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  1. I'd say definitely get the Rigel quick finder or Telrad as well as the RACI , it's more difficult with a RACI on its own to find things than a straight thru but in conjunction with the Rigel / Telrad it's easier and more comfortable.
  2. If you have a straight thru finder , keep both eyes open and line up the dots - try it you will see what I mean , you will then have the correct star in view . I lined my finder up using the moon . You should have it quite accurate , in the skywatcher finders there should be a rubber O ring around the finder before it is pushed into the holder so that it can be easily adjusted.
  3. I wouldn't keep it near any hair sprays or any thing like that , I recently got one but have only tried it the once , I was impressed with the views against my 200p - on Jupiter they were nearly as good , on that night night none of the scopes had the bands clear enough to see the grs though so time will tell on that one. I was using my 6 mm that night. I also live in a city so if your somewhere with less pollution the views will be clearer.
  4. Do the star test first , I only move mine gently from the garage to the garden and it is always in good collimation , if you chuck it in the car then you will probably have to do it more often.
  5. I have the Rigel with a RACI , I would say you will be constantly frustrated with the RACI without some other finder , the Rigel gets you thereabouts and then use the RACI to get closer in more comfort than a straight through finder . Straight through finders are great on their own but keep both eyes open when using it and line the 2 dots up of your target. . . It's obvious when you try it.
  6. scuffer


    Hello ep addict , I have the same 'problem' with my 32mm 2" ep , only noticeable on something bright , usually the moon
  7. Bavvy , have you got anywhere with this , might be worth trying to line up the moon tonight around 10.00 ish , to see if finder and scope are aligned
  8. The 1.25" adaptor should not be put into the 2" adaptor , they are used separately
  9. You will get perfectly clear images with the supplied eyepieces , there is no need to go and buy new ones to cure this blurriness , try the ep in fully , you should be able to focus on to stars so they are pin pricks of light , are the finder and the scope aligned ? You need a distant object to do this , I did mine on the moon,
  10. The eyepiece doesn't look like it's all the way in, is it , what are you focussing on , is it something quite distant
  11. Make sure you got a few extra turns on the central bolt , the nut will have a nyloc washer in it to stop the bolt coming loose when your turning the scope about so screw it as far as you can without tightening up the swivel of the scope.
  12. What oily meant was , do not use the 2 " and 1.25" ep holders at the same time ,only one should be attached to the scope at the a time. Have you lined up the finder ? , best to test it on the moon or Jupiter not at any stars or dso's. As posted I would be concerned about the mottling. If the finder is lined up have both eyes open when looking thru it and line up the 2 dots of your target. Do not pan across the sky, small movements and stop or you will not find anything.
  13. I would get a dob , add a setting circle and a Wixey , also make an adjustable base that can be levelled and plonk the dob on top of it , get stellurium to get the co-ordinates of what you want to view at the time you want to view them , with this you can be setup in minutes and have a pretty accurate push to system . Also Turn left at Orion to help you learn how to find things by star hopping . Concentrate on the easier dso's first , it took me ages to find andromeda and it always took me a while to relocate it , I read tlao and now I know where it is in an instant. If you have a straight through finder keep both eyes open and line up the 2 dots. . . . It's obvious when you try it. Patience , don't wave the dob about , move and stop , many dso's will be missed if you just sweep the dob side to side. Good luck.
  14. Can highly recommend the use of a setting circle and a Wixey but also have a look at the book 'turn left at Orion' , it'll help you to star hop
  15. if you were from Manchester you would know it as cloud
  16. Gotta be worth a go , got until September to think of a name of something that's 5 inches ....hmmmm
  17. Saw this and thought what the heck does dslr stand for , digital single lens reflex , basically what you see in the viewfinder is exactly the same as the camera sensor thanks to mirrors unlike a compact camera with a viewfinder, though with today's screens I don't suppose that difference is there any more. End of waffle , thank you google.
  18. Excellent picture , you can even see the crash zone at the bottom !!
  19. If you get a RA finder then I would recommend a Rigel or Telrad as well , it's difficult to pin point the sky with a RA finder on its own. Really depends on how much you want to spend on ep's , some names to look for are TMB planetary , BST Explorer and vixen NPL are thought to be decent good priced eps
  20. I saw a couple like this only a few minutes apart around 1 am . Bit too cool to get the sunbed out though so went to bed
  21. Could be your expectations , the banding will not be as clear as you see in pictures , the 8mm will show it better , with the 25mm it could be to small . I would wait for the moon to come up and try the different combinations on this also do a star test for collimation
  22. A setting circle and a Wixey angle gauge used with stellarium .
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