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  1. Hi Bravescope & welcome, I'm quite a newcomer here too, fantastic resource & friendly people, I'm just outside B'pool, but decided to stick with binoculars until I learn the constellations - currently tracking down Messier objects. I'd definately get some 10x50's or 15x70's so you can scan a larger field of view & learn the relationship of objects and constellations, good luck!
  2. I was looking at Mars and the Behive cluster last night through my 15x70s, the beehive looks amazing and 3 dimensional - i was mesmerised!
  3. After a frustarting 45minutes last night as I sat in the garden watching the clouds roll in, I tried my cheapish (£42 in 1998!) camera tripod to mount my 15x70's, after much adjustment & neck ache I threw the tripod in one of the borders! I just couldn;t get comfy looking at Saturn which isnt that high in the sky, and suffered as much wobble as when handheld. So, I tried holding the binos again, then googled it - Hand-holding binoculars - going to try the triangular arm brace method, will let you know how I get on Chris
  4. Hi Cryoflame, I've just gone through exactly the same questioning, hope my answers are accurate. I'll answer in reverse if thats ok... 2) a) Get a planisphere for the Northern Hemisphere which will detail the whole sky you can see at any particular time ie constellations visible. Download Stellarium (google it) to load to your PC or laptop, this programme is absolutely brilliant. Read the setup instructions - basically set your lattitude & longitude then you can move around the sky & be able to see in real time (or fast forward) what you will see from your location. Get lat & long from google maps typing in your postcode. 1) If you've done one or both of the above, the most diffcult thing is to translate what you see on the PC or planisphere into the sky - The sky will look MUCH larger & distances far greater than the representation on the planisphere or PC. So, degrees are usefull in determining the distance between objects - your hand outstretched at arms length is equivalent to 20 degs of separation, your fist 10 degs, and an index finger usually larger than 1 deg - this is useful for finding objects from known reference objects such as constellations or specific stars within them. Hope this helps & I'm not teaching you to suck eggs! lol Chris
  5. My interest probably started as kid with TV series Space 1999, my brother had a telescope &I used to look at the moon thinking what it would be like. Only recently (30 yrs later!) have I decided to really have a look at the stars & learn the constellations - I've always been interested in "Space" documentaries & have seen most, this probably fuelled my interst in engineering too.
  6. Just got a big pair of knockers & tripod mount - Helios Stellar 15x70 - off fleabay. Can't wait for this inclement weather to move on & point them at the stars. Looking down the garden comparing to my 10x50's they are big step improvement both in zoom but brightness aswell. They look & feel very good, little used (as new) and optically they appear perfect.
  7. It wasn't bright at all, a dull bronze colour. I'd liken it to watching a "pixel" travel through the sky as it looked square also. It wasn't visible to the naked eye either. Not had a meteor yet Talitha, but can't wait!
  8. I was looking at the Orion Nebula last night with 10x50's, but couldn't see any gas cloud (will try again tonight) but was impressed anyway, then something passed through my vision - a satellite, cool! Followed it for about 30 seconds moving E-W at 40 deg to horizon climbing in the sky.
  9. Just thought I tell you about my first observing session with 10x50's... ever! Sky cleared after a rainy day, bit cold at 4deg. & now I beleive there's too much light polution in my back garden from the high streetlights behind. Anyway, I set up in a camping chair, with stellarium on the laptop besides me scanning north NE / NW. I recognised Cassepia prettty quickly, then moved on to Cephius & Ursa Minor, and some of Draco. looking directly overhead I could make out Ursa Major. Then I scanned east and picked up Arcturus (I think) which was the brightest thing lowish in the sky, then picked up Saturn on the arm of Virgo. Lastly had a good look at the moon & was impressed with the detail I could see, then noticed the Pleiades above & to the left. I can see what people mean when talking about the limitations of binos, but I think I need to get away from the streetlamp pollution to fully appreciate what I could see with 10x50's. My main aim is to start to learn the constellations & recognise them so I can navigate the sky. Next I think I need a clamp to mount the binos on a tripod, then I need more power!
  10. Had a look at these this afternoon, & my personal view is that I wasn't that impressed. Yes they are £13.99 but they felt cheap, didn;t like the rubber lens caps, the eyepices seem too large, the eye releif too long & yes they gave a bright image but the 3 i tried didn;t focus that well (one was cream crackered!), quality was very hit & miss. I didnl;t buy any (will stick with my old binos for the mo) & would wonder how long they would last? As I said, a personal view....
  11. I've had a look & they have a small finishing cap at the front & rear with a tiny screw only with a tiny thread otherwise its solid brass I think. I have a old camera tripod which is hardly used so will try to find some form of clamp.
  12. Thanks, i'm going to do just that & try them out for a while. I had a quick 5 mins at a clear sky last night (i know its not long enough) just to see what I could see & they seem pretty good easily picking up a constellation (i've downloaded stellarium & have got a planisphere too) they seem clear if a little heavy as wobble was an issue. I weighed them on kitchen scales at 1070 grams, they have no tripod adaptor either but seem very solid & well built with no slop in the action (?). I've also won that book on fleebay so just waiting to get started!!
  13. Just joined the forum so go easy please! I was wondering what binos to choose to start stargazing (searched forums & Helios rangemaster plus 10x50 looked good), but then remembered I had some old ones in the attic somewhere from my parents. I eventually found them, they are circa 1980 Boots pacer 10x50. Writing on them states "FOV 97m at 1000m, 5.5 deg, fully coated optics", live in a hard case, oh & Made in Korea. Now, they seem ok, but how do I know? & what sort of difference might I see from a newer pair? should I keep these for general viewing & get a larger tripod mounted pair? Any views appreciated, Chris
  14. Ronseal

    Another Newby

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I've found an old pair of 10x50 bino's my parents had, had a quick look as the skies have cleared - don't know if they're any good or what i'm looking at! lol
  15. Ronseal

    Another Newby

    Just saying hello from another Newby. My names Chris , i've een interested in astronomy for years, always looking for Orion on at any opportunity, but want to expand my celestial id'ing knowledge - looking to buy some binoculars as a start 10-50, any ideas of where / what to get? Best night sky I've ever seen was a couple years ago at the Grand Canyon, absolutely no light pollution and clear skies, the milky way was awesome.
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