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Steve_meg

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  1. I started with the 10" solid tube SW. I was very impressed with the bulid quality and the views it gave, still considering buying another one as I was so impressed.
  2. I have got all my current ep off that website or eBay and found some really good deals. Bst are good for their money and offer good eye relief. However I have 8mm televue plossl, although it has tight eye relief and small fov, it is brilliant for planetary work. Got it for £40 second hand
  3. I had a celestron zoom eyepiece, found it ok for learning the sky on my old dob. However I find my fixed ep better. I like the bst range, but if your not in a rush keep your eye out for some televue plossls. I got mine in mint condition for £40 secondhand, and I feel it definitely outperforms my zoom
  4. I think the setup once you get used to it is pretty easy. Although does worry me that I have heard a few users needing to reflash their hand controller. Must say after trying their starsense, I'm getting a bit worried they have let their quality slip. Hope it unlocks fine, and just be safe in the knowledge that when you do eventually get it to work the views are great
  5. I have brought a fair bit off eBay like eyepiece etc. The main thing is to check it over before you hand over the money.
  6. Try http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/index.php Or good old eBay, you just missed two in the last few days that went for £500
  7. also just to add, there are often 6se that are nearly new going for £500 secondhand.
  8. I started out with the 6se- now 8se- and think its a good telescope for the money. However I have heard that the new app controlled plug in that is already available for the 6se is not very reliable, therefore it might not be that reliable on the evolution. Personally, the only benefit I can see is the built in battery due to having no cord. However there is a £350 difference, which you could either use to buy the 8SE or a power tank and a few good eyepieces.
  9. another vote for the wife..... and kids. Luckily a friend has taken up stargazing in the last 6 months, so can make a point of him coming over.
  10. I purchased a 8mm tv plossl a while back and think its great for planetary viewing. I also compared the 8mm tv against the 8mm bst, firstly on my 8se. 8mm is about the limit for viewing planets on this scope and this really showed on the 8mm bst, which really struggled. The tv manage to give much brighter image of Jupiter and seemed to cope with the magnification better. I then swapped to my friends celestron 127 mak. With the lower magnification the difference became less obvious. Although i feel the space was still darker using the tv. However as others have mentioned the eye relief is very tight on the tv, where the bst has a twist up eyecup providing much more confortable viewing. Another thin to mention is the tv while great for viewing planets the fov is very limiting for viewing anything else. Overall I would say the tv is the better ep and only cost a fraction more new than the bst. However do not buy if you are a glasses wearer. I may end up getting a 8mm delos in the future, however the 8mm plossl will be staying just for its close up planetary viewing
  11. Well I received the starsense Friday and battled for over 2 hours to get it to work. Firstly it was way off the selected object. Then after aligning the camera to the telescope the thing just went crazy. Firstly pointing at the floor. The continually freezing. To add to this the motor speed button was not manufactured correct so was half poking out of the controller. After paying £295 for it I expected it to actually work and not have shoddy workmanship. Very disappointed and will be sending it back. To add I live on a farm, so it was in a dark field with not trees nearby
  12. Firstly great telescope you have there. However I have the same mount and find the display very bright and easy to read. As for starsense, I should have mine tomorrow so will let you know once the clouds clear. Also biggest tip, if you haven't already, is to get a power tank. I found, as have others, that if used on batteries it will do crazy things.
  13. After reading a few different websites it seems users have been getting good results with the SE mount. Therefore with help advice from Steve@flo I have ordered mine. I will report on how it works when it arrives and the clouds clear
  14. Thanks for the response dewi. My main reason for getting starsense is to improve the accuracy. Might have to bite the bullet and get it.
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