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About oldfruit

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  1. oldfruit

    Just M39

    Love it. I think the diffraction spikes really make this image come to life.
  2. oldfruit

    star maps for binocular astronomy?

    I agree. I have often referred back to the observation target pages in the magazines.
  3. oldfruit

    star maps for binocular astronomy?

    Hi, I have also recently purchased a decent pair of binoculars to observe with. Despite owning a telescope or two, there are occasions where a relaxing scan around with a pair of bins is in order, also very quick to set up. The Binocular Sky do a free newsletter with observation charts. It`s free to sign up to so see what you think. Link below: http://binocularsky.com/
  4. oldfruit

    Better lens for Aurora photo`s

    Thanks, Just looking to reduce exposure times and noise levels with lower ISO
  5. oldfruit

    Better lens for Aurora photo`s

    Lovely results, Nothing quite so spectacular from here in Lincolnshire.
  6. oldfruit

    Better lens for Aurora photo`s

    Thank you Beulah, still a bit pricey but looks to be better than what I had found previously.
  7. Hi, I am currently using a Canon 100D with a stock 18-55 mm lens to do Aurora pictures. I am fairly happy with my results but am convinced I could do much better. Many times when I see good Aurora pictures, the kit mentioned usually has a fast f ration lens, f2.8, f2.5, f1.8 etc. The lowest f ratio on my stock lens is f3.5. My question is are there any reasonably prices faster f ratio widefield lenses available as they all seem to be £500 +? Thanks.
  8. oldfruit

    My Gorgeous Intes Micro 815D Mak Cass

    Tis a thing of beauty Dave!
  9. I owned a 6" f/8 Evostar. I liked it in many respects and it often performed well on a number of objects. We had a very memorable view of the Veil Nebula unfiltered with it. I had primarily bought it for planetary and lunar viewing but found the CA to be a distraction . Also It is a big piece of glass so I would suggest considering a dew band or at least extending your dew shield.
  10. oldfruit

    Outreach Laser Pointer

    I have a 5mW green laser pointer. I find it very useful to point out objects to fellow stargazers and members of the public at events. I always check the sky for planes. When I do use the laser it is only for a few secpnds max just to show the area or star I am talking about. If used sensibly they are a great asset. As with anything in life, in the hands of fools anything will become a problem.
  11. oldfruit


    Sorry to hear that also. Always grieves me to hear of folks having their hard earned kit pinched. Hope it turns up.
  12. Looks like re-mortgage time!
  13. Recently I came across these that had been re-conditioned by a reputable retailer that I have met a time or two. They were being sold at a very reasonable price and well worth a punt. I must admit that I am so happy that I did purchase them. So far I am really impressed! Once mounted on my camera tripod they give wonderful wide-field views. M42 looks amazing! All 4 members of the Trapezium were visible. M33 was really obvious and M51 showed 2 distinct cores with some diffuse detail extending outward. I really need to get these properly mounted on a paralelogramme mount or something similar as anything above 40-45 degrees becomes uncomfortable to view. So far I love em!
  14. oldfruit

    NGC 2174/5

    It is a lovely image, and whilst you say it is raw and unfinished I think that as images go it is fine as is.

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