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Just now, Commanderfish said:

That hand truck is way cooler than mine!! Looks.like it's extendable too?

It's actually not quite as good - the platform doesn't extend far enough to fully support the base! It's a 3-in-one so you can lie it down and use it as a platform, and it has some other weird configurations I've not played with yet. 16" is quite a lot to lug around as one person, especially in a very non-flat garden, but I managed to set up a base for it with some spare paving stones and park it in the shed without dropping anything - I think a Telegizmos 365 cover is in this scope's future so it can sit out most of the time.

 

28 minutes ago, Neil27 said:

I was the postman today, collected from a fellow astronomer. Part 2/4 of my imaging rig.

May I present my beautiful looking Esprit 150, and it definitely is love at first sight!

Included is the flattener, lakeside focuser, dew heater, flats panel. Aside from a little dust on the front lense it’s perfect.

That's an absolute beauty. Congratulations - that imaging rig is going to be very sorted!

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My very first refractor, the new WO FLT 91, this is going to be my imaging telescope when I can get my hands on a Skywatcher mount.  

Thank you FLO, I love it Mr Bresser Messier was just delivered now.    

Just arrived and amazingly well packed... triple boxed, with spacers 😮 Nestled inside was a gorgeous Takahashi FC76-DCU 😃 I can’t believe how light it is compared to the StellaMira 80mm, and

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Parcel number one today.. a couple of dew bands, as finder got wet last week and nearly spoilt my evenings viewing pleasure. Spare one and for EP.

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Delivery number 2...

Been on order for 4 weeks so glad to take delivery of a pair of Helios 15x70’s with a bino bandit and Porro mounting bracket. Just need Hermes to get their act together and deliver the joystick head. 
 

Buckled earlier too at a copy of Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas as someone highlighted the current low price. Typically, I’ve stuttered and it’s on back order. Did the same with these binoculars 😂

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4 minutes ago, IB20 said:

I couldn’t resist after seeing other members receive their copies!

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Ah ha, you didn’t dither like I did... there were 2 copies left until this morning. Enjoy!

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Postie brought me a TMB SW6mm Planetary II eyepiece, via the classifieds and member @Arneb. Hopefully it'll come in handy when the planets are back in view later in the year. I'll settle for the moon, meantime.

 

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Arrived safely packaged this morning.

Boy are these big cameras ... 😮

Very solid and seems well built, looking forward to using this soon once my mount arrives.

 

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Not from the postman, but my dad was sorting through some old boxes and found this book of his, which I remember reading avidly as a kid (when I last had a small telescope). He’s now given it to me, to add to my collection of astronomy books.

The Observers Book of Astronomy by (Sir) Patrick Moore, from 1962 😃

Unfortunately my sister seems to have scribbled on the front and back page, but it’s pencil and adds to the charm 🤣

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I did buy a parts one of these a while back but as is the way with these things  it’s  still in a box awaiting some enthusiasm but this one turned up for a decent price and i just picked it up- it’s a beaut! The very nice seller threw in the solar filter so i might just get my first glimpse of the sun this week- though i’m a bit scared! Wondering what ep would be good for a full disk view 🤔

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Lately two scopes have shared one diagonal and the beefy Altair 24mm UFF catches the Skywatcher dielectric's compression ring screw head. Tak and WO 1.25" prisms were hovered over for ages but the Altair 1.25" dielectric mirror diagonal won the day. Mainly due to being cheaper than the other main brands and, it's red...

 

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On 13/04/2021 at 19:33, HollyHound said:

Not from the postman, but my dad was sorting through some old boxes and found this book of his, which I remember reading avidly as a kid (when I last had a small telescope). He’s now given it to me, to add to my collection of astronomy books.

The Observers Book of Astronomy by (Sir) Patrick Moore, from 1962 😃

Unfortunately my sister seems to have scribbled on the front and back page, but it’s pencil and adds to the charm 🤣

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Smart looking book, With the added bonus of sentimental value too!

I will take an item with some "History" over new any day 🙂

 

 

 

 

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I have tried to capture the beauty of my new little Vixen NPL 20mm through the medium of photography. Sad face that the 30mm is on back order. Fits in very well with my SLVs.

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Postie brought me a nice 8x50 RACI, sourced via the classifieds, top marks for speediness to @jadcx

I've been after one for weeks but what I was after was not in stock, so the ad came at a very handy moment. Saved me time and money 🙂

 

 

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34 minutes ago, jadcx said:

The RACI sale to @wulfrun above didn't quite cover my pre-emptive ordering of this, but it arrived today anyway.

 

That looks like it belongs on top of a Saturn V! I think the RACI might've covered the VAT 😉

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It definitely didn’t look as big in the for sale photos, this scope is well put together for a 4” 😂🥰

Beside the ED80 for scale

 

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On 14/04/2021 at 12:19, JeremyS said:

Yet another from the 50% off Amazon offer

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Thanks for the heads up, I've just ordered a copy on the same offer Jeremy, but mine won't apparently be delivered until 25th May. 😟

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1 hour ago, AdeKing said:

Thanks for the heads up, I've just ordered a copy on the same offer Jeremy, but mine won't apparently be delivered until 25th May. 😟

It’ll be worth the wait and it’s a super offer 👍🏻

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The postman has been busy for me as this just arrived (courtesy of @Size9Hex). Yesterday the postie brought me a mount and now just waiting for the tripod (these things are like gold-dust to find...).

 

Then I need to go and talk to my neighbour about the security light he installed last week that now bathes our once dark garden in reflected light off the next row of houses behind...

 

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On 13/04/2021 at 19:33, HollyHound said:

The Observers Book of Astronomy by (Sir) Patrick Moore, from 1962

My cherished copy was given to me by my late brother who found a very clean revised 1965 edition (with it's paper sleeve showing price 5/- net) in a 2nd hand bookshop on my 60th birthday. Impossible to read without hearing the authors distinctive voice!

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6 minutes ago, Stephenstargazer said:

My cherished copy was given to me by my late brother who found a very clean revised 1965 edition (with it's paper sleeve showing price 5/- net) in a 2nd hand bookshop on my 60th birthday. Impossible to read without hearing the authors distinctive voice!

That’s lovely to hear... such a nice book and we both have sentimental attachments to them too 😃

What is even more amazing is when you think, that when these were published, only a few people had been into space and man hadn’t yet set foot on the moon 😮

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From page 210 of 1965 edition, on " Man-Made Moons" ie satellites:

"Ultimately of course our aim is to achieve true space travel and to send men to the moon and planets. Before the war such ideas were generally dismissed as science fiction, but there is nothing fantastic about them now."  Sir Patrick Moore 🧐

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