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  1. I get the same with cars… why do you want a car that can do 145mph when the speed limit is 70?
  2. You can't beat a refractior for pure ease of use.
  3. I tend to use my 8x40's more than my 7x50's.
  4. Hi Rich, Yes, the weather has been rather shocking the last month! There's a nice old classic Carton refractor I;ve recently bought off fleabay in my shed waiting to come out and play. Looking forward to the pics, this scope looks like it may tick all my boxes as old Vixen 102 ED's are effectively unobtanium now.
  5. 51 and where's my holiday on the Moon they were promising me in the talking heads stuff the night of the first moon landing?
  6. I ended up watching it in fast forward mode. Good concept, poorly executed.
  7. Stick with your D200! It will be clicking along long after most Canons have shrugged off their mortal shutter coils - and it's highly cold and weather resistant.
  8. Thanks for that link! The scopes even better than I thought!
  9. what's my dream scope for imaging ? One not based in the light polluted and cloudy UK.
  10. I have one of those in the shed I also picked up for cheap as chips, all boxed, looks to have been used only once.
  11. Just bought a mid 70's Carton 60mm F15 off fleabay. Pure classic!
  12. And in the UK, if C&E catch you out doing that, (and they're not stupid, they can work out what things actually cost), you are in deep dodo.
  13. IsoPropyl Alcohol. Dissolves sticky gunk, won't bother the paint.
  14. A very good point. Even makers of first class optics and mounts like Vixen have had to bite the chinese bullet and move some production to China as the quality is there now and the manufacturing costs are unbeatable. I've owned a US made C5 OTA with 'hand corrected optics' and replaced it with a fairly recent mass produced in China C6, the C6 is optically and mechanically better and cost less than that C5 cost new.
  15. £57 was 3.5 weeks average wage in 1962… So about £1,850 at current rates.
  16. 1962 adverts Average weekly wage 1962: £16 p/w, it's about £530 p/w now
  17. Optics today are not only light years better than in the 60's and 70's, they are far more consistent too. I can remember browsing telescope makers catalogues in the 70's and seeing A, B and C grade optics listed. A Grade: Fairly near what was intended after many hours of hand finishing and testing. B Grade: Oh well, almost got it right. C Grade: It's optically rubbish but hey! Its cheap! Off the shelf Computer modelling programmes for optics means it's easy to design first class optical elements, and CNC lens and mirror generating and polishing machines means that first class and repeatable quality is easy to achieve. A good example is the classic Celestron C8. A 1960's one is nothing like as good as a current one. Infinately better optical coatings, a highly refined design and tolerances held so tight the days of 'getting a good one' have effectively gone. If someone had told me in the 80's I'd be able to buy a top quality 3" APO short focus refractor in 2010 for half a weeks wages I'd have fallen off my chair laughing.
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