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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2003 17:10:42 EST
Subject: TV, Telescope Bargain

Hi all,

1. The Sky at Night, Sunday/Monday (7/8 Dec), 00.15 BBC1. Sir Patrick looks 
at the unpredictable nature of comets.

2. It's that time of year again - the Xmas telescope! I've said this before, 
and make no apology for repeating it: if you want a small portable good 
quality telescope at a bargain price, look no further than the 70mm Skylux refractor 
which will be on sale in Lidl's stores next week (don't know what day yet).

It's a proper 70mm F10 achromatic refractor, coated lens, with 2 eyepieces, 
star diagonal, 2x barlow, erecting (terrestrial) 1.5x barlow, & finder, AND 
it's on a proper German Equatorial mount, on a steady adjustable tripod, with 
accessory tray & slow motions on both axes. How much? Would you believe 59.95!? 
(I'm not sure how much in ROI.) It's worth that for the mount alone! To be 
honest, the eyepieces are only of middling quality, but they are standard 1.25" 
diameter, so you can easily upgrade to better ones, often getting good bargains 
S/H. 
   It's a very nice easily portable telescope for casual observing. It 
doesn't have enough aperture for faint nebulae or galaxies etc, but it's great for 
the Moon, Jupiter, double stars, bright clusters, even Saturn, & of course the 
Sun during the day (by projection, or with a filter). It showed the transit of 
Mercury very well, and would be ideal for the forthcoming transit of Venus in 
June. I already have a 14.6" reflector, & a 6" (150mm) refractor, but I still 
bought one last year for something very quick & easy to use. But if you want 
one, go quick, as they sell like hot cakes for Xmas presents! I'm not sure 
what day they will arrive so better ring them daily to check.

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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