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by Greyfriar
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Which 12" Dob?
Replies: 7
Views: 2484

Hi Daren, Having been caught our by flashy adverts and dealer promises, I have become very careful about buying telescopes. I have just acquired a 16 inch Orion UK Newtonian... cost an arm and a leg, but oh so much better build and optical quality than the 'cheaper' Chinese made stuff I have viewed ...
by Greyfriar
Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: TV Everbrite
Replies: 9
Views: 3043

Hi, I have been using a 2" TeleVue Everbrite since 2001. It is superbly made and produces very sharp bright images that are head and shoulders above the 2" Celestron diagonal I also have. The down side is that I paid something in the region of £200 ! These days there are many more high quality diag...
by Greyfriar
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Binocular Servicing
Replies: 3
Views: 1426

Binocular Servicing

Hi, Can anyone recommend a person or business to carry out servicing (internal cleaning) of binoculars ? I live in mid Wales, and am ideally looking for someone based in the Cardiff, Swansea or Hereford regions. Alternatively, can anyone recommend a good book on the subject suitable for a keen DIY t...
by Greyfriar
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Why no avitars!?
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

Hi,

I have also just reduced my signature to 3 lines !

Greyfriar :oops:
by Greyfriar
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: What Binos?
Replies: 16
Views: 4813

Hi, And if you can't try before you buy, or do not yet have the experience to know what to look for in terms of optical performance, buy a brand and model that is known to be very good. This is where online consumer/user groups can be of great use, as of course can personally recommended dealers. St...
by Greyfriar
Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Whats a good price for a second hand HEQ5 mount
Replies: 3
Views: 2040

Hi Beamer, Whoops, I am such a donut... too many late nights !!! Thanks Cliff for spotting my unforced error... I really should know better that to go on the Web after a fantastic night of looking at the stars !!! Price of a HEQ5.... I have not got a clue, have not been following these... what Cliff...
by Greyfriar
Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: What Binos?
Replies: 16
Views: 4813

Hi Maddie, I do not think that there are any perfect binoculars for Astronomy, just ones that suit some people better than others. Based on my own limited experiences of using binoculars for astronomy, I offer the following advice. 1. Do not be taken in by the current craze for big binoculars. Most ...
by Greyfriar
Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:31 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Looking for advice on a first telescope
Replies: 17
Views: 6876

Hi Dave, Congratulations on your new telescope, I hope you will have many happy years together. With regard to learning your way around the sky. 'Turn Left at Orion' is an excellent starter book. I am a big fan of binoculars for astronomy, and I strongly recommend using a pair to learn your way arou...
by Greyfriar
Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Whats a good price for a second hand HEQ5 mount
Replies: 3
Views: 2040

Hi Beamer, EQ5's on a light weight alloy tripod tend to be worth less that ones on a stainless steel tripod. E Bay prices for EQ5's sold over the past year or so have ranged from just over £100, to over £250. As with so many things from China, some EQ5's will be near perfect, and some will be far ...
by Greyfriar
Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:05 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Prices USA Vs UK
Replies: 35
Views: 11377

Suspicions of restrictive commercial practices and price fixing with the UK Astro market are not new, that much is clear by the number of SPA posting on this issue. When I first joined the SPA in 2000, I attempted to raise this issue by letter and e mail. The responses from the SPA Officers I contac...
by Greyfriar
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Prices USA Vs UK
Replies: 35
Views: 11377

Hi Nick, Which ever way we look at it, it is difficult not to suspect the manufacturers and sole importers of illegal price fixing. Perhaps if more of us where to complain to the UK Government, the manufacturers and sole importers might just get a slap just like British Airways. Ultimately, if all w...
by Greyfriar
Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope buying...
Replies: 9
Views: 2396

Hi Jade, The best advice I can give you is take your time to read reviews, ask questions from astronomers and dealers, and if possible join your local astronomical society. I buy a lot of good quality astro stuff via e Bay, but then I have a lot of experience under my belt and know what to buy and w...
by Greyfriar
Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Skywatcher 6 inch Dobsonian or 5.1 inch Explorer 130??
Replies: 14
Views: 3907

Hi Phil, Personally, I would not bother using a Barlow unless it was a really good one. You could pay a small fortune for a designer brand Barlow, or you could buy one of the nicely priced and optically very good Tal Barlow's from Steve at FLO. In my experience, some new astronomers become obsessed ...
by Greyfriar
Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: SkyWatcher Mirror Quality
Replies: 5
Views: 2486

Hello Jack, As with any product, I think it should be a case of buyer beware. I believe that before buying a telescope it makes sound sense to do a little research. As Steve quite rightly stated, getting the opinions of people who actually have direct experience of using a particular product can sav...
by Greyfriar
Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Who Needs a Telescope Anymore?
Replies: 19
Views: 6055

Hello Lawrie, You make a very interesting point. UK amateur astronomy does indeed have several enemies: Climate, Cloud Cover, Light Pollution, a Fashionable Obsession with Technical Gadgets, and of course very High Prices compared to the USA. I should also mention the very serious long term danger t...