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GrumpiusMaximus

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  1. I'm new to the hobby and decided that a pair of Celestron Skymaster 20x80 were for me. About three weeks later I made my own parallelogram mount after realising that this was the best way of using them reasonably. It works well and didn't cost me an awful lot and most of the difficult engineering was solved by using an 1980s Pearl cymbal stand (cross-pollination of interests there, having lots of bits of metal around being a drummer). It's revelatory. Not hard to build either and at some point I'll post up my design. Other than the Celestrons... Swift Newport 10x50 (earlier mode
  2. Thank you very much for this. Cassiopeia is very prominent in my view. The double cluster through 80x20s is stunning but just scanning you barely move and there's something else of interest. As a novice, it's really helpful to see guides like this as I might have some sort of clue as to what I'm looking at.
  3. Great video and good to see a genuinely objective review of a scope like this. No hype, accepts the limitations, discusses the positives and suggestions for good upgrades. Quite an impressive little scope really given the price - even with the eyepiece nonsense.
  4. Give it a go, by all means. A small bean bag really helps because the binoculars settle in. See also, car roof! I've done the broom before. Take a broom, stick it bristles-up, stick a tea towel on it and the binoculars are supported there. Works quite well in a pinch! Great page here: https://binocularsky.com/binoc_mount.php
  5. I will also just put it out there that the linked tripod has a maximum stated weight limit of 1.4Kg. My 80x20s are over 2Kg on their own so if you ever wanted some ridiculous binoculars, you're over the stated limit on that tripod.
  6. I would say that is on the shorter side. Tripods generally are and 60" would be a real pain. At 6'2", I do have problems using tripods in a reasonable way. If you're crouching to use a tripod, you won't want to use it for long and trying to use a tripod sitting down is very uncomfortable and I wouldn't recommend it personally (although I'm sure there are more experienced people with different views). I bought a stool like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/DOPGL-Upgraded-Lightweight-Collapsible-Retractable/dp/B0899RYZVN/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B0899RYZVN&psc=1 And a cheap tr
  7. The Double Cluster and M81/M82 currently. I have a great view of Cassiopeia from my back garden and there's a lot in there to just scan. It's marvellous. M42 is great too but obscured for me now and low.
  8. I have a pair of Celestron Skymaster 20x80s and monopod them (converted Manfrotto tripod, so heavy duty) and they're quite decent on the monopod. Don't expect the same kind of stability you would get from a tripod - although a monopod is a lot more comfortable for me. For 15x70s, you're on the verge of what I'd consider reasonable on a monopod with decent stability. In my brief post history here, I've recommended a parallelogram already! I built mine for less than £50 but I used some old cymbal stand hardware (I'm a drummer) in the base. It takes less than five minutes to set up and
  9. I have a slight astymastism too and it does sometimes cause issues, especially seeing as I find viewing with glasses on very uncomfortable. I frequently find the diopeter adjustment maxed out as well due to the different prescription of each eye, which are a few steps out from each other (short-sighted). I need to do some experimenting but I think a bino hood is in order so that I can keep my glasses on, roll up the eyecups and get everything focussed properly without any extra light coming in...
  10. I use a home-made parallelogram after finding that most tripods wouldn't work comfortably for me standing up (I'm 6'2") but with a small stool to sit on and a monopod with a ball head, the viewing experience is really quite good. I have an old Manfrotto aluminium tripod that I've converted into a full-height, 72" monopod for this use. The advantage of a monopod over a tripod for me is that when sitting down, I can pull the monopod towards me and angle the head to get a comfortable view of objects near the zenith with the monopod comfortably between my legs. With a tripod, I would have to le
  11. I have a pair of Skymasters 20x80s and they are in collimation (had them a couple of months) and they do have a small amount of CA when lunar observing but nothing serious. They give very good views through my newbie eyes. I'd definitely send your pair back if you're not satisfied!
  12. I have a pair of Celestron 20x80s and have a few other pairs of binoculars knocking about. The second pair that I go to are a pair of 10x50s (Zenith branded) that I picked up from a charity shop over a decade ago. 10x50 is a lovely compromise with enough aperture to get a good quantity of light in and not too much magnification that you can comfortably hand-hold for a long time without too many issues. I did get a chance to try out an older pair of Opticron 10x50s last week that belonged to my late Grandfather (who really knew his stuff about optics, a story for another time) and I have
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