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  2. How we perceive the world is indeed very complex and in some cases quite anomalous to the norm as your experience confirms. This is why I teased @saac about what is real. Our perception may all differ to a more or less significant degree and what we naturally take as real might be quite different if evolution had equipped us differently. All the worlds a concept and we are just avatars of a boltzmann brain . Regards Andrew
  3. Yeah currently looking... I have my eye on another SONY VAIO... but if that falls through, I'm considered by a small desktop in the obsy protected from the moisture and rain being located under a permanent roof. Convert the dead laptops LCD screens to a wall mounted dual spanned monitor and VNC into it as necessary instead of carryover by the laptop inside...
  4. hi all, having a clear out of gear i no longer use 1. televue 45 degree diagonal £30 inc p&p 2. skywatcher eq5 tripod with extension £80 collection or meet up. 3. skywatcher 130pds £90 collection or meet up. 4. skywatcher 127 mak £95 collection or meet up. any questions please ask regards john.
  5. Very nice! I enjoyed your report very much and find inspiration to continue trying for more hidden treasures as the opportunity presents itself.
  6. I'm regrettably selling my Canon 135mm f2.0 prime lens as I'am not currently using it very much. The optics are mint with no scratches or chips and I cannot see any dust within the internals, the exterior of the lens also looks unmarked, the only signs of use are some rub marks on the lens hood which was always on when in use. I have had it since new and it has all its original box an unopened leather lens bag, books, paperwork even the original polythene bags and of course lens caps. This lens is absolutely stunning for portraits as the bokeh (background blur) is just creamy smooth with beautiful contrast, its also tack sharp at f2.0 and of course is a great astro lens. check out this dedicated flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/groups/625952@N23/ Buyers are welcome to try out first if face to face, no low ball offers please, also for sale elsewhere. £475.00 with special delivery included.
  7. My Maksutov has never needed collimation, ever. Apparently Maksutovs used to be used for gunsights in tanks. If that usage did not put them out of collimation, nothing will.
  8. I think the general rule is a refractor has a curvature radius of 1/3 of the focal length. So a 1000mm FL frac has a curvature radius of about 330mm, compared to a 1000mm FL newt, which has a curvature radius of about 1000mm.
  9. I think the first thing to do is to try the eyepieces that you have and see if you enjoy using the refractor visually. Given your skies, star clusters and fields will probably be the main DSO targets and I would think that you will want to use eyepieces <18mm to keep the background sky relatively dark. However, a 24mm 68° eyepiece will still be useful as a finder with the maximum field a 1.25" eyepiece can show.
  10. There will be a retaining ring on the underside of the filter, just tighten it up.
  11. Well, I've put the camera into a freezer on the lowest setting, and with the camera on / cooler off, it was reporting -0.5 temperature after stabilising for around 3 hours, so I was happy to proceed. I ran continuous 30 minute darks overnight (at -20 sensor temperature) but last night, I checked the 1st one before bed and the banding seems to be there, faint but noticeable when autostretched - and I know it's not an illusion, as I asked for a 2nd opinion and it was confirmed, as she didn't know what I could see beforehand. I'll stack 50 or so darks later tonight and post the result, but I think I have the same issue and hopefully, all being well, the FW update will fix it.
  12. Hi everyone. For anyone that uses a Meade based telescope with ASCOM, I'm sure that you are all aware that the "Meade LX200 Classic and Autostar #494, #495, and #497 (combined telescope/focuser, 5.0.4)" driver is the one to use. However, it's old and you can only connect one piece of equipment at a time oh and certain programs like WIFI Scope, Sharpcap, Sequence generator pro all have their functionality limited because the driver doesn't implement everything. Well, I started writing a little program that would allow me to set the date, time, site lat and long using a GPS connected to my PC. That way both the PC and Autostar are in sync. However, it turned out that the aforementioned driver doesn't implement the ability to set the date and time, and I think it does something funky with the site too. (Can't remember to be honest, but I know I don't trust it. My solution, I'm in the process of creating a new driver for the Meade AutoStar #497 and AudioStar. Here's the link to the Wiki. https://bitbucket.org/cjdskunkworks/meadeautostar497/wiki/Home I was wondering what sort of interest there would be for my fellow Meade users to get some much better support for our scopes.
  13. I cant remember specifics but my door number was not pleasant, a sort of burnt plastic/cucumber combination. I dont however recall this odd effect in reverse i.e. smells producing numbers. I did look around on the net and this type of cross sensor anomalies is not uncommon in stroke victims and did make me wonder if our concept of Maths and numbers is actually hard wired into our brains. This might explain why the concepts of zero and infinity cause problems and why we struggle with using alternative reasoning to view the world. Alan
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  15. Saxon is usually a re-branding of Skywatcher / Synta made products. In this case I think the Saxon Cielo HD eyepieces are a re-branding of the Celestron X-Cel LX eyepieces so look for comments on the performance of the Celestron versions (which are quite popular on here) to get an idea of performance. Celestron is another brand owned by Synta these days. Having tried a few of the X-Cel XL's I think they are decent eyepieces but quite not as good performers as the Delos or, with the exception of the wider field of view, the Vixen SLV's.
  16. Hello Stargazers! I have a 60mm f/6 refractor from TS Optics, which I use for imaging. I really like this scope, and given its small size, I'd love to use it for observing as well. But I don't really have any experience in this field, so I have a couple questions: What kind of target could I expect to see with this kind of scope (I live in a Bortle 6/7 area) ? What kind of eyepiece would you recommend for this kind of scope? FYI, I already own 2 cheap 1.25" Plössl (10mm and 25mm), that I got with my 4" Maksutov telescope. I have to admit that I haven't really tried them with the 60mm refractor yet. Thanks for your input!
  17. Since you have the kit, I see no major issue using a 3x barlow with the MN190 to start with. Yes, more aperture can give you better resolution, but I spent several years enjoying planetary imaging with a 127 Mak before getting my C9.25 and perhaps not having to swap scopes around would be quite convenient. James
  18. Its funny you mention this but for quite a few weeks after my stroke (I am fine now) I could smell numbers and it was very distinctive, looking at a digital clock at 7.30 am was an especially nice smell. Alan
  19. ...and our imaging friends would have to turn to the "dark side" of visual only - literally!! Dave
  20. The crop factor is irrelevant to my mind. Assuming that your images are processed in exactly the same way, then one should be twice the size of the other. If you bin one and not the other, or if you crop the frame differently in processing, then that could account for it. Another thing springs to mind, depending on your settings, DSS will only give you a resultant image for which data in all frames is available. So, if there is significant drift over the imaging period, such that the frames don't completely overlap, then the image that DSS will produce will only cover the region where there is overlap, and so will cover a smaller field. Such 'hidden' cropping could account for it. Ian
  21. Check it out for yourself Meade 12 inch ACF Optical Tube Net Weight 56 lb (25.4kg)
  22. You are right infinity is not a number. You can, however, do mathematical manipulation on it. Not that they are particularly relevant to this discussion. I think as @vlaiv has pointed out you need to be careful what infinity means in this context. We are discussing the LCDM cosmological model in which spacetime is geometry. The geometry of Einstein's Gerneral Relativity. In this context a spatially flat universe has and always has had infinite spatial extent. All this means is that you can continue in any spatial direction without bound. This is a totally respectable geometrical notion. You and others may read more into this beyond the geometrical meaning. For example as@vlaiv does that this leads to multiple repetitions etc. These require logic and physical reasoning beyond LCMD. Perfectly legitimate but I tend to the view that they are often misguided. Regards Andrew
  23. I have some experience of Radio Astronomy from my Uni days, would be very interested if you're doing a talk on it I would love to try it out again one day
  24. Yes I have three that I currently swap amongst seven binoculars. But I'm going to get 4 more as funds permit.
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