at some point before the weather breaks. Steve
  6. I want to test if AP is Something to consider investing time and money into. Before I get into image capture and all the financial, emotional and time investment that entails, I thought it’d be a good idea to try processing first to see if I get the same “buzz” that others do. I know that this isn’t full AP and that for true imagers, the capture is part of the experience and fulfilment. That said, it is for me a potentially low cost and interesting way to enter the world of AP. I believe there is a wealth of online raw data from many sources these days? Including NASA! I have no experience of anything AP related whatsoever though so can anyone recommend good raw data sources and secondly, the “simplest” processing software to start with that comes with a free trial and reasonable youtube (or other explanatory) lessons and that would allow me to test out whether AP is something I want to invest time and money into. Thanks Steve
  7. Thanks Ian for taking time to provide such a detailed review. I also have some 15x70’s which I use on a parallelogram mount. Sounds like you are happy with them and now I’m looking forward to giving them a go. I’ll post an update once I’ve given them a good workout. Steve
  8. Just decided to take advantage of these Opticron 7x50 Imagic as FLO have them on offer. Hopefully they’ll do an ok job, I’m not expecting miracles for that money but thought I’d take a punt. Anybody have any feedback on them - good or bad? I’m hoping to get some nice Nikon’s for Xmas but couldn’t turn these down at that price. Steve
  9. Yes I am. There are others on here who are members too and I sure they will reply to this post if they see it. I don’t get along to all the meetings but if you want to come along let me know and I can at least put you in touch with someone who will be there when you come along. We pretty much always get scopes out if the weather permits. We have 2 meetings each month, one mid month for observing and one at the end of the month for a talk and some observing. Hope that helps Steve
  10. Hi and you have Chosen a great all round scope. Regarding accessories 1. 6mm eyepiece - If you can stretch to it, I recommend the vixen slv for lunar and planetary https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-slv-eyepieces.html It will give you a magnification of 200x which is more than enough and may even be too much. A 3mm will probably be overkill at this stage. If you get a 2x Barlow, then you will be able to turn your 6mm into a 3mm on nights of exceptional seeing. Regarding moon filters, there are many opinions about the value - or not- of an neutral density filter. I have one but never really use it. They are good to cut out light from a full moon but you’ll soon get to know that full moon observing with a scope doesn’t show lots of detail. I Would suggest try viewing without any filters and see how it goes. Although there are many brands of collimators and Cheshire’s, a basic one will do the job pretty well (as per your link above) if you want something slightly “better” then this is the option https://www.firstlightoptics.com/other-collimation-tools/premium-cheshire-collimating-eyepiece.html either will do the job pretty well, the slightly more expensive one has some extra features that are nice butnot essential. Barlows again there is a wide range, like all thinks Astro, the law of dismissing returns applies meaning that you can pay a lot more for little improvements. You could get either of these depending on your budget https://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlows/bst-starguider-2x-short-barlow-lens.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlows/astro-essentials-125-2x-barlow-with-t-thread.html Hope that helps Steve
  11. Here is a scientific paper that might help give you an idea of your pupil size based on age. Might not be perfect but should give you a good idea. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20506961 Steve
  12. Glad you had a good night. Many great targets with some challenges. Certainly feels good when you can bag as many as that in a session after not being out for a few days. As I read your report, it sounded familiar as the targets you listed are many of those I seem to choose. Steve
  13. That’s so true. I am one of the ones who wants to escape complication in my hobbies. I went to a talk at our Astro club about remote observing and it moved to an imaging discussion. It was mentioned that there is so much imaging data available to the willing people who want to try getting into astrophotography through processing this available data, before trying any image capture. Needless to say it peeked my interest so I downloaded trial versions of the various processing software packages and found some online data to dabble with. I didn’t have any tuition and three hours later I gave up because I was so frustrated with not even being able to upload the data into the processing software. I found myself getting wound up and annoyed and after trying to find the online help, I gave up. On the other side of the coin, I am sure others who enjoy the technical challenge would have loved putting effort into working through it to find the solution. Nothing wrong with either approach and I’m so glad others love this type of challenge as it allows people like me to enjoy the amazing photographs they produce. For now at least I’m sticking to visual, either at my own eyepiece or by observing the photographs produced by those who enjoy astrophotography. As John says what ever makes you happy. Great discussion thread. Steve
  14. I’d say there are lots out there, some good, some bad. Check out a few if you can and if you aren’t made to feel welcome, don’t go again. I think clubs don’t deliberately want to make people feel unwelcome but it can be a bit daunting as a newcomer. You never know though, you might meet the most welcoming group of people who share your enthusiasm fo4 this hobby. Steve
  15. Blimey looks like you had a good night! Thanks for sharing. Steve
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