|telescopes for sale|
|a view from the restaurant area, on high|
|no chance to test any of the kit...|
It was a typical spring day: cloudy and overcast. However, that didn't stop us buying stuff in anticipation of clear skies later.
We were tempted by the whole sky camera, and the solar telescope, but we eventually just bought a pair of binoculars, in anticipation of comet ISON later this year.
The small comet Panstarrs earlier this year was a bit of a dim, fuzzy disappointment (although some people got spectacular shots of it close to Andromeda). But we remember the glorious Hale-Bopp from the late 1990s. So we are getting prepared for later this year with suitable binoculars. Comet viewing doesn't want a very high magnification, but needs good light gathering. So we went for a pair of 15x70. Let's hope we get those clear skies!
Ironically, we bought the binoculars from Green Witch, our local astronomical supplier, so we could have saved a trip. (We had previously bough a cardboard solar telescope from them, to watch the 1999 eclipse. We also bought our proper telescope from them about a decade ago.)
But it was worth going, to see all the different peripherals that are becoming common. Maybe we'll go for the whole sky camera when the price drops a bit.