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  1. I recently bought as a present for a helpful neighbour a pair of Nikon Prostaff 3s 8x42. I specifically chose them for their wide FoV and when I tried them out I could use them easily: I require long eye relief and use specs when using them. I’m used to Leicas, having 3 pairs, and these were not disappointing at all in comparison. M
  2. Haha I’d have to add something, all I’ve done so far is find ROR’s regulatory filing and more or less copied that recipe. Perhaps an extra drop or two of “Eau de Magnus” to make it uniquely mine. Yuck.
  3. I've just got around to finding out the IDs of the stars in the field: I'd made a note of what it seemed to be its match in brightness. Through my 8" and Nag 31, it seemed the same as HD 175919, which is mag 8.54 according to SIMBAD. This would've been around 0130 0100 this morning, 14th June. Quite fascinated to have witnessed something unusual. Cheers, Magnus
  4. Amazingly different from last night. Barely detectable with my 15x56 bins. Whereas last night it was in a par with the 3-star asterism to the North.
  5. I got my 62mm spotting scope out today during the day and put a baader solar filter on the front, which I’ve had for a year but never used, until now. That feature you point out was amazingly clear this afternoon, had rotated into view, and had real depth to the “hole”. Amazing, actually. Is it a sunspot?
  6. After spending my observing session last night trying to navigate from the Coathanger to the Nova in Hercules (/Aquila) with my Skytee2 carrying a SW 8" newtonian, and eventually succeeding, I thought I might share a number that I wish I'd known last night. I was able to find the Nova very quickly using 8x binoculars plus @JeremyS's chart of the locale. Knowing that it was a bit over 7 degrees "mostly right and up a bit" from the Coathanger, I simply panned right just over a full binocular FoV and there it was. Through the eyepiece of the Newt, it was more difficult. First I had to note w
  7. Just got it myself. Started at the Coathanger then one full viewfinder right in my 8x56 bins gets me more or less there. M
  8. I’ll have a go at it myself tonight, just setting up for a session anyway
  9. 2-3 years ago I acquired a solid-tube SW 200p f/5 newt. It seemed in good condition and I have enjoyed using it. However it’s not been without some problems. The geometry was all wrong: the position and the size of the secondary mirror means that the secondary is significantly undersized. IE that the converging light-cone is bigger than the outside edges of the secondary. It means that the scope is acting not as a 200mm scope, but rather as a 178mm (by pushing the primary back as far as possible, and the spider and focuser as far "up" as possible without surgery, I've eked out another 5mm of e
  10. I have exactly that WO 45 degree erecting diagonal and IMO it’s very good. I’ve had it for instance in my Intes M603 6” Mak looking at Hooded Crows on a post at about 60m distance, and the image quality seemed every bit as good as another scope I had alongside the same day: my Kowa TSN 883, which by all accounts is the match of the best spotters from Leica and Swarovski. the only “blemish” in that erecting diagonal was when looking at Vega one time, there was a diffraction spike from the “roof” of the prism. But I think that’ll make no appreciable difference for daytime use. Cheers M
  11. Yes those were exactly the ones I was looking at too. Wiki says they are evident with the sun between 6 and 16 degrees below the horizon … at the time I was looking the sun was about 10 degrees below. But I still have the same question as @Stu .
  12. You learn something every day. I had no idea Noctilucent Clouds needed milk Seriously though the first I ever saw were also while looking at the comet June 2020, and last night also 10:30pm I saw the same. Magnus
  13. Thin cloud with occasional gaps for me. I managed to use the cloud as a sort of exposure-reducer and used my DSLR and 400mm lens to get this: Cheers, Magnus
  14. About the same to me tonight through my bins just now as HD220102, which is 6.6 M
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