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Meet Eddie, my new imaging scope


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Well yesterday my new toy arrived! I'm very happy indeed, but would be happier if there were some clear skies! But at long last I've got myself a nice ED scope for imaging with. Spent some time last night cleaning him up and sorting out the R&P focuser, and now I'm feeling rather pleased with my rig. Modest by the standards of some around here, but more than enough to keep me entertained for many a happy hour :D

Here he is, sitting magnificently upon my HEQ5, with two 50mm finders. One for actually finding, and the other as a guide scope.

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Now all I need to do is break the news to the wife when she gets back from her holiday... Dead man walking, it's been a pleasure :D

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I tried that when i got mine Sam- did not go well! when my wife saw the new ed80 cooling down in the back garden, she asked where it came from. 'Thats the one i've had for years' i said. 'No it isnt - it hasnt got that dent from when i dropped it in the garage and didnt tell you!' I dont know which of us was angriest that night!

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Now all I need to do is break the news to the wife when she gets back from her holiday... Dead man walking, it's been a pleasure :D

That made me chuckle big time, the ED80 is something I have my eye on for the future too. I just bought some bins I mentioned something about binos for 60 quid and got the "Oh Okay", took it as a green light they arrived yesterday, I am definitely not mentioning just yet that they were 150 quid. :D

I look forward to your first light/image report :)

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Last time I bought a scope I went from a 6" eq mounted to a 14" dob. No mistaking the difference there but I kept quiet and it still took a fortnight for her to notice it standing in the corner of the study - God knows how she missed it... it's bigger than her.

We are speaking again now.

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I'm thinking that dropping it casually into converstaion at a family gathering this weekend will be the way to go. Apparently her uncle is very interested in hearing about my astrophotography, so that'll be a good way to bring it up. I hope there's less chance of instant disembowelment with lots of poeple around :D

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Would I be a bad person if I just didn't tell her? This new one is soooooo like the C102 I already have, I very much doubt she'd notice :) I just need to hide the other one away :D

Just tell her you got a smaller scope so that you'd have some money to spare for some additional bits and pieces. :D

John

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