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  1. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Celestron-Omni-102-XLT-telescope-20mm-eyepiece-UK-/150496061187?pt=UK_Telescopes&hash=item230a43a703
  2. Not sure i have an 8" on mine supplied by Celestron so it must be ok. CG5 C8n Newtonian reflector. Davey.
  3. I know nothing about cameras but did a google on the spc900nc and the first thing i found was this. Do not know if it is relevant but thought i would post it for your opinion. Does not look as technical as the first link LOL. Main thing holding me back is a lap top or is there other ways of doing this. Davey. http://www.robertreeves.com/900NC.htm http://video.google.com/videosearch?rls=com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7DKUK&q=spc900nc&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=12&ct=title# http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38&_nkw=SPC900NC++++&_sacat=See-All-Categories
  4. 83.99 miles, about 2 hours 4 mins going by Multimap. If i get transport may give this a look. Davey.
  5. No sun you will go blind instantly. The moon is ok start with that. Never buy from e-bay or department stores unless you know what to go for. The lidl Bresser 7x50 binoculars are brilliant for a cheap pair to learn the constelations with. Davey.
  6. http://stargazerslounge.com/index.php/topic,35798.0.html Davey. P.S Do a search on binoculars as i am sure there will be other posts on the subject that may help. ????
  7. Great site. Consistent well informed and quick replies to all questions. Friendly Atmosphere. Special mention to Steve at FLO for helping me out. Special mention should be added to Management, Mods for making this forum as popular and well kept as it is. It is a credit to you. Davey.
  8. We have changed the name of the irc chanel on freenode from #stargazers lounge to #astroirc. If you are unable to join the chanel then ask and someone will direct you. All users are welcome as i would love to have a Astro community on irc. Davey.
  9. Depends on the individuals whether you need OPPs people in charge to monitor the behavior. It can get a bit heated. Thought it was a Stargazers Lounge chat room Channel. Seemed a waste of a good idea and any time i was in it was quiet. If it does get popular then it will need Opps, people in charge to Ban people, usally seen with a @ next to their user name. Davey :sunny:
  10. I totally agree with ChrisEdu it should be more noticeable an it would be very helpfull to newbies. It should be put in the Home page in 6 foot letters LOL. Davey. :sunny:
  11. Recently Individuals started an Irc Channel where you can use it to chat and ask questions. First few nights were very active with a lot of people on and it was busy. Then it was used by Astrophotgraphers for a few nights, and then it went dead. Why is no one using it is my question. Davey. :sunny: http://stargazerslounge.com/index.php/topic,35015.0.html http://stargazerslounge.com/index.php/topic,35933.0.html http://stargazerslounge.com/index.php/topic,30085.0.html P.S i am informed that Stargazers Lounge allow their name to be used but take no repsonsibility for behavior in the Channel. So looks like if it is going to be popular then it will have to be controlled and opped by members who use it most and want to keep it a safe place.
  12. This is where i got my Telrad from. Unfortunately they are not selling on E-bay, where i got mine. https://site12.apollohosting.com/spencewatson.com/httpdocs/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=SS Some people prefer the Baader 40mm Super Sky Surfer V http://www.firstlightoptics.com/products.php?cat=63
  13. Telrads are brill as they are like the target on a soitfire LOL. Got mine from america on a link in here somewhere for £1999, if it is under £20 quid you do not have to pay import tax. It is big and the mount is stuck to the scope with double sided sticky tape. I always leave mine on and when i go to use it the gatteries are flat. Ease of use you look through a front glass that dewes up like nobody's business and i can slide mine out and wipe it with a cloth or you can use a 12/240v hair dryer depending how brave you are on a cold damp night LOL. Davey.
  14. Looks like the perfect Grab and go scope. Davey.
  15. Hi mate i live in South Lanarkshire Scotland, pleased to meet you. Davey
  16. :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: :hello1: I was out as well, the first thing you notice is that it is a lot darker and you need to watch where you are walking in case you trip on something. The next thing i noticed that my Telrad kept Dewing up and i frequently had to remove the glass and give it a wipe, giving it a blast with the 12v hair drier. As i am a newbie and a newcomer to the Messier Catalouge i found M91, M92 for the first time on my own using the telrad and not my finderscope, as i have 2 street lights in my line of fire and it is not a dark site in my back garden i hunted for M101, knew she was there but could not find her. Next was The Owl Nebluae, knew where it was but could not find it, had to come in for a google and a cup of coffee, hot pie to see what i was looking for. Out again and the clouds were coming in drat, Cassiopea was virtually right over head, Jupiter basically rises in the SE and falls in the SW going by Stellarium and the moon as i was going out was very low and disapeared very quicly and i never had a chance to view it as it was just getting dark. Saw a cluster of Jewels to the East which i think are the Pleades which was leftish to the giant square i think of Pegasus, sorry but my red light went dim and i could not use my sky charts. This morning the house is much colder and i wont be going out star gazing in my shorts and flip flops any longer, looking fot the tammy/wooly hat and thermals, . Saw 1 Meteor and a few satelites in the heavens. It was a joy to lie in the chair and look at the heavens, thousands of stars instead of the usall 2 0r 3 LOL Weather wise the weather predictions are not too hot with it being partially cloudy during the week, have to pray for a break in the clouds . It was a pleasure to be out and i had a great night, only problem was that other half pinched the car, very inconsiderately to have night shift on a clear night or i would of been in heaven in a dark place. Davey.
  17. Takahashi was a joke, as i saw the price of them and nearly fainted, Seems it is a good scope if you get grants and are sponsored. As for Sherwoods i put in a search in google on the ED 80 and that was what came up. Bought my first Scope from Sherwoods and the first thing he said was how much i had to spend and then gave me a choice of scopes in that price bracket. When i bought the scope and did not know how to fit it to the mount i got a abrupt reply. So that is now how i now use FLO. As you said posting and packaging does come into it and with Sherwoods i did get next day delivery. All in all FLO is my first choice as they are friendly, give advice and are flexible. Davey. :moon:
  18. http://www.sherwoods-photo.com/sky_watcher/skywatcher_pro.htm Had a look at this thread as you are all recommending this as a good refractor. I would need the other bits and bobs and as i have a reflector at the moment. You all seem to endorse this as a good scope, How god is it, you are usally on about Willams Optics and on another forum they are on about Takahashi. Would this be a good first time refractor and what would i see with it, good views of the moon would be good if you could arrange the clouds to shift. Davey. :moon:
  19. All i can say Gaz is i wish i had talked to you or been on this forum months ago and i would of probably bought the shorty if it does the same job. I usually look at past threads do my research then post to find other peoples opinions before buying anything. I now have my eyepiece set and now i need a box to put them into, Maplins was suggested and that will probably be my next purchase. Davey. :sunny: :occasion6: :moon:
  20. Double the aperture of your scope so if i was to buy a new scope i would be looking for a 16" reflector LOL :hello1: Is this a rule of thumb as i only have one thumb. I love the moon and i do not have frequent clear skies so a 8" reflector will do me fine at the moment. Would love an observatory. :wave:
  21. Thanks Gaz depends who you are talking to and what people prefer. Also told that eye pieces are chosen on personal choice. Some one recommended me to get a Baader 13mm + 21mm Hyperion and the fine tuning rings which give me 3 eyepieces in one. A 2 X Celestron Ultima Barlow. A 7mm Baader Orthoscopic. I have a 5mm Baader Hyperion that is still in the box that purchased earlier this week from FLO. Was informed that rather than buy a eyepiece kit for £100 with eyepieces that you probably will never use you are better buying a few good quality ones that you will frequently use. The recommendations were from an other forum and i can not fault the advice given, would rather buy good kit at a fair price than buy inferior equipment that would frustrate and annoy me. Came to this forum later on and as you will see everybody has there own preferences, ideas, bank balance LOL. Davey. :moon:
  22. The Reflector is the easier of the two to manufacture and is the lowest cost per inch of mirror. Have a look at the prices of reflectors against refractors as it is quite frightening. Needles to say i was recommended to get the biggest telescope with the biggest mirror i could afford, manage,carry and rather than pay a bucket load of money i went for a 8" reflector Celestron C8N/CG5. If you have loads of money then why not get one of these. http://www.meade.com/maxmount/index.html Davey. :moon:
  23. I am a newbie and i was recommended to go for the Celestron Ultima 2X as it is considered a good Barlow. Someone also recommended me that the less glass the better. Then someone recommended me that my Barlow would be my less used eyepiece. Also informed that instead of a Barlow go for magnification in the eyepiece. As i am still learning i will soon be corrected if i am wrong, hopefully. I have a Barlow sitting that i have not used much due to not having clear skies. Davey. :moon:
  24. I received my 5mm hyperion yesterday from FLO, can not wait to see Saturn Mars and the moon in it. Received a moon filter as well. So thank you for giving me a push Kenny. Now all i need is a clear sky in Bonnie Scotland. Think the fine tuning rings are £8 quid and you can use the Hyperions in 1.25" and also 2" if your scope will take them. http://i23.tinypic.com/ih05cp.jpg Davey.
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