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Rockrae78

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  1. I think people have given reasons why they should be used and it isn't just because they were supplied. Using the foam is simply not enough to protect them from damage/dust/debris. My Baaders come with dust caps and a nice leather pouch to keep them in. After a rush packing up session I put two of them back in the EP case (lived with foam) without any protection and boy did I regret it. Both of them got ruined: scratched, covered in dust etc). I've ended up replacing them. I'll never make that mistake again.
  2. You've got some really good advice here, and I really hope it helps! No one else has mentioned it, so I'm going to... If you haven't already, you really should invest in a copy of Turn Left at Orion. Not only is it a great guide for star hopping and finding DSOs, but it also includes 'sketches' of what these objects should look like in different sized scopes, and at different magnifications. I found this essential when I embarked upon DSO hunting! Sometimes, I was convinced there was nothing in the EP, but actually there was! I just didn't know what I was looking at. I do also understand that you don't want to spend an awful amount of money on things that might not help anyway, but there are things that you can do quite cheaply. First off, a dew/light shield... I made one for the princely sum of £12, using - as previously suggested by someone - a camping mat (£5 from eBay), and flocking material £7 from FLO (they don't seem to have any in stock at the moment, but you could try other retailers). This did indeed help enormously when trying to cut out erroneous light from nearby street lamps. Again, as previously mentioned, training yourself to spot DSOs is key. They aren't always easy to spot, but a few tips/techniques can go a long way to helping you out. Firstly, I covered my head/EP with a dark coat... sounds silly, but it did help to block any stray light between my eye and the EP. The EP I used did have a 'cup' on it that is meant to deal with this, but using something over my head ensured that I was in the best possible position to try and spot DSOs. I have since upgraded to 2 black pillowcases stitched together to create a shroud (cost £4). God knows what my neighbours think of me, but who cares!. Also, patience is key here. A quick look in the EP isn't always sufficient. Sitting at the EP for periods of 5-10 mins will start to reveal objects/structures that weren't there to start with. (A simple ironing stool is my tool for this - £15 from a flea market.) Also, the use of averted vision will also help you to see things that 'aren't there' when looking straight on. Try and scan your field of view with the corner of your eye, rather than looking straight at it. I also agree with one of the other posts that mention using a slighter higher magnification EP. A 32mm EP is great, but gives such a wide field of view, that you can't always pick out the DSO in it. Again, I understand that you don't want to spend an enormous amount of money, but at the same time, investing in EPs will give you a long term gain. I have now built up quite a collection by asking for them for birthdays/christmas etc. I think the suggested size of 25mm may make it easier for you to spot DSOs. I literally only use the 31/36mm ones for aligning scopes (using GoTo) and larger objects like Andromeda galaxy, M42, star clusters etc). Absolutely nothing will make up for a nice dark sky site, but - and I speak from experience here - its not always possible to get to one, and when clear nights are so rare, I take my opportunities when I can to get out observing! I'm a big believer of working with what you've got, but at the same time, there are things you can do to help enhance/improve the views wherever you are! I hope I've given you some food for thought here. Let us know how you get on. And don't give up! This hobby does require major time investment (as well as ££ investment!), but is so worth it!
  3. Rockrae78

    SGL 9 weather

    Yeah, the Peak Star Party wasn't great for weather was it? That wind was scary at times... thought my tent was going to take off!
  4. Mightily kind of you! May just have to take you up on that! Can always just take some butties and snacks to get me through til the cafe opens, but I can't live without my brews!!
  5. Trying to limit the amount of stuff in the car this time... Can I ask if the cafe is open all week, or just for the main days? The food is so good there, I may as well not bring any cooking gear if is open all week! Also, when does the tea/coffee tent arrive. I don't have a kettle - brews are made on my camping stove, so will I need to bring gear for this if the tea/coffee tent isn't there until Thursday. I'm arriving on Wednesday, and may be coming round to bribe you all (with jaffa cakes of course) to help me put up my tent (I'm on my own again)! Looking forward to seeing all of you again!
  6. Rockrae78

    SGL 9 weather

    As mentioned in the welcome information, bring everything you think you need to keep warm.... then double it! It really was freezing last year and thankfully I had 2 sleeping bags, a duvet and a small electric heater. Don't know if I would have survived otherwise!! The campsite has the best toilet facilities!! They are heated and soooooo warm!! If things do get a little too cold for you, you can at least defrost in there!
  7. I have one of the green witch ones. They are very good, and I like the fact that it has an air flap. However, condensation did still build up when I used it overnight at a star party last year.
  8. Contact lenses do not work for me when observing. I just do the whole glasses on, glasses off thing, but did get a lanyard for my glasses to make it easier to whip them on and off and so that I don't lose them in the dark!
  9. Thanks for that Peter. Should I assume that normal tent pegs will do the job?
  10. I have no problem being on hardstanding. I have a proper camp bed so will be off the ground for sleeping anyway. However, I have a question... how exactly do you peg a tent into the ground on hardstanding? Sorry to have to ask, but I've only ever camped on grass before.
  11. Rockrae78

    Astroboot at SGL9

    Want to sell my Baader SteelTrack focuser for SCT. I bought it from FLO during one of their clearance periods and can't remember why it was discounted in the first place. Still in original box, and only been used a handful of times so almost no signs of wear. I paid £170 for it, so looking for approx £130 - £140 for it. Don't want to bring it with me unless someone says they are interested in buying it.
  12. Hello from Walsden! I'm sure you'll enjoy your time spent here on SGL. Lots of great advice! You should go up to the observatory in Todmorden and have a look at the different scopes there before you make up your mind. They are open every Saturday night. Clear skies. Rae
  13. Can't believe you forgot to mention Jaffa cakes! Essential for this particular star party!
  14. Glad you got it working radec! I still have major problems when using iPad, it does seem much harder to get the direction arrows to respond, so I've just been using my iPhone. Weird how its easier with one than the other. Must admit, I've never tried using a combination of both handset and app. Will give this a go on the next clear night. Thanks for the info! But, I still think its worth pursuing any complaints with celestron. The app is meant to be able to be used without touching the handset at all, so this is still something that celestron need to sort out... whether in conjunction with apple or not. I sent an email to their support team a couple of weeks ago, but no response so far. Will keep you all updated should I hear anything back.
  15. Rockrae78

    SGL 9 - Bookings

    Its also worth remembering that there is a camp shop on site. It may not stock everything, but they do sell some of the essential items. They also do sell some food - they had very nice sausages last year!
  16. Some of the 2" diagonals come with a suitable visual back to fit your scope. Some don't. The one I bought did (link is on the first or second page I think), but I didn't like it, so I bought a separate Baader click stop visual back (again, link is with the diagonal). The click stop is useful because there are no screws to turn with cold fingers! Its much easier if you need to reposition the EP to a more suitable angle.
  17. I use the EPs both as 1.25" and 2" EPs and think that they work well either way. The 36mm gets more use as a 2" because I like the wider views, as does the 24mm, but the 13mm and 8mm probably get slightly more use as 1.25" EPs. Others may not agree that they are any good - I'm only going off my own usage of them and I have been extremely pleased with them (had most of them over a year now).
  18. This really made me smile... You couldn't get away with this on the CPC800 if you stick with the fork mount (as i have done)... not enough clearance when scope is pointing at zenith!
  19. Yes, it will, but only if you screw in the 1.25" adapter for this EP. It won't fit with the 2" barrel in use instead.
  20. The 36mm comes with a 1.25" adapter, so you can use this to fit it into a 1.25" diagonal.
  21. Honestly, I'm not really sure if it works that way. 36mm refers to the focal length of the EP, not the FoV, so in my mind, even at the 1.25" setting, its still a 36mm EP (something to do with the length between the lenses in the actual EP - the 1.25 barrel doesn't have any lenses in it). It does narrow the FoV. I did some calculations before I bought it, but maths has never been my strong point so I'm not sure that my calculations were correct. Maybe someone else would have a better idea about that?
  22. Don't worry about asking questions!! That's what the forum is for!! I've asked plenty since I joined! It's only recently that I am now starting to feel I can actually give out help/advice to newcomers like yourself! I hope I've managed to answer them all sensibly so far! I'm sure that there will be other, more experienced people who could give even more advice in this area. I'm only going off what I use, and I what I do with the scope. Here is a link for the 13mm BH so you can also see what this EP is like: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-planetarium/baader-hyperion-68-degree-eyepiece.html
  23. I know nothing about this EP, so I can only give my opinion here... And I must stress, it is my opinion! No knowledge or experience of it at all!! Plossl's not only have a narrower field of view, but also very little eye relief. I don't find Plossl's work for me at all. You, however, may be different! If it was me, and again I stress IF - I would cancel that order and go with either the 31mm or 36mm Baader Hyperion Aspheric: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-planetarium/baader-hyperion-aspheric.html Much wider field of view and very forgiving in terms of eye relief. Doesn't cost too much more, but as I've said, I've got the 36mm and to me its invaluable! You don't put the 2" barrel on, you take the 1.25" barrel off if that makes sense? You can see what I mean more clearly in the pic to the Aspheric version above. The scope itself comes with just a 1.25" diagonal, so to use the 2" setting, you really need to buy a 2" diagonal. The one I bought came with a 1.25" clamp included so I can use either 1.25" or 2" setting on the EP with just the one diagonal.
  24. Tinker1947 you are correct, they are wide 2" barrels, with a 1.25" adapter so you can use it with both types of fitting. As to the vignetting, I don't really know enough about the tech specs to be able to comment on why/how vignetting occurs!
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