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Mark at Beaufort

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    I am solely a visual astronomer and currently use a 12" f/5 Dob and a Heritage 130P Newt. I also enjoy solar and use a PST + Double Stack.
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  1. I recently purchased a Skywatcher 150P f/5 Newt to be used on my Skywatcher AZ5 Mount + the AZ mount extension which also sits on a metal tripod (not the aluminium tripod normally provided). When I use the Heritage 130P OTA I don't get any flexing and I note that the dovetail on the Heritage is 33.5cm rather than the 21cm dovetail on the 150P. I accept that the Heritage is smaller and less weight than the 150P which might make a difference. My question is would changing the dovetail to a 33.5cm improve the flexing of the 150P OTA? At the moment its great for widefield but once the mag gets high I get a great deal of shaking and the image takes a while to stop 'wobbling'. I could purchase the new 3/8ths metal tripod to get more stability ( https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth/sky-watcher-38-stainless-steel-tripod.html ) but I rather check the dovetail first. Any thoughts? PS - before someone asks the dovetail on the Heritage has different hole placements so won't work.
  2. Mark at Beaufort

    ES82* 4.7mm Internal Reflections...

    Simon thinking back I usually used the 4.7mm on Double Stars with the occasional high mag on the Moon and Planets. Let me know how you get on.
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    ES82* 4.7mm Internal Reflections...

    Hello Simon I was trying to remember if I ever encountered any reflections especially when viewing the Moon. I did own the complete set of ES82 EPs but it was only the 4.7mm that was Nitrogen filled all the others were Argon. I sold my collections not because of any disappointment but I wanted to return to 100 degree EPs and Binoviewers for higher magnification. As far as I can remember the 6.7mm and 4.7mm gave similar performance I don't recall a reflection problem. I am sorry if this is now causing you concern.
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    What happened to the Vintage group?

    Yes 47 members is a good number and I found from the archive that I was a member with my Towa f/15 frac.
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    What happened to the Vintage group?

    The Forum changes for many reasons. If you look at the top of the page we introduced a 'Clubs' area a few months back and closed down many Groups and moved them into this new area. I have raised your comment in the Moderation area for discussion.
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    What happened to the Vintage group?

    There was a Social group called the 'vintage/classic group'. I contributed to this group as I owned a Towa f/15 refractor. Steve is correct this group was merged into the Equipment - Scopes/Whole Set Ups. There is currently a discussion on this topic in the Moderation area.
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    Tricky Double Double In Auriga, And More

    A nice report Doug and some interesting objects to explore.
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    M76 - 10-inch dob 17-11-2018 20:00hrs

    Interesting findings and report Francis. I know that some papers recommend UHC as being the best filter for M76 with the O-III coming a close second. However, The Night Sky Observer's Guide by Kepple and Sanner and Sue French's Deep Sky Wonders recommend a O-III filter which matches your findings Francis.. Hopefully its going to be clear tomorrow so I will compare my Lumicon UHC against the Astronomik O-III in my 12" Dob.
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    Cleaning primary mirror

    Neil that looks an excellent job. All set now for Stephan's Quintet
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    Campbell's hydrogen star

    Neil your thread made me undertake some more research and in Sue French's book ''Deep Sky Wonders' I picked up information on Minkowski 1-92 (shown on your chart) which is a Protoplanetary Nebula at mag 11.7. Apparently if you use a high magnification you can see a 'Footprint' - hence the name Minkowski's Footprint. So I will have a go at both the Campbell's HS and this Footprint hopefully on the same night.
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    Campbell's hydrogen star

    Thanks Neil for the information on Campbell's hydrogen star - I was not aware of it. I will have a go with my H.Beta next time out.
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    Stephan's Quintet??

    Doug I have just found this chart so I can why you could see a T pattern
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    Stephan's Quintet??

    I have checked my notes viewing galaxies in Pegasus. My notes indicate NGC7331 in the 10" Dob in October 2011 but NGC7320 - the brightest in Stephans Quintet was not seen. I live a dark site (20.7) so I will have another go with the 12" Dob.
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    Observing Report - 11/11/18

    Bob what a fantastic read and so many brilliant objects. I must admit I have never seen the Elephant's Trunk and really must give it a go. From a dark site with my 12" I would image the Garnet Star and IC1396 should be a great view. What 14" Dob do you own?
  15. I bought these rings a few months back to use with my 80mm finderscope. I only fitted the finderscope twice and have now made alternative arrangements. This is the product - http://www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Accessories-Telescopes-Opticstar.asp?p=0_10_5_1_8_111 They are mint condition and I am selling for £35 including recorded sign for postage. Photo attached showing its mint with all screws and alan key. Happy to accept Paypal (buyer pays the fees) or bank transfer. Send me a PM if interested.

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