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  2. Hi Pete, although I have tried the ExSc Focal Extender and find it excellent I have to admit that I prefer to use eyepieces of set focal lengths and not use a Barlow or extender
  3. I've used the ES 1.25 inch 2x Focal Extender and found it to be an excellent performer as well as very nicely made. very close indeed to the Tele Vue Powermate in optical quality I thought. Edit: I can see that I posted in the above thread to similar effect - at least I'm being consistent !
  4. Post on: shows same thing - am I missing something to go for a ES focal-extender as a birthday pressie?!
  5. Nice test here by Alexandra, should apply to the Solar Scout pretty much. What FOV are you getting with it ? Dave
  6. I have the bundle and, in all honesty think it's probably better to buy the scope and add other bits as you need them - e.g. the powertank is useful, but only if you don't have one already. The diagonal and eyepiece are nothing special...
  7. I would have to “make do” with an AZ-EQ5 GT mount for now. Think it would handle the weight.
  8. Initial reaction - very positive, nice build quality and a great size. I had a brief first light with it yesterday and directly compared to a Lunt 60, B1200 Pressure tuned and I could see some very faint / small prominence through the DayStar that I could not see in the Lunt. This was a very quick peak between clouds and there is very little on the sun at the moment so I will repeat the test for longer when I get a chance and will keep comparing the two. One thing I am going to have to get used to is powering it and waiting for 5-10 minutes when adjusting the tuning for the temperature to stabilise - I am used to instant tuning results on the Lunt. I suspect when I am used to it, I will know what setting works best and start from that and the need for messing with adjustment will be less. Two things strike me already though - the helical focuser works way better than I expected at getting a nice tight fine focus without moving anything and secondly, it's nice to be able to adjust the tuning without needing to brace the scope / mount as the pressure tuner on the Lunt does take a fair bit of torque to adjust. For reference - I am using both on a Sky-Watcher SolarQuest mount - I love this mount!
  9. Looking of one of the newer Nirvana 16mm UWA eyepices with the rubber eye cup.
  10. Looks very interesting. Can Grant share his findings and results on here? I'm very interested in this. Also, what does the bundle consist of and which would be better for imaging?
  11. Lovely image, I've recently acquired a Ha filter and the difference adding this data makes to your images is incredible, nicely done.
  12. ack so a minor error on my part. New board module arrived, powers up and gives a nice image. BUT its slightly oversize for the mounting sphere in the mini dome... DOH! So I guess plan-B then, leave this one up and re-fix this new one in the dud dummy dome housing to test and then acquire a new dome for its final fit. Got one on order that I purchased cheap as not working, that's of the larger type with an arm to wall mount it, so hopefully won't be a problem So I guess a side-by-side test is on the cards after all lol
  13. I'll put it up when I'm home. It won't quite match as when I edited the above I did it from scratch after cropping the area of interest I wanted to concentrate on so the look and feel is different.
  14. It's not real grease but some graphite grease which I use for my guitar nut and you're right I should be careful ... I think I'll listen to you and try with the plumbers tape... Thanks
  15. There are more DayStar products in the pipeline.
  16. And the... DayStar Solar Scout SS60-DS 60mm H-alpha Solar Telescope Grant is currently playing with assessing one of these
  17. Also... The DayStar Solar Scout 80mm Carbon Fibre H-alpha Solar Telescope In stock for overnight delivery.
  18. This has surely got to be one for the Mewlon 210, Stu!
  19. Great. One of these is on my list of acquisitions so which type would most users recommend - chromosphere or prom? No I cant have both!! Steve
  20. Thanks Gerry - any thoughts on the extenders (even the x3 is cheaper than a single EP and from ES, whats the drawback?!)
  21. Hi, I dont mind you making improvements and suggestions. I find them very helpful in trying to get to next level
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