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Helios Stellar II 100mm binoculars overview and specs

Introduced in 2017 the Helios Stellar II 100mm observational binoculars are the perfect solution for long distance terrestrial, ship spotting and astronomical use. The oversized eyepieces and long eye relief make them ideal for spectacle wearers as much as non … Continue reading

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Minox BF 8×42 binoculars review #62057

Had the pleasure of testing the Minox BF 8×42 binoculars and was not left disappointed. The BF range is targeted at the beginner at an affordable price, but this does not make them budget. FMC optics, phase coated BaK-4 prisms and nitrogen … Continue reading

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Celestron Astromaster AZ mount #93610

The height of the Astromaster AZ mount is often quoted at 41 inches. This is slightly misleading, as this is the height of the legs only. The important specs, the height to the top of the actual mounting plate is … Continue reading

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Minox BV 8×25 / 10×25 new model. Open hinge design

As from Autumn 2017 the popular Minox BV 8×25 and 10×25 now come in a new open hinge design. This now means you get the same great optics with Minox M* lens coatings in a modern housing.  Compared to years … Continue reading

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Hawke Endurance 8×32 ED. Northern Optics blog 12.11.17

A customer came to the Northern Optics weekend outlet looking to buy a set of high quality mid sized binoculars with very good eye relief. A number of 8×25 and 10×25 options were tried. One of which was ideal, with … Continue reading

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North Lincs astro meeting. 6th November 2017

The North Lincolnshire astronomy society welcomed 2 fresh faces at the November 2017 meeting. Due to technical issues, Damian’s constellation of the month went AWOL. But all was not lost, as John gave us his usual monthly round up of … Continue reading

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North Lincs astro society meeting 2nd October 2017

Around 15 members turned up for the North Lincs astro AGM on Monday 2nd Oct 2017. This was a very informal meeting with the re-election of the committee and members. There was some very useful suggestions and ideas for the … Continue reading

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Levenhuk Wise 8×42 monocular

Had a chance to test the Levenhuk Wise 8×42 monocular, and was very pleased with the results. So firstly lets talk about the price. £35 at the time of this review. So for £35, surely you are going to get … Continue reading

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Hawke Sapphire 8×25 ED binoculars review

The Hawke Sapphire ED 8×25 binoculars offer big performance results from a compact set. Features include ED glass with Dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms and water repellent glass. It is difficult to believe how bright the image is from the small … Continue reading

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How to connect a DSLR t-ring and adapter to a Celestron Regal M2 spotting scope

To connect a t-ring to a Celestron Regal M2 zoom eyepiece, you unscrew the twist eye cup anti-clockwise until it comes off. The attach the adaptor ring to the thread, followed by the t-ring for your camera. Note the t-ring … Continue reading

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