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  1. Grabbing that TeleVue Barlow, the seller was kind enough to throw in a free adapter aswell! Thanks for the tip off damnut.
  2. The OO comes with a 2" eyepiece adaptor. I'd have to buy a 2" diagonal seperately yeah?
  3. I believe the EP's supplied with it are 1.25". This Barlow is 2", does that make a difference or can I use it with the smaller EP's? Thanks.
  4. So first thing I'm after is a x2 Barlow for the fast scope I have coming this week. Want to run this past you guys since it's an expenive purchase to get wrong (and I will). This is my second dabble into astronomy after spendng a small fortune on (incorrect) stuff last time. As you can imagine I really want to get it right this time! Looking at the the Ultima X2 Barlow Awooza.com :: Celestron Ultima Barlow Lens: Camera & Photo This be a decent one for the faster scope? If you have any better recommendations please share. Budget is £100
  5. No doubt I'll be in here annoying you all on which EP's to buy! For that I apologize in advance. It comes with a 25mm and 6.3mm sirius plossl, 20 orion(USA) expanse and 12.5mm plossl Decent starting point? First thing I'm going to grab is a barlow for it. Can i get a half decent one on a £60 budget?
  6. Cheers for a the advice guys. Gonna jump in and go with the Orion. Hopefully have a wee first light report sometime next week!
  7. From the Orion seller .. "Its more of a deep sky objects scope - I never really used it for the moon and planets, except for brief looks. It's not bad, but not specifically what its designed for -*as I say I really*bought it for galaxies, nebulae etc." Yet the Orion website states "If you are looking for a hand built British made telescope, designed for Galaxies, Nebulae clusters and even exceptional views of planets and the moon, we recommend the VX 8 our 200mm f4.5 model." This is puting me off a bit, as I'm really after more of an "all rounder" Should i just go for it or consider something else, I really want to get this right. I can't afford not to. Perhaps I should just take the plunge with this scope? Thanks for your help guys.
  8. Yeah the OO is from a private seller, definitely 4.5 ratio. Damn those are quite a few things to consider... I'm pretty decent at keeping it collimated really. Since the OO scope is coming with Telrad red dot finder + dew shield + extension block, 25mm and 6.3mm sirius plossl, 20 orion(USA) expanse and 12.5mm plossl eyepiecess it's pretty much ready to go. I'm thinking I may just take the plunge with it as I'll be saving a bunch of money. It also seems to be in perfect condition. In fact I'll post a couple of pics... If you say I'll be getting decent views with planets and it'll also be okay, or perhaps even better for DSO's then maybe I should go just for it, I'm also a sucker for that black finish...
  9. There is a third option I suppose... First Light Optics - Skywatcher Explorer 200P EQ5
  10. So I'm finally getting back into astronomy after I had to sell my 10" dob due to some money/space issues... I have the choice of two telescopes and was hoping for some good advice on which one to opt for. I'm mainly wanting it just for viewing pleasure, I'm not too bothered about astrophotography as I know it can be on the expensive side. Anyway here are my choices... - Orion Optics 200mm reflector telescope on a Dobsonian mount. It has a focal ratio of 4.5 which I believe is good for deep sky objects - Celestron Nexstar 4se I'm after a decent all rounder really, the 4se has a much higher focal ratio. They are both gonna cost me around the same price but the Orion comes with a few more EP's and a Telrad, dew shield etc. Nexstar is only supplied with one EP. I suppose I'm concerned that the Orion won't offer decent views of the planets and light pollution round here may affect the low focal ratio? I may be totally wrong as I'm still a bit of a newbie. So, which one would you go for? Thanks for any help!
  11. Haven't been bitten but a little fox did come over and investigate what I was doing in the back garden at 3am. He/she came within about 10 feet and sat down and stared for about five minutes then wandered back off into the night. No food here.
  12. I've been fidning this recently. BBC site says clear skies and when the time comes along to go out there seems to be a faint orange haze all over, I can't see any stars at all. Is that what it is then? Moisture? It only seems to be in the past couple of weeks that it's been all "hazey" round here, I really hope it doesn't last all summer. As for doing something vaguely scope related I was watching the IMAX Hubble film. I'm not sure it's on sale in the UK but you can get it via other means *ahem*. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/915tgypwCVL._AA1500_.jpg
  13. I'm after a decent light pollution filter, last night when I was viewing Saturn I couldn't really make out any colours as it seemed too bright, like a little white planet. I'm assuming that the mirror is capturing light from all the daft lights up everywhere. Question is do I go for the Baader? Light Pollution Reduction - Baader Neodymium Filter Or the Skywatcher Filter? Light Pollution Reduction - Skywatcher Light Pollution Filter Thanks!
  14. It certainly wasn't blinding, your description of the satellite sounds a LOT like what I saw. Oh well, at least it's something eh? Oh dear it's 3.11am, bedtime for me. I was recently in your lovely country, at my aunt's house in Ontario. I think that's on the opposite side of Canada to you. All of 3000 odd miles. Often forget Canada is vast! Good evening, and clear skies to you Isabelle.
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