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  1. Thanks WH - I think I was probably being very optimistic about M1. The orange glow in the sky was a give-away! I think in a few weeks, when Taurus clears the murk, I might have a better chance. Good luck with it. Ed
  2. Hi Mick - the CG-5 I have is the manual version. The 80mm refractor in go-to mode sits on the single arm alt-az mount that Celestron favours for these smaller scopes. The go-to mount that I have - the original GT version - has the sleeve to hold the tube rather than the Vixen-type mounting of the current SLT range. I considered getting the go-to version of the CG-5, and may do so in the future, but for the time being the manual mount is fine. It's much easier to use than I thought, and rock solid. A very nice package for both the 150mm MAK and the 80mm refrac. Hence I can't really comment on
  3. Hi Mick - thanks for reading! I've got the 80mm on the CG5 mount now, bought some tube rings from FLO and a large finder from Russ on SGL. Very easy to use on the heavy mount with no shakes. I had this scope mounted on the Celestron go-to arm, but I think my option now will be for the manual mount. It's more flexible in the sense that I can just explore what's up there rather than relying on a menu from the control handset. The go-to is still a good combination for the main stuff, but it got a bit frustrating pressing 'go' and the scope ends up pointing at black sky for anything a bit more el
  4. Hi all - I got my first look at Holmes last night using an 80mm short tube refractor. Also very good with the naked eye and 10x50 binos. I was impressed. At all magnifications the sight was impressive, but particularly good with eps in the range 6-15mm (Plossls). Using averted vision the comet appeared very bright, with a clear nucleus and well defined halo. I thought it was impressive, and to be able to see it with the naked eye so clearly, even in a light polluted sky was great. Ed
  5. Hi there - managed to get out last night for an evening using the 80mm short tube refractor, very solidly mounted on the CG5. The evening's viewing was enhanced by a wide range of fireworks going off all around! My main target was the comet in Perseus, 17P/Holmes. I was amazed to see that it was very visible, even in the light polluted sky over the city. I was able to view it at a range of magnifications, with around 6-15mm Plossls being best. The bright nucleus seemed quite visible, surrounded by a circular halo. Using averted vision it was very clear and well defined. A real treat. Other obj
  6. Hi - interesting feedback about the Baader filter. I was thinking of get one of these but may be I'll hold off now. I've got bad light pollution in one half of the sky (very orange over the city) - may be one of these filters might do a better job at cutting it down. Thanks. Ed
  7. Hi Mik - I was looking forward to this one - I had it marked in Outlook! Unfortunately the sky was rubbish - overcast for days down here in Devon. Apparently clear tomorrow night! Was it clear at your place? Ed
  8. Wow - is this for real? do you guys really build this stuff? amazing! I thought I was pretty handy working out how to align an equatorial mount! Keep it up. Ed
  9. Hi there to all - many thanks for the input. That's given me some things to think about and mull over. It's good to have the advice of some experienced people to draw on. Take care - let's hope the skies clear soon. Best wishes. Ed
  10. Hi there - I am looking to upgrade from a standard Celestron Plossl to a better quality planetary eyepiece. The scope is an 150mm x 1800mm MAK (f12). At the moment the 9mm Plossl is giving the best views in terms of mag. and clarity. However, I think I could probably get a better quality image from the scope with an improved eyepiece. 6mm seems to be a step too far and the image breaks down. Any suggestions would be welcome. Budget is up to £80.00 or so. Thanks. Ed
  11. Hi there - I've only managed to find it from a very dark site, west Dartmoor, and in 10x50 binos. It's very faint, more a smudge than anything else. I think LP does for it pretty much. Never tried with a filter however. Ed
  12. Hi there - if you are still wanting feedback on this thread, I have posted some field reports using the Skywatcher 150 Pro MAK in the observing zone. In fact it is the same scope as used by chuenmanc as I bought it off him a couple of weeks ago. I'm extremely impressed so far. The FOV issue is not nearly so challenging as I thought it would be. A good field in a 40mm Plossl - managed to get the Double Cluster in more or less. Great for double stars and planetary viewing. Good luck. Ed
  13. Hi Mick - it's a good un! The scope/mount combo are a joy - much easier to set up than I thought. I was probably out and viewing in around 10mins. OK there's the cool down time, but even straight out of the box this morning, the view was more than acceptable. The manual mount is turning out fine too. I had a lot of downtime with the eq-1 because it was frustrating to use, but the CG-5 has taken all that away. I find I know where I am with this one! Thanks for the reply. Ed
  14. I managed to get the scope out this AM for an early morning session. I wanted to catch Mars, Venus and Saturn just before dawn. Mars - what a tricky planet. It was pretty much on the meridian and very high. I managed to get some fairly good views in the 9mm Plossl. It was quite bright and a challenge to focus. Unfiltered it was possible to make out what seemed to be surface features, some darkening in areas and lighter patches. However, it was difficult to say whether there was anything real here, or just optical effects due to seeing - the scope was probably still quite warm at this point. I
  15. Hi Paul - thanks for the report. I caught the Pinwheel through binoculars on a very very dark site on the western edge of Dartmoor. A beautiful clear night, probably the best I've seen in the UK. The galaxy was a faint smudge, with very little definition. I've tried at home with telescopes, but I think light pollution will always see it off. I got the double double through my 150mm MAK. It resolves with a 15mm eyepiece at 120x. It's just about possible to make out the two pairs of stars. Stepping up to a 9mm at 200x the pairs are easy to make out, although they lose a bit of definition. The R
  16. Hi there WH! Like your posts. Is the monocular the ultimate G+G!? Great to hear what can be done/seen with minimal equipment. Keep up the good work. Ed
  17. Thanks for the reply Mick - I was hoping for a second good night this PM but not looking at all promising at the moment. We'll have to wait and see. Ed
  18. Thanks Craig - it was a good evening, especially for first time out. I was hoping to get a view of Venus, Mars, Saturn etc this AM, but alas, overcast in the pre-dawn. Perhaps tomorrow. Best wishes Ed
  19. Second light - the first time out under a clear sky with the Skywatcher Pro Mak 150mm and CG-5, purchased recently from from the Used section of SGL, from chuenmanc and Roy Batty respectively. Thanks due to both of you. This set up is something of a dream come true for me. I've always had my eye on the Pro-series 150mm Mak. I never really thought I would be able to own one, but I took the plunge with the purchase from chuenmanc and don't regret it. Based on this first session it is everything I expected. The scope is in fine fettle and has obviously been very well looked after by chuenmanc. T
  20. Hi there - thanks for the input. It will be interesting to see how this works. The best place to start it seems is the Moon, and take it from there. At this stage I don't think I want anything too complicated! It's tough enough fiddling about in the dark with telescope, let alone adding a camera and a laptop into the mix. It is incredible to see some of the images that people are getting though, I can see the attraction of deep sky imaging, but I don't think I'm really that patient.... My main interest is really in visual work, it seems more direct, but I thought it would be worth a try with t
  21. Hi Mick - thanks for the reply. It's that simple! Point and shoot. I'll give this a go when I'm next out. There are some amazing photos taken with mobile phone cameras on the site, which is similar in principle. A camera bracket would allow for the camera to take some video footage while tracking I guess. Don't know what the quality would be like but it might produce a similar result to the Neximage. Thanks again. Ed
  22. Hi there - I've got a spare 2MP Fuji compact camera and I'm thinking about turning it to some simple imaging. I'd be looking to hook it up to a Nexstar 80GT. This is probably not the ideal scope, but there's nothing to lose by trying! I was going to try the Celestron Neximage, but I don't have a laptop as yet. Any thoughts? By the way, I'm new to the forum, but what a fantastic resource for all things astronomical. Thanks to everyone for making this such a helpful and friendly place. Ed
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