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29 minutes ago, Jason B said:

Oh,  I'll definitely be proudly uploading any images that I'm suitably pleased with.  I'm attaching it to my baader zoom so I have high hopes! If I can get shots any better than these,  which I got last Year by simply putting my phone up to the stock 25mm & 10mm eyepieces that came with my scope, I'll be a happy man with my initial modest investment…. 

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They are great shots with your smartphone down the stock ep, the second one I especially like. You'll definitely excell with your new set up and achieve sdone great images, keep it up and look forward to seeing more. Clear skies 

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Just received my dibond print of my veil mosaic, thrilled to say the least. The photo makes it look a little washed out when in fact it looks quite the opposite.

All the way from Sweden and deposited on my door step by the courier three days earlier than expected - As it was palleted and weighed almost 70kg, it was left out in the rain until I got home from wo

And here we go. One box with lots of padding material and there is another box inside that: And in that box is another box and a foam box with: My brand new 125 m

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13 minutes ago, Nigella Bryant said:

 

I hope you don't mind but I played with one of your images, great potential, well done.

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I love what you've done with the image Nigella, did you alter the saturation to bring out the mineral colours. 

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1 hour ago, Jason B said:

That looks amazing!   And you did it so quickly! I'm looking to download some imaging software,  what did you use,  if you don't mind me asking? Thanks, I'll be spending the next few minutes admiring that enhancement👍☺️ 

I just used the free Photoshop app. Applied the following. A little sharpening, dehaze, adjusted contrast and applied a little denoise colour rendition and saturation. 

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1 hour ago, Nigella Bryant said:

I just used the free Photoshop app. Applied the following. A little sharpening, dehaze, adjusted contrast and applied a little denoise colour rendition and saturation. 

You made it sound so simple! I will of course be having a try🙂

 

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55 minutes ago, laudropb said:

Some lockdown reading.

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May as well do some reading, I can’t remember what a clear sky looks like unfortunately. Would be nice to get one on one of my days off 🤞

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This came (a while back). It's just a moon filter,  which itself is unremarkable;   but what is worth highlighting, is the amount of packaging used for an item that is only slightly larger than a pound coin. I could almost fit my kettle in the box.  I'm an enthusiastic recycler,  but I can't help feeling that there should be more responsibility placed on companies who are now posting ever-increasing amounts of items. 

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11 minutes ago, Jason B said:

This came (a while back). It's just a moon filter,  which itself is unremarkable;   but what is worth highlighting, is the amount of packaging used for an item that is only slightly larger than a pound coin. I could almost fit my kettle in the box.  I'm an enthusiastic recycler,  but I can't help feeling that there should be more responsibility placed on companies who are now posting ever-increasing amounts of items. 

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Amazon only have 3 box sizes. Large, extra large and super large. 

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2 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

Amazon only have 3 box sizes. Large, extra large and super large. 

🤣 I think you're right.  This one example of over-packaging by them was by no means a one-off! 

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40 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

May as well do some reading, I can’t remember what a clear sky looks like unfortunately. Would be nice to get one on one of my days off 🤞

Ditto, I swear the scopes surrounding me in my office are getting restless and planning some kind of revolt if they don't get out again soon 😬

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26 minutes ago, Jason B said:

This came (a while back). It's just a moon filter,  which itself is unremarkable;   but what is worth highlighting, is the amount of packaging used for an item that is only slightly larger than a pound coin. I could almost fit my kettle in the box.  I'm an enthusiastic recycler,  but I can't help feeling that there should be more responsibility placed on companies who are now posting ever-increasing amounts of items. 

That's bad, but I've seen far worse from Amazon in the past 😬

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14 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

Amazon only have 3 box sizes. Large, extra large and super large. 

They have a fourth... don't bother with a box at all and just chuck the unboxed item in the van... happened a few times, fortunately nothing got damaged 🤔

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7 minutes ago, HollyHound said:

They have a fourth... don't bother with a box at all and just chuck the unboxed item in the van... happened a few times, fortunately nothing got damaged 🤔

 

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37 minutes ago, Jason B said:

 

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This so true, mostly... I love also with DPD they give you a profile of your driver... ours is married with 5 kids... makes us feel part of a team 🤣

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2 hours ago, HollyHound said:

This so true, mostly... I love also with DPD they give you a profile of your driver... ours is married with 5 kids... makes us feel part of a team 🤣

I know! I now usually find myself saying  to my wife,  'Johnathan's coming today (dpd) ,  with my parcel' or,  'Alex is due today (parcelforce) with my delivery🤣🤣🤣

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Despite saying that's it for astro purchases a year or ago, I've been norty 😈 since November and bought yet more astronomy-related stuff.

I was considering taking piccies but you'll all just get annoyed at me taking over the thread. So here's a list:

Celestron-NexStar 102GT refractor from ENS Optical for grab n go sessions - the eyepieces might be rated a bit meh but never dismiss them for solar projection type work 😉

( I was after a Celestron - Vixen 102mm HD refractor in excellent condition on ebay but it was collect-only and about 150 miles away and went to someone who was willing to travel. Seller didn't really want to post unless he couldn't sell it quickly at the time.  I'm gutted because it looked like it was going to be a bargain even with courier costs added ).

Baader 1.25 inch filters from FLO arrived yesterday! Light blue, Solar continuum and OIII

Books from FLO and ebay:

Harrington - Cosmic Challenge 

Argyle - An Anthology Of Visual Double Stars

Willmann-Bell - Solar Astronomy Handbook 

Paolini - Choosing And Using Astronomical Eyepieces 

Jensen - Budget Astrophotography 

Mobberley - The Caldwell Objects 

Griffiths - Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them

Plus 4 non-astro related books and 700g of ceramic baking beans.

A month ago I'd have added a partridge in a pear tree to this list! 😅

 

Blame me for forcing FLO and ENS Optical packing all this bad weather folks! 

 

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2 hours ago, Jason B said:

This came (a while back). It's just a moon filter,  which itself is unremarkable;   but what is worth highlighting, is the amount of packaging used for an item that is only slightly larger than a pound coin. I could almost fit my kettle in the box.  I'm an enthusiastic recycler,  but I can't help feeling that there should be more responsibility placed on companies who are now posting ever-increasing amounts of items. 

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Look at the bright side 

Makes it almost as hard to lose as a golf ball! 

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I got one of these today as people had been saying nice things about them. Not as big and heavy as I expected. It almost seems lost in the huge box. Of course the weather is not being cooperative, so no idea when I can get to try it.

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14 hours ago, MrFreeze said:

I got one of these today as people had been saying nice things about them. Not as big and heavy as I expected. It almost seems lost in the huge box. Of course the weather is not being cooperative, so no idea when I can get to try it.

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I had one of those for a while. Very nice solid build clear view eyepieces. I could easily buy the 1.25” 82’s back for a nice lightweight set. 

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4 hours ago, reezeh said:

and 700g of ceramic baking beans.

 

I like baked beans, on occasion, but I'm having trouble here....

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15 hours ago, Dantooine said:

I could easily buy the 1.25” 82’s back for a nice lightweight set. 

Ah ha... the "second set" idea is happening. Had the same thoughts, but as I literally only have to move 30 ft with any scope, I have been able to resist 😬 

A zoom works well for a grab and go scope too 👍

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2 hours ago, HollyHound said:

Ah ha... the "second set" idea is happening. Had the same thoughts, but as I literally only have to move 30 ft with any scope, I have been able to resist 😬 

A zoom works well for a grab and go scope too 👍

I did have the 82’s as a first set. Gave most of them to mates when I moved into Delos. Then sold the Delos when I went to 100 degrees glass. It’s just that the 82’s are cute but hard hitting at the same time. I suppose they are close to nagler performance but I’m sure someone will correct me on that 😁 I’ve still to try a Morpheus and wonder if I’d like those. 

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17 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

I’ve still to try a Morpheus and wonder if I’d like those. 

There are not many reports on SGL of people that have tried them and not liked them.  From what I read of ranges of EP's many of the decent types appear to have a couple within the range which are superb and others which are just very good, I see relatively few reports on SGL where decent brands of EP's have sizes which seem to drop into the 'good' or lower category.  I suppose then it becomes do you covert a matched set of EP's (guilty as charged)? Or, are you prepared to own a box where you cherry pick the one or two 'superbs' from each line, but will never get a matched set?  

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