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wheresthetorch?

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  1. I tracked down the Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) for the first time tonight. Looked like an out of focus star through an 8" reflector, and took a magnification of 150x ok, at which point I think I could see a central star with averted vision. Really chuffed to have seen it for the first time.
  2. Thanks for this reply. The only thing I dislike about the Skywatcher tubular steel tripods is that you can't lift and quickly fold to carry them - you need to unscrew the leg support/eyepiece tray. I remember this being an annoyance with my old Celestron 4SE. I'll look out for a used Vixen tripod as you suggest (or start saving for a Berlebach!).
  3. May I ask what tripod you are using with your AZ5 in those pictures? Mine is on the black tripod that came with it, and isn't very steady at all, so I'm thinking of replacing it.
  4. I have a 2" eyepiece that can't reach focus in my Revelation dob. Instead of using a focus extender, I just don't put the eyepiece in all the way - just out by about 5mm and it reaches focus. Might be worth a try.
  5. This is the one I used: https://uk.telescope.com/mobileProduct/Accessories/Smart-Device-Accessories/Orion-SteadyPix-Quick-Smartphone-Telescope-Photo-Adapter/pc/1308/c/1382/118375.uts It opens up to an eyepiece diameter range of 25-45 mm, and may mean taking the eyeguard off some eyepieces (eg BST Starguiders). The beauty of it is that you can line the phone's camera up with the adapter before you then connect it to the eyepiece, though you do have to be quite careful not to move it while tightening it around the eyepiece. And also make sure you tighten it to the eyepiece proper
  6. I'll be interested to see how you get on - do post some pics.
  7. I've just tried that on my phone indoors, and you're absolutely right - good trick, thank you.
  8. Thank you! No, not stacked or processed in any way. I used an Orion Steadypix smartphone adapter to hold the phone steady over the eyepiece, but that was all - just took a snapshot.
  9. Fr Christmas kindly bought me an Orion smartphone adapter, and this has been my first chance to use it properly. Taken through an 8" f6 Newtonian at 37.5x
  10. What is the name of the YouTube channel please? I'd like to watch this.
  11. Nothing wrong with that scope at all. 90mm is a decent aperture and the mount is suitably sturdy. Just take your time - start with easy targets such as the moon to begin with - and don't be discouraged if you struggle at first. There's a wealth of knowledge on this site from helpful people. First thing to do when you get the scope is to line up the finder scope. Do this by lining up the telescope on a distant object such as a telegraph pole or TV aerial, and then adjust the finderscope so you can see the same object in it. Then, when you go out at night, point the finderscope at
  12. *****Had an offer I couldn't refuse for the three longer focal lengths, so now just the 3.2mm available - £35 incl postage.*****
  13. 1.25" BST Starguider ED eyepieces - set of 4 with boxes and lens cloths. Focal lengths: 15mm, 8mm, 5mm and 3.2mm. Very good condition. These are excellent eyepieces for beginner or intermediate use on any telescope. Please note: The 15mm eyepiece does not have the 'Starguider' branding on it, but is of exactly the same design and specification. Up on eBay for £150 plus postage. I'd be happy to sell to a Stargazer's Lounge member for £140 with free 'signed for' postage. Not willing to split at this stage. ******Had an offer I couldn't refuse for the three longer foca
  14. Got a good view today with an 80mm achro, Herschel wedge and continuum filter. Definitely worth investing in.
  15. There's an AZ Pronto mount and tripod in the Classifieds that might suit?
  16. I have a Telrad on one scope and a Rigel on the other. Quite happy with both, as like the OP I only use them to get the starting star in the view of the RACI when starhopping. Telrads are big, so a Rigel is better on, for example, a short focal-length refractor.
  17. I have the AZ5 and the mount itself is good - you can release the clutches to move across the sky quicky, and then use the slow motion controls to star-hop and track. However, the lightweight tripod isn't great - it is light for grab and go, but isn't that steady on the wind or when focussing etc. Planning on a Berlebach! Here's a photo of it with my AR80S.
  18. That looks great. I'm planning a 312 for my AZ5 and Opticstar 80mm frac as the stock tripod isn't very steady.
  19. http://astrobiology.com/2020/09/phosphine-detected-in-the-atmosphere-of-venus---an-indicator-of-possible-life.html
  20. My Revelation 8" Dob came with one as standard and it's beautifully smooth.
  21. Hi Barry. Is the 3.2mm available still? Would be ideal to take my Revelation 8" up close to it's theoretical maximum!
  22. This is a cracking read for 'lunatics': https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/luna-cognita-a-comprehensive-observers-handbook-of-the-known-moon-book.html
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