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SimonfromSussex last won the day on September 23 2014

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  1. For sale: Orion Optics VX6 6" 150mm F4 newtonian telescope High quality hilux coated precision 1/10 wave mirror, tack sharp for astrophotography or visual use. Fast custom made F4 scope 600mm focal length which gives wide visual views or collects data quicker with a camera. 2" Focuser with reduction gearing Tube Weight 4.5kg Comes with finder scope, rings and dove tail bar. Sorry no eyepieces included. This is a superb scope in excellent condition, nearly new. Looking for £350 please. Please IM me with any queries.
  2. Lunt 60mm ha solar scope, B1200 blocking filter, 60mm clear aperture double stack filter, red moonlight duel speed focuser, Sol searcher/finder, dove tail bar, carry case, sun screen & ts optics adjustable solar bracket for the double stack filter. Excellent as new condition, I have owned this scope from new for about two years, amazing scope that shows great solar detail including proms and surface detail. The 60mm double stack filter on the front gives <0.55 Angstrom bandwidth, with 60mm free aperture making the sun look almost 3d. Rock solid moonlight focuser is great for imaging and the adjustable bracket for the double stack filter on the front means you can fine tune the stack for cameras and eyepieces and ensure the sweet spot is best placed for either with a simple twist. £2850. Comes with dove tail but the pictured mount is NOT included. Sorry, collection south east only
  3. Good luck Mike, I shall be watching with interest!
  4. I'm not sure if I can make it this year Dave , our daughter is off to Uni so there is no one at home to dog watch and they don't allow dogs on the camp site sadly. Might pop down for the evening if the sky is clear in which case you are more than welcome to a gander again. I don't think aperture is the be all and end all for this though, I think sky conditions are the key.
  5. I'm sure it's doable in the 16" Beulah. 16" is definitely not weedy in my book.
  6. No, more feather on the nose than fist Alan! I too have spent many an hour looking for it. What mag does the 8mm give you in your 18? I think the mag (as Mike says) is quite critical. Having said that, Stephen O’Meara in his book says he has seen it at x1000 times!?
  7. good luck Peter, should be a breeze with that amount of glass!!!
  8. Lol, I don't think he managed it in the 120mm ? I will have to re read his report and double check but if mag 16 is correct that would be pushing it!!
  9. I have heard whisper of the central star in M57 (the ring nebula in Lyra) for some time now and attempted to spot it on numerous occasions to no avail. It always seemed quite legendary to me and one of those things that you heard could be seen through a telescope but until you actually see it with your own eyes you don’t quite believe. Spoken of fondly in hushed circles and a rite of passage for any budding astronomer but, no matter how hard I tried, using every telescope I have owned, at varying powers of magnification, it has always alluded me, until last night……. Unlike (to my eyes) the easier central star of M27 (the dumbbell nebula in Vulpecula) I think the central star in M57 is fainter. It’s also somewhat more obscured by the glow of the nebula itself which doesn’t help matters. Stephen O’Meara in his deep-sky companions “The Messier Objects” says: “many veteran skywatchers have estimated it be as bright as 14th magnitude (putting it within the range of a good 4-inch telescope under a dark sky). Yet Burnham notes that the star was fainter than a 16th magnitude when he looked at it in 1959 through the 40-inch reflector at Lowell Observatory.” Like a lot of things things in life, my observation happened when I wasn’t looking for it really. Alan and I had even debated earlier that night if it was worth a meet up at all as although pretty clear, the sky was full of white wispy cloud that could hinder much deep sky work. We persevered and were rewarded with a super sky for the evening. My garden is relatively dark (not Brecon Beacons Wales standard but pretty good for the south east) and I was using my 22” Dobsonian. Our initial viewing concentrated on the galaxies overhead but at about 12.30am we noticed Vega was climbing high in the east so I thought, the Ring Nebula is pretty high now, worth a quick look. I started with my 10mm Ethos which gives about x188 in my scope. The beautiful smoke ring of M57 hovered in the expanse of dark sky around it that the 100 degree field gives and it truly was an amazing site. There was also a hint of blue to the ring and a varying glow surrounding the outer shell. Keen for a closer look I changed to a 7mm naglar x269 and as I edged the dob over to reposition the target in the center of the field I caught a bright glow in the center of the ring as the scope settled. My immediate reaction was to look straight at the centre of the ring and there, then, nothing. Was it? Had I seen it? Surely not? I must have imagined it? But I repeated the wobble in the eyepiece by tapping the side of the scope and bling, there was the glow again. The trouble was as soon as you tried to look directly at the glow it was gone but definitely with averted vision I was seeing something! Keeping a hold of my excitement I called Alan over and he had a go. “Yes”, he said; “there is something there but it’s very tricky”. Keen for another look I went back to the eyepiece and soon found the key seemed to be my wobble technique and resisting the temptation to look directly at the center. Every time I did this I was rewarded with a white glow in the ring’s center so I was convinced I was seeing the star now. When it popped into view it was surprisingly brighter then I was expecting and Alan noted the same. We tried higher power by adding a x2 barlow = x538 but this proved unsuccessful. So I returned to the 7mm and saw exactly as I had before So there you have it, Alan and I can join those whispering circles now. The central star in M57 can be seen……….honestly it can……………
  10. Anyone on a horsehead hunt should try tonight if your skies are clear. It's the clearest I've seen it tonight. No averted vision, bam, it's just there tonight! Admittedly I'm throwing 22" at it but it's the best ive seen it so a great night to try if ur skies are like/near mine in the south. Hope others get some luck too!
  11. Super report Calvin. Glad to hear you survived the tyre episode unhurt! I've found the horsehead elusive some nights and really clear and obvious on others, really depends on conditions in my experience. The h beta does make a huge difference though. Nicely done bagging it without!
  12. Great report John, really glad you are enjoying the scope now. I was at herstmenceux star camp last month with my scope observing and this guy comes over and ask to have a look through the eyepiece. He has a gander and then says "that's a nice mirror". I said "cheers, I'm very very happy with it". He then says; "that's a John Nichol mirror if I'm not mistaken?" "It is!" I reply surprised, "how can you tell?" He then comes away from the focuser, shakes my hand and says "John Nichol, pleasure to meet you!" When I ordered the mirror it was done via email and phone so I'd never actually met the man. In the dark it was obviously difficult to recognise him! Anyway meeting him in person only reinforced my opinion on what a nice guy he is and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his mirrors. So glad you have a similar opinion!
  13. Hi Paul, I have 21 & the 13 ethos and love them. Obviously we are all different so one person's eyepiece range might not suit another but I tried and tested quite a lot of eyepieces and differing ranges of power before settling on these numbers. I use the 21 ethos as my main go to eyepiece for lots of the deep sky stuff and then crank up the power occasionally when needed. However my focal length is longer than yours (1880) so the 21mm gives me x89. For my widest view I have a 31mm nag which give x60. With your new set up I think you would be similar to my spread though. The 21mm in your scope would be x56 (similar to my 31mm) The 13mm in your scope would be x90 (similar to my 21mm) The 8mm delos in your scope would be x145 (similar to my 13mm) Perhaps get the 13mm first and try it. As I say the 21mm for me (equivalent to 13mm to you) is by far my most used eyepiece. I then drop to the 13mm (and sometimes a 10mm) on globs and galaxies when conditions allow. Hope that helps a bit?
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