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  1. outside in all of 35 degrees celsius! Thanks for the thoughts. I guess I'll look closely at the scope in daytime and get back to you
  2. Hello all, I returned home after two years and finally got to unpack my skywatcher 250px. I was looking forwards to a night of observing when I noticed something peculiar. I am now seeing double images, particularly in the centre of the fields. The same planet/star at the periphery seems fine. Larger objects like the moon focus ok and appear as a single image. It is only points of light that are a problem. I am living in a hot clime, so I leave the scope out in the open with the top off for half an hour before I start. I've also (roughly) checked the collimation. But, the problem is persisting. Of course, the higher the eyepiece power, the worse it becomes. Interestingly, one of the images is sharp and well focussed. However, the second fuzzy image overlaps part of it and spoils the view. Any ideas? Thans in advance
  3. Thanks. I'll go with this plan then.
  4. Hi all, I have an Astro tech 66ED (f/6, focal length 400mm) as my travel scope. I'm thinking of adding Coronado Solarmax 60 filters with adaptors to it, so I don't have to carry two scopes when on the move. Is this feasible? As I note most people tend to use the 80mm aperture scopes for their filters. What am I missing? By the way the scope is almost identical to the Williams optics 66ED version. Thanks in advance
  5. I've always found it tricky to spot, and very susceptible to light pollution. My best visuals (two days ago) were with binoculars (NE). By the time I dragged the Dob out, it had moved eastwards so I spent fifteen minutes looking in the wrong direction. Did find her at last It's not too low at 23-00 ish. Have another go.
  6. I can't agree more with the advice above. Years ago, when I first started, I picked a 6" dob because it was lighter and more managable than the 8" I lifted. I had a long walk from storage to garden and I didn't fancy lugging something heavy, specially as Dobsonians are easy to use, but awkward to carry. I planned to swap it with an 8" after a few years, till the unpleasant realisation dawned on me that there is no jack of all trades. I moved up to a 10" newtonian on an equatorial mount which is great for planned sessions. However, I still go back to the 6" for quick grab and go: to the garden, or to just throw in the car en route to a lesser light polluted area than mine. I would suggest you pick an 8" if you can manage it well and plan to stay with one scope, or are prepared to step up to a 12-14" aperture when the bug bites you.
  7. Their usual stress is a small aperture telescope or binoculars, something affordable and practical for most homes
  8. I bought a pair of Zeiss BGAT Dialyt seven years ago, wanting a general purpose terrestrial binocular. After shortlisting them, it was probably fortuitous that walking in a local store to browse, I saw them selling their last pair at a discount, since they were shutting down. There wasn't a happier man than me that weekend. Over the last few years, I used them for everything, from counting thrushes at yon trees to planespotting at airshows. Then, the astronomy bug, which had lain dormant like the herpes virus, bit deep. Of course, Galileo's unstated law, as you are all aware, is that the expenditure of prodigious amounts of money on optics is always accompanied by a wave of nimbostratus that outlasts your enthusiasm. Watching gaps in the clouds develop, the quickest lens I could point at the heavens was the one that lies permanently on the book case next to the to the window sill. And I was initiated, into observing with binoculars. The Pros: The 7x42 set up is fairly light weight and quite portable. I have not yet needed a tripod or a rest. Within limits of my physiological tremor, objects are fairly easily acquired and held. Often, before a long observing session with a telescope, I use them to starhop to get a general idea. The optics, unsurprisingly, are grand. Even terrestrial viewing is extremely comfortable and relaxing. The eye relief is adaptable, which is important as I wear spectacles. The cons: There is not a lot of magnification offered. Stars and star clusters show great, but I would not look for the rings of Saturn. I suppose anybody going out with binoculars of this specification will be aware of these limitations. My biggest grouse, however, is that for an equipment of this quality and cost, the accompanying case is shoddy and low grade.
  9. That is VERY good. Inspires me to pack my kit and head to clearer skies
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  12. hamiclar01

    Hi from Lincs

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  20. hamiclar01

    Hi All

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