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What are you saving for?

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Nothing would please me more than starting a thread in 'whole set ups' with me standing beside a pair of Vixen BT81 SA binoculars.  It's taken me a while to realise this, but upon doing so, I have started saving a few pennies- which are few and far between.  

I am always pleased to read other members threads about their new setups as many of us do.  But for those of you who aren't quite there yet or who have just started saving..... What are you saving for?

 

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Mesu mk2, Tec140, solar imaging camera, etc etc etc etc 😂

Dave

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My list seems to be growing rapidly!

Astronomik 0III Filter, Baader Neodymium Filter, SW RACI 9x50 Finder, TV Delite 3mm or TV 3-6mm Zoom..... 😮

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There are a few things I would like at the moment.  Dew heaters are probably the first, followed by an OAG for the C9.25 and computer-controllable motor focusers.

However, I still need to spend money on getting the observatory finished as opposed to merely usable, and the work on one of our barns to turn it into a holiday cottage makes astro kit prices look like petty cash, so pretty much anything I buy in the near future is going to be used or make-it-myself.

Actually, the cost of building work makes astro spending dangerously tempting in some respects.  For example, I've just committed to about £14,000 for all the plumbing, heating and electrics for the barn (and I wish I'd not bothered to add that lot up).  It's far too easy to get into the mindset of "Well, what's another few hundred on some astro gear compared with that?"

James

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As @JamesF I'm also spending more than saving atm. Building an observatory puts any astro saving/investment on hold. But I am window shopping.

Rings + Losmandy plate for my MN190

Filters (dare I mention astrodon) and possibly a new filter wheel. 

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Not really saving much each month but hoping for a good goto mount some day.

Buy everything off Amazon and let their rewards build up. Should have it just about the time the next asteriod hits the Earth. 

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33 minutes ago, maw lod qan said:

Should have it just about the time the next asteriod hits the Earth. 

Look on the bright side maw, at least with goto you'll be able to track it all the way down! :) 

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Starting to (re)appreciate just how pleasurable to use a good pair of binoculars are.

So hoping to buy a pair of  Helios LightQuest-HR 80mm Binoculars soon, with a pistol-grip tripod head. This following the advice given on Steve Tonkin’s excellent Binocular Sky website.

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I have a few things on my wish list but probably a 4 inch apo is top of it.

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Alpy 600. Time is very short for lovely images at the moment but my desire to give something back in the form of useful observations is growing...

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Just now, Alien 13 said:

Saving for new laptop, only £3500 to go......

Alan

3500 for a laptop? That must be some beast. 

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1 minute ago, wimvb said:

3500 for a laptop? That must be some beast. 

It is, my last one cost £2200 nearly 4 years ago and still going strong but just starting to get a bit leggy so will need an upgrade in a couple of years time.

Alan

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Nearly a year ago I realised that 30 quid a month would get me a 12 inch Explore Scientific Ultra Light truss dob on my 50th birthday and also give me time to change my mind. Closing in on the half way point and have half talked myself out of it.  We'll see how it goes. 

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I've pretty much got everything I would really like, anything I wanted that I couldn't afford I made myself.   😀

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Saving for some Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 bins to add to the observing arsenal.

Hate to say it but folks it’s not long til Xmas now so make sure Santa knows what you want!

Steve 

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My fondness for fracs has increased, so I'd like to upgrade the ST120 to an Altair Wave 125 EDF Apo.  Then - also being fond of GoTo - I'd need a decent mount - preferably alt-az.

I could be saving for a while!

Doug.

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