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  1. Hello fellow amateurs I have two telescopes - a skywatcher st80 and a skyliner 8" dobsonian. At the minute the dob gets more use than my refractor so I want to use the st80 as a finderscope instead of it gathering dust. Seems a bit of a waste as its a very good telescope. I have seen dovetail bars and ring sets on the internet but I don't want to go and buy something which doesn't fit as I have read that not all will fir an st80. I also see that some of them are pretty expensive - like £100 or so. Does anyone out there have any advice on how get them properly attached and well lined up? Preferably in a way that doesn't break the bank! I know a lot of people do use them as finderscopes and I would appreciate some advice. Clear skies Will
  2. Hi thanks for the replies In answer to Ed's question I can't remember the exact date but I would say that it had cleared the horizon by about 40 degrees and the seeing was pretty good. I will say that I'm using different scope from the last time I looked (80mm refractor with much better glass as appossed to my old 60mm) so maybe it would bring out the colours more? Will
  3. The star is the brightest in Canis Venatici, its a well known double.
  4. Hi, last night I looked at this pair of stars through my telescope. The brighest was a deep orange and the dimmer a vivid blue (a lot like alberio but a little closer together). Now, early last year I looked at the same pair of stars and I distincly remember them both being white and of roughly equal in brightness. Am I witnessing stella evolution before my eyes? Has anyone noticed this or noticed it in the past? What colour were they last time you looked at them? Am I looking at the wrong star? I would be interested to know...
  5. Thanks for all the input. 80x would be perfectly fine for my uses (I was using a recycled binocular eyepiece in my old scope and it was actually pretty decent, gave roughly the same value). Wide star-fields were what I got it for plus the portability. The scopes worth it just for pleiades! £250 is way out of my price range though - probably go for a 5mm or something, I don't need that much eye-relief.
  6. Hi there, I'm back for more advice. I recently upgraded my old 60mm refractor to a 80mm skywatcher and I'm very happy with how it performs on star clusters and some of the brighter deep sky objects. Miles better than what I was using. However I'm really keen to get a decent high power eyepiece especially as Jupiter and Mars are coming into view. I've tried using the 10mm with the barlow but personally I don't think they're up to much. Not bad but I think I can do better. Can anyone suggest a good eyepiece, maybe a 4mm or 6mm or some eyepiece-barlow combination considering that x160 is about the limit for this scope? Thanks and clear skies to all Will
  7. Luckily for me I live in a dark spot. There is a row of houses that blot out the street lights where the cars are parked. The only drawback is that I only see the eastern and southern sky. Sometimes I go to the local common. No street lights and very few trees to obstruct the view. Pretty bland landscape but ideal for astronomy.
  8. I found that looking at the sky without optical aid and a skychart works best. I know most of the Northern constellations and the names of the brightest stars by now. Then I started with binoculars. An interesting project is to see how many messier objects you can locate with binoculars. It seems to me that people are too quick to buy a telescope before becoming familiar with the night sky...
  9. Hmmm I like the mirror solution. Not sure I have space enough for a p-mount. Would be quite fun to build also. Thanks for giving me some food for thought guys.
  10. I actually found that you can use them hand-held if you hold them at their centre of balance, your arms get tired though... I would love a parallelogram mount but very expensive. I liked the set up icrusoe has. It must be quite portable too...
  11. Hi Like a lot of people here I have a pair of celestron 15x70 binoculars which I mount on a regular camera tripod with an L - bracket. I've had a great time hunting down deep sky objects but I am really limited when it comes to viewing anything above 60 degrees which is a shame because the zenith is where the sky is clearest. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has the same problem and especially anyone who has come up with a practical solution. Regards Will P.s I've tried lying down
  12. The best binocular objects IMO are the beehive cluster, Andromeda galaxy, the pleides and the double cluster in Perseus. They also bring out the colours of some of the stars which is interesting. Try scannning constellations such as Gemini, Cassiopeia, and Orion (i.e. those constellations where the star fields are the richest). Just scan around and see what interests you... Once you get to know the constellations and some of the deep sky objects you will be well placed to start observing with a telescope instead of buying one and not knowing where to point it.
  13. Hmmmm definitely some food for thought. I think I'll look to make from updates to my scope (which is actually surprisingly good!) If anyone has some knowledge on this I have a new thread on it. I'm basically looking to upgrade from 0.965 to 1.25 so I can use some better quality eyepieces.
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