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Captain Caveman

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  1. Which Galaxy is this? and what is the smaller more "smudgey" area nearby?
  2. Keeping an eye on this, I only live 6 miles down the road, not sure I would make it out to camp (no camper/ caravan) but would be good to meet you all and I could bring my 200 Dob along . Would love to see your AP setups
  3. Yep, everywhere else is 130 or more, the 20mm 1.25 plossl is also a great bargain at £15 and I was very impressed with both
  4. Just had an amazing night of viewing, not sure I'm qualified to do a full review but its an enormous amount of very clear and crisp glass for 30 Euros. Spent several hours outside with a friend, waiting for family to turn all the lights out. Used the new 40mm Bresser and 20mm as well as my BST 8mm. How much can you cram into one night? Naked eye Geminids by the dozen, I managed to find 46p with the new 40mm and got to sharpen it up to a fairly concentrated bright centre, spent ages enjoying Orion nebula through a variety of eyepieces, Pleiades too and then we tried Andromeda. My friend thought he could see a faint fuzzy patch near Cassiopeia but when looking around I couldn't find it but found a lovely double cluster. Realised we were looking in the wrong area for M31 and eventually found it and it is lovely through the 40mm which seemed to give a real sense of shape and perspective to M31. In general the stars do seem pretty sharp to the edges, the 20mm from Bresser is also very nice and crisp and certainly better than the SW plossls supplied (and only £15!) My main issue with the 40mm was the need to locate your eye in a fairly tight area to get the full view, its just a nose/ cheek balance for me but it doesn't have a long range before it kidney-beans which can be annoying but otherwise it is really nice and solidly built. Its actually the exact design on the telescope house site and not the one as shown on the Bresser site I'd say the view and experience was nicer than the view I got from my BST in both of those EPs If there are any beginners looking to build up their eyepiece selection then I'd highly recommend buying the 40mm and 20mm at the same time £45 delivered from Germany for 2 very decent EPs
  5. Interestingly the picture of the EP I bought is the exact same picture as found here on the Bresser website, still selling for 129 euros, and there are strong links between, Meade, Bresser, Explore Scientific and JOC. In fact the Optical-systems website is strangely similar to the Bresser, even calculating the delivery in the same way, and the website/ shop is owned by Explore Scientific. (in fact same address as Bresser!) Anyway, I've got my fingers crossed for a 30quid gamble
  6. Well seeing as there was no reason not to, I've gone and bought 2 eyepieces. Can't quite understand how they are doing such a massive discount of 77% but I've just bought the 40mm for £30 and had to get the 20mm for £15 as well - £45 for 2 60degree Bresser eyepieces, delivered! UK shops are still selling them for £130 Hope they work out well and here is the link for anyone else https://www.optical-systems.co.uk/en/Astronomy/Telescope-accessories/Eyepieces/BRESSER-40mm-Eyepiece-60-5-Elements-50-8mm-2.html who fancies a huge bargain
  7. I've seen many of your posts waxing lyrical about the Panaview which is probably how it ended up top of my budget wide field list. I'd love to go to 70' or 80' but the costs seem exponential and I was only suppposed to buy the Dob as a starter and see how much use it gets, so trying to avoid spending the same again in eyepieces! Currently looking at a few items on ebay and astrobuysell, but good low mag EPs seems quite rare, and there are many mixed reviews about Revelations and Ascensions for my f6 - also looked at the Opticstar 2" XS 70' but cant find any reviews, and assuming its just a rebrand
  8. Anyone got one of these BRESSER 40mm Eyepiece 60 ° 5 Elements 2" eyepieces. Just seen a price that looks very good and wonder if it's worth getting, I had been looking at the Panaview 32mm and similar for my SW 200p, currently only have the 25mm and 10mm plossl, a Bst 8mm and I enjoy the wide field plus would like a good finder EP. I have pretty dark skies too
  9. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/insight Nice comic strip about the upcoming landing of insight on Mars
  10. Well I've been here before but not really posted since 2013 and barely done any stargazing. Before I was just using my binoculars and my young sons Heritage Dob, but have now gone straight for a SW Dob 200p Only had the first 2 nights clear , and think we've now got 3 weeks of cloud Next investment will probably be some better eyepieces (Just got the basic 25, 10 and 6 and moon filter) I'm in the dark sky park but in the centre of the village which may cause more problems with looking over houses than light pollution
  11. There once was man from Caerphilly Who lived near to Psychobilly He said to Orion "There is no denyin' Your sword looks a little bit silly"
  12. Had a lovely session outside with the bins, learning a bit more of the constellations Found M33 M44 and M67, plus M81 and M82 and a nice look at the double cluster When I was looking at Jupiter I saw a shooting star I think, or a really fast bright satellite, and then saw a couple of other slow moving satellites All very nice How was the site Stevetynant?
  13. Saturday is looking promising and I may try and join you
  14. I know the road over the Eppynt, I have friends in Lower Chapel. You should get great views between Brecon and Builth, but you'll need to find a spot where car lights wont affect you as that road does get used. Don't attempt it if there is any snow or ice, even with a 4x4, it's pretty isolated out there. THe other issue is that the road goes through the army training range so you aren't supposed to go off the road, so it may be harder to find somewhere away from car lights The road is pretty windy and slow too. Tell us if you find a good layby and I'll join you!
  15. My latest ditty is called "n+1" My scopes seem to have an omission Can't win over the wife through attrition I'll fork out a packet And put up with her racket Foregiveness is easier than permission *Optimum number of scopes =n+1 n= number of scopes you currently own
  16. We all feel a bit of a dope When starting our first thread "Which scope?" "Go buy a huge dob And get a new job Coz you're starting a slippery slope"
  17. Now, I have a pair of binos That I rest on the end of my nose I sit in the dark On the bench in the park And stare at the sky with the winos
  18. Don't worry about the tax, you only pay anything if you make a profit, so if you invest everything it to more Astro stuff, you need never make a decent profit, just have ever more equipment - meaning your "business" is making losses after expenditure
  19. Lovely image Can I ask what the 2 bright areas at the 10o'clock position are? I presume they are stars in the Milky Way rather than any features of Andromeda, unless they are supernova or star clusters
  20. I'll try and persuade my non-astro friends to spend £340 on it then If one were to go for a cheaper option of single EP for planets, what would be a good option for under £100
  21. It's not mine though They did ask if I wanted to borrow it as I dont think any of them are interested in astro....yet. Perhaps after showing them stuff last night on best UK nigts viewing this decade they might be tempted. I'd love to have someone to share the sky with (other than you lot - you know - someone real ) I thought best not to borrow it as I got my boy a SW heritage 76 for Xmas and don't want to upstage it yet - that's also why I'm still on the bins The other reason is that I have 3 of their kayaks and a bike trailer of theirs o it feels like I'm taking the mickey!!
  22. Any reason the 17mm was so hard to use with the Barlow x2? They also had a diagonal between scope and EP. How is the eye relief with the 3-6 zoom, and why do most people warn you away from zooms?
  23. When chatting to a friend about my new nocturnal habits, they mentioned they had an old telescope somewhere, thought it was quite good but didn't know how to use it Turns out is a Televue Pronto 70mm Refractor with 17mm plossl Got some very clear images of the moon and jupiter with moons last night so just wondering if anyone has experience of these scopes and what EPs work best with it. Seems that planetary/lunar will work best but not sure how short an EP to recommend. The 2x barlow doesn't give good eye relief. Its also missing its finder which I think may have been a red dot finder but bits are missing Seems to get some good reviews online but can't find much else on it
  24. Had a good view of the moon with my boy and his new eyepiece to get x50 and he loved it. Then I popped up to a friend who had told me they couldn't get their refractor to work and didn't think they had any EP's When I went up I found a Televue Pronto 70mm with 480 EFL and lots of dirt and dust on every glass surface. They had a 17mm plossl but they had it in a 2x barlow which made their viewing and finding really poor, and they hadn't realised it could come out After a quick clean up, I took it outside and stuck it on Jupiter showing great views of the Galillean moons, then the moon with really crisp views of its features (much better than the mini-dob though probably due to the EPs as well) and then a look at M42 IF I'm lucky they'll get into some stargazing as its a really nice scope on a solid mount (though a funy style I've not seen before with each leg rotating out independently) and they live miles from any LP
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