Tej D.

Location:

London

Member since:

March 11, 2014

What astronomy-related equipment do you have or are willing to bring to events? (just regular binoculars count! mention astrophotography if you're into it but mostly its binocs and telescopes I wanna hear about, details optional); red torches too!

I have two telescope systems which I crazily and happily takes to star parties. One is a Celestron Nexstar 8SE CST (8inch, f/10) on a GOTO Alt az mount. The other is an Equinox 80mm ED APO refractor on a HEQ5 Pro Synscan. I would usually use the equinox for imaging when on my own. I dont drive, I take public transport...so how do I carry all this?!? Well, I put the scopes and accessories into a large Arcteryx 90 expedition backack which distributes the weight very nicely. The mounts and tripods go in a club cricket wheelie bag. I have been doing this for a year...yes sometimes its hard if I find myself at train stations with no escalotors or lifts, such as my own damn Peckham Rye station where I have to carry it up two flights of stairs...but my enthusiasm is such that its worth the physical effort. I also have an 80X15 Helio Quantum 4 Binoculars which I also take...and finally I have a red head torch :)

Introduction

Started this hobby just over a year ago when I noticed there are amateur astronomers in London! I depend on taking my scopes out to group stargaze or sneak it into my local Dulwich Sports centre field. Member of Flamsteed Society and Astrocamp fan.

What Tej D. is saying about this Meetup Group

I attended an impromptu meetup, that John justifiable organised based on a very positive clear night forecast on the day. It was well organised, meeting in a pub before hand by which he then led the way to the good stargazing spot on Streatham Common. Unfortunately, the weather had failed us but the group attendees were a great bunch and there was no regrets in attending despite the no show of clear skies as promised by the MET just hours earlier! I very much recommend this meetup group for South Londoners.


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