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  1. The moon is by far visually the most impressive sight in a telescope:)
  2. Hi there blackpool-skier, welcome to SGL! you are correct, the barlow is fairly useless..The main reason being is it is very poor quality and because its 3x magnification it will put the magnification so high that it is past the scopes capability. The moon you can push magnification further in my opinion. The eye pieces you can use however feels best for you, start with the 20mm, and then if you want to up the magnification move up to the 10mm. the 6mm is hard to use and it may be worth trying the 3x barlow with the 20mm to give similar magnification. Everyones eyes are different, dont be afr
  3. The 250px is a brilliant scope, its my first "proper" telescope and i wont be parting with it!!. At a guess for lunar/planetary the 250px probably wont be a huge amount better than your 150p! but where it will come into its own is looking at nebula/galaxys at a dark site.
  4. Id also say heritage, The red dot finder on the 130EQ is awful, the mount isnt as user friendly for visual, and should you want to upgrade you will deffinatly want to sell it. The heritage however you will probably want to keep due to the grab and go factor.
  5. looking at the bid history i see the winning bidder acctualy put a higher bid ontop of the winning bid!! 94.50 is a strange amount though, shill bidding on ebay is so common i would not be in the least bit supprized if some was going on here.
  6. Madness! completly down to stargazing live. now if the best time to sell a scope by far.
  7. I have to agree the amount of objects that can be viewed is extreamly limited..but i remeber at the time being blown away that i could get such amazing views of the moon for less money than a computer game! I did quickly grow out of the scope and bought a 250px, but i could have never made such an investment without the jessops confirming that i will enjoy the hobby:) Dont get me wrong, binoculars are awesome..and from a dark site scanning the skys will show a lot of objects in the night sky, but how many they will show from a light polluted area (op said he would have to drive to dark skys)
  8. I go completly against the grain for this subject-the jessops TA80-800 whilst often written of as junk was enough to get me hooked on astronomy and i wrote a review here.. http://stargazerslounge.com/member-equipment-reviews/137878-jessops-ta800-80-novice-perspective-2.html It will explain what to exspect and its shortcomings (what to be fair there is plenty) however it IS enough to spark interest if you know what to exspect from it. But it would only be a tempory scope to decide if you might enjoy astronomy and would want to be quickly upgraded..at this point you can sell on ebay probably fo
  9. I was taught in school that pluto if the furthest away planet from our sun, i too struggle to see it as anything else. I wonder what they are teaching in school now, they keep changing there mind as to is it is or isnt:confused:
  10. An upgrade to the standard focuser on the 250px is deffinatly a modification i would like to make in the future. 2 options are standing out at the moment, i deffinatly want duel speed.. Skywatcher Dual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2 inch Crayford Focuser VS MoonLite CR2 Dual Rate tri-knob Crayford Focuser for Newtonians VS Baader SteelTrack NT for Newtonians All with quite different prices, does anyone have exsperiance with at least 2 of these focusers to compare the differances for the prices and what is the best value for money?.does the moonlight warrent twice the price over the skywatcher? would
  11. Im going to go against the grain here..With your budget i would say forget bins and buy yourself a telescope!! yes bins are a good way to scan the skys and some objects look nice in them, but the views are not going to start to compare to a telescope and they will be wobbly, you will struggle to even see crators on the moon! - its 10x magnification vs upto 250x magnification!!. I would recommend this telescope..Great optics, and should you catch the bug it will always remain extremly usefull as a "grab & go/travel" telescope. save the extra money and get this, your far more likely to take
  12. Thanks for your reply Merlin66, I was acctualy concerned that it may let too much light in! it is marked as ND4 but mabey it isnt? here is a couple of photos to give an idea of the level of light blocking. Hopfully this should be suitable? if its not i dont want to screw it into an EP as it may damage the screw thread.
  13. Hey guys, i recently ordered Anteres 2" ND13 filter from astroboot but recieved a KOOD ND4 48mm filter..The item was listed as new and it certainly seems to be. I have a few questions, as far as i can tell the anteres is a visual filter and the KOOD is an imaging filter, is that correct? The KOOD deffinatly seems to have a cheaper retail price..For visual will the KOOD be suitable?. As i have been sent the wrong filter do the long distance selling regulations apply? will astroboot have to pay my return postage or will i be liable? Quite frustrating as I want a visual filter and this item is c
  14. Hi arbacia, thanks sounds like it might just be perfect! I was debating gettig a 25A acctualy, i think they can also help with viewing mars?
  15. Just saw a brand new 2" one on astroboot for 7 quid so took a chance, i dont have nothing in the way of moon filters and the 2" will be handy for not having to faff about swapping the filter between EPs when changing mag. Question is..Is it any good?.
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