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  1. No problem Alan, It is 740mm. The ED100 would be great on a Sabre II & CG-5. Just make sure of good balance and conscientious use of clutches / lock-out when loading & offloading the OTA whilst mounted. The worse thing is to take off a heavy EP or diagonal and the OTA nose-dives the primary onto the tripod leg.
  2. A few conclusions from my own thread. 1) Although simple in concept, replacing mid-power fixed focal length EP's with a zoom is not as simple as that. 2) A single high-power EP is enough: So long as its a Nagler Zoom (and gives your scope useful magnification) 3) A single low power EP is enough: So long as its wide & sharp over all or nearly all of its field of view & is comfortable to use. 4) Mid-power EP's complicate an otherwise simple lineup
  3. Alan, It's an Altair Sabre II on a Berlebach Uni 28. After getting used to the lack of Slo-Mo controls it has proven to be my favourite set up.
  4. Damn you swamp thing I just bought a used 8mm Ethos to see how it performs, now I am back up to 5 EP's. Plan A (2 of 2): Can I get my EP's down to 3 = NO
  5. Cheers Mark, Mike & John sing their praises and judging by my recent trip to cornwall it is a really brilliant EP !
  6. A brief swap of my light polluted Bristol sky for a Cornish canopy. The transparency and seeing on Tuesday & Wednesday night were excellent, tested briefly on Jupiter a few times. Highlights were: Jupiter, Spica & The Sombrero Galaxy as if by magic geometry plotted an equilateral triangle ! Who would ever turn down M104? Since owning a telescope its been high priority but its usually a tricky target. But from here tonight it was placed generously high, with some 2 bright signposts pointing at it. I went hunting low power (x33) and got it easily and quickly. Moving up to x74, the first thing I noticed was how delicate & compact it seemed, then the core (stellar but smudged), then the split of the glow across the centre by the edge-on dark lane. It was with averted viewing (especially if above and central) that the true textbook shape became apparent. I spend ages fascinated by this eerie glow, tiny in the 10mm eyepiece but colossal in every other respect. I could have spent all night on it, and went back for deserved revisits. Cygnus: I don't have a filter to enhance the Veil & the North American Nebula remained elusive to me without filtering too. Keeping things pure and simple: Spend ages scanning with wide-field (x33) & concentrate solely on 'seeing' the obscuring dust of the great rift. Does black get any blacker than this? Getting lost is a whole new concept here, imagine being able to enter the edge of this cloak and get inside it light years deep. This vastness of the cold dark dust & the cold wind blowing in from the nearby Haven off the north coast made me mumble Syd Barret's lyrics from Interstellar Overdrive......'Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten'...............This hobby does some strange things to you if you spend too long out there alone. Other targets viewed were: M13, M57, M101, Double Cluster, Double Double & many open clusters. Saw the Cone Nebula or NGC 2244 naked eye but could not verify details. Gear Used: TAK FC-100DF with 22mm LVW & 10mm XW
  7. Venus during daylight, is a brilliant crescent right now.

    1. Knighty2112


      Well done! :) Sadly cloudy here at the moment, so no chance to even think about looking for it!  

    2. jabeoo1


      It is surprisingly easy Gus, give it a go next opportunity :)

  8. Cheers Mark, I just picked the 10mm XW up. Feels lovely and robust, but a nice weight & size making it far from unwieldy. A quick glance through either ocular or objective by holding it 50cm away to gain eye focus shows a lovely sharp rendered exit pupil. The baffling is beautifully uniform & matt. On advancing it towards the eye the whole field to the stop pops into view effortlessly with no eyelash stroking. I can see what all the forums fussing is about now & I have not even put it in the scope yet
  9. I must shake myself out of bed soon. There was a missed opportunity the other week which was gutting, then when I did manage to get up the cloud had stolen the show
  10. I will be up for trying it out, but I think I will be hard-pushed to observe any difference. Seeing conditions is king here in the UK, without them we are nothing.
  11. A very high tripod would help ? Try looking through just the prism in the daytime at say a sunny garden. The view is crystal clear, apart from dust motes & FOV it is really difficult to know its in the optical path in front of your eye (I hope the neighbours don't watch me on my days off by the way).
  12. Cheers I think I may be able to settle on 4 EP's, its not too much juggling for the 'better & improved view'. Really the weapon of choice is the one for the job now with distinct boundaries.