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    Another one for the "reliable suppliers" database:

    Last Monday I ordered a Solarscope from Green Witch. They didn't have it
    in stock, but told me when I could expect it. They were exactly correct
    -- it arrived today.

    The Solarscope is a nice bit of kit -- assembles as described, and gives
    a nice -- if small -- image of the Sun. The corrugated cardboard of
    which it is constructed isn't going to be amazingly robust, especially
    if (as I will) I assemble and disassemble it every time in order to
    store it flat-packed, but it provides a pattern for reconstructing the
    thing out of ply or foam-board.

    Best,
    Stephen

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    On Fri, 21 May 2004 18:04:52 +0100, Stephen Tonkin
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    Yes - I'll second that they are very reliable.
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    Stephen Tonkin <news05footfrommouth@astunit.com> wrote:


    Add Astromedia (Germany) immensely co-operative over my varying order
    for eclipse type viewers for the transit. Delivered on the nail (and
    now passed on to my customers) plus their new solar projector. A
    bastard to put together - and instructions (as yet) only in German -
    but a work of art for 20 euros. Haven't finished it yet so can't judge
    the optics (small achromat to one of 2 convex mirrors - of different
    focal lengths, then to plane mirror then to white screen. If I manage
    to decipher the instructions with my German that stretches no further
    than Hande hoch, Britische Schweinhund (and we get some Sun) I will
    report image quality. If I don't it is so beautiful I will only use it
    at night.

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    Please do not forget Venturescope (http://www.telescopesales.co.uk/)

    We (www.sheffieldastro.org.uk) just bought a Solarview 50 from them and
    there were very helpful and come recommended

    James
    www.venustransit.org.uk

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    Venturescope and Astromedia are already on my list. :-)
    The first time I got something from Astromedia was pre-internet (1986)
    -- one of their "Der Grosse Sternhimmel".

    Best,
    Stephen

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    Stephen Tonkin wrote:

    I got my LXD55 from them. It developed a problem with the autostar unit,
    and when I contacted greenwitch they immediately sent me a new one, whn
    it arrived I sent the problematic one back. Much more friendly than the
    `sent us the broken one and then we will fix it or send you a new one`
    approach that I expected.

    Also, while we are on about good suppliers, I've bought some eyepieces
    and bits and pieces from Island Eyepiece in Canada,
    http://www.islandeyepiece.com/ . They are quick at replying to emails
    and accurate about what they have in stock, and delivery times are
    usually 2-3 days by insured canada post, and a lot cheaper than
    UPS/Fed-Ex usually. Never have had to return anything, so can't comment
    on that part of their service.

    Cheers,
    ~Al

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    "Stephen Tonkin" wrote

    Forgive my ignorance, but this thing sounds like two lenses and a cardboard
    tube. How much did it set you back?

    I know you're no fool, therefore I'm missing something. I'm (obviously)
    not familiar with the item in question; could you enlighten the more...
    naive... among us?


    Thanks,


    Martin
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    Fleetie wrote:

    Lens, mirror, and a pizza box would be a better description

    http://www.greenwich-observatory.co....olarscope.html

    The Irish vt-2004 group is still trying to get sponsorship to get these
    into as many schools as possible for the transit, so if there are any
    generous folks here that would like to sponsor a school let me know and
    I'll put you in touch with the relavent people.

    Cheers,
    ~Al

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    "Albert White"

    <McLean>Now I understand</>

    Thank-you. Now I see it's an educational device.

    It fits now. Thanks!


    Martin
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