North Lincs astro meeting. 7th January 2019

The North Lincolnshire astronomy society welcomed 2019 with a quiz night. Despite some suspect allocation of team numbers, it was the lesser headed old boys and wrinklies that proved 4 heads were better than 6, and came out on top.

But as this was a fun night, we were all winners. Thank you to Glenys and Malcolm for inviting friends and keeping us all fed and watered.

Thinking of coming along ?, see the North Lincs astro society for more information

 

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Celestron Regal M2 LER eyepiece #82002

When purchasing the Celestron Regal M2 LER (long eye relief) there are a couple of issues, but not problems that arise from the very long 32mm eye relief. Firstly for spectacle wearers the eye cup is not fold down or twist type. You simply remove. But even with glasses on you are still some way from the lens. To some this is not  a problem.  But if you prefer to rest your glasses on the eyepiece, you may need to purchase a shorter rubber eye cup that attaches to T2 thread. Many winged eye cups will suffice.

Also for imagers there is a T2 thread on the eyepiece. As with the above, it is too near the lens to get a full image. But this is easily solved by purchasing a 40mm T2 extension, like the Baader planetarium version. This will give enough distance from the eye piece to achieve a full frame view. Different cameras with varying crop factors may differ from 40mm, so try a few.

Although this eyepiece is designed for the Celestron Regal M2 spotting scope series, it is also a very capable fixed 18mm eyepiece with fully multi-coated optics with XLT coatings and nitrogen waterproofing. I have tested this eyepiece to find the image very high quality. Getting harder to find now, but come recommended.

 

 

 

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Visionary HD 20×80 CF binoculars

The Visionary HD 20×80 CF binoculars are an improvement on the standard version. They differ not in optics, but with the focus mechanism and housing. Although the original model had great optics, and won best in class in a magazine shoot out, they were restricted to infinity or near infinity focus. This was perfect for astronomy, long distance terrestrial and ship spotting.

What was needed was the ability to focus closer so you could use for mid distance observing down to around 30m. This is made possible with a different focus mechanism and  housing which allows for more outward focus travel . I found this works nicely and does not alter handling. In fact the focus movement seems much smoother. So as you have probably guessed , CF stands for close focus. Or should I say closer focus.

The parts are made in China as per the older model , but are assembled and tested in the UK. This does a little to the price tag. Available to purchase, subject to availability from Northern Optics

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North Lincs Astro meeting . 3rd December 2018

20 members / regulars were in attendance for the North Lincolnshire astronomy society meeting on Monday 3rd December 2018. Where we was treated to a stunning practical , video, audio presentation about the Gemini mission by John Dunthorne. In particular the Apollo 8 space craft and crew. Also included was a look at the history and possible future of Lunar exploration.

Thank you as always to Glenys and Malcolm for the teas, which included extra treats with it being so close to Christmas. Also to Steve for the extra sausage roles.

For once we had clear skies, if a little frosty. Where yours truly set up my large observational binoculars and camera. Sadly there was little or no interest from the rest of the group in staying on. So I was left on my own doing some DSLR wide field imaging.

Thank you for the Lincs wildlife trust for the use of the venue. For more information on the the society visit the North Lincs astro society web site

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Hawke Frontier ED X binoculars. Key features

 

Available from Northern Optics the Hawke Frontier ED X binoculars come in two popular sizes, 8×42 and 10×42, with green or grey options. The new lightweight  rubber coated magnesium alloy chassis only weighs 692g (8x version), making them ideal for bird-watching on the go.

Fully multi-coated optics with ED glass and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms give outstanding performance. Nitrogen waterproofing and water repellent objective lenses make them a great choice in all weather conditions.

A big change is the new case which looks very stylish. We found not all customers were too keen with the hard leather case. This new one looks the part and should please all buyers.

As with all Frontier models, you get a picture window wide field of view, with long eye relief and close focus.

 

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Hawke Frontier ED 8×43 binoculars. Easy to handle comment from a customer

A customer came to the Northern Optics weekend outlet at the Waters` edge visitor centre, Lincs, looking for a replacement set of binoculars for his trusty older set. Having heard about how good the Hawke brand are, Northern Optics, being the premier outlet for Hawke in North Lincs, the Waters` edge centre Barton was the place to be.

It was a case of 3rd time lucky. The Sapphire 8×43 ED were excellent optics, but a little too large. On the flip side of this the Endurance 10×32 ED were too small. So in the spirit of Goldilocks and the three bears, the Frontier ED 8×43 were just right. Although similar to the Sapphire, the Frontier open hinge gave a better grip.
Bargain at just £249 (price correct at the time of this post)

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North Lincolnshire astronomy society. Monthly meetings

The North Lincs astro society meet once a month at the Far Ings Nature reserve, Far Ings road, Barton Upon Humber DN18 5RG.

These meetings take place on the 1st Monday of each month. Unless it falls on a Bank Holiday, in which case it is the 2nd Monday. Doors open at 6.30pm, which allows for an hours socialising , and / or introducing yourself before the talk starts at 7.30pm. There is always teas and refreshments which are included in the entry fee / membership.

After 9pm, skies permitting, we go outside to do some observing with members telescopes. But non members are welcome to bring their own, where they will get tips on how to use if requested.

The club welcomes both beginners and experts. As we say, there is no such thing as a silly question . So if there is something you do not know about astronomy or telescopes, ask away.

The talks themselves are either in house speakers, or guests. We try our hardest to make the talks easy to follow for all abilities.

Parking is free. There is also toilets, including disabled access.

For more information on the North Lincs astro society, with regards membership, pay on the night, speakers or anything else, please contact the club Here

 

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How to connect a t-ring to a Skywatcher Evoguide 50 ED guide scope

The new Skywatcher Evoguide 50ED guide-scope also makes for a great wide field OTA for prime focus photography. This video demonstration shows how easy it is to connect a t-ring.

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Hawke Frontier ED 8×43 binoculars. A modern classic

Since being replaced by the Hawke Sapphire and Frontier ED-X range, the Hawke Frontier ED 8×43 remain a quality set of binoculars compared to many of the latest model. Could they be classed as a modern day classic. Here are my thoughts

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North Lincs astro meeting 5th November 2018

Paul Money was the guest speaker at the North Lincs astro society meeting on Monday 5th Nov 2018. Despite a few no doubt enjoying bonfire night with their families, a good turn out of 20 were treated to an excellent and entertaining talk on Mars. This included a brief history of early astronomers and their drawings to breathtaking detailed photographic  views from the Martian surface and learning about its craters, valleys, mountains and weather.

Thank you as always to Malcolm and Glenys for the sugar free teas and refreshments. As always Northern Optics was in attendance with items for sale

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