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  1. Hey , I live in the netherlands and even though i can go to some spots with less light polution , the short grey? blue nights suck!, i am thinking to go to southern france this summer (it should be alot better there?), have any of you guys been to france for stargazing?, if so could you advise me on a good place :)

    also when i go i want to go well prepared, but im not sure what pieces i am missing to do some good observing

    I have 1 telescope and 1 tube with a lens ( skywatcher dob 300p and a meade etx 80)

    2 2'' eyepieces (panaview 32 mm and aero ed 40mm)

    2 '' barlow(*2)

    1.25 barlow(*3)

    standard 9.6 and 26 mm ep from meade

    standard skywatcher eyepieces (10 and 25? i think)

    what kind of filters do i need? and do i need 2''?

    im pretty sure i need a digital angle guage to help me find objects since im still novice

    also thinking of a televue tele extender 2'' 4* ( not sure if it's usefull)

    red fleshlight

    i don't have any filters yet, or a lightshroud(but im figuring lightshroud is not needed if i go to spot with almost no light pollution)

    also i will have to use stellarium to pick a time when the moon is not around:P

    any other tips to help me prepare would be appreciated

    thanks in advance

  2. thanks for the reply, i winded up today going to the shop , and they didn't have either in stock :eek:, so i got a 2 inch sw barlow and a sw aero ed 40 mm.....

    hopefully it will be as good as the panaview :), also wonder if the views with barlow will be any good or that i'll be saving up for a powermate soon

  3. Eya im looking for a low focal length eyepiece (2 inch preferably)

    and i wonder if the 1.25 inch adapter could be removed from the celestron ultima? ( since it's on of the few eyepieces with low focal length which are 2 inch..?)

    i know the 22 and 32 are only for 2 inch, but i wonder if the 5/8/13/17 are also for 2 inch with an adapter for 1.25 and will perform as well as other 2 inch eyepieces?

    Also how would the ultima lx compare to the celestron axiom lx?

    Meade 5000 super plossi 40mm and skywatcher aero ed in the same price range as the ultima lx as well..but much higher focal length

    -- Basicly looking for 2'' eyepieces which i could use to observe the planets with ( in combination with a 2* barlow or 4* powermate which i'll purchase at a later point)

    - its for a 300p flextube ( atm i only have 1 2'' eyepiece, a skywatcher panaview 32 mm)

  4. Heya all, im new in the scene( the stargazing and this)

    I have watched many docus like

    -Through the wormhole with morgan freeman

    -Many bbc horizons (To infinity and beyoned, who is afraid of a big black hole, is everything we know about the universe wrong, etc etc)

    -Stephan hawking (the 3 part on aliens/time travel and the theory of everything)

    wel and some i cannot even remember

    -- current theory says right after the big bang inflation took over

    -quote from wiki: inflation is the theorized extremely rapid exponantial expension of the early universe by a factor of at least 1078 in volume, driven by a negative-pressure vacuum energy density, It lasted from 10−36 seconds after the Big Bang to sometime between 10−33 and 10−32 seconds. Following the inflationary period, the universe continues to expand.

    -- In my mind it is actually saying that there is a greater speed then the speed of light ( inflation itself went way faster then the speed of light?)

    - i mean the universe i 13.7 billion years old?, so it would be max 27.4 billion light years?,

    ( they say there hubble saw galaxies @ 46 billion lightyears from us in both directions so 92 from one another)

    then they say, because of inflation:P, the complete universe is to the observable universe, as the observable universe is to an atom ( 10^24 times bigger or so)

    but i have never saw anyone talking about this

    does this mean that when the observable universe is 96 billion light years across, and the actual universe is 9.6e+10*10^24 = 9.6e+34

    when speed of light is the limit it's max 27.4e+10 across, so

    9.6e+32/27.4e+10= approx: 3.5e+23, so the expension went

    350364963500000000000000 times faster then the speed of light???

    is it that the expension of the universe is so weird it doesn't have to make sense that it breaks the speed limit?, or am i just completely wrong here...,

    btw in bbc horizon to infinity and beyond, they say the universe is infinitely big because of inflation, and that everything happens all the time(as long as there is a chance of it happening), because you can ''try'' infinite times, so there are infinitely earths our there and copies of you and me, even with the exact same lives/momories/thoughts, ,so me asking this question with excactly these words means there is a chance of it, and it will happen infinite amount of times:P?, and maybe in some i will ask different questions or not add this part to it...., maybe have less typos ,who knows

    makes me feel better about myself knowing infinite other versions of me out there being dumber/uglier :(, and also the oppisite offcourse, am i excactly in the middle then :)?:)

    greetz a 22y old boy with infinitely many questions in his mind:D

    also a totally different question, do scientists make simulation about what we are observing looks like at this time?, i mean when you watch the andromeda galaxy your looking as it was 2.5 million years ago, do they simulate how things look right now there( is this even possible on such a scale), even when observing the center of our own galaxy means looking like it was around 26000 years ago, the further you look the harder it is to simulate correctly i guess?, just wondering if anyone knows if this is being done .

  5. heya, it's a skywatcher 300p, so i think 600 is the max then?, but i understand now 450 is not suitable in most situations, i saw more detail of saturn @ 180 then @ 450 mag, i could see 1 moon really clear btw:), it was not really dark because of the moon and there is some light pollution ( maybe i should just wreck the 1 street light that is close haha:P or put a cover on it;) )

    watched the moon through a 32 mm 2'' eyepiece and OMG that was stunning!

    im thinking of buying a 4 times powermate from tele vue for 2'' , so that the 32 mm could be used as a 8mm, to view saturn/jupiter and the moon ( any other things i could use that for), still learning alot here:P

    i had alot of trouble trying to find a galaxy... it probably had to do with the moon being quite bright and me being unfamiliar with the sky, i might try to look for m31 tomorrow if the sky is clear, its just past 2 am now and i think i will call it a night ( it's quite moisty)

    btw is it the difference between reflector and refractor that the moon looks brighter through my etx 80 then the 300p?, i didnt have to use a moonfilter witht he 300p..

  6. hey everyone , i only got to play for a brief hour first time i tested my new scope!, now finally it's another clear night here:)

    i just did the collimation (it seemed actually straight forward !)

    I am wondering what i should try to look at tonight?, the moon is there , so it's not really ''dark'', im wondering @ what magnitude i can still look


    Dobson 300p

    eyepieces 10mm, 25mm, 26mm, 9.6mm

    3* barlow

    2'' 32mm panaview

    moonfilter ( i got no other filters unfortunately..)

    atm im in the backyard and can only view higher objects like the moon/saturn , but m42 for example is 2 low, i will be viewing between 11pm and 3 am or so ( gmt+1 it's currently 10:38)

    any advise would be greatly appreciated!, for example could i see the sombrero galaxy when the moon is out?, there is not alot of light pollution here, but some, and as mentioned before i don't have any other filters then a moon filter!

    thanks alot in advance for the advice

  7. yes i saw that in the manual!!!, im still quite young (22) so im guessing i have more then 5mm(but not sure how to measure;)

    i think it it f5.. but not sure , and the Aero EP would be better then the Panaview:P?

    it's a bit more expensive but i rather get a good eyepiece right away instead of having to buy a new one next month

  8. i have a skywatcher 300p flextube

    the eyepieces are 10mm , 25mm, 26mm and 9.6mm or so i believe....

    i intend to observe in an area which isn't very light poluted, but where im located atm there is severe light polution :D

    I have a moon filter and a light pollution filter purchased with it , but im afraid that they are a bit ''crappy' since the moon filter costed 12 euros:P and the light polution 24 euros ( i just see its recommended to use for telescopes up to 114 mm diameter , oops hopefully i can return it!)

  9. Hey

    i have dobson scope

    at the moment i only have the standard eyepieces and 3*barlow(which is uselss for dso?)

    also i have 2 standard maede eyepieces they came with a etx80

    all eyepieces are 1.25'', i am wondring if 2'' will be better for DSO?

    I have seen nice 2'' eyepiece : Skywatcher PanaView, they come in 26mm, 32mm and 38mm, it says the FOV is 70 degrees

    I am wondering if they would be any good for DSO?, if they are not could one of you maybe advice me on a eyepiece that i should get and would you also need a specific filter?

    also wondering if the light shroud is essential since skywatcher doesnt make it...,

    thanks in advance

  10. i have taken 2 images ( very poor quality) with a digicam through the eyepiece, it's probably really useless but i can't help but posting them :D

    unfortunately there were some high level clouds and a bit of fog, so after observing m42 a bit and enjoying the view , i had not much 2 do :) , it seemed there wasn't enough light coming through and i will have to wait for a clear night!, also im hoping to transport is asap to my hometown to avoid the nasty light poluation as much as possible:P



  11. Heya all, this will be brief as im in the middle of being stunned :)

    First impression: Awesome!:D

    , just watched great nebula in orion(m42??), and it was amzazing!< last weekend i looked at it with my maede etx80 and all i could soo was some grey fog....., now i saw much more detail, also all the stars so much brighter(not even completely dark yet and quite a light poluted area), i couldn't be happier

    I watched an airplane!!!( one at 40* mag and one @ 150* mag)

    Was quite funny!, every time i lost it i looked it up again in the finder and took another look....

    The scope finder (easily allinged) works perfectly for me atm ( but thats probably because im looking at the ''obvious objects'' atm:P, once i get more experienced i might add something else)

    some weird thing tho, i did see some greenish in the nebula? is this because it's not dark yet or because my eye is unexperienced, or is it normal?( im not sure but was expecting to see everything black and white)

    only downside is that i have my scope inside atm(not on balcony) and i can only view Things between south and west :), so the waiting game begins!:)

    If you have any suggestions on somthing i should look at plzz dont hessitate to PM me!, thank agian all for the help and kindness!

    greetz, will edit post later with some an update ( im hoping to see a galaxy for the first time !!!)

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