Monthly Archives: March 2016

Helios Rapide 8×25 monocular review 30921

I had the pleasure of testing the Helios Rapide 8×25 monocular this week. Aimed at the budget end of the market, but as you will see in this review it is anything but budget quality. The outer packaging is a … Continue reading

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Celestron Upclose G2 10×25 binoculars review 71232

Had my first chance this week to give the Celestron Upclose G2 10×25 binoculars a field test. The Upclose G2 range replaced the old Upclose range. Claimed improvements were upgrade from fully coated to multi-coated optics and an improved build … Continue reading

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Kingfisher. Ness End farm, Far Ings nature reserve

Had to wait 40 minutes in the cold and foggy conditions for the resident Kingfisher to arrive at its usual perch at Ness End farm at Far Ings. It was worth the wait, as it gave us a good show … Continue reading

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Dunnock at the Waters` Edge country park. Barton Upon Humber

I took this lovely photo of a Dunnock at the Waters` Edge country park. Lighting was very tricky as it was heavily backlit, to the point where I needed to use flash. This sadly over compensated , leaving me with … Continue reading

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Ostara 6.5mm eyepiece review. OS330618

As the Ostara Plossl 6.5mm eyepiece is classed as a low-mid priced eyepiece, it seemed only fair to test on a Celestron Astromaster 70mm refractor. This gave a magnification of 138x. For a standard 70mm telescope this would be a … Continue reading

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North Lincs astro meeting . Monday 7th March 2016

The North Lincolnshire astronomy society was greeted by clear skies in the first time in what seemed an eternity. Around 24 turned up which included 2 first timers. Our scheduled speaker Chris was unable to be in attendance, so Steve … Continue reading

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Male Reed Bunting. Waters` Edge country park. 6th February 2016

While on a walk near the Waters` Edge visitor centre on a chilly February morning I saw this delightful Male Reed Bunting. As he was heavily back lit, I quickly added one stop to exposure compensation. Canon EOS 1100d + … Continue reading

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Marsh Harrier. Far Ings nature reserve 6th February 2016

On a cool Feb Morning at the main Ness End hide at Far Ings reserve at Barton Upon Humber , we were for some time being teased by a Marsh Harrier on patrol, but on the far side of the … Continue reading

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Ostara 4mm Plossl eyepiece 1.25″

The Ostara 1.25″ 4mm plossl eyepiece nicely bridges the gap between budget kelner , modified achromatic etc eyepieces and higher grade (and cost) multi-coated and fully multi-coated plossls. The Ostara version has a solid metal black / chrome ¬†finish. Complete … Continue reading

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How much power can you use with a small telescope

Many customers ask what is the highest power they can use with a telescope..Sadly some shops on line and high street etc do offer small telescopes with unrealistic magnifications of 500+. This will make the image totally unusable and make … Continue reading

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