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by Lady Isabella
Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Anyone know the make of this telescope?
Replies: 5
Views: 2694

Baz

It is a Russian made Tal telescope. They have very good optics, and sell for peanuts second-hand.
by Lady Isabella
Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Light Pollution and Thrush Decline
Replies: 5
Views: 4289

While a Thrush will eat insects, it is not their main preferred source of food. If a Thrush is having to resort to eating lots of insects, then this is an unsuitable situation for the species. My family has been involved in agriculture for the last 150 years, and the biggest effect that we have seen...
by Lady Isabella
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Dust caps
Replies: 4
Views: 2087

End plugs can be found at the bottom of the page on this link.

http://www.scopesnskies.com/cat/astrono ... ieces.html
by Lady Isabella
Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Leonids 2009
Replies: 12
Views: 5863

Alastair McBeath wrote: Of greatest UK-observer significance perhaps is that I've had two reports of a brilliant Leonid fireball at 05:47 UT on November 16-17,

I think this was the same fireball that I observed and imaged.
I remember looking at my watch a few minutes later at 05:55 UT.
by Lady Isabella
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Vixen 102 FL Apochromatic Refractor
Replies: 3
Views: 2205

Paul

Units with the Super Polaris mount were £1450 in the mid to late 80's.
By the early 90's the price was £1750.
by Lady Isabella
Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Decent beginner equipment?
Replies: 10
Views: 6579

I also have several Prinz telescope and have found them to be quite decent little scopes. Most if not all of the Prinz Optics gear was made by Towa or Kenko. A little letter circle on the focus mount will indicate which firm made the scope. Usually the grease inside the equatorial mounting will have...
by Lady Isabella
Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: A focus issue...
Replies: 3
Views: 1550

Andrew

If you have a 2x Barlow with a detachable lens, then you could take the lens off and use the tube as an extension, just to see if you can reach focus.
by Lady Isabella
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 2009 September 13 -- Fra Mauro -- Peter Grego
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Hi Peter Really pleased to see that you enjoy the views with the vintage Watson. I also use some vintage long focal length refractors and find them excellent instruments. Recently with a 3 inch f/15 scope, I managed to pick out 3 (and maybe a hint of a fourth) craterlet in Plato. If your Watson is f...
by Lady Isabella
Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Meade illuminated EP: views?
Replies: 7
Views: 1949

Andrew

I've used these along with the old Vixen and others.
The weak point has always been the battery holder /switch,
which always goes belly-up.

I use mine for drift alignment.
by Lady Isabella
Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Supernova record
Replies: 3
Views: 1209

I spent several years searching for Supernovae with a large reflecting telescope, but never actually got to see one. I sold the scope and went back to small refractors, since then I've managed to observe two supernovae from the U.K. with a scope of 4 inch aperture. I seem to remember that the bright...
by Lady Isabella
Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Opinions and advice on new kit
Replies: 6
Views: 2287

Re: Opinions and advice on new kit

Hi I've seen the William Optics New Style Megrez 90 APO Refractor which looks nice, but then wondered about the Meade Series 5000 ED Triplet APO Refractor and now I've looked at about 10 other options and have no idea! Your thoughts, opinions and advice are all welcome. Thanks Justin Justin I use o...
by Lady Isabella
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Betelgeuse ..
Replies: 19
Views: 3444

brian livesey wrote:We can only wonder what the consequences might be for the earth environment when Betelgeuse goes supernova. Will our planet be bathed in lethal gamma radiation?
According to this source, the answer is no, but will still make a great sight.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betelgeuse
by Lady Isabella
Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Refractors...which one?
Replies: 3
Views: 1484

Both scopes will show the same view in the eyepiece, so I guess it comes down to which colour scheme and mount you prefer. Whichever unit you go for, do make a careful check of the lens collimation. I have now had to tweak several of these units to get the very best out of them. In spite of the scop...
by Lady Isabella
Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: looking for a decent telescope
Replies: 12
Views: 4028

Last year I was nearly tempted into buying one of these:

http://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/cel ... d3714.html

It is a nice little scope, and a review can be found here:

http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1678
by Lady Isabella
Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Magnifications
Replies: 8
Views: 5016

Re: Magnifications

Is it possible to go into the 660x magnifications, Hi Scott Yes, you can reach 660x, but with your telescope the view will be total mush. The following magnifications are taken from Sam Brown's book on telescopes, are can be used as a guide for a telescope with a 64mm objective. Messier objects and...