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  2. This new Daystar Solar Scout SS60 DS 60mm looks very interesting. I bought my PST in 2005 and used it most sunny days (including today). About 2 years ago I bought the Double Stack which made a great difference showing surface detail. This PST has travelled the world seeing Total, Annular, Venus and Mercury Transits - its been a brilliant purchase. I was thinking that after 14 years I needed an upgrade and now this turns up. Clearly I would like to see more reviews. I assume that the scope could be charged from the mains if you don't have a powerpack? Because I don't have a refractor I would need a diagonal - does it matter whether its a 2" or 1.25"?
  3. To avoid possible birthday disappointment you NEED to properly test it out before hand.
  4. Hi Folks These two excellent eyepieces are surplus to requirements, so are looking for a new home(s). Great condition with original boxes and caps. 18mm £100 8.8mm £85 Prices include uk postage. Thanks Paul
  5. Don't wait that long - you should check to see that everything works. Or at least that's the excuse....
  6. Mine as well My old Tasco 60mm refractor first showed me this golden yellow pair. I was very excited !
  7. Ady is correct. All those folks who platesolve and say they don't align are only half right. Plate solving itself doesn't cange anything, but the act of synching, which is usually an integral part of the plate solve goto sequence, is what performs the alignment and is what allows the mount/driver to provide position correction. This is exactly the same as one star alignment except you can align closer to target and without being centred on a star. I guess the ease and convenience of the plate solve / goto process means many folks don't have to consider exactly what is happening behind the scenes, but if you platesolve and sync you are performing alignment. Chris
  8. I find mine doesn’t wobble at all but then I have upgraded the tripod. Think the standard tripod isn’t sturdy enough. I use it with either a Berlebach wooden tripod which makes it really portable but I also have EQ6 tripod woth a short pillar which has 2” legs and is almost as sturdy as the Berlebach. You need an EQ6 to EQ5 adapter to fit the AZ-EQ5 mount to the EQ6 tripod.
  9. Algieba- my first ever double. As I increased magnification I didn't believe it was a double until.....Wow. Great memories. I didn't know about the other two stars in the field, though.
  10. Complete white EQ3-2 and original aluminium tripod with accessory tray for sale. Of the undriven variety. Recently dismantled, cleaned and rebuilt. Good condition with just minor marks and scuffs. Looking for £90. Based in Bristol, viewing welcome.
  11. Hi Nigel I have one on eBay at the moment - comes with a bonus light shroud and 2x Barlow lens! I'm based in Bristol but I could find out about delivery if you like? Still have the original box and I would be sure to carefully package it. Cheers, Rob
  12. Very interesting presentation.... I think that the mathematics is all good and a good guide, but in the real world there are too many factors at play and sop there is still a big trial and error component involved.
  13. @ZollyG how do you like your AZ-EQ5? Os it wobbly? I am thinking about buying this or the EQM. Thanks Sanj
  14. I’ll check that later. Thanks.
  15. Hi Have a look further down in the 'EEVA Reports' section, see what equipment other people are using. Might give you some ideas/food for thought. You can then come back and ask. It's a bit quiet on sgl now as we're into the long days and short nights. Louise
  16. Lovely image and processing.. :)
  17. Now printing the brackets which hold the bearings for the anchor shaft and pendulum suspension.
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  19. Received my Ioptron AZ PRO mount, tripod and extension tube today. Have to wait a month to open it though it’s for my birthday. Can I wait that long . Will post pics of the set up when it’s got the scope on. Steve
  20. If the universe was infinite the sky would either be infinitely bright or the same brightness level overall ( there are 2 equally valid but disagreeing theories on this ) . However both agree that the sky would be a uniform colour whatever its brightness. There are no other sensible theories on this for an infinite universe , ( plenty of different theories for a finite one ). "Olber's Paradox "
  21. Quantum Field Theory by definition cannot be continuous. Newton's theory of gravity has been more successful ( in use for longer and contributed more to science ) than this but was eventually proven to be incorrect . Just because something is successful doesn't mean it is correct.
  22. Still pretty low in the sky, this has been take over two, ever shorter nights. 44x 5min exposures for HA and an hour each for R, G and B. Esprit 100 with 1600mm. Out of interest I had a quick go at making it starless, not very high quality image but found the nebulosity amazing to see in isolation. https://www.astrobin.com/full/406898/0/?nc=user
  23. On the subject of helping... I would be happy to give a talk / workshop on anything to do with imaging, including capture and/or processing, in the areas of deep sky, or solar, or a bit of wide field, or maybe time lapse or even a touch of planetary. I could also talk about taking Astronomy GCSE in later life, if that would be interesting. Anyway, my hand is up should their be an interest in something that I can share my experiences in, good and bad! As for talks I would like to attend - something about spectroscopy for beginners and radio astronomy for beginners would be great, please!
  24. Can't see what the point is, slew to the 1st star and center it, move to the 2nd and 3rd stars and repeat ( notice how the stars are getting more accurate?) I don't use a skywatcher atm but I'm doing 3 stars with 3 calibration stars, return to home and hibernate the mount..next time I setup I wake up, slew to a big bright star(vega, Arcturus etc) and if it's out I re-sync..sure this can be done with a skywatcher.. home position should be accurate on the skywatcher as it has setting circles.. really no need to release the clutches for any reason
  25. Another welcome from a German stargazer; enjoy your stay in this friendly forum. My family supported a girl, Shanta, in the Gazipur region of Bangladesh for several years (via World Vision); so some basic knowledge about your country (never visited it) exists. Where in Bangladesh do you live, and do you have access to dark skies, and to binoculars or a telescope? Here's a link for a star/planetarium program (it's free!), to play with during the monsoon period: https://stellarium.org/ Have fun, and keep asking and reporting! Stephan
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