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Everything posted by Yeoman

  1. I will have a look at skysafari I haven't heard of that, I bought the ostara barlow from Amazon but you can get from flea bay also or probably anywhere that sells a range of eyepieces, the moon with a 2x barlow and the original short eyepiece and a moon filter was my first big major wow with this scope... its amazing but the moon travels so fast through the field of view.... fantastic though !! The missus is always telling people about it even though she isn't interested in the rest she loves looking at the moon through this scope...
  2. I have bought some decent binocs for astronomy recently, Bought Pentax 10x50 but swapped them for another as a bit too too heavy.... I would say go for something with BAK4 prisms though if you can as these are high quality and then size is you lobster as they get heavier and bigger...some of them are so big you need big muscles to even look at them never mind lift them ! Tripod solves but even so you have to think what you need and watch the weight !
  3. Cripes I don't know myself but I am sure someone reading might.... I am going to go for the 102ED and keep the 10" dob also for now till I see whats what.... If anyone could recommend a tripod for it that would be good..
  4. Good advice thanks, yes I got my 10" dob from FLO they were very helpful, I reckon you are safe with Amazon as they have their A-Z claim thing if you get ripped off or anything goes wrong with it but I did go with FLO in the end as they were recommended on here, I had been looking for the 8" at the time but there were none left, I wish I had waited, I really do like the views from the 10" but I am sort of bored by myself on the back garden and the missus isn't bothered and I cant really get it on and out of the car myself, my bro just bought an NexStar 8 and he is going out and about with his he has access to some dark sky sites and we have keys to some private land so I really would like something more portable so I can go with him. I am put off the NexStar and goto scopes by a the software problems he has had with his and it kept losing its "memory" etc but there is an "update" that cures it apparently, I do like the idea of motorised but worry about it going wrong, with the 102 ED scope I see you get a 30 year warranty but there is less to go wrong so will probably not need it... one funny thing about my brothers goto scope is that it kept pointing at the floor it took ages to figure out why..... he had forgot they do their dates the other way around in the USA, it was so funny when he realised but by this time he had wasted 2 good clear nights and didn't get any sky for two weeks after !!
  5. Have a look at the Ostara 2x, I got one for my 250px 10" dob and its really good and seems very well made.
  6. Hi I am beginner also and have this scope, I wouldn't worry about the eyepieces that came with it they aren't very good anyway they are just to get you started... Its a great scope but too big to hump around I find... I don't know if its a good idea or not because I thought of it myself but I have fixed a big bag of those crystals that soak up moisture that you get in camera bags onto the inside of my main 10" dust cover... I also bought an Ostara 2x Barlow, red LED torch and got SkyWalk on my Iphone, a set of decent lenses and that's it, that's all you need really... I did buy loads of books and a planisphere but to be honest you can get everything you need to know from the net and the SkyWalk shows you where everything is... its a great app you can put it on night vision (red) mode also so it doesn't ruin your night vision... I haven't touched my books or planisphere since I the got SkyWalk app, you can even track satellites with it like the ISS although you will have a job getting it on your viewfinder you can follow it with binocs ok I find.
  7. Hi All, I currently have a Skywatcher 250p (10" dobsonian reflector) which is a bit too big for me to cart about and so I am looking for something more portable so I can get out of the garden to some good sites and also looking into doing a bit of photography of the moon and if I can planets... Anyway I don't know whether to change my huge "Light bucket" for a more portable Ostara 102EDa refractor or not... I have been told that a refractor is best for land use, photography and planets and reflectors are best for deep space so I was thinking of looking at a decent refractor with it being more portable and also better for what I need it for... my bro says they had one of these at a party he went to and he says that it was their favourite scope... its an Ostara 102EDa kit and I have seen an offer on Amazon offering £600 off (it says its £1500 worth of scope (with £200 finderscope & eyepiece etc all for £895)... Now I cant afford to buy the new one without selling my old one so I cant compare them together...can anyone more experienced give me more of an idea of the pros and cons of a 102 ED refractor over the Dobsonian Reflector please. I know it will be more portable but how will the clarity of view compare, I was wondering what with it having smaller lenses etc... the ED has much better quality lenses but they are A. smaller and B. cost more, would I be better off getting a smaller reflector ? I have been watching a few astronomy programs and a few of them when they show a star party seem to have these 102 ED refractors and I have seen a 102ed on the Sky At Night recently also...price isn't an object as they seem to retain most of their value and I can get most of what I pay for things back as I keep the boxes etc but I would like to get some good clear pictures and be able to move it about with one person... they say one person can move my 10" but its a pain for me and its too big for the car etc... so basically I was wondering am I doing the right thing selling mine and getting one of those or should I keep mine and spend the money on upgrading the dobsonian...
  8. Hi all... I was wondering whether to consider upgrading my 250PX 10" Skywatcher Dobsonian scope to a computerised or motorised mounting or base but I am not sure if its a good idea or not at this stage or whether to just buy a different (already motorised goto) scope, the main 2 reasons being I would like to do a bit of photography in the future and also I can never find anything much. I have had it a year but so far have only seen the Moon and Jupiter in any detail and stars just seem like white dots. I was wondering if it might be better to buy a different scope altogether as I find this one not only a bit large to lift in and out by myself but as I say I can never find much and when I do it seems to vanish from view very quickly. A good friend of mine just bought a Celestron Nexstar 8 which seems a very good scope on paper but he seems to be having problems setting it up and problems with Firmware etc. Has anyone out there had any experience of upgrading the Skywathcher 250PX to a different mount? Obviously if it costs too much I may as well sell mine and get a Nexstar 8 or something similar myself for £1250 or whatever as I am sure I can get £350 resale back for my 250px which means I would only lose £100 or so on that from what I paid... I have also considered a Celestron Sky Prodigy 6 with the self set up feature but really cant decide.... Any opinions would be gratefully considered, thanks for reading.
  9. Its a while since I bought these but I wanted to give them a proper tral before commenting on them. They are really good binocs and they were very good when on a tripod but in the end I have sold the Pentax PCF II 10x50 as I decided they were too heavy for normal use, the build quality and feel was brilliant but I have now bought some Elinor Ostara 10x50 and they are much better all round I think, they are lighter and the image seems a lot clearer, again the build quality is fantastic and they have a 30 year guarantee. It seems the Elinor 10x50 won a sky at night award for the best binocular and the Pentax came second so my first choice was a sound one but the reason the Pentax didnt win was due to its heavy weight and I would have to agree there. Both fantastic pairs if you are after a 10x50 but unless you have stronger arms than me the Pentax are heavy and I am a bigish chap.
  10. Advice please... I have just bought some new Pentax binoculars from FLO..they look great..and seem to be built very well The only thing is they make things look much further away and the eye pieces are far far too big for my eyes and much too far apart.. Nothing in the instructions can anyone help ?
  11. I just saw another post that made me laugh it was entitled "the cloudgazers lounge" which about sums up my experience of the hobby so far perfectly... It cant stay cloudy forever though...
  12. I Just inported a meteorite from the USA, it cost me $45 (45 dollars) and on that I was charged £18 by parcelforce, £8 handling fee and roughly £10 in taxes... I would only buy from abroad if its something that can NEVER go wrong and need to be returned... I was goind to but an Orion XT8 from the US but it worked out much cheaper to get the Skywatcher version when you take into account the shipping and taxes.
  13. Yes the 8 inchif you can get the extra money or get a used one, it was highly receommended although I had trouble getting an 8" recently as the importers had run out...they took the money and 5 days later when I enquired as to why it hadnt turned up I was told the importers had sold out and there were none left in the country so in my impatience I bought the 10" Skyliner 250PX which came within 48 hours of re-ordering. I had never used a scope except an old brass (ships) telescope and I was dubious as to how hard it would be to use but I taught muself to use it easily and after lining up the finder scope in about 2 minutes on my first use I had a cracking view od Jupiter and moons and the big stripe and some smaller stripes...
  14. To be honest I dont think I am experienced enough to write a review for other people yet.
  15. I just missed it, you were right though the iphone showed it was directly above at 6.40 but there was clouds unfortunately so I missed it...
  16. Wow that was a fast reply cool thanks ! will hope for a clear sky...
  17. Hi All I am brand new to the hobby and was wondering if there a good site I can go on that will tell me what I can see each night (clouds permitting) and when I can see it time wise... I have the iphone "sky walk" app which is good for having a search for things once I know what I am looking for but I would like to know whats up there to search for it too... I also have a planisphere I havent learned to use yet...
  18. Hi I am brand new and just bought a 10" dobsonian, our garden has pretty high hedges all around it so it will have to pretty high in the sky but I was hoping to see the ISS sometime if we every get any clear sky here... I am in the Midlands UK... I have tried seeing where it is lots of times on the iphone "sky walk" app but it doesnt seem to come above the hozizon much... I have had my scope three weeks almost but sky has been so bad I have only seem one thing that was any good... that was Jupiter... I got a great view of the moons on 120x magnification...
  19. Cloudy here too, (again!) I bought a 10" Dobsonian three weeks or so ago and we have only had two clear nights where we are here in Derbyshire.
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