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philhas

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  1. Saw them from Spain on the 10th Jan, fantastic view just wish I had my camera with me
  2. A bargain and great eyepieces, sometimes the simplicity of a Plossl shines throughSent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  3. philhas

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    Good point, I was thinking of mounting on a bracket off to one side, just as a guide when in the middle of nowhere. Think I will get one and give it a go. Cheers for the input. Phil
  4. philhas

    Compass

    Any one tried these http://tinyurl.com/oqvdze8 and are they reasonably accurate? Wired with a red led illumination so though it might be useful for my Alt Az
  5. http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/Jupiter-rising-sparks-search-by-Tynemouth-RNLI-lifeboat-and-RAF-Helicopter.aspx Even worse?
  6. I tried AP with a Alt Az GOTO mount on a wedge, to be honest you will be wasting your time. If your goal is AP then save some more and buy a mount such as the AVX or Skywatcher HEQ or NEQ and use your camera and lens mounted on that. You will get some good results then save for the ED80. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  7. You might want to look at the Celestron AVX mount, a few on here are using them with good results, with regards the Skywatcher ED80 you can't go wrong with that scope and its matching reducer/field flattener Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  8. Found it first time in my 7x40s really surprised, went and got the 15x70's on it and it looked superb. Went to get the scope, back outside and high hazy cloud had turned up. With a bit of luck it will clear and I can have a look through the scope. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  9. Hi Sandy, Many thanks for doing that, I have a Monfrotto geared head so will get and extra plate All the best Phil
  10. Can someone tell we the weight of the 80ED ota with the rings and dovetail? I have heard its 2Kg ish but just want to be sure before I get one so if someone can actually weight it that would be great. Also does the dovetail supplied come with a photographic threaded hole or would I need to sort out a better fitting as that wouldn't be man enough? Many Thanks Phil
  11. Slatted fencing is the only thing that lasts in here in the North East. My weather station measured 40 mph last night and its only 6ft up on the fence surrounded by houses so god knows what the speed a roof height was Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  12. Just got my Opticstar 90 on photo tripod with monfrotto geared head and a set of Quantum 4's. Sold the Evo 120 and 5" reflector as never got used. Setup time about 2 minutes now just what is needed and I use this combination all the time. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  13. Looks interesting http://www.amazon.co.uk/trideon-de-Orrery/dp/B00CWQ5Y3S/ref=lp_5313894031_1_11?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1420014136&sr=1-11 Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  14. +1 for the GSO plossls, very good and you can get them at £15 an eyepiece at the moment Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  15. Milky Way Night Lapse by GoPro Hero4: Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  16. Search on YouTube for the above as I can't paste the link :-( Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  17. Milky Way Night Lapse by GoPro Hero4: Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  18. Funny I had trouble finding it at first, even in my 130mm reflector and Evo 120. Now its easy in my 90mm refractor with 20mm plossl. Once you have seen it its just there! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  19. I used to have a yearbook signed by Patrick to me but unfortunately it has been lost a few years back whilst moving house , fortunately myself & my father had afternoon tea with him at Farthings after he had showed us his scopes. A memory I shall never lose.
  20. And do what with it? :-) Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  21. I can forgive youngsters, they don't stand a chance when you see what their parents do!
  22. I've seen that with tumbling space junk although my allsky cam has picked up some strange flashes which I am not sure of. Its almost like a flash from a firework and only 1 to 2 frames at 30 fps so I put it down to either interference of some kind or point meteor's as already suggested.
  23. It really is a nice eyepiece for the price, I shouldn't have sold it in the first place!
  24. A while back I had a Revelation/GSO 32mm Photo-Visual Plossl, I sold it but have always regretted it as I used it in a range of scopes and it always gave nice views. I moved over to using BST's mainly on the basis of good reviews on here but I just don't seem to get on with them so when the chance of some cheap GSO's came up I thought I would buy them and do a comparison. Obviously its not like for like as the BST's aren't plossls and will always have a nice FOV etc but here we go. My scope is a F5.5 Opticstar 90mm Dual Speed as I mainly now do grab and go due to the terrible weather we seem to have at the moment. Clear sky's tonight so I popped in the 32mm, lovely view. It was just how I remembered, M45 captured within its FOV lovely with tight white stars and even towards the edge's only minimal degradation. Sadly the same couldn't be said for the 25mm BST, I know it's the weakest of the range however it is truly terrible in my scope, maybe its a refractor thing at F5.5 it was mushy with really bad distortion from around the 60% mark and I just couldn't see the depth of stars. I swapped in the 20mm GSO and what a difference, again tight stars although the FOV was a lot less and I couldn't quite get everything in however it just all seemed rather nice and clean and sharp, I really like these plossl's. I have the 12mm as well so will give it a direct head to head with the 12mm BST on M42 when it appears and report back as I found the 12mm BST to be the best performing in my scope. So for now I have fallen back in love with the humble GSO plossls!
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