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  2. Astronomy in comparison to other interests I like to indulge in such as cycling, hill walking, wild camping etc, is the front runner by a fair margin in terms of cost of each selective item. Not that other activities are inexpensive, efficient dependable equipment can be costly including whether or not second hand. Mixing up astronomy with other interests becomes a beneficial distraction and in some ways a complementary pursuit, which retains a balanced overall approach to what you do and the extent of equipment you may have. As had been mentioned, you may in time arrive at some kind of clarity of awareness that you have accomplished a core set-up, where by each part is interconnected, a kind of objective jigsaw, which if one component was taken away i.e. sold, it may unpick or unravel. The main requirement is retaining the passion and dedication, that despite the frequent unfavourable weather, gives you a feeling of uplifting and contentment each time, whether in a suburban back garden, sharing on an outreach event or venturing out on a dark sky trip, those moments become priceless.
  3. I had a large hornets nest in a villa I was renting in France. After discussions with locals in the village the fire brigade came out and removed it. I was surprised how big hornets were as I'd never seen them until then.
  4. If I want to view Jupiter and Saturn would 6mm be my best option?
  5. Cloud dodging and poor seeing aside, managed to get some data. C925 and 294mc pro.
  6. The BST Starguiders are very good not too expensive eyepieces. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces.html The UWA isn’t actually an UWA eyepiece.at all. Only 66 degrees which is a WA at best. The identical Skywatcher version is much cheaper. Don’t recommend them anyway. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skywatcher-6mm-UltraWide-Okular-1-25/dp/B00AWAJMG6/ref=asc_df_B00AWAJMG6/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=218086330525&hvpos=1o6&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11419442031298053845&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006674&hvtargid=pla-698389736369&psc=1
  7. Hornets seem to be the issue here at the moment. There were quite a few wasp queens about earlier in the month, still looking for places to set up home for the year, but now there seem to be hornets everywhere. We've had four in the house in the last week. James
  8. Here we go with some more bits that i would like to see go to good homes. All prices are inclusive of delivery: Explore Scientific OII 2" Filter - Never used £65 Orion Thin Off Axis Guider £77 Altair Astro 0.6 Flattner/Reducer £86 New - Never used! William Optics Flattner/Reducer III £55 (Used on Espri 120 f7 @ 840mm - worked very well) Astro Tech Flattener £67 (Used on Espri 120 f7 @ 840mm - worked very well) Bluetooh EQ6/NEQ6 Eqdir adapter and Bluetooh USB £20 - Brand new never opened, Bought as spare Red Dot Finder £45 - One of the better ones on the market. Solid build, different red dot visuals Canon 600D T-Ring £7 Variable Polarizing Filter 1.25mm £18 - Brand new never used Skywatcher 2x Barlow Lens £18 Brand new - Never used ZWO Tilt Adapter £23 Brand new never used Altair Astro 35mm Self Centering Extension £14
  9. I emailed and Martin kindly replied with details of how to return with a return code
  10. Hi @palazer and welcome to SGL. You may want to have a read of this topic/post... For a Lunar/Moon filter, I would recommend a variable polarising filter. I use this type ---> ...only available in 1.25" Question: Do you want 1.25" or 2"?
  11. Fortunately the sun finally came out to give me a real sky target. C-Du-C badly overshot on a Goto slew to the Sun after clicking on it. So I reduced UT by two hours in AWR as it was showing local time. Which immediately made the Sun's coordinates wrong in AWR. Syncing on the sun in C-Du-C, with the telescope manually pointed to the Sun, solved that problem. I now have matching LST and the correct coordinates. Now I'll see if if it can find the parking spot and then slew back to the sun. Success on both counts! Happy days are here again.. tra-la-la-la!
  12. No problem but please do email us details. Then we will know who you are and how we can best help Steve
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  14. It's something to aspire to. The first couple I'm confident about doing at some point, the rest time will tell!
  15. I did change my mind and want to go the mono route. I have pm you but have decided on the ZWO ASI 183MM-PRO.
  16. maxd

    Hi from Liverpool

    Hi everyone I'm in Garston, thanks again for the warm welcome
  17. This year I have acquired star-watcher adventurer pro polemaster adapter for above replacement Az pin for pier lens cleaner and the 1st item was a gift. deos this mean I am near the end, or just deluding myself
  18. Hi everyone just made an account. I'm going to buy a Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian (https://www.astroshop.eu/telescopes/skywatcher-dobson-telescope-n-200-1200-skyliner-classic-dob/p,4440) I mainly want to look at the moon, Jupiter and Saturn. The telescope comes with a 25mm and 10mm eyepiece, but everyone says the standard ones are pretty bad? So I was thinking one of these two for Jupiter and Saturn? What's the difference with the ultra wide angle one? And which one would you recommend? https://www.astroshop.eu/eyepieces/omegon-eyepiece-cronus-wa-6-mm-1-25-/p,32982 OR https://www.astroshop.eu/eyepieces/omegon-ultra-wide-angle-eyepiece-6mm-1-25-/p,5087 I'll also be buying a moon filter (https://www.astroshop.eu/moon-filters-polarizing-filters/orion-moon-filter-13%25-transmission-1-25-/p,14458) Please let me know if these items are decent and the right choice! Lastly I want a decent eyepiece to look at the full moon in full, so not just a small part, but the FULL moon. What do I need for this? The standard 25mm? Or do I need a different ?mm or just a better quality 25mm one? Just want to keep it as "cheap" as possible but still decent quality Thanks!
  19. Yes but it can slide in the plane and take off from the plane (try it upside down on the ceiling) You need 6 suitably place point to fix an object in space. In a focuser you need two free for in out motion so that leaves four points. A Craford typically has 5 which is theoretically redundant but is good for loads that might bend the tube. Regards Andrew
  20. Fantastic drawing! Love the detailed shading
  21. Apologies, Duplicated post. Ron.
  22. Good luck, Alan, would be interested in how well it works, my NEQ6 is a few years old and knowing the AZ EQ6 is capable of managing a long FL scope might be helpful... Gordon.
  23. I remember that time only too well!
  24. Crowd funding is becoming a way for some folks to accrue funds these days, although usually implemented by folks in desperate need. Pining for quality Astro. Equipment won't qualify I'm afraid. Just joking guys . Ron.
  25. There are some fair chunky purchases on that list! Well worth saving up for though.
  26. Hi Perry, There is a world of difference between the 2 types... the duel axis motors are just 6v DC motors geared to suit the mount and they are controlled by a simple on/off type handset which turns the motors in the desired direction... there is no accurate means of stopping the motors in the right place other than your finger control and visual positioning... they are also quite greedy motors as far as battery use is concerned. The Synscan motors are 12v Stepper motors and are controlled by an additional driver board (supplied with the upgrade kit) via the provided handset... if you opt for the full goto upgrade then positioning is very accurate and is defined by the goto system once you have performed the necessary alignment sequence. Of the 2, the Synscan will provide more controlled torque when slewing/tracking, however the loading capability will still be defined largely my the mount itself. Good luck with whichever you choose to go with.
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