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  2. I'm so sorry for your experience but luckily the seller has been great! You probably just ran into a bad stock, which for sure speaks against Synta QC. I got my HEQ5 used and could test it before deciding to keep it, so was sure it was ok: it's belt modded now and exhibits 23arcsec Peak-peak Periodic Error and guides better than 0.6" on nights with good seeing. So you see it's hit and miss! Best of luck with your CEM25p. Fabio
  3. Hello and welcome! Given your location and viewing preferences I would definitely choose the 200p. Easy to handle and capable of fantastic views of the solar system as well as deep sky objects, you can't go wrong really.
  4. The black dot will appear if the eye is not in the correct distance from the lens. I have the same thing. I've not seen that the center is out of focus, so I guess you have better eyesight than me. When the light passes close to the edges of the mirror and veins it will be deflected, because of heisenbergs uncertaninty priciple. But its not many photons compared to the whole lot. And there will always be a shadow in the center off focus. But I have not noticed anything in focus during daylight testing.
  5. I've a 2.5x PM, and use it with my Pan24, N13T6 and N7T6. It works just beautifully: very happy with it - a lifetime purchase, like my TV EPs
  6. You want old fashioned glass grinding and polishing. Quite interesting what little they do show.
  7. Thank you for the explanation. I really need to try a zoom out. Every time I lug around my eyepiece sets I start to thinking about getting a zoom eyepiece. Maybe it is an excuse to buy yet another eyepiece.
  8. Ideally one would want average across the FOV. FWHM should not change much from star to star. It is pretty consistent measure. There are always slight variations due to noise and because blue part of spectrum gets scattered more in atmosphere and seeing influences it more, but values should be close. However, due to optical design and field curvature there is larger variation between central and outer regions (this is the way one can measure field curvature of particular scope). I guess best way for determining resolution would be to take average of stars in a crop around target area - much like larger rectangular area in your first image outlining region of interest. I don't use PI myself, but I'm certain I can find the right tool online, give me a sec ... Here it is, under DynamicPSF process, reference page: https://pixinsight.com/doc/tools/DynamicPSF/DynamicPSF.html Take gaussian profile of region of frame and look under FWHM column. There is probably option to get average value or something. If it's in pixels, we would need to convert it to arc seconds by use of imaging resolution.
  9. Hi there and thanks for the info. I thought that DSS was linear when saving the image out of the Stack and without post processing. I can't save the final image in StarTools as I don't have a licenced copy, but can't decide to purchase it as I'm not convinced it's the best choice for processing. I'll need to test Pixinsight in parallel on the same image, so I can decide.
  10. There'll be some dark jiggery-pokery involved somewhere. James
  11. johninderby

    OO-UK

    Yes they are. Orion Optics UK Lymedale Industrial Estate Brymbo Road Newcastle Under Lyme Staffordshire ST5 9HX
  12. What shape is it? Is it the same on both sides of focus? How much are you defocusing to see this? In a fast scope the secondary is offset away from the focuser. This offset is probably built into the secondary support so if you measure from the centre screw of the secondary to the walls of the OTA and get it centred it will probably be good enough. This sounds like you are defocusing enough to see the secondary shadow, which is too much. You should only be defocusing enough to see diffraction rings as far as I know.
  13. I'm near the 5 ways. I am leaning towards the 200p dob
  14. I don't know, to be honest. But I wonder what other commercial applications require grinding to the same level of accuracy. If you said you wanted 1/10th wave accuracy, that's going to be in the region of five ten thousandths of a millimetre, isn't it? Or have I missed something? James
  15. That's really nice. More colour than Dulux. It makes my efforts look quite dull ! That horizon looks very clean. Can I ask where it is ? Dave.
  16. Thats the best image i have ever seen on this forum. Outstanding. Mick.
  17. fozzybear

    OO-UK

    I thought as much had great help back in the day and recently also with the help from John at OO I take it they are still in Newcastle under Lyme….
  18. My other 2" Lunt wedge only has an ND3.0 filter installed so I thought this one should be ok to use with one screwed onto the eyepiece holder, I do have another Baader 2" ND filter but it has OD 1.8 printed on it but I don't fancy using that one.
  19. This may be sacrilege but watching the video it all seems so very old-fashioned. Surely nowadays there must be smarter robotic ways to grind perfect optical surfaces. Or what is so special about grinding glass compared to other surfaces?
  20. johninderby

    OO-UK

    They have expanded a lot lately and with all the different types of scopes available now they can’t aford to keep stock of everything so scopes are now produced to order. It makes sense for a speciality manufacturer.
  21. I thought so too first. But a bit of googling turned up more detailed images that show dark areas, Ha regions and yellow star regions. This could very well explain the overall brown look in a less detailed image. https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130123.html https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1007a/
  22. Take a photo of your focuser set up with any eyepiece etc that you are trying to use and post it here. Skywatcher scopes come with both 1.25" and 2" extension tubes in the focuser when you only use one at a time. Many new owners are caught out by this.
  23. Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL.
  24. I've looked online & found the instructions for the Lunt wedge & it says; UNPACK YOUR NEW PURCHASE!In the shipping box you will find: •Lunt White Light Solar Wedge Diagonal Assembly •Barrels with 1.25” or 2” diameter, based on the model ordered •Pre-installed ND-3 Filter •Metal transport and storage case with die cut foam inserts https://luntsolarsystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/White_Light_Solar_Wedge_Manual_Revised1.pdf
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