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by Brian
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Making a Monocular from a Binocular
Replies: 8
Views: 36

Re: Making a Monocular from a Binocular

Well done Jeff :) Just to say it was not just amateurs who used binoculars as a source of finderscopes and eyepieces back in those far-off days before telescopes became widely-available consumer items. Some of the smaller UK telescope makers used russian and ex-WD optics as a source of components. H...
by Brian
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Making a Monocular from a Binocular
Replies: 8
Views: 36

Re: Making a Monocular from a Binocular

Yes, in the 70's it was common practice to take a cheap(ish) pair of 6x30 (?) Russian binoculars , saw them in half and after a bit of tidying up use the side with diopter focus adjustment "as is" as a finderscope for UK-made astroscopes. Some even had crosshairs added (human hair sometime...
by Brian
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: The UFO files
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: The UFO files

"Lunatic Fringe" :D

Didn't Majestic 12 assasinate President Kennedy for threatening to release this sort of information? :shock:
by Brian
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Another Beast from the East?
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Beast from the east

Dear Brian,
Thank You so much for cheering me up! :lol:
by Brian
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Nebulae in Auriga
Replies: 6
Views: 44

Re: Nebulae in Auriga

A very nice image indeed!

regards,
by Brian
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Book publishers cease publication
Replies: 8
Views: 71

Re: Book publishers cease publication

Agreed! Come the next Carrington-scale event (and come it will) the Maesters will need to stock their new libraries :)
by Brian
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: new scope and camera troubles ???
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Re: new scope and camera troubles ???

Hello Kay. In my opinion that HP laptop should perform well enough in imaging. Depending on how much imaging you do, you might find that more storage is useful - maybe a 1TB USB hard drive. I guess most people doing imaging and processing on the same computer would go for a quad-core processor, but ...
by Brian
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: Satellites in wood
Replies: 5
Views: 51

Re: Satellites in wood

You know, as a boy I grew up with balsa-wood model aircraft kits (Kiel-Kraft I seem to remember). It makes me smile to imagine that in future we might see balsa-wood satellites in orbit :) . I imagine one basic problem with hardwood for satellites is the weight factor on launch?
by Brian
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Logging on
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Logging on

Oh, right! It's so long since I joined the Forum that I've forgotten how that works :D

regards,
by Brian
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Logging on
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Logging on

Hi Steve and Welcome.
Not quite sure I follow your comment about cars and venus. Can you explain for others? :D

regards,
by Brian
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Censorship"
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: "Censorship"

SkyBrowser wrote: Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:38 pm Ha, I think I have a way around it ... n aked-eye!
Well, do tell? :D
by Brian
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 493

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

As I forecast on Dec 10th, tonight brings rain, drizzle and cloud a mile deep :x

I did get one or two snapshots over previous days but nothing as good as others have posted here so I'll leave it :lol:
by Brian
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Censorship"
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: "Censorship"

I wonder what the censor will make of "n---d-ladies". These are flowers :roll: The scientific name Amaryllis belladonna means beautiful lady!

naked-ladies

Edit : so the result is nonsense.

A little levity to brighten up these dark times :D
by Brian
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Censorship"
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: "Censorship"

Testing
I typed "n---d-eye"
and got
naked-eye
by Brian
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..
Replies: 46
Views: 493

Re: Jupiter and Saturn closing in ..

As the Sun set here a sheet of dark cloud moved just far enough into the SW to completely obscure the view. I fear this will be a rehearsal for the evening of the 21st :x