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  1. Hi, just after some advice on what tripod to get for stargazing with these binoculars. They include a tripod adapter. I've seen some that extend to around 5ft for around £50 at Currys, but no idea if these are suitable for stargazing. I have a large tripod for my 8" reflector, and that's about all I know about tripods! I imagine I want something that's a trade between light weight for portability, and sturdiness for stability. Cheers James
  2. Ok, I think I need to be clearer. Do I get this: First Light Optics - T Rings or this: Kiwifotos Lens Mount Adapter: Allows T Mount Lenses to: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics for the Canon EOS 10D to attach to my 1.25" to T-mount piece from this GSO set: ScopeTeknix 7 part Photo-Visual eyepiece and accessory kit by GSO Thanks
  3. I've tried that with my iPhone and Panasonic Lumix and the results are ok, but unimpressive due to the slight movement. But I don't just want to do the moon, I want to do planets and DSOs, as mentioned.
  4. Thanks, but that site is hard to navigate. I found moon shots, but planets were webcam. Can you do planets and DSOs with that setup?
  5. Thanks for replying. The EOS 10D is an EF mount apparently. Is that different from the AF mount in that link? For example, should I get this instead? Kiwifotos Lens Mount Adapter: Allows T Mount Lenses to: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
  6. Never done astrophotgraphy before, but want to have a go. I've got a Konusky 200 Newt EQ5 with motor, and a Canon 10D to hand. I have a 1.25" to T-mount piece from this GSO set: ScopeTeknix 7 part Photo-Visual eyepiece and accessory kit by GSO so I now need to get a T-mount adapter, which isn't easy to find by the looks of it, without ordering from abroad. But before I spend, is it worth it? Will I be able to photograph anything worthwhile with this set up, like the moon, planets and DSOs? Thanks Boz
  7. Is there somewhere I can find out the rotation of Jupiter in terms of the big spot, the moons and when shadows are in transit? I too thought I was looking at a shadow, but it didn't seem to move quick enough, and it was there after 9pm on Saturday, so I assume it was a barge (although it looked very sharp, round and black). I've only got a 8" newt, with 9mm eyepiece, so couldn't be sure.
  8. All credit to Scope n Skies, a new 9mm was returned next day and works a charm. Boz
  9. Really stupid question, but what stops you just seeing the mirror down the eyepiece hole as your eye sees it, i.e. reflection of the tube walls, secondary mirror, spider vanes etc.? Surely you need a lens of some sort to focus to beyond the sky?
  10. Edit: just re-read Moonshine's reply and actually I think that answers my question, thanks anyway. One thing still not clear on. Are the faint DSOs that you can see now, e.g. M81, M82, going to be clearer on a clear dark night at the same sight, same scope etc.? Or same faintness only you can see more faint DSOs? I'm trying to guage what the improvement will be. Thanks
  11. This is all really good collimating advice, thanks!
  12. So if you have a Cheshire, do you need to use a cap and hole?
  13. Something I learned at the local astro Soc last night was that summer doesn't just bring later darkness, but less darkness even at the darkest hour of the night. I had assumed that although I might need to stay up later, I would still get dark skies, but the astro club explained with good slides how much less darkness you get in comparison to winter. The guy said "I feel sorry for those of you starting this hobby in May or June, as you don't see as much. So, having started in May, and seeing M81 and M82 galaxies faintly, and struggling to find any nebulae other than the Ring, am I going to be blown away by better viewing in Autumn/Winter? I.e. Are the DSOs more distinct, or the same and just some that weren't visible now will be? Boz
  14. So I went to the Reading Astro Soc last night and although no one else brought scopes, I did get confirmation that the scope is collimated well enough and a consensus of opinion that if all the other eyepieces work fine, then the double image of the 9mm must be a flaw. I need to double check the 40mm EP again, but I'll be sending the 9mm back. Boz
  15. Yes, I got the email for the RSA meet this weekend, and this is probably my best chance to get this sorted properly. Hopefully, it's just poor collimation and high power that's the problem! Thanks all, and I'll update you next week. Boz
  16. That's a good point, I know the tube isn't collimated well (I accidently moved some of the primary mirror thumbscrews) and the worst problem occurs with the 9mm. The effect is double images, which gets as you go off focus, so in focus the double images are on top of each other but slightly offset horizontally, but change focus and the double images separate. Go off focus the other way and the double images separate the other way.
  17. I bought some GSO revelation astro eyepieces and 2 of them are flawed. I'm using Saturn as my target, and with 6 eyepieces now, it's easy to see which don't work properly. The two faulty eyepieces will not focus correctly and have streaks and double images. But how do I describe or diagnose these flaws sufficiently to the retailer? Is there a website that shows example images with flaws so I can point to the closest match? Finally, I need to collimate properly before making complete diagnosis, but presumably if the collimation was that far off, then all eyepiece would show the same problems? Cheers Boz
  18. Not sure if what I'm asking makes sense, but was wondering if there's a t ring adapter that has a general purpose fitting for any small diameter lens on webcam or point and shoot with a zoom? Imagine your avage point and shoot with a zoom. That zoom lens has a housing round it that could be clamped on to, just like eyepieces are clamped onto a telescope (thumb screws). Is there anything like that? I don't have an SLR so can't get a tring adapter for my point and shoot. Cheers Boz
  19. Received the set this morning (see Retailer Reviews for latest Scope'n'Skies review). On first glance, this is a fantastic set. The GSO eyepieces are Revelation as you can see. The 32mm digiscope was replaced with a 40mm, and the 20mm was replaced with a SkyWatcher 20mm SP, which is definitely not in the same league looks wise. I'll reserve judgement until I use it. The case is fantastic, and also sports Revelation Astro logo across it. Very nice. In summary, a total bargain, but a shame about the SkyWatcher eyepiece. Will post more when I've actually tried them out. Any questions, just shout.
  20. ScopeNSkies.com is where I ordered from, but all 3 companies are related (same contact number and billing comes from Astronomy and Nature). I ordered this set of 7 GSO eyepieces and accessories last Friday evening for the absolute bargain price of £91 with free delivery: ScopeTeknix 7 part Photo-Visual eyepiece and accessory kit by GSO On Wednesday I hadn't received a dispatch note so I called to find out what the hold up was (which I think is reasonable, you should never assume an item is posted until you see the dispatch email). The 20mm and 32mm digi scope eyepieces were out of stock. They suggested a 40mm digi scope instead (fine) and a 20mm SkyWatcher SP: Sky-Watcher Sky-Watcher SP-Series Super Plossl Eyepieces It was this, or wait for items to restock, so I decided not to wait and take the replacements, as the set was a bargain anyway. This morning, Thursday, the items arrived! Free next day delivery! I haven't tried the eyepieces out yet, but I inspected them all and they're spot on. See the following thread for more info on the set I received: http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-help/143655-gso-eyepieces-bargain-false-economy.html In summary, very happy. Yes it would have been nice to be proactively contacted regarding the stocking problem, but I should have enquired about stocking levels before ordering. As it is, I have a fantastic set of eyepieces Boz PS, I had to start a new thread for this company, as the previous one was closed. Apologies if I broke protocol!
  21. It's part of a GSO 7 piece set (9mm, 15mm, 20mm, 32mm 'digi scope', barlow, filter, T-thread adapter, metal case) for only £91, so it's an absolute bargain anyway. Which is why I don't begrudge them swapping the 20mm for a SkyWatcher, provided the quality isn't that far off. It's a shame the set isn't complete, but it is a bargain after all. The barlow and the digi scope EP are mean to cost £40 each! Scope n Skies have just dispatched, so hopefully get it before weekend. I'll update the retailer review thread upon receipt. Boz
  22. In effect, they are replacing this 20mm GSO (£30): GSO GSO 20mm Super Plossl eyepiece with this SkyWatcher (£20): Sky-Watcher Sky-Watcher SP-Series Super Plossl Eyepieces
  23. Hmm, Skope n Skies had a delay on the 20mm and 32mm digi scope eyepieces. So they've called me to change the order to include a SkyWatcher 20mm and a GSO 40mm digi scope. Being impatient for new eyepieces to get looking at the skies, I said yes. I'm quite ok with the 40mm eyepiece instead of 32mm, as the purpose of that EP is attaching camera and I don't see that as a problem, perhaps better being 40mm. Have I been short changed on the SkyWatcher? She said it's the same quality as the GSO. Boz
  24. Now you mention it, the stars are ok, it's just big bright Saturn with the double image, one slightly offset from the other, and changes as you move Saturn around in view. Odd.
  25. Purchased the £91 set of 4 eyepieces, barlow, moon filter, t-ring and case. I'll be patient and look at higher power and wide angled pieces in future. Thanks for the responses. Boz
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