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Everything posted by asteria

  1. Glad you've felt welcome, it's an excellent forum and a credit to all who moderate and manage the site. It's a great resource for all. Ed
  2. Wow! Like these last images, very impressive quality and detail. Ed
  3. Agreed - I like these eyepieces. I use them in a MAK and they work very well.
  4. Have a nice Christmas! Here's hoping for a clear Christmas night for you. Ed
  5. It should be OK with a bit of practice, I sometimes just hold one hand over the non-observing eye, if I need to cut out any distracting light. Ed
  6. Hi Jeremy - I have the 9mm and the 5.5mm and I think the caps have probably got mixed up on mine as the two eps are much the same size. Ed
  7. Very nice scope - well done. You'll enjoy a lot of great views with that beauty. Ed
  8. Hi - the magnifications on your first two views looks rather optimistic. I doubt the sky conditions are ever going to be so good that you will get 600x or more magnification. With really good conditions you should be able to get 300x, but your view might still not be very clear. A better estimate might be to look at 200x magnification, you're probably looking at an eyepiece in the 10-12 mm range for this. I've found it's very rare to get a good, stable, clear view of the planets at more than 200x. It's not really down to the scope, but the quality of the sky - seeing and transparency - and unfortunately we can't control these except by travelling to pristine skies in the desert or Andes! Ed
  9. Excellent work - what amazing detail! Ed
  10. Nice looking focuser - looks well built. I added a Revelation SCT focuser to my Maksutov Cass and it is a major improvement to the performance of the scope over the standard focuser. Ed
  11. My first scope was a Tasco 114mm short focal length newtonian with a spherical mirror. Just about as bad as it gets in terms of telescope design. Not a good purchase, although it did get me into the hobby. It was/is a nightmare to collimate, and very difficult to use. I can't bring myself to sell it on, so it's basically going to be broken down for parts for a 6" dob build (focusser, bolts etc). What's left is going for scrap to the tip. Ed
  12. Good question - I observed these recently, and wondered what they were all about. Ed
  13. Hi there - I find the CG5-GT OK now I am used to it. In fact, I find it easier to set up than the alt-az go-tos. Don't know why, but now I have got the hang of it, the CG5 seems fine. It's very accurate too, especially for visual work. Ed
  14. It's a nice diagonal. I've got one and it has a beautiful quality feel to it. The images are good too. Ed
  15. Hi there - yes the silver peg faces north, you should have two knobs on the mount base, which allow the mount to be placed over the peg once these have been unscrewed to move them apart a bit. When you have secured the mount on the base, you can use these knobs to move the mount in azimuth (horizontal left-right) to get the polar axis aligned with Polaris. (Assuming you have the altitude about right to put the star in the polar axis sighting tube. I would really suggest having some trial set ups indoors to get yourself really familiar with all this. It's difficult to get the set up right if you are fiddling around outside in the dark. When I got my mount I had at least two or three complete runs through the whole set up, using the handset to get familiar with the menus. Just put the tripod and mount up indoors, roughly pointing to where Polaris is in your vicinity, and work through the whole process using the manual. If you power up the mount you can then do an approximate alignment procedure and begin to follow some of the menu choices. Once you've done this a few times you should be alright. The alignment procedure is complex, but working through it methodically in a practice will help to familiarise you with the process. Hope that helps. Ed
  16. I think you'll find that the Equinox is finished to a much higher standard, better quality focuser and machining. I have the Equinox 80 and it is a very well made scope, heavy, with beautiful finishing. Ed
  17. By the way - don't practice outdoors in daylight, in case you catch the sun in the eyepiece. Do it indoors, out of the way of direct sunlight. Ed
  18. Hi there - when I got my CG-5 GT I set the mount indoors and practised with it. It sounds bizarre, but it means you can get thoroughly familiar with the set up process in full light. It's also much easier to follow the manual! At least you can get through to the alignment choices, after that I guess it gets a bit more difficult in daylight. I always find that a two star align, with calibration stars, preferably two, makes the alignment just about perfect for visual work. I don't think you'll need a polar scope for visual alignment. Just get Polaris in the centre of the hole in the polar axis. Levelling the scope will help, and I find the bubble level is fine. I hope that helps. Ed
  19. Hi - I don't know that you would see much gain between your makcass and the SE, even the 6". The focal length might be a bit shorter, so you would sacrifice some magnification for a slightly brighter image. I don't think the swap from the 5SE from your mak would gain you anything really. The benefit of a mak is that you won't have collimation issues like you would with schmidt cassegrain, which I believe the 5SE and 6SE are. I have a 6" mak (SW Pro) on a CG-5 GOTO and it is a fantastic setup, but you are probably just as well sticking with the 127 for the time being. Ed
  20. Fearless or what! It takes a brave man to take a scope like that apart. Ed
  21. Hi - I think if you want grab and go, your best bet is a refractor or binoculars (the ultimate grab and go!). The dobsonian will require a significant amount of cooling time, and also you will probably need to collimate (align the secondary and primary mirrors) before each observing session. There is a fair bit of fiddling around with newtonian telescopes. Your makcass should be fine for lunar and planetary viewing. The dobsonian will be better for dsos, esp. if you get 8" or more aperture. Ed
  22. Great report - good colour coding too! Makes it easy to track your progress. Thanks for writing up your evening. Ed
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