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About davekelley

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  1. I know fall back spring fwd, I just don't understand the term "Daylight Saving Time"! My Synscan init was correct anyhow, thanks!
  2. Yes cheers I will have to find that level and north option then. I did watch some youtube vids and they seemed to suggest that it wasn't critical. I know a lot of constellations but names of stars I am poor I'm afraid, very poor.
  3. Thanks. I can see the point of using stars rather than the moon or even planets to get an alignment! I just don't know the names of too many stars. I guess I'll have to get the laptop out to be sure I am looking at the right stars.
  4. Thank you, this raises the question (shows how little I know), I am levelling the ota, not the mount! Schoolboy error?
  5. I just mean that mounting bracket on the ota that's sort of wedge shaped and a single albeit large thumbscrew on the mount holds the ota in place. There was definitely a bit of give there. I use the handset because I couldn't get on with using the app on my phone but I use an app Synscan init to set up the scope. I'm never sure what daylight saving yes/no is supposed to mean. All I know is the clocks went back about a month ago!! Thanks.
  6. Since buying some Canon 15x50 IS, I haven't used my scope much, and I've shied away from the technical stuff, star alignment ets. as at first it just didn't seem to work very well. I took it out last night for another try. 127 mak on azgti wifi with hand controller. Set level and north, input co-ordinates etc. etc. It wasn't yet properly dark so did a daylight alignment using just the moon. Tracking worked great, which is the main reason i bought a motorised mount. GoTo was poor, asked it to slew to Jupiter and it placed the planet within the 10x50 finderscope but not in the 24mm hyperion FOV! I expected it to ask me to centre Jupiter in the FOV and confirm but no, it didn't so......Asked to return to the Moon, and it had no problem! Same thing with saturn and Mars, was outside the FOV. I won't be able to locate faint DSO's if they aren't even close to the center of the view in the finder! In my skies it's quite difficult to find them at the best of times. I did later notice a bit of slop which was the OTA moving a bit on the wedge that holds it to the mount so maybe next time I need to tighten that thumbscrew? Any thoughts anyone? I have to say the stars look so gorgeous in the binoculars and the colours come out beautifully and it's so effortless to just sweep around and take it all in, but i have this expensive telescope and I'd like to get a bit more use out of it! Any advice gratefully received thanks for reading.
  7. thanks. the 15x50's arrived yesterday. for me, and its a personal think with binoculars, these things blow the 12x36 out of the water. My concerns were after reading on the web, the eyecups, the weight, the fov....nope...no issuee, I Iike these things they feel nice and comfortable, the fact you can press and release the IS button is a MASSIVE plus for me makes them so much easier and more comfortable to hold. Only caveat, the focus does seem to drift in and out with the is on but if you twiddle the focusser out then in again it seems to settle down....anyway.........these are amazing things.
  8. So, I may be talking to myself on here but another update on the Canon's. I went out walking on a hot day yesterday, and I took my Nikon Manarch 8x30 with me. I didn't fancy taking out the Canons as I like to travel light as possible and the Nikons hand from my belt strap in their soft pouch. That told me all I need to know about the Canons as a pair of all-round use bins. So if they are going to be just for Astronomy and very occasional use in the field, I may as well have gone for the 15x50, for the extra aperture. So I am returning them and exchanging them for some 15x50 is! I shall report back again when they eventually arrive..................
  9. Finally a gap in the clouds on a day when I haven't got a 4am alarm call. Took a look at jupiter and saturn and a few milky way constellations (Cygnus, Cassiopea. It was not fully dark before the cloud blanket covered the whole sky but meanwhile: Beautiful pinpoint stars, lots of double stars and colours showing up well. The best views of starfields I've seen in binoculars. Jupiter showed a large disk, no bands visible, perhaps a bit too bright? 3 moons clearly shown, biggest surprise of all, Saturns rings showing quite clearly which I did not expect at 12x! Tiny yes but clearly showing. This is not my imagination is it? Because I know what I'm looking at I wondered if my brain could be doing this to me? I swear I could clearly see the tiny planet and the rings. Hoping for better skies tonight but what we really need here is a storm to clear the air. Clear skies all Dave Btw I found some fab objective lens caps for the Canons on Amazon uk! 37mm opticron fir perfectly and quite nice quality soft rubber. The retaining O rings are loose due to the tapered barrels of the bind but that's not an issue to me.
  10. Today, I took the both bins out, just birds and planes and rooftops, usual thing and did a proper side by side comparison, Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 vs Canon IS 12x36 and I changed my mind. the colour fringe is there in the nikons, it's just less noticeable, and everything else is less noticeable in the Nikons, the Canons in terms of resolving detail are a world better, and with the batteries replaced for Energiser ultimate lithiums the view seems almost like tripod mounted. What you can see observing a pigeon on a nearby rooftop well there is no comparison. You see the pypils of that bird like it's sat on your arm it's mad. All clouded out still so awaiting a look at the moon or stars some time soon.
  11. Finally my Canons arrived, they have been so out of stock during this lockdown. It's thick cloud tonight but I've had a chance to play with them before dark and I'm slightly underwhelmed. I owned some of the original square chunky versions back in the day and was amazed by them but since then I have purchased some Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 bins and optically I think those are far better than these Canons for less than half the price, plus smaller, lighter and with a wider fov. The Canons are showing a lot of colour fringe around anything against a bright background, I'm used to better. The stabilisation is great and definitely makes a difference in terms of seeing detail but it's not a 100% steady image, definitely not like tripod mounted bins. I need a clear night to check these out on the night sky where the Nikons are pretty much useless as you need a steady image for astronomy and I can't hand hold them. I probably expected too much. I do remember being amazed by the original 12x36 is but I didn't own the Nikons at that time! I'll get back after I've had more time to evaluate and consider the advantages/disadvantages. Cheers Dave
  12. UK Heads up. Tonight we have the moon, jupiter and saturn lined up beautifully and the ISS will pass directly across the face of the moon at 22:36:20. Times may vary depending upon your location but not by a lot. Check Stellarium. Clear skies, enjoy. Dave
  13. To be fair I'm not sure my Skymax 127 can take any higher mag than 150x in normal circumstances, so I'd really be looking at the zoom as a 10-20mm! Still, with the 24 Hyperion and then the zoom that does cover every focal length I ever need. I still think I'll be looking out for one, maybe a used one.
  14. Well after much agonising and being unable to try out either pair of bins due to no stores locally carrying them in stock, I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of the 12x36. What will now become of my Nikon Monarch 7 8x30's remains to be seen. I will post further after I've had a play with the 12x36 is iii. I'm quite excited waiting for them to come
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