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 Post subject: Venus & Aldebaran
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 6:34 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Wednesday 2nd April 2018: Clear sky. Used 50mm Hide-Lite (x18) spotting scope on a tripod and hand-held 8x42 monocular. At 2014 UT, from Park (football pitch): a brilliant VENUS (very high up) and eventually located ALDEBARAN (not visible with the unaided-eye as the sky was not dark enough), down to the left and just fitting with VENUS, the 7 degree fov of the monocular, Made a couple of camera-alone photographs , which show both, although the star is quite faint. Later, at 2027 UT, photographed VENUS alone from the garden gate. (nb. Times taken from camera images which is still set at GMT/UT. regards maf


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 Post subject: Re: Venus & Aldebaran
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 3:52 pm 
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A nice observation Mike. Regarding your newly acquired monocular. If it doesn't have a threaded boss to attach it to a tripod, it's easy to make a hand grip for it to give steadier holding.
I have two monoculars, one a small ACUTER. I went to WILKO's with it and bought a couple of Terry clips that are big enough to fit tightly over the monocular barrel. Then I screwed the clips to each end of a strip of wood and attached an old file handle under the wood. Now the viewing is much steadier.

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 Post subject: Re: Venus & Aldebaran
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 7:10 am 
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Brian: I recall, in the past, using Terry Clips similarly, to mount a small telescope (without threaded boss) onto a tripod to project the Sun. I bought this monocular primarily to fit my pocket when out walking and really for bird-watching etc although it does all make a good general scanner for astronomy. Any added "bits & pieces" might interfere with its pocketability, but your comments on the advantages of a such a handle are indeed valid and I have in the past made a handle for a number of small monoculars that did have the boss, using a long bolt, nut, and bit of broom-handle or a bicycle rubber handle-bar grip. I found that this was only really satisfactory if the monocular had straight-through eyepiece. The local camera shop also sold a threaded handle that fitted. I also found a table-top stand was useful too, especially one that could be adjusted to a acute angle rather than at 90 degrees. Holding this so the hand the was pointing away from me, made it much more comfortable and even steadier. Still in this particular case any such additions would be more of an encumbrance where there is the extra requirement to be able to slip it into my pocket. regards maf


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