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  1. Hi John, I've got an astromaster 130 myself. Although I've only used it a couple of times since I bought it, I would say that the the included eyepieces are adequate but pretty much every other eyepiece I own is better. The Konus plossl 10mm and 17mm eyepieces that came with my Konus scopes are a little better than the ones with the Astromaster, not enough that I'd recommend buying them new as replacements though. My Meade Series 4000 26mm and Celestron X-Cel 10mm both perform wonderfully with this scope and I would happily recommend either. My feeling is that Astromaster is certainly capable
  2. Hello everyone Was just about to dive in with a reply when I realised that I haven't posted here since February last year :oops: . Life has been a bit hectic and my health erratic. So my astronomy has been strictly of the armchair variety for a while. The good news is that I am moving in with my girlfriend, and after the streetlights go out at midnight the sky here is glorious, even when the lights are on it's darker than my old place. All the best, Will.
  3. In no particular order: Trying to get the mak 90 into focus The finderscope mount on the mak that seems incapable of keeping it in place for any length of time. :nono: Tripping over the tripod :? Discovering my laptop had died having just finished modifying a webcam minutes earlier. OK it was old and free but it had to go and fail just then. My EQ1 mount, and the horse it rode in on. Regards, Will.
  4. Thanks for the comments. I was interested in astronomy as a teenager and did a bit of astrophotography back then, but that led into photography becoming my main hobby . As is not uncommon at that age a growing interest in girls, bikes, parties, pubs and clubs :nono: :nono: :nono: , meant that astronomy became something I took a passing interest in rather than something I actually did, until a couple of years ago when a spell living in the country under darker skies started me off again . All the best, Will.
  5. The Moon taken tonight using Canon EOS 300D and Konus Motormax 90 at prime focus. Focus could have been better, but this one is the best of the batch and doesn't look too bad at this size (40%). Will.
  6. Tonight I viewed Mars through the ST80 at 40x and got a tantalising hint of surface detail. So I decided to go in and fetch the 90mm Mak and try for a closer look. After the scope had cooled down I was pleased to see that at 120x I could make out surface detail, albeit only for brief moments when the seeing improved. After scuttling back indoors it was gratifying to discover that the features I had seen did tally with the face of Mars visible at the moment according to Stellarium. All the best, Will.
  7. :shock: :shock: :shock: Real eye candy. Will.
  8. Hi from another W. Sussex person. Will.
  9. Fascinating review. The Supatrak mount does seem to be an interesting idea for visual astronomy. And it's reassuring to know I'm not the only person to suffer from joke finder syndrome . Will.
  10. Nice shots Martin, No.2 is my favourite, your persistence is paying off . Will.
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