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About Trikeflyer

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  1. Trikeflyer

    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
  2. Trikeflyer

    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
  3. 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
  4. Trikeflyer

    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
  5. Trikeflyer

    Sir Patrick as the new £50

    Done. All my £50 notes go on Astro gear so very appropriate to put spm on them.
  6. Trikeflyer

    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
  7. Trikeflyer

    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Trikeflyer

    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
  11. Trikeflyer

    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
  12. 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?
  13. +1 for this scope. I got one as a travel scope with a star discovery goto mount. Fantastic well built instrument. Solid focuser and perfect for quick set up and good views. Steve
  14. Trikeflyer

    SGL 2018 Pitch Plan

    Based on the absolutely terrible forecast I have at this point reluctantly decided to give it a miss. If things change I might risk it, but as it stands, I'd prefer to avoid my tent blowing away or getting damaged and the thought of 24 hrs of solid heavy rain and no stargazing has forced me to decide against going. Tough decision as I'd really looked forward to it. Hope those that do go have a good time. Sunday early evening might be clear and hope you get some stargazing in then. Here's to next year. Steve
  15. Trikeflyer

    Weather - oh no!

    Just watched the latest weather forecast. Batten down the hatches I think. Friday looks decidedly rough at the moment! Hopefully time for things to change before then.... Steve

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