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Everything posted by dweller25

  1. The circles are made out of concrete though - could be bad news for high power viewing
  2. Hello @LondonNeil and welcome to SGL. Your logic is correct, as is your plan. The 8” Dobsonian is an excellent telescope and will do well with Planetary, Lunar and brighter deep sky objects. BUT as others have said don’t expect to see the same detail and brightness you see in books especially on deep sky stuff. Good luck and have fun
  3. I wish I could get on with Newtonians but I cannot - if I could a 10” f/5 would be my one only choice. But as the Newt does not suit me then my one only scope would be a 5” refractor.
  4. All the above mounts and tripods are solid, top quality options. The Tak mount with the Tak scope just looks right
  5. @Sunshine Your vixen GP is a very good mount but a GPDX on a Berlebach tripod works well and looks great…..
  6. Just a heads up - the motors and controller unit you have are not Vixen, I believe they are a far eastern copy.
  7. Pleased some folks got to see the event, total cloud cover for me ! Hope some sketches or photos turn up later
  8. I don’t believe he frequents SGL. The Vixen you mention is £1530 new and his price is £1000 which seems fair. It makes you wonder why the original seller sold it so cheap ? But he/she must have been OK to let it go at that price. I have never bought from him as he is too expensive.
  9. This should be an interesting site tonight around 00:18 to 01:50 (18th Sep) Here is how my drawing MAY look - in my dreams
  10. 5.6% LESS LIGHT !!! Poor Jeremy does not know what he’s missing Actually and seriously, If I could only have one scope it would be the TSA120
  11. A permanent setup is planned when we move house, hopefully within the next two years….
  12. Hey up - This thread is about 5” Refractors not 4” plus a bit
  13. My FS128 is F/8.1 and IN FOCUS it is colour free, so maybe a modern lens design could be better ?
  14. It’s just wishful thinking on my part Dave. I am getting to the point of having a trolley made to support the FS128 plus mount so I can just wheel it around….
  15. I always point people who want great planetary views towards Newts, they are to me the best value for money scope going. Sadly they do not suit everyone. I had an excellent OO 8” F/6 1/10th wave Newt and an even better Skywatcher 10” F/4.7 but had to sell both as they aggravated my bad back, hey ho
  16. That does look great, sadly newts do not suit my back
  17. I MAY be tempted if an “FC130DZ” weighed around 6.5kgs with tube rings and finder. That, to me, would be better than the FS128 But as @Highburymark says it may not be commercially viable anyway - but who knows what may happen in the land of the rising Sun ?
  18. Who brought Newtonians into a Takahashi thread - scandalous
  19. Why are they not making an FC130DZ ? Sorry, deliberate clickbate
  20. Fantastic lunar image Neil, especially when zoomed up
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