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jasdav

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  1. Hi Aenima, I wonder if this thread I started might help, I think the mount and tripod are the same: http://stargazerslounge.com/diy-astronomer/157521-simple-mak-127-mods.html Jason
  2. Spaceboy, Thanks for the link. Would you know if adding the extra weight affects the GOTO accuracy at all - I'm impressed how accurate the scope is. Jason
  3. Thanks Spaceboy and Sunshine185, Both ideas I hadn't thought about. It makes good sense to buy something that will be of lasting use and I'll look at the ethos. I hadn't considered binoviewers and yet I spend my day looking down a binocular microscope - I know the enormous difference 2 eyepieces make to my job. Would these balance ok on the 250px or would I need to add some counterweight? Jason
  4. Thanks Mr Spock, I'll push my expectations up a bit then and look at a 4mm rather than 5mm. I like the look of the Vixen eyepieces. So much choice, so many possible combinations Jason
  5. Hi Rik, The TMB is going as I'd like to push the magnification a bit more to 4 or 5mm, as I already have a 7mm. I've been happy with it, and the eye relief is good for sharing, but the BGO is much nicer (and twice the price of course). I loved the TV 32mm in the Mak but in the 250px, actually prefer the views I'm getting with the standard included 25mm lens. The TV is noticeably darker and I'm assuming it is to do with its relatively large exit pupil and light that's not getting into my old eye. Thanks, Jason
  6. Cheers Dobby, The Panaview was definitely one I had been considering, and I'll take a look at the Celestrons. Would fit the budget nicely, with some to spare! Any idea if the 5mm Celestron would be better than the TMB 5mm? And how would these compare to the much more expensive TV Radian 5mm? I had considered buying the Panaview 26mm along with the TV Radian 5mm, and using the Barlow on the Panaview for 13mm, buying a mid range eyepiece at a later date. I guess those two along with a Celestron 18mm wouldn't push me too far over budget. I'm assuming I may need to spend proportionately more on the higher magnification eyepiece. Jason
  7. Thanks Grunthos, I hadn't even thought about a zoom to be honest. I'd not read great things about the fixed focal length hyperions in fast scopes, though nearly bought one last year for the Mak. As a life long photographer, until the last few years I'd always used prime lenses, but have to say that zoom quality is so good now I've sold all apart from a macro lens. I'll look into that idea further. Thanks again, Jason
  8. Hi All, I tried for some help on the beginners section but got no help so hope you don't mind me posting again here. I recently upgraded from a Mak 127 to a Skywatcher 250px flex tube synscan (f4.7). I'll be selling my Televue 32mm and TMB 6mm that I bought for the Mak, and will have around £300 to spend on eyepieces, preferably 3, but possibly just 2. I'll be keeping a BGO 7mm and Celestron Ultima Barlow. I'd like to cover the range from around 4-5mm up to 25-27mm. I'm approaching 50 so I don't think my old pupils will take anything longer . I'm lucky enough to live somewhere good and dark, about 1000ft up on Exmoor. I would like reasonable eye relief as I like to share the scope with kids and friends, and wish to cover planetary and deep sky viewing. What would be your eyepiece choices for this scope? Thanks, Jason
  9. Hi All, I recently upgraded from a Mak 127 to a Skywatcher 250px flex tube synscan (f4.7). I'll be selling the Televue 32mm and TMB 6mm that I bought for the previous scope, and will have around £300 to spend on eyepieces, preferably 3, but possibly just 2. I'll be keeping the BGO 7mm and Celestron Ultima Barlow I have. I'd like to cover the range from around 4-5mm up to 25-27mm. I'm approaching 50 so I don't think my old pupils will take anything longer . I'm lucky enough to live somewhere good and dark, about 1000ft up on Exmoor. I would like reasonable eye relief as I like to share the scope with kids and friends, and wish to cover planetary and deep sky viewing. What would be your eyepiece choices for this fast telescope? Thanks, Jason
  10. Good luck with the new scope. I treated myself to a Skywatcher 250mm GOTO for Xmas. Got the scope 3 weeks ago tomorrow and haven't had one night free of cloud and rain yet! Hope you don't have to wait that long.
  11. Beautiful looking scope Kevin - just when I thought a 12" Dob was what I needed...
  12. jasdav

    Afternoon all

    Welcome Derdle, lots of info here. It should keep you busy.
  13. Great looking site Steve - I've just bookmarked it!
  14. I definitely agree with John, try binoculars - the Pleiades are a really beautiful sight.
  15. Agree Book Depositary is an excellent site. I'm slightly (and cleverly on their part) bound to Amazon as I pay the yearly fee for Prime delivery. I need the gratification of next day delivery - when in stock in this case.
  16. I just wanted to share a couple of very simple mods, picked up after ggogling, which have made my Celestron 127 Mak easier to use, and of course would work for the Skywatcher variant. They may already be somewhere on this site but I couldn't find them easily - if so I apologise. 1. Improve the focuser using a bottle top with a suitably sized hole cut in the middle (Pic 1). I've found the top from a 5L water bottle is ideal - right size and relatively stiff. This allows finer focusing and transmits less vibration to the scope. I put a little tape around the original focus knob to prevent marking. 2. Improve tripod stability by sliding thin plastic ,strips cut from a large clear plastic bottle, into the small gaps where the upper part of the steel tubing in the tripod meets the black metal both top and bottom. Some people force glue into the space but I think this is quicker and works well enough. This significantly reduces rotation of the tripod. Hope this helps. Jason
  17. My favourite eyepiece on my Mak is my 32mm Televue, which gives a good wide field and a lovely contrasty image. I can get 16mm with a 2x barlow. I then have a 7mm orthoscopic for the nights when the seeing is very good (I'm lucky to live at a pretty dark site about 1000 ft up). I have a 6mm TMB but I think that is a step too far.
  18. Great report Matsey, looks like I'll have to get a pair myself. I use a binocular microscope at work all day so am well aware of the advantages of 2 eyes over one. I get the occasional person I teach who has to look down one eyepiece only, but most seem to handle the two.
  19. Aaarrggh - too late, Amazon now saying 1 to 3 weeks
  20. Thanks for the heads up, I think I'll order a copy before they rapidly disappear.
  21. Hi and welcome TGB, from a South Wales man now living in North Devon.
  22. Latest from the BBC - entered the atmosphere over the pacific and possibly some debris hitting Canada: BBC News - Nasa's UARS satellite plunges over Pacific Jason
  23. I agree with Sim - I've been very pleased with the 127. It's a great little scope, doesn't take up much storage space and is easy to carry and set up, so you won't be put off using it. Jason
  24. jasdav

    UARS

    Fascinating stuff - thanks for the link. Jason
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