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Everything posted by RobertI

  1. Looks like the start of a beautiful relationship! Perfect for enjoying the dark skies of the Isle of Man. Look forward to some observing reports.
  2. Wonderful captures Don, amazing for NB. Look forward to more from this combo. Good to hear from you.
  3. Nice report Mark, shows the capabilities of this size of scope in experienced hands. Did you find the OIII filter worked well in this scope? The OIII has been on my list for a while. I mostly use my Heritage 130P on my SkyProdigy (effectively the same as the Celestron SLT or Skywatcher Star Discovery) and it is a superb match as it is so light - I would have thought the GTi would easily carry it as it seems to have a similar capacity. I have been really enjoying using this size Newt, and I have actually been considering trying a 130PDS or even a 150P just to get the better focuser, although both are heavier than the Heritage and might tax the Skyprodigy a bit too much, I need to handle one really. Hoping the wind will die doown soon so I can get out again!
  4. Lovely session Martin. Fascinating to see those quasars and using your deep maps is a great way to explore the scene. The inverted view, although not quite so pleasing to the eye, is perfect for revealing detail. Some of the stars are much brighter on the image than the map, I guess they are variables. Jocular working really well.
  5. Just to give context to the discussion, I just did a quick count and about 11 of the last 100 posts have been NV in the observing section. This will probably be less than half that if @alanjgreen really has decided to retire from SGL. When looking down the list of reports, it doesn't seem anything other than a light sprinkling of NV reports, so really doesn't seems worth getting worked up about to me at this point. And if they are clearly labelled (which Alan's always have been) people don't have to read them. Just my opinion, hope no one takes offence.
  6. Interestingly there has been a discussion on SGL about whether Night Vision observing reports should continue to apear in the Observing Reports section. A simple rule clarification was made (no significant change really) and one of the key NV contributors took umbrage and left SGL. It’s a minefield! Based on that (and previous debates) I would say we have to be sure there really is a problem, and that a name change is the solution. Personally I don’t think a name change would help, perhaps we can think of other ways of addressing the problem stated by the OP?
  7. I don’t think anyone is upset or wants you to stop posting Alan, quite the reverse of you look at all the glowing and enthusiastic responses to your posts, including mine. I think the rule changes are a minor beneficial tweak to support the growing interest in NV. I hope you change your mind so we can enjoy more of your experiences.
  8. I asked myself the same question, but steered clear of any comment, as I have seen EAA postings in the past degenerate into bitter disputes about what is EAA, where it should live, what it should be called, etc, so I don't want to see that happen here. But seeing as the point was raised.... I do both EAA and visual, but as a visual observer I find the NV posts fascinating and the camera shots just add to the interest of the reports in the same way as sketches. I dont think I will ever be able to afford NV, but then I dont think I will ever have a 16" dob either and I still find those reports interesting, even though I will never see those views from home. Probably echoing many of the coments above, but to me, for now, it seems sensible to keep NV where it is and people can choose to ignore those posts as long as clearly labelled. Once there is more takeup and/or the discussion turns more frequently towards the technology (as in the case of EAA) then a separate forum would seem sensible.
  9. I really like this mount, I think it is an often overlooked gem. I did a fair amount of research for portable mounts in this price bracket and I really couldn't find much to not like about it. Probably echoing the above review video review, but the things that I really like were: Very sturdy tripod, much better than tripods on the Celestron equivalent mount, an excellent feature not to be underestimated. Freedom find, which means you can undo the clutches on the axes manually to move the scope and not lose your goto alignment. The ability to still use the mount manually (by pushing the scope) without power - I've no experience of how usable this is in practice, but if it is usable I think it makes the mount very versatile indeed, and still useable if you are struggling to get the hang of goto. As for the scope, 150mm / 6" is a very good size and you will see plenty. Apparently this model scope does NOT need collimating (aligning the mirrors) which is very useful indeed if you are a beginner. On mounts of this size I would say that this sized telescope is pretty big and possibly pushing it, but with the excellent tripod, I would say it should be fine. So in summary I think you wont find much better in my humble opinion. As always though if you are a complete beginner, I would recommend getting to know the sky with the naked eye and a pair of binouclars and a good astronomy book or app, learn the main constellations and the brightest stars. You will then be more confident whenyou come to use your scope. Have fun!
  10. Ah Chris, such lovely stuff you are selling, if only I had the spare cash (as you know we moved a couple of years and the spending seems to be continuing! ). Will have to leave to some other lucky person.
  11. Crikey, you'd take your life in your hands trying to observe anything with that. At least he has a more useable 'grab and go' nearby!
  12. Nice one Chris, that is some zoom! I can’t quite see the three trapezium stars on my little phone screen, but that is quite some feat! It will be interesting to see how it copes on the moon and planets.
  13. Sorry to hear about the accident hope the dob is ok. If it’s windy and there’s a sky not to be missed, I put my shortest scope on my heaviest mount. The extreme example is the 72mm frac on the Skytee and 2” tripod, pretty immune to windy conditions. The C8, being short, can also cope with light winds when on the Skytee. Unfortunately the wind seems to swirl round my garden so there is no sheltered spot.
  14. Interesting observation Louis. As an EAA’er myself, I must admit I have considered looking at whether some of these remote telescopes could provide a ‘live viewing experience’. Just not sure, wondering whether it would be a bit like the difference between catching a fish and looking at a picture of a fish! Just not quite the same sense of achievement!
  15. Congratulations Gav, very nice article, shows off your work and the capabilities of NV very nicely.
  16. It’s interesting that in that whole video they only show one object through the scope - M42, probably the brightest DS object in the sky. Why not show some more? Is it because they don’t look very impressive? I just don’t think this scope (or any similar products) will show enough objects with a wow factor to be worth the price.....yet! But I would love to be proved wrong. Ultimately I think this type of viewing will become very popular as the tech gets better and better. Unless the cost of NV comes down of course, which gives the best of both worlds. Of course I know nothing, I predicted the CD would never take off!
  17. I think all the points made are very valid. Clearly telescopes used to be much more expensive and most people would make an investment in one scope to last them a long time, so that one scope had to be able to do a lot of things, and smaller aperture scopes have their limitations (although fewer limitations nowadays with the excellent quality optics available).
  18. Sorry to divert thread, why do you recommend this particular scope Mike?(over say the skywatcher 100ED). Are there any UK suppliers? Thanks!
  19. Favourite live album? “Made in Japan”, also apt when it comes to talking about good scopes with which to observe doubles!
  20. No, and I would really love to! I guess I was basing the comment on struggles with my motley array of scopes! I think also I was remembering my struggles trying to view it with my smaller 72mm, and forgotten what it was like in the larger scopes. I would really love a 4” or 5” apo for the reasons mentioned, hoping I can get some views through some nice examples when I pop to Kelling in April.
  21. As per the first two responses, the Trapezium is awesome and just keeps on giving with its fainter components to discover and Alberio is just like a painter’s palette of colours. Mizar and Sigma Orionis are also very attractive to behold. The double double is wonderful, but only gives the instant wow in a big scope imo.
  22. Me too! Sounds like you had a great evening, there is nothing more satisfying than getting a 'wow' from someone when you show them an object - you know you have created an amazing memory for them.
  23. So true, and one of the reasons I would love an Apo with decent aperture, it would open up a world of doubles and clusters. I have never actually looked through a larger (100mm +) Apo, so am hoping to bag a view through one when I spend a few hours at Kelling Heath in April.
  24. Righty. My eyes have been changing of late with my distance vision not so good anymore, particularly in my left eye, but not bad enough for glasses yet, so just looking up at the night sky is not as pleasurable as it once was. As for observing I have tried the left but it just doesn’t seem ‘right’ If you know what I mean, I think this partly due to it being more difficult to close my right eye for any period beacause I never need to.
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