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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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...



  4. 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!

  5. 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*.


  6. 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


  7. 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.

  8. Thanks Isabelle :) All I could describe it as is a shooting star. I have no idea what a satellite would look like through my scope but this seemed like a bright, fast-moving star. I really thought I was seeing things but it happened twice. It whooshed across my field of view in the same general direction.

    If someone comes in here and says no way it could have been a shooting star then I'll accept that, maybe my eye(s) were playing tricks. Wouldn't be the first time. :(

  9. The skies opened for a couple of hours this evening and I took my chance to have my first evening in the front garden. This was my first time observing the Northern sky as I've only been in the back garden previously (South).

    Cassiopea was directly above so I immediately went Messier hunting. Found M103 almost right away and spent a while looking at it, this was my first messier object so I had a proper look. I changed over to my new Baader Hyperion 17mm wide angle and this really provided the best view. As I was looking, what looked like a shooting star shot right across it and disappeared. Woah. A few seconds later another, as this one was shooting across i looked up in the general direction with my naked eye....nothing. What could it have been? A trick of the light? A meteor? The latter I hope.

    I then moved East and saw M36, M37 and M38. I know they are not the most awe-inspiring objects but it was good to see them nonetheless. After that I felt myself going back to M103 and hoping for more of what happened earlier, but no such luck.

    There was also a funny moment when the neighbours came out to see what I was doing, they ended up spending almost an hour in the garden with me! "Amazing, Woah and I want one" were some of the things said about the telescope. One of them even said I looked like Brian Cox, haha! I shall take that as a compliment (I think).

    I was also listening to the Astronomy Cast Podcast through my session tonight, I'd recommend if you haven't heard it.

    So yeah, what did I see at M103?

  10. Hi Adam, I have the 250px and I actually removed the finderscope entirely and positioned the telrad alongside the Eyepiece. It's really easy to lean over and see through both EP and Telrad from a sitting position. If you decide to do something like this be sure to keep the scope horizontal when/if you are removing the finderscope. I almost had an accident.

  11. Fantastic picture that Joe, my DSLR is broken I'm afraid, bah. After my evening with the moon I've been watching the BBC drama/doc Space Race. It's really quite good if anyone's interested. It goes right back to 1944 all the way to the 1969 moon landing. I had no idea the rockets used were inspired by the German V2 rockets used in WW2. Anyway check it out, I really enjoyed it.


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