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  1. Fellow SGL contributors... I have BREAKING NEWS!!!! I have finally broken my 'Diagonal Dilema' and made a purchase!! After all the advice and agonising over the Williams Optics and the Altair Astro.... I've found myself a pre used Baader 2" Maxbright Ceramic mirror diagonal... At just less than a third of the advertised online price, and after seeing several photos showing at least the outside condition... I've taken the plunge! I don't know whether it'll be that good and what's the worst that can happen? I've been assured by it's former owner it's great quality... So there you
  2. Actually the Optic star looks the same apart from colour and printing! Cheaper as well... and Black to match the scope ?
  3. Superb responses thank you... I forgot to select 'notify' for replies so I've just have the pleasure of reading these in one go! ? Quartz JohninDerby??? Noooooo Are quartz any better what does that mean? It's great to see it's not just me with the old diagonal dilema... I still haven't decided but I like the Altair... looks solid and says it's the old 99% reflectivity. I'm going to have to look at these quartz fellas now!!!
  4. I have never been 'totally stuck' on making an astronomy equipment purchase before! I will admit to procrastinating and sometimes taking an age to get there, but get there in the end I do! I once owned a lovely used Revelation 2" dielectric coated diagonal which I now regret selling when I sold my Helios150... So I'm back in the market for a 2"! I've put both the 2" Altair Astro lightwave premium £99 (Red) and the Williams Optics Dura bright £135 in the shopping basket on several occasions but I really cannot decide which to buy... Luckily cost is not an issue as I've recently acquir
  5. Wow!!!! That's nice... Thanks for digging those out so quickly (very impressed) I love a good set up pic ? Is that still capable of focuser rotation? I've never seen one in action
  6. Steve, I was advised to upgrade my focuser to a feathertouch when I had sufficient funding... although the Crayford is beautifully smooth... It would be great to see that feather touch set up if you have any pics?
  7. Nick it was wonderful to give the new scope a good test with a man of knowledge... I've used the Equinox a few times already and have been delighted with the pin sharpness and colour of the views. Last night was fascinating picking out those binaries so clearly! I don't think I've ever seen such a super sharp and complete view of the double cluster - that was indeed a special moment! sometimes the obvious targets are ones to spend just a little more time on... As you say we certainly used the whole shopping trolley full of EP's collected for the session... and I can't remember a bad view
  8. I set up Black Beauty (120 Equinox Pro) on the AVX getting ready to rock and roll - Yep! the clouds rolled in, felt like rain almost it was that dark... Packed away then went in for a bit, came outside to clear skies, lovely!!! Got the Apollos out on the monopod absolutely beautiful views of the areas and targets surrounding Cassiopeia (No comet though) I must use those bins more often it's a fabulous way to tour the skies... Then within minutes of being outside my daughter whatsapp video calls from Oz... I go inside take the call my hilarious Grandchild showing me the car (again) I bough
  9. Oooooo that's a nasty injury... Had one when some muppet took me off my bike at a roundabout! The tenderness of the shoulder is seriously painful. Good luck with the repair and it's a great feeling when you are able to use the shoulder as before. Keep the Faith
  10. Could do with that on my laptop as well.... I know for that I could buy a red clear sheet I suppose. Good luck with the phone thing! Interesting to see although most of the Astro apps have a night mode...
  11. Brilliant stuff... That southern hemisphere stuff is so lovely, the stars always seem so colourful. Ha ha get a beer crate to stand on, plenty down there ?
  12. Arghhhhhhhhhhhh... Ok I've just purchased a beautiful 'used but mint' Skywatcher Equinox 120 Pro Apo F/7.5.... Great you say! Well during some double star splitting last night (testing her out) Saturn appeared between the trees... I wasn't going to bother but I hastily fetched my new ZWO ASI120 MC and my trusty Toshiba Satellite Laptop out to see if I could capture some film for processing this morning as I have a few hours spare... I have not long acquired the ZWO and have used it a couple of times to capture some images of Jupiter which I enjoyed doing and was pleased with my first eff
  13. Not quite sure I can find you that, although I do know of a project very soon to be up and running from Spain with some amazing scopes at a dark site you will be able to book the use of remotely... but I'm afraid it will cost! I'm guessing there will be more and more of these popping up in the future as investment opportunities ? But they've got some pretty expensive gear going in there and they ain't a charity... In the meantime I use Slooh.com loads... You can join free but that won't allow you to book time slots to use the scopes which are in the Canaries and Chile... It will allow you
  14. Good luck with that... No streetlights where my son lives, it's in the countryside but it's amazing the difference it makes! but then there's the noodle who has two super bright lights either side of his front 'castle' doors! Why? you are indoors watching TV.... Noodle.... There arent any burglars it's too dark for them!!
  15. I'm going to pass this book on to whoever would like to read it... Just message me your details! Only condition it must be passed on once read ?
  16. I'll be watching that also...
  17. Wow, I'll check those out...
  18. If you haven't already done so, I thoroughly recommend you read this book... Longitude by Dava Sobel With a big hint of astronomy and some key historical names mentioned, this book is (quote) the dramatic story of an epic scientific quest! Whilst we all take for granted the easy identification of where we are on the planet these days, this was not always the case! The quest to solve the recording of longitude was so difficult in the past that it gave rise to many governments offering huge sums of money as prizes for the answer to the question. If you want a book to browe
  19. Nice scope... Amazing Flickr account! Some Wow pictures and video... Congratulations Great work!!
  20. Great report Nick... Observations! Be careful as it looks like a previous midnight visitor to that mystical Welsh garden - 'The Hedgehog' has been turned to stone!! The skies look so red and it's amazing you can see all those labels in the night sky there! I saw the old teapot and the wonder that is M24 from my balcony on the island of Kos (not Oz) when I spent an extra two weeks there after collapsing minutes before my flight back from a two weeker... Labyrinthitis! Horrific... When I collapsed with dizziness vomiting wildly, all I could hear was one of the hotel staff shoutin
  21. Thanks for that Wookie, I did research these a while ago but never ended up taking the plunge.... As I've got much better at alignment, and actually re centered my polar scope not so long ago, I do quite like the effort of 'using the cushion' as I call it to align... I've not got the greatest of knees but whilst I'm still able I'll persevere for now ?
  22. All set up to go with the sole aim of getting some Saturn images! To start off it was Jupes again to get some imaging done... The GRS superbly placed and looking Redder than a lidl tomato (subliminal advertising) After capturing some film it was time to properly align using Polaris and that wonderful on ya knees polar scope method!!! Boom!! three calibration stars and 'GoTo' whatever you wish for! Cygnus time - Check sheets and then give up and go and fetch Sissy Haas bible... 20 lovely doubles, not rushed just enjoyed and studied hard... working with my Starwave f/
  23. Love mine... it's the pearlescent white! but I have to agree the Red looks stunning! Do it!! ?
  24. That's a great question! I was scrolling through my huge photo picture gallery the other day on my phone and came across most of the astro gear I've owned and sold through either lack of use, or to fund other projects. I think if it was to be just one thing (and there's been a few) it would be a little mint condition EQ3/2 I bought as part of a second hand bundle... Just loved the engineering and how it looked in bright white more as an ornament than a tool... There's been a few OTA's in the past as well including a renervated 150 frac which I even had sprayed white by a mate in a ca
  25. Thanks for sharing Nicko! more printing for my folder...
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