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philsail1

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  1. I know I'm not a regular attender any more, but I've signed the petition! Kind regards to all. philsail1
  2. Sounds like yo had a very satisfying evening's observing there "wilshiresaint!" It is surprising just how much you can see with a decent pair of binoculars - what size binos were you using? Let's hope we have some more clear nights! best wishes, philsail1
  3. Hello "John B" I would recommend either any decent "Orthoscopic" eyepieces - in the range 10 to 18mm, coupled with a Celestron 2x Barlow, or a couple of Meade 4000 plossls (in range 10 to 25mm. You could also look for a decent 38mm wide field eyepiece (again a Meade). You can pick all the above eyepieces up second hand to save yourself money. regards, philsail1
  4. Hello NigelM, I've only ever owned an ex military brass telescope - on a simple alt-azimuth rifle sighting tripod. This was a good scope, and the tripod was steady, but the whole set up was only good for mainly terrestrial use. Could look at the moon and planets but no chance of "tracking" them across the sky. I would say that unless you are going to use one of OVL brass scopes mainly for terrestrial use, then I would go for a "proper" astro scope with a motor driven Equatorial mount. Best wishes, philsail1
  5. Alan, There are so many "good" pairs of 8x40's that it's difficult to actually recommend any one pair - as you might know, it's best if you can personally try a pair out before buying - mainly to see it they are comfortable in use. I use a pair of Opticron 8x40 Aspherics. They are light, and comfortable (for me anyway) and give a nice bright image, and wide field of view. (you can see them on the "FLO" site. I think they are in the £60 to £70 bracket. I find them good for Astro scanning and terrestrial use. Best wishes on your search, philsail1
  6. Thanks for your comments "Lawrie." I too have found the Opticron 8x40 "Aspherical's" a nice binocular for scanning around the heavens. Yes, I agree the Field of View is perhaps a little optimistic, but they do have a FOV significantly wider than the 6.3 degree FOV on my other pair of Opticron 8x42's. For the price, the 8x40 "aspherical's" are a nice instrument. Lightweight, comfortable to hold, easy to focus with superb views. Regards, philsail1
  7. Hello and welcome to Stargazers Lounge Astronomy Forum "Coffee_prince." You have the right idea in going for a pair of binoculars before buying a telescope. Binoculars will give you (if you don't already know) a good insight to finding your way around the night sky. There are two ways to look at buying binoculars. You can either buy a pair with a modest magnification (7x50, 8x40, or 10x50's) which will give a reasonably bright view of the heavens, will have a good field of view - and which can be held steady in your hands for reasonably long periods, or you can go for a binocular with a bigger magnification (12x60, 15x70 or 20x80). The larger magnifications will give you nice views of the Moon, and wll show some deep sky objects reasonably well. You will also be able to just about see Planets such as Venus, Jupiter and Saturn as tiny discs - with some of their moons as pinpricks of light. Binoculars with bigger magnifications than 10x50 are generally heavier, and more difficult to hold steady in your hands. Their fields of view will be narrower and because of the difficulties of holding them steady, the images you see will move about a bit. Bigger binoculars are best used with a tripod. My own personal view is that a good pair of 7x50 or 8x40 (or 8x42's) are great at showing the magnificence of the star fields on a clear night. You can hold them steady for perhaps up to an hour. They can be picked up and used at a moments notice to scan around the sky. They are also a great addition to a telescope when you decide to buy one. Because they generally have a wider field of view, smaller magnification binoculars will enable you find things easier - and finally, you can take a small binocular out and about for terrestrial viewing. I personally use a pair of "Opticron" 8x40's and have found them to be a really nice instrument to use. I would advise you to try and visit a shop selling binoculars and try a few pairs out to see if they "feel" comfortable in your hands, and against your eyes, and are easy to focus. You will know when you have chosen the "right" pair for you. Best wishes, philsail1.
  8. Hello Kniclander, Good choice there with the Opticron 8 x 42's. They are a lovely binocular. I have a second hand pair and they give really crisp views on the stars - almost to the edges of field of view. They are nice to hold, and easy to focus. Magnification is not great, but they are an excellent binocular for scanning starfields - and you can hand hold them all day without any strain on your arms or hands. Best wishes for clear nights. Regards, philsail1
  9. Hello "Abernus," My suggestion:- Go for a Skywatcher 200mm Explorer Newtonian Reflector on an HEQ5 (motorised) mount. Excellent quality mirror. Good size scope, and at f5 is good for both planetary and deep sky views. Best wishes, philsail1
  10. Just saw your tripod "Warthog." Very nice job indeed! Regards, philsail1
  11. Hello "Albed0.39," Both scopes split double stars with ease. The only differences I detected was that the Orion has a bit more "Coma" or distortion at the extreme edges of it's field of view, (but its wider feild of view makes it a bit easier to find things in the night sky). Also, stars in the centre of the field of view do seem to be a little bit sharper - but due to the shorter focal length the magnifications used are lower in the Orion (with any given eyepiece). Regards, philsail1
  12. Tom, I had a Polar scope in my CG5 mount. The whole assembly screws anti clockwise out of the mount. It can be a bit stiff to get it to turn at first. (I gripped mine with a cloth and give it a sharp twist anti clockwise and it freed itself to turn. Here are some photos - You can just see the three "pads" in the third photo. Regards, Philsail1
  13. Haitch, I "Flocked" a Skywatcher Explorer 8" Newtonion a couple of years ago with a roll of jet black "velour/felt" type of flocking paper with an adhesive backing. This was obtained from "Hobbycraft" (www.hobbycraft.co.uk) at Chester for £4.99p for a 150cm x 45cm roll. This is very black and has a raised "nap" surface. I wasn't happy about the prospect of trying to apply the sticky backed stuff to the inside of the scope's tube. I decided to use a thin white card, and stick the velour to the card and slide the card inside the scope's tube. I prepared everything as much as I could beforehand. Placing a large piece of hardboard on the carpet to work on was the most important part of the job. I tackled the main mirror end first - as it was the easiest, with only this item to be removed. The whole job took me about 3 hours to complete. I left re-collimating the telescope until the next day. Surprisingly, collimation was very little astray. My home made "film cannister" cap and final precise check using FLO's Cheshire Collimator set it all up nicley. I had to play about a little twisting the "vanes" of the very thin "spider" to ensure they were edge on to the main mirror. So I had no glue on the inside of the tube, and if I ever wanted to renew the flocking, all I had to do was slide the cardboard tube out of the scope's tube. Best wishes with whatever method you choose to "flock" your scope. Regards, Philsail1.
  14. "Zanes," I think the "M" stands for "manual" which means that you will move your scope by hand control knobs on the mount. "You will enjoy the bright and crystal clear views of everything you observe through your Orion Optics scope." Regards, philsail1.
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