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Everything posted by johninderby

  1. The basic Svbony camera isn’t great but at least works reasonably well for a cheap,camera. https://www.ebay.com/itm/SV105-1-25-Telescope-Electronic-Eyepieces-2MP-Astronomy-Planetary-Camera-indoor/323217350506?hash=item4b41415f6a:g:gkAAAOSw9rJea0BO
  2. You mean a nosepiece like this? Have this spare one with about an M31 thread on it. Yours for the price of the postage if it’s any good to you..
  3. Not if you use the frequent £1.00 selling fee promotions on eBay. But still selling astro stuff on eBay is a bit of a last resort when you have places like ABS and SGL. Lack of photos also puts me off buying anything. I mean if you can’t be bothered to take a photo or two I can’t be bothered buying. If you state photos to be posted later at least I would come back later to take a look.
  4. Came across another seller of used telescopes on Amazon a few weeks ago. Loads of “used like new” expensive scopes at a fraction of the normal price. Too good to be true so gave them a wide berth. A 150mm triplet FPL53 APO for 500 quid. I think not.
  5. Explore Scientific / Bresser Losmandy bar for the Bresser 127L frac. Feels more secure than the vixen type the scope comes with.
  6. Dovetail saddle clamps are a popular upgrade. There are many different types available. They clamp the dovetail bar rather than having a screw that digs into the dovetail bar. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/search/for/saddle/
  7. And then for visual there is the BIG factor..........how good is your eyesight? Which brings up another question, should we separate the question of contrast into visual and camera?
  8. I was going to use an older phone but it wasn’t compatible with the app. Think it lacked the hardware needed. With my new phone just simply installed with no error messagaes and used the code and that was it. There is the option of bying a new cheap Chinese phone on Amazon that runs a newish version of Android.
  9. You need a bit of aluminium or plastic plate wide emough to screw to the bottom of the Celestron bracket and then screw that to your photo adaptor.
  10. While the scopes may come from the same factory it doesn’t mean they are the same. IE what grade of coatings on the optics are used and what extra QC steps are done. Probably the scopes from various low priced “brands” are much the same but those sold by bigger brands may be different. And are dealers doing their own checks. For instance FLO’s StellaMira line of scopes are given the full ES Reid checkup before shipping to the customer.
  11. Think most of Bressers scopes are made for them by JOC but Bresser is a big company and astro stuff is only a small part of what they do. Bresser makes everything from weather centres, 3D printers and photo studio gear etc. Bresser does a lot of design and developement work so probably helps JOC in that capacity.
  12. Bresser is not a subsidiary but a majority German owned company 60% owned by Rolf Bresser and Helmut Ebbert and JOC owns 40%. Meade no longer owns any part of Bresser.since the management buy out. Bresser also is a manufacturer as well as importing JOC made scopes. Bresser does distribute Explore Scientific and Lunt in Europe. Bresser now has it’s own US distribution company for Bresser products in the US.
  13. Is having GOTO important or would you rather find your way around with a manual mount?
  14. Skywatcher scopes are easier to find in stock at German dealers but a lot more than the UK price. As an example. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p2488_EVOSTAR-100-ED---100-900mm-ED-APO-with-Case---Acessories.html
  15. I’ve owned Celestron and Skywatcher maks and they are absolutely identical except for the colour of the tube. I do prefer the Bresser maks though and find they are just a bit better performers than the Celestron or Skywatcher.
  16. Is it just me or does this scope seem to be more of a kit to be reassembled properly rather than a finished product.
  17. The Celestron 102 mak is the same OTA as the Skywatcher Skymax102. An excellent lunar and planetary scope with very good optics but not an allrounder. Prefer the Skymax102 on the AZ-GTi mount which is a much more modern mount. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/sky-watcher-skymax-102-az-gti.html Think this is a better allrounder as it is good for DSOs as well as lunar / planetary. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-gti-wifi/sky-watcher-explorer-130ps-az-gti.html The AZ-GTi mount can also be used in EQ mode with the addition on a wedge and counterweight bar later on if you want.
  18. I think all these conversions in the pipeline have angered the weather gods. Or at least it seems that way looking at the long range forecast. It can’t stay cloudy forever................can it?
  19. Just checked again and OK for me.
  20. Working fine for me. Just went on it to check.
  21. I’ve fpund the size of the alt bearings has a big influence on the sensitivity of balance of the OTA. The small dia. bearings used on the SW do make it more sensative. With my Bresser changing eyepieces doesn’t affect the balance. Only if changed the finder setup would I need to rebalance and sliding the tube up or down in the rings only takes seconds.
  22. There are some usefull links on the C5+ here http://www.astronomycorner.net/c5plus/
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