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AstroTrac - first result

This new tracker had an interesting review done on it in the September edition of the Sky at Night magazine by Paul Money (see page 86). Having heard rave reviews about it from carlos_dfc and little col from this forum, following its appearance at Kielder early on this year, I placed an order for one which I recived in July from Ian King Imaging.

Anyway I got my initial results with my new toy back ...
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Startravel 80 OTA refractor

I recently purchased a Startravel 80 OTA from Pulsar Optical for use as a grab and go scope.I have to say that for a little scope it gives me great deep sky wide field views.The views of Venus and Saturn were small but acceptable,and i have recently attached some RG solar film from Rother Valley Optics for solar observing,and the 80ml is brilliant for this.It sits very well ontop the 130M,and when using the direct ...
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Collimators... including barlowed laser

I read the review with interest.

I'd like to add my £0.02 worth... In all the years of fiddling with collimation, the barlowed laser is by far the best/easiest/most foolproof method I have so far used. I own the Kendrick 2" Barlowed laser, which cost far less brand new than the 1.25" version quoted in the review did, so I think it was a little unfair marking it down heavily on the quoted price from ...
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Jan issue - best Newtonian <£460

Hi All,

Was going to buy the SkyWatcher Explorer 150 but realised the Jan issue did a group test of 6" Newtonians under £460. Whilst I'm waiting for the back issue to come through the post so I can read up on them all, can anyone tell me which one won and which came second so I can start to find the best places to buy.

Thanks,

Andy
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NIkon D50 DSLR

Hello all,
I recently purchased a Nikon D50,and agreed with the group test in the magazine.The camera is a gem to use in the day,and for astrophotography is good as well.One thing to remember,buy the ML-L3 remote at the same time.The camera will do exposures up to 30 seconds,but on the 'bulb' setting you need the remote.The camera was £397.99 at Jessops,and the remote £16.99 from Cameraworld.I have taken the best Moon images ever,the craters ...
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MEADE EYEPIECES

HAS ANYONE USED MEADE 4000 PLOSSELS OR MEADE QX EYEPIECES,
IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY LIKE, AND HAVE YOU CHANGED TO THEM FROM
ANOTHER TYPE?.YOUR OPINIONS ON THEM AND ANY OTHERS WOULD
BE APRECIATED....BRIAN
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45 degree angle binoculars

HI EVERYBODY, WENT OUT AND PUT MY NEW TOY TO THE TEST AND GOT GREAT RESULTS, I WAS ZOOMING IN ON CAPELLA ON MY STARRY NIGHT PROGRAMM AND NOTICED THAT IT HAD A CLOSE COMPANION OF 10.48 MAG. SO I THOUGHT I COULD TEST MY NEW BINOS ON THIS AND SEE IF I COULD SEPERATE THE SMALLER ONE OUT OF THE GLARE OF CAPELLA, AND YES AT 20X I COULD SEE IT, ONLY JUST, BUT ...
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Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 bins

I have a pair of the Meade 10x40 bins that were being sold at Lidl last year, and have been very pleased with them. However, the quality is not reflected in the prices as they started off considerably more than Lidl's sold them for.

I have felt the need for something between these and my telescope, as there is often too big a step between to view some things, or indeed find them. Having read ...
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big binoculars v binoviewer

HI EVERYONE, JUST FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON A WARM EVENING I THOUGHT I WOULD TEST MY 25X100 STRATHSPAY BINOCULARS AGAINST MY VERY CHEAP BCF BINOMATE AT 25X ON MY TELESCOPE(EVOSTAR 120 REFRACTOR), ON THE MOON AND JUPITER, I THOUGHT THE BINO'S WOULD WIN HANDS DOWN, BECAUSE BINOVIEWERS DO LOSE A LITTLE LIGHT BUT TO MY SUPPRIZE THE BINOMATE AND SCOPE WON EASELY. SO NOW I WILL BE GOING FOR WILIAM OPTICS BINOVIEWER SET UP. ...
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May 'Best Buy' - William Optics binoviewer

William Optics binoviewer
http://www.iankingimaging.com

http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/TEMP/william_optics.jpg

Anyone familiar with the William Optics philosophy of high quality at a reasonable price will be glad to know that it extends to binoviewers. Conceived very much as an observing system, the unit comes in a presentation box with two wide-angle 1.25-inch eyepieces of 20mm focal length in addition to a 1.6x Barlow lens. The latter screws into the front of the binoviewer nosepiece, permitting you to use the ...
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