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Everything posted by NGC007

  1. Holy crap! You are well more hardy than us southern softies! Think I would have scarped of to bed after one and a half hours tops. Well done and what a nice report. Thanks. Clem
  2. Hi Peter, it very portable indeed. It takes a couple of minutes to remove the cage and truss poles and wheel the rest into the back of the car. Bought a pair of lightweight folding ramps to use with the SUV.
  3. Thanks Stu. I added the row of buttons along the bottom to control it easier in the dark. I think the first thing every Dod owner does is modify it!
  4. The SkyVision 20” f/3.3 GoTo. I’m only 5’ 7” yet I don’t need a ladder.
  5. Tweaking the goto on my big Dob, replacing the Sky Commander with Nexus DSC. Its way more flexible And the SSD slot let’s you easily create your own custom lists.
  6. Looking forward, many thanks. Let you know how I get on and maybe others could join in future.
  7. Wokingham light pollution so bad now it's not even worth trying to observe. 3,000 plus new houses just for starters. Really appreciate it if you could PM me the location of that site. After this lockdown ends I will have to travel to observe from now on. Clem
  8. The contrast is the best in any refractor I’ve ever owned. Also, it’s very light and robust. Good luck with yours when it finally arrives. Clem
  9. Thanks. Someone’s gotta make the sacrifice Mike. ?
  10. Hi all, Finally managed to complete my Grab & Go setup with the addition encoders added to the Vamo mount. Flying to Yosemite next month for a spot of stargazing etc., smoke permitting. Clem
  11. My Denkmeier 27 super binotron all singing and dancing kit is great in the dob. A bit too tall in the Travel Companion and makes me uneasy which is why I got the Mark V. The advantage of the Mark V (early days yet) is that the overall setup is lighter and I adjusted to them immediately. Nice bright view as well. Down side is that once the zoom eyepieces are in it's a pain to focus individual eyepiece due to poor access. The Mark V does help fulfil my aim to have the best truly portable scope I can afford. It's a keeper I think. The Denks advantages are, really easy eyepiece adjustment, you can collimate them, they take two filters and they have a low and high power switch! You need the OCS (optical corrector system) for them as well. Not so the Mark V as the Travel Companion can be shortened for Binoviewing. Alas, I will probably have to sell the system as I cannot justify keeping them having spent so much on the rest of the kit. Sigh. I can balance either system on the AOK Swiss Vamo head though.
  12. Look nice. I am after the widest TFOV I can get for sweeping, taking into account all the special needs binoviewing requires such as eye relief, weight, IPD etc. Pan 24s tempting but I am concerned about IPD. Mine is around 67mm. Perhaps someone can comment on that.
  13. Yep, they rotate, it’s a pain. Usually I just fold them back until I find something I intend to gawp at for a while then I adjust them. Like finding the right mag on Jupiter that gives the most detail for the seeing conditions etc. That said, the zooms are really very good indeed and my most used eyepiece bino or mono..
  14. Tempting, so very tempting. Just worried it might be too mush glass between the stars and me with just 95 mm up front. That and the wife of course! Still, I agree, it's probably the way to go. Just gotta work on it. ?
  15. This is my current true grab and go setup. Not cheap mind but it goes where the dobs dare not tread! Airline portable, overhead baggage. Serge from Astro Devices is currently working on encoders for the Vamo mount, the ultimate Grab and Go. The Hyperion mark IV zooms are great but need wider fields. Will look at 24 Pans as well. Thanks
  16. Read that report on the Morpheus 17.5. Thinking about I would get nearly 2.4 degree TFOV, not to be sniffed at. Also an exit pupil of 3 mm so maybe I will look at them a bit more now, thanks.
  17. All my life I went cyclops but last year I got the Denkmeier Binotrons Super system (used in my dob now) and wow! Deep space is spectacular in a 22" goto dob. Tried cyclops the other night in my refractor and soo annoyed at having to squint, hate it. Got the bug I suppose. One thing is certain, no going back to mono viewing, so relaxing with binos. Clem
  18. Thanks, Just had a look at them on the Baader website. they state they are optimised for f/8 - f/12. not sure how that will work out in my f5.9. I calculate the exit pupil about 5.94 mm and my old eyes probably only get up to 4mm I guess so the image may be dimmed a bit, not good in a binoviewer in a small scope. Yet, they may work anyway. Hmmm, got me thinking. Many thanks. Clem
  19. Hi all, got my Baader Mark V Binoviewer yesterday and stuck it in my Baader Travel Companion 96/560 Apo. Would love advice on the best eyepieces to buy for widest field viewing with good eye relief. The Televue 32mm Plossl's look great on paper (2.8 degree true field, 22mm eye relief) but reviews are not great, at least in some scopes. Opinions welcome. Clem
  20. I couldn't fit the red dot finder that first night so I had to point at anything big and hard to miss. The sky was most unusually and amazingly transparent that first night, one in a thousand for this neck of the world. So M42 was so revealing I couldn't stop looking at it and partly because I thought I might not find much else without panning all over the place. A night I wont forget, like the night I first saw Saturn's rings when I was 15. Clem
  21. I considered a Slo-Mo mount but they were all not as portable as the Vamo.
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