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  1. Other way round for me... I was hoping to have a look through my bins, but they've taken a knock and the collimation is all over the place, so I finally got to see it through the scope on Friday night. I was surprised that I could see it fairly clearly through my stock finder as well...
  2. Once again, thank you all for your advice. I think i'm going to go with the Helios Apollo's 15x70's. I'll put them on my Camlink tripod rather than try and hand hold them. I'll try and re-collimate my Revelations as well (thanks for the link nicoscy) and maybe let the kids have a go with these. I forgot to mention the other fault with my Revelations is that the mounting bush has become loose (I've tried re-tightening it, but it just goes round and round forever without tightening) and they wobble significantly when mounted so might as well be used as hand held anyway now. So at least my love
  3. Thanks for all the replies so far folks. Darling wife update: She has agreed to stump up the extra £70 required to get the Helios Apollo 15x70's if I choose to go down that road . This leads to two questions; 1) Where on earth is she getting all this money from? 2) There seem to be a few suggestions of 10x50's, and having had a read through the 'what bins do you own' thread this morning, there seem to be lot of people who own these that are very happy with them. I live in the West Midlands an do most of my observing from my back garden, so light pollution is an issue. Although I do like to
  4. Hi folks, it's been a while since I've posted on here. The arrival of my 4th (and last) son has been somewhat restricting my opportunities to look up at the heavens in recent times unfortunately... However, I'm now 'back in the game' hopefully. In fact I blew the dust off my Revelation 15X70 bins last week hoping to catch a glimpse of comet lovejoy only to realise that the collimation was horribly out. They may have taken a bang without my knowledge to be honest. So, rather than spending money on repairing a set of relatively cheap bins, I've persuaded my darling wife that it would be a goo
  5. I've just found one called 'JoveMoons' on android which says it gives the exact location of the galilean moons and the GRS. It's presented in the form of a realistic animation. Unfortunately, I can't verify that it does what it says on the tin, but as someone who has yet to observe the GRS I'll be giving it a go when these clouds let up and I'll post how I get on with it.
  6. Hi All, I'm thinking of getting the Baader Classic Q 2.25x barlow for use with my Skyliner 200P & BST starguider 12mm & 18mm EP's (which are in the post) :-) http://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-planetarium/baader-classic-q-225x-barlow.html I've been trying to find some write up's, but haven't found much info on it so far. Has anybody had any experience using this barlow or heard of anyone elses experiences, or should I be looking at another barlow as my budget can probably go up to about £70. I don't currently have a high power EP and am torn between getting this barlow which will g
  7. Thanks for all the advice folks..... I think I've finally made up my mind, I'm just a little bit torn on one of them. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the 18mm & 12mm BST starguider EP's, but for my higher mag I'm unsure whether to go for the 8mm BST or the 7mm Celestron X-Cel LX. Is the Extra £20 for the Celestron worth it? Or indeed, should I get a barlow to use with the 18mm & 12mm to get the higher mags and forget the last EP? I'm not very experienced with barlows and am unsure how much the image depreciates relative to the 'straight through the EP' view, if at all.
  8. Also thinking of getting this barlow, cheap and cheerfull, but seems to have a decnt write upo from what I can find. anmyone had any experience with it? http://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlows/skywatcher-deluxe-2x-barlow.html
  9. For the 8mm, there are 2 BST EP's... There's the explorer/starguider and the 58 degree EP which they say is made for planetry observing. I'll be using the 8mm for observing the moon/planets, so what's the difference between the two? I was just going to get the 8mm explorer originally but it seems they're not in stock at the mo, so I'm not sure whether to plump for the 58 degree or wait until the explorer is available again. It's confusing ain't it this EP malarky? Thank you all for your advice so far.
  10. Thanks for the replies guys... I've had a look at some of the write ups on the BST EP's and they do seem to come highly recommended by people far more knowlegeable than me, so I'm thinking they might be the way to go. I'm thinking of the 8mm BST explorer for planetry and 18mm for DSO,s. Although I'm not sure if I should go up to the 25mm fopr DSO's. I'm a little reluctant to do that as I already have the 25mm stock EP and I don't want to repeat mags if possible. I'll probably want a barlow to go with these as well, i've got about £45 left out of my budget. I don't have a clue what to go for .
  11. Hi all, I've got a shiny new 200P that Father Christmas bought for me which I'm looking to upgrade with a couple of new EP's and a barlow. I'm a bit of an all rounder. I like to look at the planets, but enjoy observing DSO's just as much. Are there any recommendations anyone could give for EP's for observing both. Do I need a barlow or would I be better off getting a higher mag EP? I have a budget of about £140. I'd originally thought about getting the Revelation EP set, but have decided I'll probably get better value buying individually. Obviously with my budget I'm not expecting to get 'Roll
  12. Father Christmas paid an early visit to my house yesterday afternoon. It seems he's bought me exactly what I wrote on my Crimbo list as well. He's even left the parcel in full view. The picture below is what will greet me everytime i walk into my house this side of Crimbo. (it's a Skyliner 8" dob). My first scope since my old Tasco as a kid. However, my wife claims that Father Christmas has left strict instructions to prevent me from opening the boxes until Christmas day. Did you all see the clear skies last night? My first night with a new scope, beautiful clear skies, and I'm not allowed to
  13. The man himself may have passed but his legacy will live on for generations. A true legend. RIP Sir Patrick.
  14. Thanks for the advice guys.... I've decided to go for the Celestron 76 Firstscope as recommended by Ben Ritchie. It's on offer with a few accessories at Harrison Telescopes at the moment. Having thought about it a little more, I think the more compact nature and the easy dob mount is more important than the number of objects it can see at this stage. The moon, Jupiter, Saturn etc still impress me so I'm sure finding these targets himself and seeing them through his own scope (however small) will be enough to keep him intrested for a while. If he decides he wants to get a scope with better opti
  15. As I've recently re-ignited my intrest in astronomy and started myself off with a pair of bins, my 10 year old lad has been having a look as well and is showing quite an intrest. His birthday is coming up and I thought it would be a good idea to get him a nice, easy to use 'point and look' scope to keep his intrest going (and so i can have a look as well). This won't be his 'main' present as he's already been bought a new bike (kids these days don't know how lucky they are) so my budget is probably less than £100. My other half was looking at the ones in Toy 'R' Us today which I was a bit war
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