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Mark at Beaufort

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  1. Yes Paul it was a great watch. I added the double stack to get a better view of the surface as well.
  2. Agreed Mark. The prom on the eastern side is lifting off. Quite a few proms plus some small filaments together with a plage area. Well worth a look.
  3. Thanks for the 'heads up' Alan - a great report. I noticed that there was a supernova but did not appreciate there were 3. Thanks also to @davheifor his diagram and that he observed it using a 10" Dob. It looks like we might have a clear spell tonight so I might have a go at SN2021hiz especially as its mag is 13.2 Thanks gain both.
  4. Andrew good to see you are firmly back in the saddle. Hope all is good with family. You never know we might see at Lucksall again.
  5. Thanks Doug I have never heard of the Leo double double. That is a great diagram - I will give it ago. I want to test my new Nagler 3-6 mm zoom.
  6. That is interesting Francis. I looked through a friends cardboard Charles Frank refracting telescope in 1960 maybe 1961 and I was hooked. I bought this telescope and here it is mounted on my 6" wooden tube newtonian reflector dated 1972. Not sure what happened to it.
  7. A great observing report and some great DSOs. Although I don't suffer too much from IP at the moment I still curtain myself off from the house and my neighbours. I have a washing line across the garden (7 foot off the ground) and I use black ground sheets which I bought from B&M stores. You can see this arrangements in Stargazine EP5 (it starts after 39minutes after Ian's talk on double stars) -
  8. I have decided to sell this wonderful zoom eyepiece. At the moment I only use it on my PST and recently I have been using another EP. If you are interested have a look at this review - https://www.chuckhawks.com/tele_vue_click_zoom.htm Clearly this zoom is no longer available so its difficult to define a sensible price. I felt that £105, which will include first class sign for postage, was a reasonable start. The zoom is in excellent condition with no problems at all. It includes the original box, literature and both end caps. Happy to accept Paypal (buyer pays fees) or bank tra
  9. I bought these eyepieces in June 2020. The Baader Classic were new from FLO and The Fujiyama was bought from a member on SGL. All eyepieces are mint with boxes (6mm box is slightly ripped) and caps. I bought these EPs to give me more mag with my Baader Barlow. However, I have now bought a TeleVue Nagler 3-6mm zoom so I have decided to sell these Orthos. The cost of the Baader Classic is £35 each and the Fujiyama is £55 - all with free First class sign for postage. Happy to accept Paypal (buyer pays fees) or bank transfer. Send me a PM if interested. 6mm, 9mm and 10mms now s
  10. Thanks Rob that is much appreciated. I enjoyed your post on the comparison between the Tal and the Heritage. I can't believe the quality of the Heritage for the money.
  11. Thanks Stu I would like your opinion. I fancy buying another 4" apo but 90% of my time is viewing DSOs - so is it worth it? I have just bought a lovely case to transport the 130p so it really has become my travel grab and go.
  12. Thanks Stu - what I like to do is to compare this scope with a quality 4" APO on DSOs. Have you ever done this comparison? I know there is no comparison when observing Planets, Moon or doubles
  13. Luke glad you are back into observing - a great report and objects. I still remember viewing through your 16" Dob and seeing the Horsehead and NGC 3912 in Leo at SGL8 (in 2013). Great memories.
  14. Wonderful sunny day yesterday so early evening I left out my Heritage 130P on its Pronto mount in the hope of seeing the Nova again. Just after 10pm I went outside to see a fantastic transparent sky. I leave a SvBony 10-30mm zoom permanently in the OTA so I moved the scope to pick up M52. Went straight to the cluster and identified the Nova. I estimate that it was still around mag 8 similar to 2 nights before. The sky was so good I decided to view DSOs without reference to a star atlas and going just by memory. I added the Celestron Ultima DUO 17mm and 10mm EPs and started with M1. Really
  15. Decided to use the Heritage 130p as a quick grab and go. Using a 9x50 finder scope went straight to M52. Used a SvBony 10 to 30 zoom and located the Nova. Estimated at around mag 8. Seemed the same as 2 nights ago.
  16. Another clear spell and was able to use the 12" Dob. I wanted to explore some of the delights of Coma B but whilst waiting for it to rise a bit more I went looking around Ursa Major. Like the previous night I started with M97 (Owl Neb) - used the 13mm Ethos with the Castell O-III filter. Filter removed and took in M108, M109, M81, M82, M51 and M101 (used the 20mm Myriad). Viewed M66, M65 and had a much better view of NGC 3628 than the previous night before moving over to Coma B Whenever I start viewing the Coma B area I start with the cluster Melotte 111 which is great in my 80mm fin
  17. Really enjoyable report Mark. Its great that we can have some deep sky observing - reminds me of last April.
  18. Observed it last night for the first time. I estimate it at mag 8 comparing nearby stars.
  19. Nice Stu - I have always fancied trying the Nagler 31mm in my various scopes.
  20. I have not had much observing of deep sky objects recently. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day but the forecast was cloud from 9pm onwards. I have not had the opportunity to observe the Nova in Cassiopeia and I really wanted to have a go before it faded. I set up the Skywatcher 150P in early evening and hoped for the best. Around 9.45pm I noticed that the sky was clear so decided to try and find the Nova. In the end it was easy using M52 as my starting point. Found the Nova and made an estimate of mag 8. Sky still clear so had a look look around Ursa Major. Using a TeleVue Nebstar 2
  21. John what a brilliant list of objects. Viewing this area of sky reminds me of the excellent observing conditions we had at the start of the first lockdown last year.
  22. That is a great collection of DSOs plus a few doubles. Its nights like this that keeps us going.
  23. Chris I really enjoyed the video. I think you made a good outline of the merits of both eyepieces.
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