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Rob Severn

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  1. I think you'll find that is the older version of the PST not the newer one, it has the american flag on it and the newer cases are different so it's unlikely that it is one of the stolen ones. Put my PST on ABS last week for £350 including international shipping, it sold in 5 mins, I could have sold it 10 times over, there is a lot of demand for these.
  2. I'm going to challenge accepted 'wisdom' here on SGL, DON'T get a newtonian as a first scope they can lead to immense frustration and complete disillusionment with astronomy, the almost constant need for collimation is an incredible pain and if you don't have the stick to it ness required at the beginning to mess around with secondary and primary positioning you will be tearing your hair out after an hour of fruitless screw twiddling. Something that will get you up and seeing in the shortest time possible like a little mak or refractor which don't require that you spend additional funds on a collimator etc is probably the best bet and will show almost as much and they're not so fussy about eyepieces either, the performance of newtonians of f5 and below suffers with the quality of eyepieces used and you will certainly need to spend more money on upgrading almost immediately, with maks and refractors you can get away with cheaper eyepieces. Elsewhere in SGL there is a thread bemoaning lazer collimators not being collimated on arrival, the general consensus was 'how terrible send it back' newtonians never arrive collimated and therefore should be sent back where they came from. This has been wriiten partly in frustration and anger, I am an experieced observer and still have many problems with the collimation of my 200pds, if I were a beginner it would have totally turned me off astronomy and been on ebay or in tiny tiny pieces long ago. There are always collimation threads and newer members getting hot under the collar and annoyed but the wise ones continually suggest these imo unsuitable telescopes for budding astronomers.
  3. Seems a few people at least are getting them now, and there appear to be no major issues yet. http://www.astronomyforum.net/refractor-telescopes-forum/124159-stellarvue-refractor-lx80-mount-3.html#post1057492504 Looking hopeful.
  4. Wow such scepticism, no one has this mount yet and only 2 or 3 people have the LX800 and the only problem with that seems to be the starlock function not staying on target which could well be user error reading between the lines on CN. There have been teething problems with pretty much all mass produced goto mounts at launch. And 'ludicrously inadequate fork mounts' ? Really? Strange that so many people have and rate them highly, yes they're no good for long exposure AP without a wedge but not everyone wants to do that and for planetary or just good old fashioned visual oberving they are more than adequate. I will probably get one of these LX80s when they finally arrive because tbh I'm very interested to see how it performs and prefer first hand experience to conjecture and hearsay.
  5. Far be it from me to interject again but spinning it round in the holder ? Not very precise , any laser collimator will do this even a hotech if you don't tighten it down, just the action of tightening the holder screw will throw it out as well. Again this kind of thread makes me doubt the suitability of newtonians as first scopes......
  6. Why don't you just collimated it it should have come with a little allen key under the foam thing in the box. Just a heads up to all newbies..........
  7. I have a C11 with a Cg5gt, yes yes I know it's overloaded for long exposure imaging but for visual as long as it's well balanced it works prefectly well. If you can get or make some vibration damping pads even better. It's relatively cheap, very portable and finds and tracks very well as long as it's properly aligned. I've even managed to get some reasonable planetary images with a Meade LPI.
  8. I've just picked a Meade DSI for a truly bargain price, connected it up and it seems to be working, the only thing is the vendor has sent just the DSI and cable no box no autostar suite etc. Is there any way I can find out which model it is ? Thanks
  9. I've just been browsing what is on offer and there are certainly a lot of tempting subjects on offer as well as astronomy. Looks like my evenings are going to be even fuller Thanks for the heads up.
  10. At this time in the alps near Geneva it's raining and has been for 4 days. Not a happy bunny.
  11. Leo 54 & Algieba are good. This site has some fantastic double star lists. Eagle Creek Observatory -- Double Star Listings for Ursa Major, the Great Bear Double chasing is great fun.
  12. Orange, not as outrageous as purple not as boring as red. Mind you I like purple.....
  13. Maybe optcorp.com ? They seem to have them all available or failing that direct from ES. The terrible thing is I have the 6.7, 8.8, 11, 14 & 18 but can hear the call of the 24 & 30mm on the wind. Tell me will this wide angle eyepiece obession ever end ?
  14. The 70°s seem to be quite difficult to get hold of and were supplied as 'standard' eyepieces with certain scopes. The 68° are basically Meade 5000 plossls with nitrogen purging and slightly different coatings (but I could be wrong) and can be found at a very reasonable price, not tried them but people seem happy with them on CN. Just seen the 82° 6.7 at optcorp for $119 + shipping
  15. Superb superb eyepieces, incredibly close to Naglers in performance I've been able to split close doubles that were impossible before. I'm slowly getting the full range and selling off pretty much all my other eyepieces. I'm quite surprised they're not more popular as they can be had secondhand for the price of a Baader Hyperion.
  16. I have a Moonlite for the C11, it is a very good unit, I also have a GSO sct focuser, it worked well out of the box, after finding some overhaul info on the net and adjusting it it now works perfectly, the same with focuser on my 200pds, after following the astronomy shed videos on tweaking it's now a joy to use. I think the cheaper focusers are a viable alternative for a limited budget if you are prepared to take a bit of time to strip them down and sort them out. Which is better than sitting in front of the tv on a cloudy night.
  17. I used to live in Ruckinge just outside Ashford, there is a fantastic site next to a fishing lake near the junction of Bethersden Rd and Redbrook St, nice car park and a friendly farmer. Also just on the edge of the Marsh at Ruckinge there are some good spots along the canal, the hills behind cut out a huge amount of lp.
  18. Why on earth should he be warned ? If you just blindly pay money out for something you haven't researched or read up,on then it's your own fault. As I said before I had one of these. It was fine. Anyone else on here speaking from direct experience ?
  19. Going to go against the grain a little , the 6SE, easy to set up, no/very few collimation worries, more forgiving on eyepieces, easier to lug around the only thing will be getting a dew shield. Sometimes maybe it's better to get something that will work straight away and work well than getting disheartened by having the annoyance of polar alignment, having to upgrade bits of kit almost immediately to get better performance and lets not forget the whole collimation thing. I have a 200pds a yes it's a lovely scope but having to tweak the collimation every time it comes out is a bit of a pain. The other thing for me is observing position, it's literally a pain in the neck having to contort yourself see things without a slip ring to make life easier. Nexstars have a good resale value so if you ever want to go down the newtonian road it won't be a problem to sell on. Just my opinion.
  20. I'm probaly alone in actually having had one of these. It was bought a a present a couple of years back, the mount was very robust, well and had a polar scope as standard, the scope itself was absolutely fine and provided good viewing. I don't think it was a spherical mirror though . The eyepieces were ok but it did have one of those sun filters that should be thrown away immediately. The biggest problem I think with telescopes and beginners is that people have false expectations thanks to stargazing programs that show incredible images of the skies that's what people think they're going to see.
  21. Clair Patterson, Richard Fortey, Patrick Moore, Copernicus, the Leakey family, Carl Sagan.
  22. I got my Bobs knobs for my sct a few days ago and like you was reasonably terrified of messing it up. The instructions are very well laid out and the whole job very straightforward. Hope it all goes well.
  23. Recently helped a freind clean a mirror which had amongst other things tree sap on it and found this method to work very well. Thanks Astro Baby. Cleaning the Telescope Mirrors
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