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  1. Hi I own a pair of helios quantum 4 20x80 triplets, I have only used them half a dozen times due to being busy, hence my lack of activity on here, but I'm really impressed by them, but there pretty heavy and can be hard to hand hold for any length of time. It's a very personal and individual choice with binos and if possible it's always good to try before you buy, even just for weight and ergonomics. I think my quantums will be up for sale over the weekend once I've taken some photos, just because there lack of use. Gary
  2. Exactly my thoughts, that's all it took for me many years ago! Onwards and upwards from there, but my first views are my most memorable..
  3. Thanks nightfisher, yeah not expensive but surprised me to be honest.
  4. Well I couldn't resist having a quick mess with this scope. Bought it for £20 with eq1 tripod, complete as new, who wouldn't have a dabble for that price! Ok, I know your all going to say it's a toy and steer clear but I was very surprised, and as some of you may know I've had and still got some bigger scopes. But having got it set up in the garden I noticed firstly alot of play in the focusing tube and it wobbled about a bit in the assembly, I believe there like that, so I removed the focusing tube and placed a shim of plastic around the inside of the focusser assembly so the tube slides up and down nice and firm but with ease and zero play. While the focusing tube was out I got my hack saw and took the end off it, the bit that falls closest to the secondary mirror, just after the rack and pinion gear I hacked it off there as when it was in focus at infinity there was about just over an inch of highly reflective plastic tube protruding into the light path inside the tube. And with this being a small aperture scope , I didn't want to stop any light coming in from hitting that mirror! It has no adverse affect and now when the focusser in fully in it doesn't protrude at all into the tube, bingo! Don't know why they made it so long! Also it's got to help with stray light as it was highly reflective on the outside of the focus tube, sort of resembled my old escorts mk1 bumpers, shiny and serves no useful purpose. Having done these small mods and reassembled and made sure collimation was spot on, after some small adjustments to both main and secondary mirrors all was well and ready to go. Before I put the tube assembly on the mount I noticed the mount was a bit shaky, eq1, typical I thought as it's a basic entry level tripod. But after getting the socket set out and tightening the main bolt through the mount and tightened anything else that was a bit slack all was good and I was pleasantly surprised how sturdy it actually is for what it is, maybe this sort of thing gets over looked by the sort of people who would probably buy this type of telescope, newcomers etc.. But all in all now it was all sturdy and everything ready to go. I did change the eyepiece that it came with for a 9mm xw eyepiece that I had for an old acuter spotting scope. Pretty good quality really and miles better than the original. First light last night was very good. First to the moon, it was contrasty and sharp, in fact as sharp as any of my other scopes. Magnification was 77x. Turning to the right a bit I picked up Saturn, again it was sharp and contrasty, definite separation of rings and planet, and it was a joy to watch, nothing wrong there. Venus next, nice clear view showing the crescent shape. Now before bed I found Jupiter low on the horizon, again a perfect disk with both belts visible and moons. This little scope which I know you wouldn't really advise or touch one yourself really has excelled. It's dead easy to whip in and out of the house for a quick look when viewings not perfect and once the little mods have been done it really makes it quite a joy to use believe it or not. Yes aperture is always king! But if you can pick one up at the right price it ain't bad at all. I really enjoyed myself last night and it took be back to my first year of taking up astronomy back when I was about 17. And if your on a tight budget the optics are actually very good and it would certainly show you some of the finer planets out there. Can't wait to try it at a bit higher mag. Hope this was helpful to someone out there. And remember, if your looking to get into astronomy either buy a good pair of binoculars and avoid any toy type scope sold in catalogues and bargain stores. And if you are on a limited budget but want to have your first look at the planets then if you get one at the right price second hand then I would say this certainly will do the job until you know weather the hobby is for you or not. And when you upgrade you'll probably get your money back if you look after it! I'd of done anything when I was 17 to get views like I did with this, but with no Internet and little advice I went through alot of small scopes and none matched the views I had with this. Just a little review of an inexpensive scope by a proper manufacturer of entry level and higher end scopes. Regards Gary
  5. Esde optik 20x80 made in Japan. I don't actually use them anymore no time but there razor sharp and a joy to look through.
  6. Leica trinovid 10x25 :-). The moon is nice through em..
  7. Forgive my ignorance but what's this ba8 about it seems to be popular in descriptions at the moment, is it something new?
  8. Cheers all, I must admit I like the look and price of the strathspey one, it looks sturdy...and its cheap enough, cheers for the link..
  9. Cheers mate, I can get from my mate who works in a camera shop for £14, he says there all metal now, so just wondered if anyone had used one, least it's metal
  10. Oh yeah lol thanks for the reminder, http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/sport-optics/accessories/binocular-tripod-adapter
  11. Looking at this adapter for my 11x70s, does anyone have any views on what its like or what's the best one for my bins pls. Thanks Gary
  12. Opticron Oregon 11x70 fully multi coated bak 4's... There optically very good indeed and light gathering excellent.. For an inexpensive pair their have great coatings on the front lenses, sharp to 95% of the field and I haven't yet noticed any blue fringing, I would recommend if anyone is after any smaller mag observation bins. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  13. Bargain, I look every day and never see anything but toy bins
  14. Look pretty good for 40 squids..hope there a good buy for you. Sent from my HUAWEI P6-U06 using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks for the precise update, just outside testing these out, pretty impressed but in quite a light polluted area at the moment away from home. Sent from my HUAWEI P6-U06 using Tapatalk
  16. Clear aperture 71mm.. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  17. Yeah I'm liking them, and for good daytime use too..I will measure the aperture in a few mins and get bk , cheers Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  18. Seriously you found stuff using binoculars you didn't with scope? Can you give me some examples, I'm intrigued, can wait tonget mine out now. :-) Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  19. Thankyou very much, must admit only had a quick glance through when I woke about 2am and they showed plenty of faint stars, might be good for deep sky, let's hope for a clear night. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  20. Excellent any chance of a link to review if its available or your views pls :-) Sent from my HUAWEI P6-U06 using Tapatalk
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