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Joe G

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  1. Hi Craig Appreciate the quick response. Hopefully I'll get a peek before it disappears below the horizon but there's plenty of other good targets up there to view tonight Again thanks Joe
  2. Hi All The sky here should provide good planetary viewing for tonight. I'm having trouble getting access to my Jupiter Red Spot Transit Times site. Could anyone here let me know if it is visible tonight up to approx midnight? Thanks in advance Joe
  3. Paypal gift is good John. It doesn't come with the origonal box but it'll be well packaged & I can send you a couple of photos to your email address if you want, prior to transaction Thanks Joe
  4. Hi John I've a 2" Revelation 80mm extension tube I no longer need. Price would be £10 plus postage of approx £3 Joe
  5. Thanks for that Ade. That's pretty much similar to me using a Televue 8-24 zoom in a ED100. The clock going forward has allowed Jupiter to rise a bit higher before dawn breaks Joe
  6. Hi Ade Great to know you got a good look at Jupiter the other morning. Could I ask what was the best magnification you were using with your scope? The reason I ask is that I can get to about x100 on Jupiter these mornings before detail starts getting a little hazy due to it's low position at present Thanks Joe
  7. Hi Vlaiv Again thanks for all that. The origonal idea of the question arose as I was was walking over the hill road with the dog during a sunrise the other morning & I thought _ is this the same Sun I saw last week? Will I see a different Sun facade next week , God willing & with a clear morning? I don't do Solar gazing but just love looking up! Thanks Joe
  8. Hi Vlaiv Thanks for all that. If I'm reading your post right, I should be able to view the whole circumference of the Sun every 24.5 - 38 days, providing the days are cloudless of course Again thanks Joe
  9. Hi all I was at an astronomy discussion a while ago & part of the discussions was about Sun Spots & lack of them. I'm aware that when the Moon moves around the Earth , only one side is always visible to us. As the Earth moves around the sun, is it similar or can we view all areas of the Sun during that yearly rotation? Hopefully that makes sense & thanks in advance to any input from more experience observers here Joe
  10. Hi All I totally agree that this thread should noy be used for any manufacturer/supplier bashing. That will only result in some guys not wanting to get involved in the discussion. The main reason for my contribution ( a big gamble for me as it might reflect any resale value) is hoping to get some first hand reviews/advice. My main issue is the optics, which IMO, does not perform to either the specification or the claims AA puts up on suppliers' websites
  11. There are a few irritating issues but the main one is the optics. I believe my scope suffers from severe Spherical Aberration, which in turn, shows too much CA & a lack of any details on targets such as Jupiter. In case someone suggests Jupiter is too low at the moment, I did a " side by side" comparison one morning with a Bresser Messier 102 f/10 refractor on Jupiter. The Bresser showed the 3 moons & more detail than the Ascent. The Bresser was bought by my viewing friend complete with a Mons 2 mount from Lydl about 7 years ago for £200 complete. I would also appreciate any other reasons for the lack of contrast/resolution with my scope from more experienced guys on this forum
  12. Hi All I bought & received an Ascent 102 f/11 on 22/1/19 and returned it on 13/2/19. It was supposely a direct comparison to a SkyWatcher ED100 ( which I previously owned) & the longer focal ratio which suited me best. Unfortunely my particular sample doesn't favourably compare. The supplier still has the scope & has forwarded it to AA for further testing a week ago. I have still not had the AA response. I had agreed not to discuss the issues until the AA report came back. That's no longer valid as I just started a PayPay Resolution procedure today. I may need/ appreciate some reviews from someone who either owns one or is going to Kettering & interested in buying this paticular scope. Joe
  13. Hi Louis That probably sums up my thoughts on which scope suits best but no more thinking required! My local supplier had the ED102 F11 in stock but their web site stated they only shipped to UK mainland. I then got in touch with RVO & they are sourcing one for me for the same price. I also spoke with Adam, their sales guy & mentioned the issues Astrojenson hightlighted in the CN thread. He will open the box & do a quick QC on the scope prior to dispatch to me. Hopefully it should arrive before the end of the month Again sincere thanks to everyone who provided their valuable feedback
  14. Thanks Stu and Moonshane for that feedback & yes that is the scope I'm very close to buying. I only use 1.25" eyepieces and just go for the usual targets such as the moon, planets & stars splitting etc. I love refractors but my issues are floaters, which is why I want to try Binoviewing. Also my present mount is a manual CG4 which may be dodgy, balance wise, with the F11 scope. However, if I'm certain the Ascent can reach focal point with an extension tube with the small section removed, then I believe this setup would work for me. Again thanks
  15. Thanks for that Ben. The Scope Maths link is the ideal answer to that question & just added it "my favourites" for future use
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