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  1. Ordered a Skytee 2 mount last week via FLO, which came straight from the importer. The mount had a few issues that needed sorting and FLO were excellent, doing everything they could (and more) to rush through a replacement by return. Just goes to show that first class customer service does still exist. Thanks Martin & co...
  2. Thanks to all of you for your informed replies. Think I'm going to opt for a couple of BST Explorers. Was tempted by the Hyperion Zoom, but was just that more expensive than my budget.
  3. I have acquired a 115mm f7 triplet, with a 2" diagonal (it will also take 1.25" EP's) and am interested to hear what makes of EP are considered to be reasonabe, i.e. good value that don't break the bank. I am starting all over again with EP's and with a f7 scope being a little less forgiving with EP's than my previous f10 SCT, I don't want to rush in and make an expensive mistake. I have up to £150 to spend and I would hope to get at least 3 EP's (high, medium, low) for this amount. I wear glasses, so I suppose ones with longer eye relief might be useful. Any other commented, gratefully accepted.
  4. Hi Olly, The timing of this review is very helpful and follows up on the very useful comments you made generally about this scope the other week. Am still weighing up against the Meade 5000 127, but customer service is just as important as the product itself and I want to be sure that the supplier is reliable and is there if/when they are most needed. With that in mind, I'm almost praying that FLO take this on and take that concern away!
  5. Hi Graham, I use the Horizon 8115 for my Skymaster 15 x 70's and I have no problems at all. The mount is nice and stable with those and extends to more than enough height - I'm 185 cm (6 foot 1 inch).
  6. Thanks Olly for the comments and I'm reassured that your preferences seem to apply only (or mainly) to imaging. I had a look recently through a friend's Meade 5000 127mm on what was a pretty good night for viewing and was extremely taken with it - to such an extent that it has been top and/or second on my "to get" list now that I have decided that an apo refractor is what I wish to spend some money left to me. Coincidentally, it has been swapping top and second place on my list with the Altair Astro 115 and although I haven't had a chance to see that scope in the flesh, or view through it, it seems to have picked up a series of very good reviews. Having been more of a visual observer (but now looking to dabble in the imaging side as well), I find it hard to get away from the "aperture is king" mentality, especially if I find that I don't take to imaging in a big way, so that was the reason for giving the Meade top spot even though it's only the difference between 4.5" & 5". Whichever one I opt for, at least I have the surety of securing an apo that is good visually and for imaging. PS. Might see if I can hunt down that review of yours - when is it due out or is that asking you breach forum rules?
  7. However, things are moving fast and I would rate the Altair Astro 115 significantly above the 127 as things stand. This is a good time to buy a refractor! Olly Olly, would be very interested to hear what, specifically, are the aspects of the Altair 115 that place it ahead of the Meade 127, in your opinion. Is the predominantly from an imaging perspective or visual as well?
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    Hi Cervesca and welcome to SGL.
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    Hi Raymond and welcome to SGL.
  10. Hi Mark, I agree that such a site would be really useful. However, I think this would represent a significant move away for terrestrial weather-based sites, but would be interested to hear if there are such sites.
  11. Hi Andy and welcome to SGL. I'm a relative novice myself and since joining this year, I've found SGL to be an incredibly friendly site with loads of useful advice.
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    Hi Ramya and welcome to the forum.
  13. Hi Kev, Good luck with whichever one you decide on. For what it's worth (and I'm no expert), I hear the C9.25 might be the better value of the two in terms of viewing (not necessarily AP) if only because the conditions necessary to make use of the extra aperture on the C11 occur few & far between in this country. I believe both are superb for planetary & lunar viewing, but for AP, I'll leave others to comment. I suppose it depends on what you intend to image as much as anything else. I think most people imaging DSO's would opt for a fast Newtonian Reflector or Refractor. There's a book called "Making Every Photon Count", which sets out in very easy to follow language the kind of questions to consider before you launch into expensive purchases/mistakes for AP. Well worth a read. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
  14. HI Ann and welcome to the forum. Plenty of experts on this site all seemingly willing to share their knowledge - though I'm no expert myself. Happy viewing
  15. Hi Steve and welcome to the forum. Doesn't look as if anyone's answered your question about the Explorer 150PL. I can't speak from experience, but it is a popular choice. I believe there's a couple of model options with the Explorer. I think the "PL" refers to a parabolic-shaped mirror and a slightly longer focal length making it better for planetary & lunar viewing, with the shorter version better for astrophotography. At the limit of my knowledge now, so will leave for others far better informed than I to comment on this. If you don't get any luck, you can always contact FLO (First Light optics - link at top of the SL site) who always seem to be very knowledgeable and helpful.
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    HI Alex and welcome to SL
  17. Welcome to SL. I've owned an 8SE Nexstar, which was a great piece of equipment. The only downside was the single fork AZ mount, which struggled with the weight of the tube, but I believe the 4SE should have no such problems. Clear skies.
  18. Hi Vicky. Good choice of scope and I'm sure you'll have many hours of superb viewing. There's a forum just for Dob owners on SL, which you may have come across already and there's lots of useful advice & pointers there.
  19. Hi Stu, Good luck with your purchase. A friend of mine bought exactly the same Auto model a few months ago and the grin hasn't moved from his face since - other than when there's cloudy skies. Be sure to post your thoughts & experiences on the scope when you've had some time to enjoy it.
  20. Sure you'll have great viewing with that set-up once it's arrived and the skies have cleared - about a week after arrival normally . Be sure to do a write-up/first light report so we can all share in the excitement of unpacking those boxes.
  21. Hi Danielle and welcome to the forum. You've already discovered just how friendly & generous forum members are with their time, advice and insights into all aspects of astronomy. I've only been a member for a relatively short time, but have been bowled over with the sheer number of helpful answers to what I felt might be darn stupid questions. In addition, the majority of suppliers seem to be equally friendly & helpful; I've had dealings with FLO & Rother Valley and both have been great to deal with. Just wait until your first "proper" sight of Saturn - something you will probably never forget.
  22. best of luck with that OTA. I'll echo other comments in that we all look forward to your first light report and some pics of your new kit. Fingers crossed for clear skies.
  23. Hi Carrot, I've just ordered a pair of Celestron Skymaster 15 x 70's, which should be arriving today. I've used 10 x 50's and even these smaller bins are more than capable of showing you so much more than you can see with just your eyes. The viewing is especially good from clear, dark sites and even better if you're sat in a recliner with a glass of wine or hot chocolate , but as has been already mentioned, the bigger they are, the more difficult it is to hold them steady, so tripods become very useful. I know some people that use very light, portable tripods, but often these are carbon-fibre and very expensive. Welcome to the forum & happy viewing.
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