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  2. From the review: We achieved this using a 1600 ASI camera; changing to an imaging camera with a smaller sensor meant that the telescope was able to get quite close-up images too Whoops. Will this instrument show proms or is it strictly for the disk? It does look very tasty and I'm following with interest. Olly
  3. Got mine the other day Brilliant. Used it the other night when it was clear. Best thing ever is that it’s organised by constellation and has SAO numbers and magnitudes and separations. With Goto it Makes finding doubles as easy as shooting fish in a barrel If doubles are your thing then this is a must have. Wished I’d found it earlier. I also decided to use the etc 125 mak which I had kind of fallen out of love with a bit. Had a fab night of observing doubles. Back I love with it now. The other great thing about the book is that it has showpiece stars by constellation so you can really hone in on the best ones. Paul, you’ll really love this beautiful book. steve
  4. Skyatnight review https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/reviews/telescopes/daystar-solar-scout-ss60-ds-h-alpha-telescope-bundle-review/
  5. I nearly died when I saw the price of Astrodon filters 2 years ago, dare not look now. Alan
  6. Grettings, A few weeks ago a wind storm came through and blew over my entire imaging rig. The biggest issue that has arose are the optics in my 8rc. Collimation was atrocious when I checked it. I have been using a star test for collimation as well as a cheshire eyepiece. I know in the images below the donuts arent PERFECTLY centered but Im noticing an artifact in each unfocused star at about 5 o'clock... The focused rstars look triangular in shape.. not like poor collimation but moreso pinched optics. This wasnt a problem before the fall.. How may I diagnose this issue or figure out which component of my scope is causing the issue? Im hoping the OTA is not bent. Its a carbon fiber OTA.. the fall resulted in a few scratches but thats the only physical damage that I could see. If you have any more questions about my collimation procedure or the incident, let me know. Clear skies Teagan
  7. Hi Dave When does the starvis kick in ? Isn't that the point of using a Sony ixm91. M
  8. I bought a set of 3nm Chroma narrowband filters..... I am very happy with them
  9. I've had further info from Faye. The silicon sliver is only put there to prevent any undue slippage during shipping - it's not necessary to replace.
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  11. Price reduced to £70 posted. If it doesn't sell at this price I'm happy to keep it . Dave
  12. You need to rebalance the scope. Said this, I agree with you.. that's a lot of rebalancing. I own two sets of eyepieces. Each set has very similar eyepieces in terms of weight and size.
  13. I would only add that if there is a place at your observing site where you and your dob can be in the shadows this will help, if none is available a black shall or fabric hood can be placed over ones head and the eyepiece. Some even create a darker area with building materials or items that may be close at hand, an eyepatch can also be used and lifted when observing. Best of Luck and Clear Skies of course... Freddie.
  14. Hi, not had chance to use the mount as yet fully, so can’t comment in full. The mount is fully manual with no slow motion controls. Friction is adjustable on both axis with large adjusters. Not tried with scopes attached as yet, but head very fluid on its own. No sticky points when turning on both axis. Tripod is very sturdy & build quality good for price. So hopefully will be a winner
  15. It never rains but it pours. Seriously though it is raining so it doesn’t matter one way or the other.
  16. Thanks for the replies, appreciated. Yes the Saxon Cielo HD rage is the same range as the Celestron X-Cel line. I was mainly interested to hear what they compare to the Tele Vue eyepieces in the Refractor. I don't really want to get a lesser quality eyepiece for the Refractor if my Tele Vue eyepieces are better performers.
  17. The drawback is it's size and weight, at least for me. For example ES82 11mm is 272g, ES82 24mm + 2" Focal Extender is 704g+655g. That was the reason I decided against getting 2" one, even though the price was really tempting - $80 shipped.
  18. Hi, Bridge, and welcome to SGL. Enjoy the journey.
  19. If you use sharpcap to capture, it has a "live-stacking" feature (you need to have/take your darks & flats at the beginning of the session), so you can save the time/space of stacking separately.
  20. Ordered a new mount in March, it arrived...not brilliant had to wait for pier adaptor so decided to colimate the scope so ordered a Howie glatter, the concentric circle attachment was wonky so sent for a replacement....that got lost in the post and has never arrived, so sent for a replacement for the replacement.....still waiting ,rare as hens teeth apparently! Filter wheel busted, ordered a new one....weeks later still waiting.. why me? What did I do in a past life? I haven't used the scope since the first week in march and the way my memory is going I'll have forgotten how soon.
  21. then you also need a barlow, the barlow lens extends the focal point.
  22. I love this little gem, and coincidentally am imaging it as I write this. I'm hoping for three hours to add to the two from a few days ago, which being my first crack at this lovely object surprised me in preliminary processing with it's strong colour and it's beautiful isolation. You've got both stars quite nicely and I hope I can do as well!
  23. The 12” Meade LX200 OTA weighs 17.1Kg. With the usual accessories this made it tooooo heavy for my NEQ6.
  24. I would like to know a bit about what these mounts are like to use if i may trouble you, are they strictly push only or, can they be locked then slow motion controlled? Can one adjust the friction? either move with slightest force or, tighten for heavier scopes? i have never used one, but they would be great for road trips where i bring my Mak, letting me leave the heavy GP mount at home.
  25. a fascinating subject, well done.
  26. What a lovely, interesting sight.
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