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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 18:39:36 EST
Subject: Lidl Scopes, Lecture, Competition

Hi all,
1. A comment on last year's Lidl 70mm Skylux telescope, from David  Stewart, 
who owns two top quality Astrophysics apochromatic refractors, so he's  used 
to the very best optics there are!
"There is absolutely no question in my mind that the  'scope has sharp 
optics, with minimal chromatic aberration, and would easily  have shown small 
sunspots on the disk, if visible that day.  
I was in Lidl last nite, and saw a picture of the  70mm Skylux (can't 
remember if it carries the same name). There seems to be  several changes to [last 
year's] model:
   The tripod looks different, possibly tubular  steel or aluminium legs?, 
the lens hood looks more  moulded, the focuser looks different (different knobs?)
It is on an equatorial mount, there may be a few changes also,  hard to tell."
It would be a great second 'scope, or a solar scope with an appropriate  
solar filter such as Baader Astrosolar, or even as a guide scope, if anyone  does 
manual guiding these days! They go on sale on Monday morning, 12  December.
2. Don't Forget Leo Enright's lecture on Wednesday, 7.30 p.m., Stranmillis  
College, Belfast.

3. ESO and the European Association for Astronomy Education again  invite 
school students to compete in the CATCH A STAR web-based  competition.  See  

Clear Skies,
Terry Moseley


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