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Everything posted by rory

  1. Globs , love globs . Particularly m2 and m13 . I was impressed with them when I had a small refractor, then I peered through the 8” dob !
  2. The improvement from 130 to 200 is significant, so in answer to you question. No I doubt you’d be disappointed. saving made from purchasing 8” over 10 “ , could be used to bang on a telrad or a fancy eyepiece . Although others will tell you ... Aperture is king ?
  3. Having previously owned 8” and 10” skywatcher dobsonians , I personally felt the 8” was better value . More forgiving on eyepieces , slightly easier to shift about and obviously cheaper . But importantly, to my eyes ( admittedly novice ones ) the difference visually is very slight indeed , often I couldn’t tell any difference. Im hoping to jump back in to visual astronomy soon and will be looking at an 8” dob .which particular make is another dilemma , although the bressers look the mutts . If I were to go for something of real improvement visually from that ,I’d skip
  4. Thanks for your reply . Does the base move smoothly without needing to start DIY ing ?
  5. Anyone own or used one of these ? views / thoughts ? Ta .
  6. Looking for any recommendations for a stargazing / moon book suitable for youngsters.(7&8) It will be a gift to go along with a small telescope ( probably a sw heritage 76) Turn left is an option , but any other recommendations greatly appreciated. Clear skies
  7. Like Patbloke , i got by with a cheap drum stool , works well for about £20 . Agree also regarding a raci Finder or telrad/ rigel finder . Straight through finders on dobs are terrible to use .
  8. hope it brings you years of enjoyment. as stated above ,theres little in the way of images of this scope. whats the collimation adjusters like ? knobs or screws /alen keys .
  9. A great post , thanks for sharing .
  10. have to say that looks very nice for a mass produced scope. very nice indeed. any idea who makes the mirrors for this ?
  11. rory

    Meesier 13

    Fantastic work .
  12. Setting up a dob takes seconds. Collimation is something that takes a minute or two once you've grasped it . Often it won't need doing at all. So there's nothing to worry about on that score . The guy was going wrong badly if after three nights , found he was spending more time setting up than observing .
  13. Astromaster Finder scopes are as you say , absolutely useless . Why on earth they continue to put those bits of plastic on what is otherwise a perfectly usable telescope I don't know. I had s 90mm astro master and discarded the Finder almost immediately . I purchased a half decent low power eyepiece , this worked well for wide field views and and a Finder . ( 32mm plossl). Later I bagged myself a telrad . it's a great bit of kit , one of the best purchases I ever made .
  14. " illustrated guide to astronomical wonders" It's like a follow on from turn left . The title is a mouthfull I know , but it's a great book .
  15. Great sketch . Very impressive .
  16. price wise I don't know how they compare to ES or the meades .
  17. Indeed they are . Worked nicely with the mv's
  18. I agree with Russ . I actually had the set up he suggests with my old 200p. I bought the 16 and 24mm mv's, and got a bresser SA barlow ( the same as telextender) Which gave a nice spread of options X50,75,100,150.
  19. Sagittarius amazed me from a farmers field with a semi rural Sky . It's just such a shame it stays quite low to the horizon.
  20. Interesting debate. I tend to always do some research on an item , particularly if it's what I'd consider a big purchase . In this day and age it takes a few minutes to check prices of goods new or used . I think if it's a used item and a private sale , then buyer beware . It's up to you to decide if it's worth the asking price . Not for the seller to justify it .
  21. Glad you mentioned that John . I used the aspheric in a f/6 8" . But now I have a 4.7 I'll know to avoid. Guideline does make sense.
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