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  2. Couldn’t agree more. There is always something happening. The 60mm will pick out stuff that just won’t be visible in 40/50 mm scopes. I have observed a blank limb with my PST in 40mm guise, then tried it at 100mm only to find a forest of delicate proms. The only thing in the Astro world that cant be cured by a bigger scope, is a bad back! Paul
  3. I can't comment on the scopes because I have not owned either. I do have an AVX and find it very good for AP so I'm not sure what your concern is. You can always get better of course but it will do the job if used correctly. Peter
  4. I don’t think there’ll be much difference between the two options. It really comes down to whether you want to pay £30 so that you don’t always need to colour balance your daylight shots- if that doesn’t bother you then go with option 2- it’s what I did, but I don’t do that much daytime stuff
  5. Assuming he/she went from brightest down in order without missing any at all (unrealistic I would say!) they got to mag 4.9 if my list of stars and their brightness in Orion are correct. Maybe they spotted a dim star and calculated they could in theory see all stars that were brighter than that using a list, or perhaps they counted all the stars they could see in the sky instead?
  6. PeterCPC

    Just saying Hi !

    Hello Wes and welcome. Peter
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  8. Thanks for looking @wornish and @tooth_dr. That’s a huge difference! It also makes the nebulosity ‘pop’ more. Did you do this in photoshop? I’ll be fiddling a bit more now
  9. Mr Spock

    Just saying Hi !

    Hi Wes, welcome to SGL
  10. Mr Spock

    Hello again

    Hi John, welcome back
  11. Good work Victor! Since you have invited comments, I would just say - constructively - that it seemed to end rather abruptly. I was hoping it would somehow continue a little longer. But still - a good and informative presentation! Doug.
  12. Hi, welcome to SGL
  13. A very nice shot. I love how you have brought out the brightness variations in the mare areas. Well done. Wouter.
  14. Nice shot Steve...
  15. Mike, Thank you for sharing your observations and sketches of Mars. Impressive work!
  16. evo 925 and 294mc pro with ir/uv cut filter. Mosaic of 3 images and processed in photoshop.
  17. Based on many peoples' advice here I've decided to return my star adventurer and instead am picking up an Orion Sirius EQ-G mount, which all-around I expect to feel much more substantial and accurate. I'm looking forward to bringing my 180mm focal length lens and dslr out for some widefield shots this upcoming new moon, and eventually picking up a small refractor for those hard-to-reach DSOs. An autoguider is on the radar but will have to wait until my wallet recovers. Overall just really excited to be getting into a hobby that let's me combine two of my passions: photography and science.
  18. SIDO

    Hi from Hampshire

    Welcome to SGL, Best of Luck and Clear Skies of course Freddie...
  19. OMG what a stunner, you’ll need diapers for your first planetary views, it almost looks as though it’s too much for the mount but, at 20lbs or so I guess it’s ok. im highly envious I might say.
  20. Now that is a unique instrument!! Never seen one for sale ever. Looks like a keeper
  21. I got it second hand about 8 months ago, and I think it's one of the later models. It performs fine, and is pretty compact. The thing to get used to are the magnetically loaded switches; they have to be tightened gently and then slackened a tiny bit otherwise there's some horrible binding. It's very quiet when tracking, and even slewing at max speed is pretty quiet. I got it as part of a package deal so I thought I might as well try it out after initially considering selling it. It's lighter and smaller than my Avalon Linear, although the Avalon wins in terms of quality and day to day consistency. For me, the practical aspect of carrying it in and out and storage space is more important, which is why the Avalon is now up for sale.
  22. I concur, both the 80L and 80A LOMO's were the best , most contrasty refractor I have ever looked through. Congrats on the 115!!!
  23. Congrats on your new 250!!! I just bought a preowned 250S Mewlon and it absolutely unbelievable. My favorite telescope to date. It will never leave my possession, which says a lot considering I like to buy and sell scopes to try (especially refractors). All it took was my first light in good seeing and turning it to the moon and my jaw dropped. The entire package is just outstanding: from the super sharp finder, to the electronic focuser which eliminates mirror shift and focusing vibrations, to it retaining collimation on an international trip in UPS's hands, and its removable back plate to cool the primary mirror faster if I liked. And then there is the views.....I bought it for deep sky but it turned out to be an insane lunar killer with the 48 brandon and 32 masuyama!! 4 years in the hobby and its a game changer.
  24. Thanks for the heads up SyedT, much appreciated. I have a Pegasus UPB any way so will be using that but I am interested in knowing if your mount was from the days of CEM60 getting the bashing or was it one of the recent models (less than 2 years old?). Besides. The USB hub fiasco, any other issues? Some days I wish I could just ditch everything and go for an Avalon mount and be done with it
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