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  1. A good reality check and with a sense of humour yet with informative content, the flip side of stargazing, taking out all the 'romance'. Hope you enjoyed the darts.
  2. You could perhaps subscribe to one of the monthly periodicals such as Astronomy Now which feature monthly charts and a comprehensive and descriptive observers section.
  3. Yes as nialk has indicated, become accustomed to your dobsonain and get to use it in its natural accordance, fitting a Telrad or rigel quicfinder preferable to necessarily installing a costly goto system. For eyepieces if you do have a budget for £600, perhaps some wide fields, and take into account there is also a thriving second hand market. Perhaps Explore Scientific 82 degree, as an example for higher power 7mm will give you x 171 mag, mid power 13mm = x92, low power 20mm to 26mm (x60 to x46). Dobsonians are fine for sharing the view with family, the natural rhythm, movement of celestial objects that requires the scope to be nudged is completely intuitive to the observational experience. Include a dim red setting torch, Cheshire collimation tool (through FLO) planisphere and if you haven't already down load stellarium, free interactive sky chart.
  4. Good morning, the 200p dobsonian is a very good choice. A companion book, highly recommended publication is 'Turn Left at Orion', available on Amazon.
  5. The CG5 tripod is so I believe a compatible, no mods required fit for a vixen porta II mount. I changed to a wooden tripod, though the stock tripod was quite alright at least for using my 76mm F6.3 refractor.
  6. A little over edited, - Look forward to reading when you get it back on track, campsite stargazing, does sound promising.
  7. Just got round to checking up on all those objects in your report Gerry. B92, B93 do appear interesting, Sagittarius is fairly low lying from my observing location, being closer towards Scutum, I enjoy fixing on M17 though which is more elevated. Quite agree NGC 6781 is a nice P/N to visit. Need to look up those nebulae you mention particularly in Cepheus, the Little Veil is a primary target in which I will once again look for a thin strand whilst using my OIII filter, feeling cautiously hopeful about this one. Another great session for us all to digest anyhow Gerry, look forward to more reporting.
  8. Hope all is well John. I managed to inadvertently wack my right (observers) eye with a mallet today, whilst doing some work on the alltotment (clumsy oaf), I could benefit with an eye patch. My first Televue eyepiece was an 11mm plossl, which I used with my then 8" F10 Celeston SCT. It made a heck of a difference correcting and sharpening the view of Saturn against a black background, an image still embellished on my mind. Not just invariable price increases, but the UK 20% VAT compounds the means to purchase what we might like. My last Televue eyepiece was earlier this year a 4mm DeLite, purchased during a promotional 15% discount period. Credit to TeleVue for holding a succession of 15% to 20% discount periods on all of their range (although as I recall their last one was on eyepieces only and up to a particular focal length).
  9. Getting the right fit when you have multiple scopes and observing circumstances takes a lot of time (in years), eye watering expense and considerable learning. Perhaps it depends on how you relate each of your current oculars to your present format of scopes and whether or not you just may make changes in terms of selling any in the foreseeable future. Just a personal thing, I like and prefer singular focal length eyepieces rather than a barlow or zoom, I also like a comfortable wide field with good eye relief. I enjoy the characteristics of each of my eyepieces. There are two eyepieces that receive less use than the core bunch, my 25mm TeleVue Plossl and 10mm Delos, no plans to part with either, the Delos in particular when it does receive use is spot on for a particular target. As with other comments, three to four eyepieces on average applied for each scope during an observing session. Cannot wait to unleash the 31T5, 21E combo on the return to dark skies with my 14" dob.
  10. A factor of a weak pound strong dollar, requires an adjustment in costs as new stock takes over. Sterling is downwards, routine stationary equipment I purchase for work has increased by quite a margin, commodities in general are just getting more expensive. I place value and feel grateful with my own TeleVue collection, just becoming too out of reach at retail really but not a direct fault of TeleVue. Second hand TV plossls would be good consideration.
  11. I use several varied sized Lowepro shoulder camera accessories bags, which had been purchased on ebay and these contain many items required for each particular scope. I also have a large flight case for eyepieces and filters. There is no doubt that some effort and organisation is required in preparation for a trip out of Town. Particularly as things are stored in different places, so remembering the camping table, ground mat, observers chair, charts, scope cover etc, requires some time to do. Then there is reconfiguring the car, ensuring that the boot light is masked and that the dash board lights can be on arrival. It gets easier or at least familiar as you become accustomed to venturing out to dark skies. I store everything for the journey home as on the way out, so caps on eyepieces and so on. When back home, fortunately I can spread everything in the backroom of our house and will remove caps and vent scope, eyepieces, filters just about everything and forget about it until the morning. I live in a terrace house so on street parking which can be a nuisance at times so taking time up in the small hours. Perhaps we are all different and maybe it depends on the nature of your work, but personally I cannot plan on such trips if there is work the following day, feeling a bit wrecked on a work day is something I like to try and avoid. Going to the trouble of getting to a dark sky is worth the effort involved.
  12. Getting a bit overdue, travel to dark sky locations with a set agenda is where I feel I am most alive to visual astronomy. These trips can be a commitment, up to an hour travel each way and anticipating a good clear forecast, I want to get the most out of it. Adrenaline, a sense of expectation, concentration, mixed up with coffee and snacks defies time and fatigue. A good radio station on the way home is necessary and then more adrenaline to haul everything out of the car to air off in the back room for the remainder of the night. I am self employed and my work pattern can often be patchy, which means that if there is a good opportunity for a mid week new moon trip out I just might be available to go for it. The flip side if I do have work the following day then at best a short scope or binocular session locally or from home will do.
  13. Good read successful session Neil, becoming accustomed to locating diffuse nebulae such as North America,
  14. Brilliant again Gerry, wonderful descriptive report.
  15. I think that is it really, if you have access on a few humble occasions to satisfy a curiosity need to look through a large aperture scope away from light pollution, at a selection of new or familiar objects, then conversely, for some, you can go back to your own set up and observational circumstances quite content. I therefore enjoy using smaller scopes (and binoculars) for their own particular characteristics, views and advantages (though I would be curious to look through a much larger dob sometime). So if mixing with friends, star parties and such can be great for sampling alternatives to your own (and not just large aperture) - without necessarily wishing ownership. Just to beat the drum, everyone from time to time should get to sample and experience a dark sky, far more going for it than the conflict of aperture.