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Chinapig

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  1. Please excuse the mugshot (something to send the grandchildren!), but here’s my delightful Tak FS-60C, with Herschel Wedge in place, enjoying the recent sunspot activity. I’m truly amazed by the quality and versatility of this little scope. It’s become my most-used and favourite scope, whether in F6 mode as here, or at F10 with the extender in place. The detail it could pull out of the sunspots and their surroundings was most impressive. And it rides so sweetly on the Scopetech Mount Zero. Solar, lunar, open star clusters, wide-field views - it’s a joy.
  2. Oh, that simple - many thanks Jeremy! I thought it might be the 2” adapter, but wasn’t convinced it could be that easy. I have one of those in my Tak box - came with my little FS-60C. Really appreciate your help. Many thanks. Cheers, Simon
  3. Apologies for waking up an old thread. I have a 76DCU, and had the same problem with focus in-travel and a Daystar Quark. Keen to know which Tak adapter solved your problem. Not 100% sure which back-end plumbing part you’re using. Would appreciate your advice. Many thanks! Cheers, Simon
  4. Very well worth it, I reckon! Looking at your kit list, there are several fracs there, across which you could share a Herschel Wedge. Cheers, Simon
  5. Many thanks for you input Ricochet - appreciated. While I continue to ponder the DS option for a wee bit longer, I’ll definitely divert a bit of budget for a replacement focuser. Comments about the standard helical one do seem pretty common. Thanks again. Cheers, Simon
  6. Had a delightful grabbed-and-gone viewing session from our front garden this afternoon, as the sun moved out from behind the trees and houses opposite. Wow, that sunspot group is seriously impressive! Was using my wee Tak, FS-60C, with a Lunt wedge, and tried a small selection of eyepieces, finishing with a Morpheus 6.5 at 54x. Fab view via a solar continuum filter. Delightful detail. Sunshine permitting, I’ll keep watching over next few days. Cheers all, Simon
  7. Many thanks Ade - appreciate your comments. All useful info. Cheers, Simon
  8. I’ve decided to go for a small, light and handy dedicated H-alpha solar scope, and have a Lunt LS50THa incoming. So if you take that scope as a given, and also that I’m only interested in observing, would it be worth also getting the double-stack module? My budget might JUST stretch to that, given some of the discounts around. Curious to know of anyone’s experience with double-stacking the little Lunt 50, purely for observing. Look forward to your comments - cheers folks.
  9. It’s currently sitting on an Amazon Basics! Simply because that was vacant when the mount arrived, and I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s surprisingly stable though, and has been fine up to 126x on Mars, for example. It’s far from a long-term solution though, and will probably swap duties shortly with a rather sturdier Manfrotto tripod. I do however have my eye on a Berlebach Report 312, which looks spot on. Otherwise, it’ll be down to researching the carbon-fibre options.
  10. Have had my Scopetech Zero for a couple of weeks or so now - thanks to FLO’s speedy turnaround - and it’s been out a few times already. I’m very impressed with it. Helped by some earlier comments in this thread, I found setting the Az axis tension a doddle - just a few tweaks - such that it’s super smooth to push around, and the slo-mo engages seamlessly. Works like a dream. Same is true for the Alt axis. I’m using it with a Tak 76DCU, and finding the balance point was easy. Gives me exactly the degree of control I was looking for. Holding Mars in the fov with the slo-mos is a d
  11. Meade 5000 series 20mm UWA (82 degrees) eyepiece, 2" barrel, complete with dust caps and original box. Asking £95.00, to include tracked postage to UK mainland. Payment by bank transfer preferred, or cash on collection feasible if you're local to the West Sussex area.
  12. Pentax XW 5mm eyepiece, complete with dust caps and bolt case, in original box. Asking £165.00, including tracked postage to UK mainland. Payment by bank transfer preferred, or cash on collection feasible, if you're local to the West Sussex area.
  13. Price reduced a tad - not too much as I reckon these are pretty good value anyway!
  14. Well, just about in time for the weekend, and a parting glimpse of Comet Neowise...!
  15. Sadly, it's time to part with my trusty Helios Apollo 15x70s, as arthritis is making handling increasingly awkward. They are in very good condition, with just a few very slight scuffs around the tripod-adapter socket (see photo below). These have taught me more about what's where in the night sky than any other optical device. Complete in original case, with an unused and unopened lanyard, plus the solid metal tripod adapter, adapter socket blanking cap, objective lens caps and eyepiece rainguard. I'd really prefer not to ship them, as I'd rather not risk any knocks in transit that
  16. If you wear glasses to observe, the amount of available eye relief might also be an issue. I've also been looking at these models and formats, and - for example - the 16x80 version of the LightQuest has more useful eye relief that its 20x80 equivalent, which wouldn't work for my eyes. Bit of a juggling act!
  17. If you want to use the binocular for wildlife, even occasionally, then I reckon that tends to rule out all the models with individual eyepiece focusing, as trying to re-focus both eyepieces as wildlife moves around could get rather tiresome! Probably also worth checking out the close-focus distance of the various options, as many of the 20x80 models show 20m as their closest focus, which might also be a tad limiting for wildlife. The Pentax 20x60 gets down to 8m, has centre focusing, and is relatively lightweight, but has limited field of view - plenty of positive reviews around. Might also
  18. Thanks Hals - appreciate your comments. Sadly, now is not really the time to suggest people could add a weekend in Brighton to their trip south, as tempting as though it might be for some!
  19. Hi Martin Hope all good with you. Not sure if my experience will be of any interest to you, but I was at the point of buying a monocular a couple of months or so back. The Opticron 8x42 & 10x42 were on my short list. I was looking for something decent but small, that I could slip into my camera bag while on countryside walks during the lockdown. Inspired by some reviews & comments I read on CN, and on Neil English's website, I ended up going for a small bino instead - the Pentax Papillio 6.5x21. It just fits in my camera bag, or even a jacket pocket. It focuses down to 0
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