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  1. Even though it's been a while I do recall my Baader Hyperions all came to focus (the 1.25" ones) - 24mm to 5mm.
  2. No doubt about the tripod and GEM - they're TAL. I bought my 100R a few years ago on eBay and paid £125 if my memory serves. Mine came in an enormous wooden box with the OTA, mount and eyepieces. It's made for an excellent work surface in my garage for the last few years as it's a pretty solid item! Actually I've been away from stargazing for a few years so this thread has got me thinking it's more than time to get back outside. Do we still get clear nights???
  3. My 5mm Hyperion only gets used very occasionally so it might just be the conditions aren't suitable. I have the solid tube 200P dob, which is F6, and have found Hyperions to be a good match, at least for my eyes.
  4. Great write up. I'm mulling over the idea of getting a bigger refractor so will be interested to hear how your 200P compares to your Evo 150
  5. I've taken quite a break from observing over the last year, with only the odd session, but with Mars coming back into view it was time for me to get back out under the stars. January 2010 is one of my most memorable observing highlights with wonderful views of Mars firmly fixed in my minds eye. Back then I was using my 200P dob with GSO & Meade 4000 plossls. This time I've also got my TAL100R and my Hyperion eyepieces. Last night I was out from 23:00 using the TAL on it's AZ4 mount. Jupiter looked quite pale but with clear bands on the disc - NEB, SEB & NTB especially. The GRS wasn't v
  6. Thanks for the reminder..I had forgotten that Stellarium shows satellites too. We saw one last night around midnight as we were observing Mars
  7. My grab & go doesn't need to go that far so both of my telescopes count. Just depends if I'm in a reflective or....er, refractive, mood
  8. I didn't know New Zealand had their own space station...it must be the only way to get so close to capture that much detail. The clouds on Mars are really spectacular!
  9. Tank top....check. Beard....check. OU professor....hmm, well I do have an OU degree, does that count?
  10. I have an AZ4 with steel legs and use my TAL100R on it. Works a treat
  11. Thanks JD, you helped show me & my kids the stars,
  12. Haha, I like the 8mm Hyperion too....but then I've got slower telescopes
  13. Selling eyepieces....sorry I don't understand??? Oh & I'm another member of the ex-Damo eyepiece club
  14. I vote for you getting a refractor....the telescope of a jedi knight, not as clumsy or random as a reflector; an elegant telescope for a more civilized age.
  15. I'm torn between two places to visit. First, I'd like to go to Pluto just to tell it that I've always considered it to be a planet, no matter what the IAU says! After that I'd quite like to head off and try to find the Tannhauser Gate
  16. I think you're right about the effect of a 2" filter + FTRs, though I've not tried that myself. Like Eastridge I just use 1.25" filters, and then only occasionally, but use the FTRs much more regularly. No other EP gives me the flexibility & features that Hyperions do I don't recall any issues with eye relief when using the FTRs, so if there are any then I'm still within my comfort zone so to speak. Most of my Hyperions have been bought second hand, from around £60, so have been relatively affordable when I've seen them come up for sale. It depends if you already have a 2" filter but it c
  17. I use Hyperions with my F6 200P Skyliner, and my F10 TAL100R, and they perform perfectly well in both telescopes to my eyes. Although I've built up a collection of Hyperions, I do use the fine tuning rings on most observing nights, and don't find them difficult or fiddly to use. They are great to tweak out that little bit extra when the viewing conditions allow so I think they give me more flexibility than a barlow, which I used to use. I don't make use of the camera threads but they have that going for them too. To complete my collection I could get the 36mm Aspheric, 10mm & 3.5mm, but my
  18. For the extra £32 (looking on Harrisons website) I'd go for the steel legged tripod which gives you a bit of future proofing if you decide to go for a different (heavier/longer) telescope.
  19. I use Hyperions in my F6 200P dob and F10 TAL and they're perfectly good in both telescopes. But I have read of issues with using them in faster scopes, such as the 250PX, so I would suggest looking at other options. Orthoscopics, such as the Baader Classics or Hutechs, seem to be popular at the moment, though I wonder how people get on with the narrow field of view. If I was in your shoes I would look at the Explore Scientific range for widefield options.
  20. I have a fascination for colour scheme names for cars, motorcycles etc... now I've got a few more with 'Helios black', 'Skywatcher blue', and dare I say 'TAL white'
  21. I bought a TAL100R last Christmas as a partner to my 8" dob. Do you need a TAL? The short answer is yes
  22. I wonder how much a 12.5mm BGO would be....I suspect a seller would be asking more than £100?
  23. From what you've said the ES sounds the better package.
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