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M4lcs67

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  1. Up until last year I didn't need glasses at all, but I had an op to remove a large floater and after that I need glasses permanently now. So I have problems when trying to view now. As I have a goto scope I need to be able to read the contoller, but I find that when I look down the eyepiece with the glasses on they get in the way, so I find that I have to take them off and put my eye right up against the eyepiece. With this in mind it is very irritating as I have to constantly take them on and off all the time. I know it isn't an exact science and everybody had their own way of dealing with it, but I feel your pain as I've been there myself.
  2. I saw a programme on Stephen Hawking last week (cannot remember which channel it was). Very good, however there was something in it that got me wondering. Back in the 70's he wrote a paper that at the time was supposed to be one of the greatest advanced in science. That matter could escape from black holes. I was led to believe that the gravitational pull around a black hole is that strong that even light cannot escape it. Once something has reached the event horizon it is doomed. I hope I am making some sense. As the programme was on my wife and I discussed it and we were both of the same opinion that Hawkins paper flies in the face of everything that we knew. Did anybody else watch the programme? Perhaps there is someone on SGL who is more knowledgeable about these things who could clarify it? Thanks muchly.
  3. Mine is the Williams Optics http://www.firstlightoptics.com/diagonals/william-optics-2-dielectric-diagonal-with-sct-adaptor.html. Fantastic/classy looking diagonal. And I love the fact that it comes supplied with the 1.25 adapter as well. Everything about it oozes quality. Maybe a squeak more expensive than you wanted, but well worth the extra £20.
  4. Blimey. This announcement has certainly divided opinion. The woman's credentials are not open to question. I for one am looking forward to seeing her in action. Then people can then make an informed opinion. She has a bit of a eccentric Patrick Moore style, and her delivery is a little quirky, but at least the Beeb have chosen someone with an in depth knowledge of all things astronomical rather that some dolly bird with the intellect of a knat.
  5. John. I am glad you mentioned about the Hyperions and the fact that you realistically still need to keep the 1.25 barrel attached, even while using it in 2" form. I had wondered that myself. You have answered my question. Would that still apply to my 36mm Aspheric? Thanks
  6. Great choice, Shaun. You wont regret buying it. I am a complete Baader convert. Their gear is so well thought out with loads of nice features. Get yourself a Baader 2" quicklock and also a 2" diagonal. Your 9.25 is crying out for it. I ended up with the Williams Optics carbon 2" diagonal as the Baader one is just so expensive. The Williams is a fantastic diagonal anyway. Couple that to the 2" quicklock and the price of the two items is still cheaper than the Baader 2" diagonal on it's own and the Williams also has an adapter included so you can use 1.25 and 2" eyepieces, whereas you have to pay extra for the converter for the Baader digonal.
  7. Yeah!!!!! Excellent. Really looking forward to it already. Dara and Brian always make for great tv.
  8. Hello folks, I posted in the eyepiece section about this, but I haven't had many responses, so I thought I would put it here. Currently own a Celestron Ultima 2x barlow, but having changed my diagonal a few months ago to a 2" one and also having some eyepieces that are also 2" capable, maybe the Ultima is now a bit redundant as it is 1.25 and nothing else. I love the flexibility of my gear and the fact that it can switch from 1.25 to 2" and back again. That is why I have been looking at this.http://www.firstligh...25x-barlow.html It is a premium barlow, but with the inclusion of the adapter, you can switch from 1.25 to 2" eyepieces, thus keeping it's flexibility in my set-up. I would just then sell my Ultima to part fund the new barlow. Money isn't an issue. I just want the best one I can get, but which is also flexible within my overall set up. Has anyone else got the Luminos barlow? Would love to know the verdict. Thanks
  9. Better than the one that had been banded around (Kate Humble). Now she is irritating beyond all measure. As others have said the new presenter is very knowlegeable and enthusiastic. I must admit I never really warmed to Lucy Green. And don't get me started on her dress sense.
  10. I think that Brian May still owns it though. Hope it isn't just left to go to the dogs.
  11. Hello folks, I currently own a Celestron Ultima 2x barlow, but having changed my diagonal a few months ago to a 2" one and also having some eyepieces that are also 2" capable, maybe the ultima is now a bit redundant as it is 1.25 and nothing else. I love the flexibility of my gear and the fact that it can switch from 1.25 to 2" and back again. That is why I have been looking at this.http://www.firstlightoptics.com/celestron-eyepieces/celestron-luminos-25x-barlow.html It is a premium barlow, but with the inclusion of the adapter, you can switch from 1.25 to 2" eyepieces, thus keeping it's flexibility in my set-up. I would just then sell my ultima to part fund the new barlow. Has anyone else got the Luminos barlow? Would love to know the verdict. Thanks
  12. Unbelievable. A whole year. Where has it gone? I though the Beeb were meant to be doing a programme celebrating his life, but it hasn't materialised
  13. Was listening to Radio 2 this morning and on one of the news bulletins was the news that Kielder has been awarded dark sky status and is officially regarded as one of the worlds premier sites for stargazing. Well done to all who were involved in obtaining the award. I will be venturing there myself just as soon as I can. It is probably 2 hours from where I live, more than doable. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25260186
  14. With the Hyperion zoom there is a slight reduction of fov at the lower power end of the spectrum, Wide 68 degrees FOV at 8mm, 50 degrees at 24mm
  15. Hobsey. I understand. As you look at the starsense from the side fully assembled the mounting bracket is facing backwards, thus moving the camera unit backwards as well. If you remove the front of the camera and loosen the camera bracket then slide the bracket off and turn it around it will move the camera unit forwards when it is attached to the scope mounting shoe, so it wont get in the way when looking down your star diagonal.
  16. I concur with brantuk. I have a C9.25 an 4 Hyperions of differing sizes and also the ftr's. They are a brilliant modular eyepiece and if you use the ftr's you have 4 separate combinations per eyepiece.
  17. Just bought this the other day. A very informative read and plenty of info about astronomical events during 2014.
  18. I guess it will look more in proportion on my C9.25 than my 127 SLT though.
  19. Brilliant write-up, Dave. Looks like the Starsense is a really useful tool and not just some gimmick. I am moving closer to getting one myself.
  20. Baader Wonderfluid and the microfiber cloth that you can get with it. Nothing else can touch it.
  21. Thanks for the heads-up, Chris. My CG5 is July last year (18 months old). Perhaps I need to take it's serial number and see from there?
  22. I will be betting one to go with my CG5 as soon as the next batch come in from China. As said I will have to get the splitter as well.
  23. No worries, Shaun. Yeah, I like the rdf's better. The V is pricey, but you get what you pay for. Seems like we are gonna end up with virtually identical rigs at this rate as pretty soon I am going to have the StarSense as well. It has taken me a long time to get everything together, but I am pleased with it. Just a few more bits and bobs to get then the missus should be happy.
  24. Hey Shaun, I own the Skysurfer V and it is a solid well built serious piece of gear. For whatever reason I have always preferred rdf's to actual telescopic finders. The V is all metal with a couple of dew/lightsheilds which screw into either end of the main finder. Weightwise I don't know, but i'm sure if you go on the Baader website then you will be able to find out. There are so many great features with it with around 10 different light levels, so you will be guaranteed to get the correct brightness to match with what you are observing. It comes with a couple of see-through caps which are connected with elastic (I prefer to leave them on while observing) as it cuts down on potential problems with dew. Also comes with metal mounting shoe and riser platform. I am already sold on Baader products anyway. They are so innovative with really clever features and the Skysurfer V is one of them. very, very well made and it really does look like a sight off a rifle, but that isn't the reason you should buy it. The reason you should buy it is because it is a very good piece of kit. Here is a pic of my C.25 with the Skysurfer V attached, so you can get an idea of scale.
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