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  1. 8 hours ago, Stardaze said:

    I’ve recently bought the Nikon 10x50’s and Helios 15x70’s so the Bushnell 10x42’s will be kept for compact convenience no doubt. Wasn’t sure whether to invest in a more expensive pair of 15x70’s but really impressed with the Stellar ii’s as my first pair this size. Used the Nikon’s last night and cold do with adding a bino bandit I think having got used to it with the Helios. Should be sorted from here. 

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    That's a nice selection you have there... I have the Stella's but the 10.5s and for the price you really can't go wrong - also the weight is still manageable, if you go for some Apollos it's quite a jump and makes handheld too difficult.. (although any 70mm really need some sort of support to get the best out of them)

    I wonder how long it will be untill you add a pair of 80mms or bigger...

    Mark

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  2. Nicely done! 

    That's one I've tried a few times in the past and have seen under bottle 3/4 with 70mm - but like you said, only because I knew exactly where to look..  it's not an area I go to that often , mainly because my best viewing is east, west and south - but I must give it another go using that starhop and maybe a pair of 80mms...

    Clear skies 

    Mark

     

     

     

     

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  3. Hi All,

    Just had a general glance at some big binoculars, went to the usual places, FLO, Harrison's, etc and came across these...

    https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/explore-scientific-bt100-binoculars.html

    I've never seen or heard about them before....but of course I wanted them!  Not sure about the price though... A nice set of APMs can be had for under £1000.. not sure what extra you'd be getting here....? 

    Has anyone seen them, heard good/bad things about them?

    Clear skies 

    Mark

     

     

  4. I've used the stella 16x80s before and was impressed by the way they performed.. Brilliant for widefield as there is a lot of light gathering power there.... But if I had the choice I would stick with a pair of 70's, many people love the 80s but by then, your in 'small telescope territory' and if you have to take a tripod out with you I would rather take a small scope and have a variety of ep's for different mags.(but that's just me) if I went for a bigger pair than 70s I personally save up and get some 45 or 90 degree 100mm for the ultimate experience and comfort... But like I've said, it's all personal choice...

    If you like the 80mm Stella's and don't mind the straight through viewing on a monopod - you won't be disappointed...

    Mark

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  5. The 70mm Stella ii are very nice, they produce brilliant crisp images  and much lighter than the Apollo's if I remember rightly. You'll probably have to use a tripod for the 15's but I have used the x11's handheld loads of time with good results...  But they don't have filter threads.. neither do the celestrons - which are really only about 63mm (I could be wrong ) - so something to think about there...

    You could also look at the Lightquests? - although the money takes a jump on those..

    The Opticrons are another option - again I think they are also reduced, but have great reviews for the money...

    There are almost too many choices - enough to send you mad 

    Let us know how you get on 

    Mark

     

     

     

     

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  6. Very nicely done!  I've always taken quite a rushed approach to sketching, but there is something quite satisfying about placing those stars perfectly.. and the going the extra step after the initial invert really makes a difference..

    Thanks for sharing 

    Mark

  7. I, like many others feel the same... I saw a huge stream of those Musk satellites go up last year - I did throw a stone in the general direction but I think I missed... I also threw a few choice words that way too... 

    I guess there will be petitions online somewhere, but once its been approved there's very little to be done... 

    This sort of thing can be soul destroying if you think about it too much... I do a lot of beach cleaning and it never fails to amaze me how quickly the plastic bottle tops regroup...

    Mark

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  8. Nicely done...

    Over the last year or so I have been viewing with binoculars only and recently have been neglecting getting out - whenever I do I always sketch what I view... Seeing your sketch @Nik271has just given me that kick I need to wish for clear skies...

    Nice sighting...

    Mark

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  9. You should definitely go for some 50mm either X10 or x7.. Loads of nice Messiers await you with a pair of 50mm under bortle 4 skies and laying back in a lounger and scanning the skies is great fun too...

    .. I've found the lightpollution.com map to be quite accurate if I remember rightly...

    Mark

  10. Nicely done! Always nice to grab some nebula with binoculars, I've only viewed the California Neb once with binoculars as I don't currently have a pair with filter threads, but I do remember it being very faint and almost cloud like...

    I generally find M42 with binoculars is either fantastic or very little to write home about - when it's good, it's one I really like to study and keep going back to throughout the session as your eyes becoming fully adapted... I think quite often people go for bigger targets first of all and then try and pick out smaller objects before going back indoors, but it's always well worth revisiting to grab that extra detail..

    Look forward to your next session with the big bins...

    Mark

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  11. Nice one Doug. I have to applaud your dedication. I looked out to see clear skies, I then saw the Christmas tree lights and some scotch by the fire and thought twice.... 

    Nice to read about some doubles, that's actually the one reason I will one day get a GOTO mount, for easy access to some doubles...

    Merry Christmas to you...

    Clear skies for 2021

    Mark

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  12. 11 hours ago, markse68 said:

    Very nice sketch Mark- I want to have a go at M42 too but it’s too cold! How do you manage it in the freezing cold?!?

    Mark

    Thanks,

    Lots of layers and fingerless gloves...

    Mark

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  13. Have you seen the Geoptik bags? I haven't looked at one for quite a while, but I remember a friend having one for his 150/1200 which I seem to remember seemed really well made.. but had lots of room left over as I recall... I'm sure they do a bag for a 100/750 but like I said, it might not be a snug fit.(something to look into)...

    They have them at RotherValley I think...

    Mark

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  14. I've viewed and sketched the Orion Nebula many times with small binoculars... It's one I haven't done with a scope.  I used x66 on this one and spent 15-20 minutes observing, the longer I looked, the more detail appeared.... Some real nice shape and structure could been seen, so I took a sketch...

    80mm f5 with 6mm UWA x66

    Mark

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  15. Finally had good enough skies for a go at the Crab.  I've never seen it before but with help from Stellarium, to the EP and back again, suddenly it jumped out at me.  With this scope you get used to most DSOs being faint fuzzies... But this one really stretches that expression.. it really was tiny and very very faint... One you could easily miss unless you knew exactly where sits. But it's another one off the Messier list with this little scope.. here's a little sketch..

    Mark

     

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  16. Finally a clear sky! Thought I'd grab the opportunity (19/12) 4.35 so I don't miss out completely.  Grabbed the ST80 and a 6mm 66apov eyepiece. The dust bands of Jupiter jumped in and out of view but mainly remained hard to see... Mesmerising to see these two in one FOV....

     

     

     

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