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Stargazer McCabe

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  1. Moderators - Please archive - Pairs sourced now. Thanks...
  2. Moderators, please archive. There was no wait list and Beat has shipped one today... Thank you
  3. As a fan of Beat's AYO II I'm considering changing our travel mount to a VAMO Traveller. In addition to enquiring about new ones through Beat directly, I'm wondering whether anyone has one they aren't using as much as it should be ? Preference for Black or Grey. But Red happily considered too...
  4. In ST3 Open the observation list you want to export. To the left of the observation list name is a blue arrow. Hit this. Click on export. Select format you want. Job done...
  5. Very nice addition to the collection @Stu. Nice to have a range of instruments to suit circumstances, locations and available time. Very clever the way the Alkaid can be packed away into such a compact case. I’m sure the teething issues will be overcome swiftly.
  6. Take a look here: http://www.binocularsky.com/ It will tell you all you need to know. particularly if you sign up for the newsletter...
  7. Well done Sir... It's M30 that still eludes Susie and me. M74 and M75 were almost imperceptible and I was glad Susie was there to confirm it wasn't a case of "averted imagination" with those two. Hopefully a forthcoming trip to La Palma will give us the chance to confirm the indistinct ones and to get M30
  8. My 5 Labradors love it when Susie and I are out with the scopes. Extended opportunities to sniff and search out interesting scents morph into opportunities to sleep at our feet at the base of the scopes we have out. It turns into a really relaxed and snoozy “family affair “ for them all...
  9. @Galen Gilmore I've seen a couple of very lengthy discussions on here in the past. If you search I'm sure they'll crop up for you... There were pages of discussions...
  10. There was one on ABS a week ago... Can't see it now but I didn't do a thorough search just now...
  11. You can get flocking material from FLO (First Light Optics). Works a treat...
  12. The shroud is fabricated from a 10 litre stuff sack that I flocked on the inside. Works a treat as our travel scope ??
  13. Seconded. Motion carried... On occasions, when wanting to have a peek at Venus, I'm obliged to set up on our decking because of angles and foliage etc. Whether with the refractors or the SCT, the vibrations, no matter how careful we have tried to be, detract from the experience to the point I no longer bother... I would urge you to somehow try observing from the intended location as @John suggests before sinking too much cost into new purchases. If you're happy with the solidity of your decking that'll be fantastic. But I share his concerns...
  14. I use a 6x30 RACI and often a 9x50 RACI. No balance issues with either... The one shown is the 9x50.
  15. Hey Jude... (Sorry, sure you've heard that before. But i couldn't help myself !!) @John did an excellent thread about just such a zoom... Have a read
  16. @Adam J You’re in the wrong section. You need the wanted section Maybe a mod can move ? @John @Stu
  17. I have an immaculate 40mm Maxvision that doesn’t get the use it deserves if your first choices aren’t offered. Original caps and box in hand...
  18. I’m sure you are aware of the PTFE Tape Mod to eradicate the focuser wobble. But if not, a wrap of it improves things dramatically...
  19. It’s simply a roll top stuff sack of sufficient diameter to fit over the scope. Both ends were cut off to create a tube without the buckles and clasp. I cut an aperture for the eyepiece holder and I flocked the interior. It sits flat at the bottom of a suitcase when we travel...
  20. I simply drilled 2 holes through the body of the scope, just behind and to one side of the eyepiece holder when closed so I could mount a finder shoe...
  21. Many Astronomy Groups and Societies have equipment that’s available for fully paid up members to use. I know the 2 near me have a wide selection that can be “rented” for varying periods at minimal cost...
  22. @Stu Glad you’re sorted one way or t’other. I hope you like the 20mm as much as we do. The APM 100* 13mm and Lunt 9mm are equally good in all our scopes... Although they are probably of the same optical quality as the Myriads, I couldn’t get on with the twist up eyecups on the Myriads. If you want to ever try the 13 and 9... Enjoy your break.
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