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  1. Thanks for your thought guys. I guess I'm still a bit unsure of what everyone actually means when they say an eyepiece is better but I suppose the thing to do will be to buy one and then compare and contrast. Can you recommend a reasonably priced eyepiece at around 30-32mm? I had wondered about getting a zoom eyepiece as it sounds in theory like the ideal solution (and relatively cheap) but that doesn't sound like such a good idea with a scope like the 150P. From what I've read it sounds like they don't perform too well at the lower magnifications with fast scopes. I guess this does again raise the question of just how poor they are compared to individual eyepieces and specifically when compared to my 25mm eyepiece which I think is quite good. I suppose ideally I ought to try and have a look through some eyepieces before I buy anything. Will give that some thought.
  2. Hi guys I've been reading tons of threads on eyepieces so I think I've got a fair idea of what the pros and cons of the different types are but I'm curious, before I go spending any more money, just how good the ones I already have are. I recently bought the skywatcher 150 from FLO and this came with a 10mm (Super) and a 25mm (wide angle, long eye relief) eyepiece. The 10mm one seems a bit fuzzy around the edges but the 25mm seems to me to be quite good. I get very clear views though it and it's nice and easy on the eye. What I'm interested to know is how much better something like a 24mm Baader Hyperion 68 degree eyepiece or the Plossis in the revelation set would be. Where do the eyepieces that ship with the Skywatcher scopes rank compared to these? Thanks Daryl
  3. Hi Sam I have to say that the realisation that the light we're seeing has been travelling for so long or that I'm actually looking at a whole other planet is just mind boggling and the this is the thing that has really struck me since buying my telescope. Daryl
  4. Thanks Warthog. I checked the out of focus appearance and it looks a bit like a donut. Similar to what I used to see with my 500mm SLR mirror lens so I guess that probably means the collimation is ok? The stars seem to sharpen up nicely enough. Thanks for letting me know the correct terminology - terminator indeed I've developed a new found hatred of clouds! Haven't been able to see anything for days now. Cheers Daryl
  5. Cheers Sam I guess I was being over optimistic expecting my 6" reflector to show me a glittering spiral Daryl
  6. Thanks for clearing that up guys (or for actually making it all more complicated - but in an informative way ). Daryl
  7. Such as the Double Cluster between Cassiopia and Perseus, well worth a look through a fairly low power eyepiece. Less immediately impressive but incredibly delicate is M37 in Auriga. Martin, I managed to locate the double cluster you mentioned tonight. Not the best night for it with the moon almost on full-beam but still quite stunning. Will have to revisit on a darker night. I tried to find the Andromeda galaxy tonight but no joy there. I did find a very faint smudge in the region where I thought it would be but I'm not convinced I was seeing the target in question as it sounds likes it's unmistakeable? Daryl
  8. Did anyone else see this? At about 10:15pm and about halfway between Cassiopeia and the horizon. It hit the atmosphere, travelled a fair way burning quite brightly and then burst into lots of little bright bits. Really spectacular. Made my night Daryl
  9. Such as the Double Cluster between Cassiopia and Perseus, well worth a look through a fairly low power eyepiece. Less immediately impressive but incredibly delicate is M37 in Auriga. If the seeing is good and your scope is well collimated you should be able to see some surface detail on Mars. You will probably need a magnification of x180 and above. If Mars is shimmering at higher mags the seeing wont be good enough. The detail is subtle and doesn't have the contrast you see in photos so you need to spend a bit of time looking for it to become easily apparent Thanks for clarifying that Martin (just corrected from Rob - no offence Rob ). I'll have to check to see if it's properly collimated. Hadn't got to that bit of the manual by the time I was outside last night I'll also try and find those clusters next time the weather behaves - doesn't look too promising at the moment.
  10. Thanks. I'm surprised that DLSRs differ in their response by that much. I guess this is down to the longer exposures used (a bit like the colour inaccuracies that various film types exhibit at longer exposures)? Is there any information around that describes these DSLR characteristics in some sort of summarised format?
  11. Well since most of us are using optical telescopes we should be seeing things in the visible spectrum and I'd imagine we'd all be seeing similar things. I've seen photos of M42 which are largely blue and others which are largely red so I was just curious what dictated the choice of colour. I don't dislike any of them but I was wondering what colour it actually is. Does that make sense?
  12. Cheers James. What do you do with dew on the mirror? Just leave it to evaporate I guess?
  13. Apologies if this is a thicko newbie question but I was wondering why everyones images of M42 (for example) are all different colours? Thanks Daryl
  14. Me again. I forgot to ask about a couple of things that I thought about last night. 1) Is it dangerous to look at the moon at all? It was a tad bright last night and completely wiped out any night vision I'd acquired (at least in one eye). I kind of got used to it but don't want to do anything silly. 2) The front of my scope got a good coating of frost on it last night. Is that OK? When you put it away do you put the cap back on when it's like this or do you let that evaporate first? I keep my scope in a shed outside so I wasn't sure what was best to do. In the end I left it pointing downwards ( to keep dust out) with the cap off and put the cap back on this morning. Cheers Daryl
  15. Hi guys, just wanted to say thanks for the helpful responses to the questions I asked the other day. I went ahead and ordered the Skywatcher 150P and had my first session last night. Wow! I'm well chuffed with it. Easier to set up than I'd imagined (I even managed to find polaris without too much bother) and I managed to get it pointing at a few things too The moon looked amazing. I couldn't believe how much detail I could see especially along the shadow edge (not sure if that is the right terminology) - really stunning. I had a look at Mars too but that was a bit dull by comparison - just looked like a small snowball - should I be able to see more of Mars with this scope? I did however see some meteors while I was looking that way so that was nice. I guess that must be part of the geminids shower (I was reading about that in 'Sky at Night'). Also had a look at the Pleiades but they were quite close to the moon so probably not at their best (still very nice mind you). I wanted to take a look at Orion but there was a big tree in the way. Would have waited until later but was freezing my nads off so abandoned my post before that happened. Will have to invest in some warmer clothes! Thanks again! Daryl
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