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  1. To see anything with any clarity and detail, there’s no cheap fix. I was a stargazer for a couple of months and bought a Celestron Starsense explorer, that connected to my phone, to allow sky mapping. This worked like satnav, where arrows would point to Saturn, (for example) on my phone, which was physically attached to the scope. Move the scope in the direction of the arrows and bingo, there was Saturn. I paid £ 400 for that scope and never saw anything but the moon’s craters. Astronomy isn’t easy, it’s hard enough landing on a clay 50 yards away, hitting a planet millions of miles away is a nightmare and unless you’re prepared to spend time and money on it, it’ll leave you disappointed. Id look at the second hand market, more scope for your money. A refractor is the best for beginners.
  2. I’d try Browning USA, if they were unhelpful go to https://www.bbb.org American companies have a meltdown when you get bbb involved. It’s like checkatrade over there, but seems to have some serious poke. I’ve filed a complaint before now after not even getting a response from American Airlines, I got a reply, apology and resolution within the week. Gotta be worth a try.
  3. There’s a Labour day sale on Shotkams, if anyone’s interested. Down from £ 579 to £ 429, a £ 150 saving, plus free p&p.
  4. Perch is delicious, very boney, but well worth the effort.
  5. There’s a lot of it about…..
  6. How does the murder of a three year old child, get blown out of proportion ? This looks like a horrific incident, where several,innocent people have been callously murdered, our thought should be with them. The impact on our hobby is quite insignificant at this time. Nice that you dedicated five words to the victims though.
  7. My cousin lives in Switzerland and told me about the need to maintain shooting practice. He took me to see the local range, which for some bizarre reason, has a busy road running through it. Bullets literally wiz overhead lol. Very similar to this……
  8. “According to the sun” was the end for me, I tend to lose interest around then. But it wouldn’t surprise me, it’s what they do.
  9. Bee keepers suit I think. Like I said, lesson learnt. It’ll be boiler suit over chainmail in future 😂😂
  10. I had a trip to Worsley on Friday morning, for my first attempt at a solo shoot. As I pulled up in the car park, a fella warned me about the horse flies and that I was gonna regret the shorts and t-shirt. I went and signed in, got my clay card and was again warned, “the flies are like piranhas lately, you need some deterrent”. I bought some Avon Skin Soft off them, more to be polite than anything and give myself a modest douse with it, I didn’t fancy going home to the wife, smelling of Avon cosmetics, so didn’t go mad. I came away unscathed. Fast forward to Saturday. I went again, with a pal and his daughter. I passed on the local knowledge, and I again gave myself a cursory spraying. 11 I’ve got, great big angry, ridiculously itchy, rock hard lumps, all on covered parts of my body. They got me through my clothing, big daft slow flying horse flies. I’ve never had so many insect bites in one day, not even on a red flag day in the Everglades. Absolutely horrific. So anyone heading to Worsley, slather yourself up, the guys on the car park and the folks in the shop aren’t exaggerating. Lesson learnt.
  11. Thanks for all the replies chaps, some food for thought there. I’m gonna leave the fore bead for now and see how I get on. Cheers.
  12. Thanks for the replies. I’m not looking to get into “the bead” debate, I don’t know enough about it. So I’ll remove em in the way that’s been advised and crack on with my coaches methodology, it seems to be working thus far. I can always put em back on at a later date, once Ive got my own system locked down. The fella I see is a CPSA coaching instructor and an ICSI member, so knows a bit more than me at this stage. Once again, cheers !
  13. I meant to do just that while I was there, but they were mad busy and due to close. Probably the best option though, cheers 👍 I’m a novice and the guy giving me instruction tells me they’re evil, so I’m keen to remove and like you said, put them somewhere safe…..cheers 👍
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