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by RMSteele
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars
Replies: 9
Views: 5091

Re: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars

Well, I bought the ALDI Maginons for £14.99, so I guess that brings us from the sublime Vixens to the ridiculous Kunmingers. Bob :D
by RMSteele
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars
Replies: 9
Views: 5091

Re: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars

I noticed a pair of Maginon 8x40s at my local ALDI reduced from £19.99 to £14.99. I''ll think it over for another week before committing to such extravagance. They've been there for weeks. Bob
by RMSteele
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Almost a fine Winter's Sky
Replies: 8
Views: 3061

Re: Almost a fine Winter's Sky

Thanks Brian, I am a specs wearer. Years ago I used to remove my glasses to observe with bins but nowadays I leave 'em on, so large eye lenses with rubber cups are a vv desirable feature. I think it was the fact that old style bins etc used to have such small eyepiece structures and no eyecups that ...
by RMSteele
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars
Replies: 9
Views: 5091

Re: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars

Soz, they are all Vixens as I now recall but marketed also by Celestron suppliers. Bob
by RMSteele
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars
Replies: 9
Views: 5091

Re: Vixen SG2.1x42 Binoculars

Hi Mike,I haven't used them but like you, I am intrigued by them. I am sure Celestron market the same thing under their brand. However what shocks me is the price. I know we are used to cheap, serviceable bins from the Chinese empire, but I am taken aback to find these opera-type glasses are literal...
by RMSteele
Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?

Sounds a bit like Leeds on a United match-day. Bob :)
by RMSteele
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Almost a fine Winter's Sky
Replies: 8
Views: 3061

Re: Almost a fine Winter's Sky

Mike, Brian, Thank you; the best info comes from people who use the equipment in their own back gardens. Kind thoughts, Bob
Oh PS, I made a mistake earlier where I referred to my 10x30s, they're actually 8x32 Opticrons!
by RMSteele
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: CELESTRON Skymaster 25X70's
Replies: 12
Views: 6276

Re: CELESTRON Skymaster 25X70's

David, I bought the Revelation 15x70s and a cheap photo tripod a couple of years ago on a whim, just to take to Cornwall for a family holiday. Collimation is ok and they have proved much more serviceable than their price suggested that they would be. On that trip they gave me the most pleasing view ...
by RMSteele
Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Almost a fine Winter's Sky
Replies: 8
Views: 3061

Re: Almost a fine Winter's Sky

Hello Mike, Can you tell me more about your image stabilised monocular, how you rate it etc? I've never looked through one, but it sounds like it could be a nice compact viewer to travel with. I use hand-held 10x30 and 10x50 binocs for casual viewing and brightish variable star estimates. You develo...
by RMSteele
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mystery object
Replies: 7
Views: 2945

Re: Mystery object

late summer evening flight of a hot air balloon at a range of 5 miles plus.
Bob
by RMSteele
Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Gamma Sagittae
Replies: 5
Views: 2205

Re: Gamma Sagittae

Interesting and informative web site Nigel, I really like the deep sky notes.
Kind thoughts, Bob
by RMSteele
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Gamma Sagittae
Replies: 5
Views: 2205

Re: Gamma Sagittae

The "simple" stars are much neglected and its nice just to pick them and look, you never know what will be revealed. Bob
by RMSteele
Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?

Dear Cliff, you've opened an interesting thread. Lowell came to astronomy latish and he was not really regarded as a "professional" observer by some others (even though his mathematical ability was not in question). Lowell saw what he so much wanted to see when he looked AT Mars, whereas, ...
by RMSteele
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?

Hello Cliff, Haven't seen the NS article but I think there is also a suggestion of another planet in the Proxima data - more work needs to be done to be sure. As far as canals go, the only experience I have of them is being locked in a loo next to the Leeds-Liverpool once upon a time! Bob :lol:
by RMSteele
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Earthlike planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?

Germany's "Der Spiegel" is reporting the unconfirmed discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting the habitable zone of our nearest stellar neighbour, red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The anonymous leak alleges the discovery was made at the ESO. The ESO is refusing to comment, although the new...