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  1. I had this problem. I wear glasses and for some time I was concerned that either my bins or my eyes were wrong. Tried contacts for a while to fix the issue. Turns out, experience was the answer. I saw double vision or the left view would cut through the right. I am left eye dominant but this was annoying. A few weeks of use where focusing became natural and finding the correct IPD with the glasses and I see the correct, cohesive circle now. Now I just need glasses with black out sheaths on either side to account for the extra LP!
  2. I second getting a monopod. Whatever size bins you get, the extra support helps a monopod preserves the grab and go portability of bins that a tripod gets in the way of. Even a cheap and cheerful Dynasun does the job, and so would some ad-hoc such as the broom suggested although a actual pod will be better still.
  3. If you are looking at the 15x zone instead of 20x+, you will be hard pressed to find better than the Helios Apollo 15x70s for £269 - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/helios/helios-apollo-high-resolution-70mm-binoculars.html You will find many, many fans of these on this forum. Your budget is a little unclear as if it tops out at £400, then these Lunt 16x70s for £479 would be out of reach but they are looking to be amazing if the preliminary review from Steve is anything to go by - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/lunt-engineering/lunt-16x70-magnesium-binocular.html If you, like many of us, were drawn to bins due to the speed, convenience and sheer ease of setup, I recommend getting a good monopod instead of a tripod. Then it doesn't interfere with the grab and go joy of bins.
  4. Hey Steve. As always great advice. Something of a newbie question; why are the charts that your object search produces mirrored when bins always produce erect images?
  5. It looks as it should do Grant. Thank you for all the help. [emoji1]
  6. Hi Grant, Sorry it took so long to reply, Christmas and all. Having tried again I at least have a different result as the entry appears to have gone through although there was no confirmation page and searching does not produce it. As I do not know when you have the update time set as, or if you do that manually so I will give it a look later and see what happens.
  7. I'm trying to add the Letchworth society and finding that it will not recognise the name and states required fields must be completed and highlights the society name field. This seems to be the same in Chrome, IE and Firefox and it does not appears to be a character limit as it rejects everything from "Letchworth & District Astronomical Society (LDAS)" to "Letchworth Society" to "LDAS" which would not actually be helpful but I wanted to test.
  8. Would you say there is a best option for optic quality, or is the level so high already that it is more about which pair suits you on a personal level?
  9. Not I, but you have me curious about if 1, Nikon do an equally good 10x50 and 2, where did you get those from?
  10. Hi all, I live in Stevenage and just had a council letter pushed through stating they are going to replace the sodium lamps on A-Roads with LEDs including a light reduction scheme of a 25% reduction from 23:00 to 06:00. This should be finished by May 2015 and is being carried out by Ringway. While I am somewhat hopeful on this being less intrusive than those blumming orange lights, I want to ask them if they are changing the actual lamp housing to direct the light straight to the ground as opposed to it scattering into the sky above or sideways into bedroom windows. Is there a specific term for that construction and light pollution equipment? Council statement on the upgrading - http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/transtreets/highways/streetlightenergy/ledaroads/ Updating schedule as per Ringway - http://www.ringway.co.uk/our-contracts/term-maintenance-services/hertfordshire/hertfordshire-s-a-roads-led-upgrade Any thoughts on how desirable this is as it looks good on the face of it?
  11. Agreed about not buying something like this from HK, not to mention the customs cost risk. However that ABS is far and away the best deal I can find at the moment. The closest other two are both double the price: Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Image-Stabilising-Water-Binoculars/dp/B0008G2P8Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1414678907&sr=1-1&keywords=Canon+10x42L+IS+WP+Binoculars Bristol Cameras - http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-canon-10x42-l-is-wp.htm
  12. Then there is the fun of trying a borrowed pair of better bins at a star party and not being happy with the ones you have anymore. I think the best advice all around is as Charic says, find a store with as wide a range of bins as you can get to, try the lot in your budget and pick the best fit for you. That or get a windfall and buy every single pair for a size and return the ones you do not like!
  13. Definitely agree with the monopod info. I just have a cheap & cheerful Dynasun monopod and the amount you see by reducing the shakes can be another world. And if we were moving away from the good tripod deal for optic quality, I would say go with this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/DynaSun-WT1003-Professional-Aluminium-Lightweight/dp/B001AXFP1A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1414610071&sr=8-3&keywords=dynasun+monopod and get one of these - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/roof-prism/opticron-oregon-4-le-wp.html for a bit over budget at £122 but that is the best glass/optic quality I know at the £100, or near enough, mark. Any other suggestions?
  14. I agree with Tinker for the most part. I think you will get more use out of a 8x42 or a 10x50 with a monopod to learn the sky and for nice, quick grab and go observing. However that tripod deal is very, very good as you usually pay £30 - £50 for the pistol grip alone so, decisions. In either case, could you stretch to either of these? - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/helios/helios-naturesport-plus.html - http://www.firstlightoptics.com/barr-stroud-binoculars/barr-stroud-sahara-50mm.html There is also the issue where that particular make of 15x70 are all from a Chinese manufacturer and are Kunming BA1 models. This is fine, but the quality control is done by the customer(us) so you will want to thoroughly check them over if you get a pair, which this link from Steve's website can be really helpful for - http://binocularsky.com/binoc_eval.php
  15. Faye, at the moment this pistol grip & tripod combo is a very good bargain - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ravelli-APGL4-Professional-Tripod-Adjustable/dp/B003SQEAY0/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1414409468&sr=1-2-fkmr2&keywords=Heavy+Duty+Bogen+type+Ball+head The pistol grip is very, very useful for getting the better viewing angles, especially with a tripod. I will leave comments on monopods to someone else, as I only use a 8x42 pair which my cheaper Dynasun model is fine for, but I think you will need something more sturdy.
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