The Skywatcher Nirvana 28mm 2″ (50.8mm) is designed to give stunning picture window 82 degrees (apparent) field of view. 2″ fitting only. Lens construction is 6 elements in 4 groups. Optics are fully multi-coated
Excellent blackened internal baffling to increase contrast and reduce glare
Dimensions 137 x 75mm with twist eye cup out. Weight 1kg . With the heavy weight in mind, make sure your telescope and mount can accommodate this
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The Skywatcher Nirvanna 16mm eyepiece has an apparent field of 82 degrees. Optics are constructed of 7 elements in 4 groups. Coatings are fully multi-coated. Eye cup is twist type. Lens caps included and is threaded to accept 1.25″ filters. Blackened internal baffling for improved contrast
Finished in high-gloss anodised aluminium with knurled rubber grips.
Dimensions 94x50mm with twist eye cup out. Weight is 200g
Designed to give wide field views on many telescopes
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The Celestron Lenspen is without doubt my personal favourite lens cleaner. The simple to use accessory comes with a brush at one side for getting the dust off, and a fluid free pad at the other side for removing grease , finger marks etc. With a cap that doubles as a cleaner for the pad, it is a great all in one solution
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A customer at the Northern Optics outlet was looking for a good quality set of binoculars for general use. After trying a few sets of twist eye cup types, they decided the solid cups did not feel comfortable against their eyes.
So they were introduced to the Visionary HD range with their soft fold down eye cups. Immediately they noticed the difference and improvement with how they felt when looking through them. Eye cups aside, the customer was impressed with the performance of the HD 8×56 in relatively low light conditions
This is one of many examples where you really need to try out a set first, to see if the optics and in this case the feel of them suit the individual buyer
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Hurrah !, after an eternal wait, the North Lincs astronomy society finally had a meeting with clear skies. This meant that thanks to Paul Cotton and his fantastic large Skywatcher flex-tube telescope we were given some amazing views of nebula , star clusters and a double star.
But before that we were given an excellent talk on scopes and how lenses and mirrors work , and the advantages / disadvantages of each design in his own easy to understand style.
Thank you as always to the wild life trust for the use of the venue and Sarah for the teas and refreshments. Around 20 members were in attendance
The Visionary Nature Scout 20×50 is a limited edition bundle designed for long distance terrestrial use, plane and ship spotting.
So out the box you are greeted by a tidy and uncluttered monocular. Focus is done by turning the eyepiece. This design uses porro prism optics which like for like give better performance than roof prism. The spec is Bk7 prisms with fully coated optics. But they still give better than expected sharpness and contrast with an acceptable field of view. But by far the biggest plus point was the eye relief. I found that with the eye cup folded down, I was able to get full view with spectacles on. Also the fold down eye cups stay down when folded.
With the kit as standard the Visionary Nature scout 20×50 comes with lens caps, case, wrist strap and mini table top tripod. There may be an option of a hand grip depending on where you buy from
Maybe not recommended for bird watching. But for longer distance work, the Nature scout 20×50 monocular will not disappoint
The 20406 skywatcher motor drive with dual axis is designed to fit the EQ3-2 mount. This is ideal for longer exposure imaging or continuous tracking for visual use. This makes it perfect for group observing when you do not want to keep repositioning the telescope. Complete with instructions and fittings
The replacement red dot finder for Astro master 21061 is item number S1-700-6. This specially designed for the astro master range and will not fit any other telescope. To use there is a simple on-off button – but there is no adjustment for brightness
The visionary M40 magnifier comes in a handy pouch for safe keeping. Also has a soft neck strap. As for the magnifier itself the power is not quoted, but I would guess at 3x
I would reommend for close up work such as looking at jewellery rather than larger objects such as reading large sections of text. The design of this mag glass means it needs to be held close to the eye. I find the subject needs to be around 3 inches from the eye for best result’s