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Getting back into astronomy after many years.  Really tasted the thrill as a youngster: eg

Jupiter Saturn conj of 1981 viewed through a 4" refractor

Splitting the double on the 'tip of the sword' of Cygnus - which as I recall were red and green.

Naked eye all night sessions in Spain and New Zealand.

For the last couple of weeks I have been getting off to dark skies a few miles from where I live and using 8x32's and I have just bought some used Celestron (Echelon) 16x70's which came a couple of days ago - since which time, in accordance with the Laws of Physics, the skies have been cloudy!

I am probably going to get an Orion parallelogram tripod, but there are long waiting times - in the meantime would love to know of any advice people may have on monopods / heads and a mount that will fix to the Echelons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi and welcome. I had to do another rescan of the 4th line after quickly readin it slightly differently! ;)

BTW: used to have an Orion binocular Mount, but hardly ever used it, so was mostly gathering dust in a corner of the room. My binos are now mostly fixed onto my monopod with a trigger grip for when I do use them to scan around the skies. 

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4 hours ago, Knighty2112 said:

Hi and welcome. I had to do another rescan of the 4th line after quickly readin it slightly differently! ;)

BTW: used to have an Orion binocular Mount, but hardly ever used it, so was mostly gathering dust in a corner of the room. My binos are now mostly fixed onto my monopod with a trigger grip for when I do use them to scan around the skies. 

Totally missed that one  ;))

Any recommendations on big monopod for lanky observer

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4 hours ago, JamesF said:

Welcome from deepest, darkest west Somerset.

James

Thanks, you look very well placed for Dark Skied Exmoor & The Quantocks - do you get out there much for observing?

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1 hour ago, robbymain said:

Welcome from another SW based returnee! Whereabouts are you based?

Bridport or thereabouts... lots of fairly dark sky within easy reach but so far the places I've been there's always some pollution even if several miles away.  I was on Exmoor last night for other reasons but cloudy anyway - still I reckon must be about as good as it gets in the SW??

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6 minutes ago, Earth Demon said:

Thanks, you look very well placed for Dark Skied Exmoor & The Quantocks - do you get out there much for observing?

I don't really need to, to be honest.  We're a few miles outside Wiveliscombe, with no near neighbours nor street lights and fairly clear horizons, so I am fortunate enough to be able to do most of my observing from home.

James

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7 minutes ago, Earth Demon said:

Bridport or thereabouts... lots of fairly dark sky within easy reach but so far the places I've been there's always some pollution even if several miles away.  I was on Exmoor last night for other reasons but cloudy anyway - still I reckon must be about as good as it gets in the SW??

I think all the moors are pretty good as a general rule.  Other than that I think it's quite dark in the area north of Holsworthy.  On the south coast it's a little more tricky to find good observing spots I think, though not impossible, and obviously having sea to the south can be very helpful when chasing those low Messier objects.

James

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I met a farmer who lets me drive on his land for a small fee... nice for privacy and it's a pretty good spot with views right down to the sea horizon in the South.  (nr Bridport)  I have in mind to find some more...

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14 minutes ago, JamesF said:

I don't really need to, to be honest.  We're a few miles outside Wiveliscombe, with no near neighbours nor street lights and fairly clear horizons, so I am fortunate enough to be able to do most of my observing from home.

James

Good for you.  I also live in dark place but right down in a valley and north facing so pretty terrible for astronomy really.

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Thanks to all for the warmest of welcomes.

Up and out there last night until Taurus o'clock.

It was the most accomplished observing I have ever done - I had Sky Safari on the laptop to help me which sort of feels like cheating as my previous attempts at serious observation pre-date mobiles and laptops.  But never mind that - saw Uranus for the first time ever - easily available to my 8x32's if you know where to look - and of course I did thanks to the software.

Delighted to see Pisces really for the first time, and those bright stars in Aries but Pisces actually does have a shape to it.  

Used Steve Tonkin's broom tripod idea to get my first proper look through my new(ish) 16x70's as I am still waiting for monopod to arrive.  They showed Mars as a large disc - which was exhilarating but it had a glaring quality rather than just being flat or matte... can anything be done to avoid that?

Saturn was elliptical.

Andromeda was clear and present... I looked for M110 but couldn't see any hint of it - probably just too much for my bins. 

Delighted to have those 16x70's but they have also made me appreciate how useful my 8x32's are too.

Now I could just do with a nice pair of 7x50's.... I suppose this is how the kit collections begin.

 

 

 

 

 

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