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About McNewt

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  1. Congrats! I did Telrad my way to M51 too only a few of weeks ago. Way more fun and rewarding than using a goto.
  2. Thank you for the explanation. I really need to try a zoom out. Every time I lug around my eyepiece sets I start to thinking about getting a zoom eyepiece. ? Maybe it is an excuse to buy yet another eyepiece.
  3. Do you prefer zoom-eyepieces over fixed focal length? Obviously you cover a lot of ground with very few eyepieces. I've been having my eyes on the Leica zoom for a while, but since I've spent too much on eyepieces already I haven't pulled the trigger.
  4. 1.25" to 2" twist-lock adapters. Normally you have only one adapter and you keep it attached to the focuser, but I also have a bunch of 2" eyepieces. Frequent switching during sessions made me misplace the one adapter that I had. Now it is 2" all the way.
  5. I finally managed to find some time to fix the case for my Pentax eyepieces. I bought the case on last black Friday so it has been gathering dust for quite a while.
  6. Cool idea using a divider. I'll steal that one for future cases.
  7. I gave it a try... to my amazement all light pollution was gone. ?
  8. Indeed! Mythbusters did an episode about Pirate-myths and the eyepatch was one they tested. Plausible. (It is possible to find it on YouTube by searching for 'mythbusters pirate eye patch'. Not linking here since it may be a copyright violation.)
  9. Ahoy thar fellow astronomers! Nah all thin's 'ave t' be fancy 'n expensive. These ones prolly 'ave some o' th' best performance t' price ratio thar be.
  10. Greetings neigbour! I'm located just south of Stockholm.
  11. Excellent idea! I'll give that a try. Last week, after having spent an hour in -7°C without gloves changing eyepieces started to become somewhat difficult.
  12. Yeah, the Nagler 31 is a hefty beast. I had planned to order just the adapters plus the dust caps, but ended up with this. ? I guess part of the theme is finding stuff. The night before I ran out of patience with my tiny finderscope. Porridge and pasta on the menu for a while. First light is expected to be... (checking wheather forecast) in February. Not a single day with clear skies for the next coming 10-days. ?
  13. Some unboxing to be done. Dog helps out removing packing material so two-legged-one can take photos. While furry-one plays with the big box on the floor, two-legged-one plays with the smaller boxes. This is what was inside. The round thing with concentric circles on it is a collimation tool for my newt. The piece of electronics down right is a pulser for the Telrad. There are three more 2"/1.25"-adapters to be delivered. Telescope-express were graceful to do a part delivery at no extra cost since they ran out of stock of adapters.
  14. I don't have an over-the-shoulder strap on my bag. Only two straps for hand carry that are just long enough to get over one shoulder. That "Gitzo" looks like a winner.
  15. There are these all terrain strollers that have big wheels and nice suspension and they won't topple over all that easy... and they are foldable. Drawback is that they are expensive and not made to carry telescope equipment in the first place so it would require some modification. After some searching for prams, strollers and trolleys I found this http://www.ukmatchangler.com/match-pages/reviews/boxes/frenzee-fxt-hgv-trolly.php . Made to carry fishing gear.
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