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  1. Yes I sometimes find that with my 30mm eyepiece. I'll take a look at those Vixens. thanks for the tip.
  2. Yes I do wear glasses. I think you're right, LER eyepieces might be the better option. thanks.
  3. The reason I'm asking is that I'm struggling with the eye relief with my 7.5mm and 12.5mm ultima plossls. I was thinking of replacing them with wide angle LER eyepieces or getting a 3x barlow to use with my other eyepieces instead.
  4. Hi guys. Considering the average seeing conditions in the UK, how many of you actually use a 3x barlow?
  5. Hi Jim. I'm in a similar situation as you as I live 5 miles to the east of Lincoln. North, east and south are fine but west is a no no. I don't even bother looking to the west as the sky glow in that direction blots all but the brightest stars out. Fortunately there are no major sources of light pollution other than that. Cheers. John.
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    Hi. I'vegot a Rigel quickfinder and a RACI on my dob.They work well together. Cheers. John.
  7. Ptolemaeus / Alphonsus / Arzachel and surroundings. Stunning area brimming with crater chains. Love it. Cheers. John.
  8. I never tire of looking at the moon even after 50 years of skywatching. It's the one thing you can garantee will put on a good show,even when the seeing is a bit fuzzy. I can still find stuff I've never spotted before on the moon even after all these years. Love it. Cheers. John.
  9. My daughter got me this book for Xmas. Read it already,superb book. Gonna read it again soon but concentrate a bit more on the heavy bits. !! Cheers. John.
  10. I've had them a good few years now so the warranty is long expired. I keep them in a cupboard in our utility room which usually fairly cool so they haven't been getting warm. That's a good idea trying a little patch at a time with cleaner, reckon I'll give that a go tomorrow. Thanks for the advice. If all else fails a new pair binos might be the answer!!!! Cheers, John.
  11. Hi all. Got my binos out the other night - first time for a while, and the soft feel coating on the body has gone sticky. I've not had this problem before and was wandering if anyone else has had the same problem and if so , how did you get rid of it ? I've tried washing them with soapy water without success and I'm reluctant to try anything like white spirit or alcohol in case I make it worse. Any ideas? Cheers, John.
  12. I've just been reading about this,apparently its going to brighten for a few weeks when it will be observable in binocularsand then fade away gradually.It will be interesting to see if this does happen. Nice to have something new to look at. Cheers, John.
  13. Yeah, look forward to that.
  14. Got Chris Hadfield's ( you know,the guy who sang 'Space Oddysy'on the ISS)book AN ASTRONAUTS GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH from my daughter for Christmas.Fantastic read.Having read what it takes to be an astronaut these guys deserve all the hero worship they get.I thought it was tough getting 5 'o' levels and an ONC in electrical engineering,but what these guys have to learn is incredible.Highly recommended. Cheers, John.
  15. I've got this Skywatcher diagonal.Go for it-it's ace.I've also got a Celestron prism diagonal which,strangely enough,seems to improve the colour fringing on bright objects through my ST80.Or maybe it's just wishful thinking!! Cheers, John.
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