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About Rorth72

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  1. Did you see the way that Brian was looking longingly at the pre solar material. Me and the other half looked at each other and said at the same time "Get a room!" lol. Been a good 3 nights of viewing generally, though the second programme with more informal discussions with ideas bouncing between the scientists and the viewers I found the more interesting. Well done :-) Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  2. RIP Sir Patrick. Gone but never forgotten. A true inspiration. My next telescope is going to be named after you, will have to make sure its a good one! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  3. Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you get everything you want for Christmas. I'm going to spoil myself and invest in a Telrad :-)
  4. Well, I took the scope back out tonight for a brief observing session, but this time I checked the collimation and it was slightly out. I corrected it and then tried the xcel lx. It was even better, Jupiter and the moons were so detailed, it really gave the moons a 3d effect, hard to explain, but as I stated before, they were moons, not points of light. I done a star test, and the problem from last night has gone away, it resolved stars down to a point of light. So I am doubly happy now. I haven't tried any other eyepieces except the ones that came with the scope, so can only compare it to them, and it blows them out of the water, it's as though I have invested in a new telescope. I love it. And to top it all off, great weather and the weekend coming up! Oh, and now I set up on the lawn too Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  5. Hmm, I just couldn't seem to get it to focus down into one tiny point of light, it was nearly there but not,quite. Also obviously you get a nice wide field of view in the 25mm. Think it was because I have a fast scope? I tried it on Capella and Vega. Will give it another go tommorrow Yet the view of Jupiter was very impressive, even though it does move through the field of view quite quickly. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  6. Bought myself my first decent eyepiece, a Celestron X-Cel LX 7mm a few weeks ago from Harrison Telescopes. It's been cloudy nearly every night since! lol But tonight it was clear, 17.5 degrees celsius at 10pm in nearly October?? Well, anyway, I take my 250PX out on the patio and get Jupiter in my viewfinder. I put my 25mm lens in, and think wow.. can make out the cloud belts and the four moons. Then pop in the 10mm, even better and can just about make out the GRS! So, for the first time I put in the Celestron X-Cel LX 7mm and wow wow wow, what a nice jump up from the standard 10mm that comes with the scope. And such a lovely eye relief too. Jupiter was quite a bit bigger, and even the moons looked like moons! Could see they were spherical, not just points of light! Amazing, I was blown away! Could see they were different sizes too.. wow. And the cloud belts were so much better detailed! One darker than the other and the GRS could be seen easily, well, I think that is what it was.. definitely a spot in the bottom belt. I tried the x-cel LX then on a few stars but not nearly as impressive, the 25mm seemed better, is this because the 7mm is designed for just planetary work? Also, does anyone know what the adjustment is for on the eyepeice, is it for fine focusing? Oh, and just as I was packing up I was unscrewing the LX eyepeice and it fell on the floor, concrete floor! grr.. But looked at it, not a single mark on it. I popped it back into the scope to check it was ok and it was functioning normally! My heart was in my mouth when it dropped. After viewing Jupiter I had a scout around and took in Andromeda and M45 with my bins. A very nice evening indeed! Can't wait for darker longer nights
  7. Thanks for the replies. I couldn't get the first link to work but the second one for ebay did. Think these will be perfect Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  8. Could someone please suggest where I can get small individual plastic cases to store my 1.25 filters in. I am wanting them to look nice and uniform in my eyepiece/filter case. I know, I am sad Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  9. Just bought one from Amazon. Along with a rocket air blower, hama lens cleaning pen and a flight case to store all my eyepieces etc. Now I better log off the computer before I purchase anything else like a new scope lol. Thanks for the advice :-)
  10. I am looking to purchase a tripod for my SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars. They get a little heavy when being held and the image wobbles about. I am looking for a nice sturdy tripod to mount these on, which can be moved about and height adjusted nice and easy. Could anyone give me any advice on what to buy?
  11. If I purchase the rocket blower, how will I get at the primary mirror to blow on it? Would I have to take it out? (Don't really want to do that as it is smack on with the collimation at the moment and have no experience in taking one out). Also upon inspection today, when I move the mirror toward light I can only actually see 1 dandellion seed on the mirror, and a very few tiny tiny little dots of black, must be dust? When viewing through the scope the image is brilliant, so perhaps I should leave it and I am just being paranoid? Does everyones mirror on close inspection have a small few little dots of dust on them?
  12. Hi, and welcome from a cloudy South Wales. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  13. Well, I got about 10 mins observing in, and that is after standing around looking up cursing for what seemed to be an hour. Had a lovely view of Jupiter before he got quickly swallowed up in cloud. Given up now, having a large Gentleman Jack and watching the Formula One that I recorded earlier. Getting so cheesed off with this weather, seriously considering moving abroad! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  14. Didn't think of that! Best of both worlds, a nice viewing height and I get to sit down and maybe have a sip of beer too! Thanks guys :-)
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