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  1. It's been long time since I have been in here and the last time I was seriously out in the dark I lived on the Cairngorms so never had a worry over light pollution. This is not the case now...I live nr Silverstone. I know I have been spoilt in the past with my location but any ideas where my local best spot(s) would be for me now ? Banbury, Daventry, Northampton, Milton Keyens are all 20 to 30 mins away from me if you need to get a handle on my location. Tia
  2. Genius!! And guess what I have a bag full of from old PC's I have had in the past? Thanks...though quite why I am admitting I was unable to work this out myself I dont know.
  3. That makes the most sense but just didnt think of it with the wing nut being joined to the threaded bolt section plus the part being so small.
  4. Can anyone help? I am after some particular spares for my sons Sky-Watcher Mercury-707. Its on the basic AZ mount and the wee tripod tray is now missing some of the wing nuts. Any idea's as to where I can get some of these little wing nuts? Thanks
  5. It should be on your western horizon after sunset. Was hoping to get a sneaky peak tonight but we just have thick could full of sleet and snow. Hopeing the skies clear for me soon but the forecast doesnt look great! I think tues/wed will be the better nights to see it...subject to cloud of course.
  6. probably a simple explanation but I cannot think so hopefully the picture will show all.
  7. Will have to use your link as I registered with the NASA one and nowt has come through for sighting sates/times.
  8. I am hoping that you have a little silver screw as show like here or on your diagonal? Have these been screwed in and tightened down onto the EP to secure it?
  9. All great stuff add added to my links for reading another evening.
  10. Hi, The title says it all really. I have a Skymax 127 and an Orion SSCI IV webcam but I have not used the cam yet.....it is still boxed and wrapped until a certain date arrives and my long suffering will give it to me....but I see some imagers out there with variable or varied barlow mags. What would be optimum for my set up on planetary and what should stop me using a x3 or x 5? Currently I have a televue 2x. Thanks Andy
  11. Funny you should say that. I was at a Stargazing live event the other evening and there was a guy there with an SCT who said he would opt for NO barlow and drive the magnification by use of the EP's alone. Then along came someone to peer through his scope and I never got the opportunity to ask his why as we left soon after.
  12. Thats a good call if true as I was too looking at the 1.25" quartz dielectric and that was one of the ones I was referring to. I actually favoured the revalation one over the televue, Williams and GSO equivalents.
  13. Are they any good? I am not overly familiar with the name and for similar money I can get a quartz dielectric in a name I know for similar money. I have a few tens of amazon vouchers so looking for something to purchase and considering my star diagonal is the weakest link in my box now...its time to put it to pasture. http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_sabc?url=search-alias%3Daps&pageMinusResults=1&suo=1360755094336#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dielectric+star+diagonal+1.25&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adielectric+star+diagonal+1.25
  14. Thanks all. I realise I have quite a range of EP's and the barlow is really there for the secondary effects, eye relief. As for the imaging, what mames my limit 2x? Is it the aperture, optical quality or the fact that I have a webcam to use for imaging? Sorry, probably all sounds like lame Q's to some of you but I am sure there is a reason.
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