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About Baz6170

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  1. I've decided to sell my Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8. It's in as-new condition, having only been used 3 times since unboxing. Everything is present and I think I've got the original boxes in the loft. I'm chucking in a few extras for free - dew shield, telrad and bahtinov mask. RRP is £1990, I'm asking £1400 ovno. Collection only from Bournemouth, or you can organise a courier at your own risk! Here's the low-down on the telescope - https://www.firstlightoptics.com/nexstar-evolution-telescopes/celestron-nexstar-evolution-8-telescope.html Thanks for your interest!
  2. My new Heritage 100P grab-n-go! Really pleased with this sub-£100 scope, all the way from FLO. Who else uses one? https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80140668/100P/20150825_194442.jpg https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80140668/100P/20150825_194125.jpg https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80140668/100P/20150825_194507.jpg https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80140668/100P/20150825_194529.jpg
  3. After using my Evo 8 for a couple of nights, I can confirm that it's the easiest-to-use scope I've had - everything worked as it should - I connected my iPad to the scope WiFi first-time and used the tablet to control the device the whole of the first night, 3-star alignment was a doddle as usual (I'm used to it from my 4SE, which has never failed to align) and slewing to targets was spot-on every time (I do spend a lot of time getting my 3 alignment stars absolutely dead-centre, to get the goto as accurate as possible). I used the Sky Safari Pro 4 app to navigate around the sky, and it was flawless, improving my stargazing experience no end, mainly due to the ease of selecting targets and slewing to them, plus the added info on each target (usually including an image) made identifying objects really simple (especially faint DSO's). The 8" OTA is a complete joy, I can see why many people have raved about them for so long - collimation was spot-on out of the box, and images were pin-sharp (I use a bahtinov for focusing btw). Only two other things spring to mind right now - the motors are a bit noisy, but not too loud (defo louder than my 4SE though), and on the 2nd night I used only the hand controller, which I must say was loads more accurate for controlling the alt/az, especially when aligning. Can't wait to get back out there! Cheers Baz
  4. A somewhat delayed reply from me, I admit, but I dragged the dob out of the shed earlier today, hell bent on fixing the focusing issue; I'd been ignoring it a bit following dismal results last time around. Anyway, today I basically 'reset' the scope, in terms of moving the primary as far to the bottom of the tube as it'd go, and moving the secondary as close to the spider vanes as possible. I then adjusted the primary to get the middle 'polo' aligned with the collimator eyehole, and then centered the secondary. I then put the supplied extension tube (30mm I think) into the focuser, followed by the supplied 2" to 1.25" adaptor, and finally a 20mm EP. I then lined up the scope with the furthest chimney pot away that I could find, and tried to focus. What I discovered is that the focal point was outside the max focus limit, and slowly removing the EP from the focuser, pulling it away, then gave me focus, well outside the focuser (probably 2"+). I then spent a good couple of hours experimenting with moving the primary and secondary (keeping alignment along the way) to see if I could draw the focal point into the focuser. After much faffing about, I did manage to achieve focus, albeit with the extension tube not completely seated in the focuser. A couple of hours on, a niggling question entered my mind - was the reason I was having so much trouble with focus due to the fact that the chimney pot I was using as a target, wasn't that far away? For reference, it was the chimney of the house next door, so probably only about 60' away from where I was at the bottom of my back garden. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I really need some closure on this one! I would do a star test this evening, alas the sky is full of clouds : / Cheers Baz
  5. Excuse the background lol https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80140668/Evo_8/evo8.jpg
  6. Well, my Evo 8 arrived this morning and is now ready for first light tonight, if the predicted clear skies happen! First impressions are that it's a lot more solid than the SE range, particularly the tripod and mount - there's a lot of metal about, so it feels more 'premium'. The clutches work really well and I connected the scope with both the SkyPortal and SakySafari Pro4 apps without a hitch, so that I could test moving the scope, and I have to say it appears to be really responsive. I think Celestron have done a great job on the design and feature set of this scope - can't wait to try it out, and then I'll report back and post an update.
  7. My new NexStar Evolution 8 arrives tomorrow, and the latest weather report says I should have clear skies - can't wait : )
  8. Anyone know exactly which 40mm and 13mm EPs the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 comes with, ie are they e-lux, or omni, or something else?
  9. I've just ordered an Evo 8 from Amazon - for once, the cheapest price I could find! If, like me, you're mostly an observer with limited time, the Evo scopes are a good choice as they offer a truly grab-and-go solution. No more tangled/wrapped power cables to trip over, dead-easy levelling and alignment methods, simple app-based control, built-in red illumination for the EP tray, USB power point for your phone/tablet, AUX ports for accessories - basically everything you need to get out there and get observing in as short a space as possible, all in one package. I like doing a small amount of lunar and planetary imaging via webcam/laptop, and have had good results from my 4SE, so I expect to get similar/better results with the Evo 8 too; I know the Evo 8 isn't the scope to go for if you're really into AP, DSO's and long exposures, but if you just want to share your hobby with friends/family via photos/videos, this scope will allow you to do that just fine. I had originally considered either an 8SE or a CPC800XLT for my next scope, but after reading about the Evo 8 I knew it was the right scope for me. Let's just hope my choice turns out to be the right one! ; )
  10. Quick & simple question - CPC 800 XLT or NexStar Evolution 8?
  11. Yeah, my mistake, I forgot the 4SE was the only mak in the SE range and that the other 3 scopes were Schmidt-Cassegrains! I've heard that the 8SE suffers from vibration, which is a worry, although the 4SE has a similar problem so I might just be used to it, and it won't be too much of an issue. The Evo 6 appears to have better motor gearing than the SE range, and that's something I would like to have for piece of mind, but of course it's 6" and not 8"...if only I could afford the Evo 8! 2nd hand CPC is something I've considered before, but I didn't find any good examples at the time, maybe I should look again...
  12. Hi all I'm thinking of upgrading to a new goto/tracking scope, and have around a grand to spend. I don't get a lot of time to use a scope and I'm pretty much just an observer, but do a little lunar and planetary imaging with a SPC900NC now and again. My first scope was a NexStar 4SE, which has been a great grab-and-go scope that's enabled me to see quite a lot of stuff, even given its small 4" aperture. I've also got a Revelation 8" dob, but it's not getting a lot of use as it's a pain to cart in and out of the shed, keep collimated, and (to my shame) I find manually tracking with it a bit tiresome (probably due to how automated the 4SE has been). So, I'm really looking for a new grab-and-go scope with goto and tracking, and am favoring another mak due to ease of care/maintenance. I'm currently considering a couple of NexStars, the 8SE and the Evo 6. I really need a scope that's not going to be cumbersome or time consuming to set up, due to the limits of time I have available to observe. My dilemma is that while "aperture is king" is continuously sounding in my head, I'm wondering whether to sacrifice a little bit of aperture in order to get a newer/better mount, which I think is what the Evo 6 will provide. What do you guys think? Cheers Baz
  13. Have re-collimated now, but can't test until we get some clear sky! Aggravating!
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