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  1. I'm an idiot! On holiday in Crete (near Zaros). Really dark skies. Travel scope - check Eyepiece - check Diagonal - doh! Does anyone in Crete have a diagonal (1.25 or 2") for sale or loan? Many thanks, Andrew ps. I can really recommend Crete. We're near Zaros, just south of the central mountains.
  2. I don't use my 6mm Delos (too short for my CPC!) - I'll PM you. Andrew
  3. Trying to answer a question for a friend who has a Skymax 127 Synscan AZ GOTO. Will he need a GPS mouse as well as the StarSense if he wants full turn on and go functionality. (He goes sailing and wants to pack the scope to use in different places.) Many thanks Andrew
  4. I read both SaN and AN on an ad-hoc basis. I tend to flick through them both in the shop and buy whichever has something which interests me (or something I can use in school). I guess that I have probably bought more AN over the years but SaN is enjoying a bit of a run at the moment. Andrew
  5. I have a solid tube 12" SW w Moonlite focuser, Bob's knobs and Cat-eye collimation tools. I was going to post it for sale here once I got round to taking some pictures of it. I have to go out now but I'll take some pictures this afternoon. Andrew
  6. Dewbuster arrived.  Now I just need the clouds to clear off so I can test it properly.

  7. As said above, this is much easier done in daytime first; you can then easily fine tune using a star later. Pick a distant object away from the sun such as a TV aerial or a pylon. Using a low power EP (25mm?), align the telescope at the distant object first. Get the object right in the centre of the field of view. Now adjust the finder to centre it on the same object. At night you can repeat this using a star. You will need to adjust your focus. Centre the star in the telescope first (you can use the finder to help with this - it should now be nearly lined up) and then ad
  8. Another vote for a dew shield; without one you might not even get an hour's viewing. A passive dew shield is the easiest and can be bought or made (craft shop foam or thin camping mat for example). You can also get heated dew shields but you will then also need a controller (and possibly another power source). Turn Left at Orion is a great book if you're looking for ideas about what to look for but the astronomy magazines all have monthly targets too. Wait on buying eyepieces (I can't say I've ever needed a reticule EP). See if you can borrow before you buy. It will be easy t
  9. Depends on the plossl. The Vixen NPLs are great, a real step up from a "supplied with" eyepiece. They are £39-£49 new. TV Plossls are supposed to be excellent but they are upwards of £80 new. I would only value a "supplied with" plossl at about £10. Andrew
  10. I'm a big fan of the Vixen NPL plossls. Only 50º, but clear, sharp views. A definite step up from the "supplied with" eye pieces. Andrew
  11. A simple answer first: No, don't buy the eyepiece kit. This is a great article on eyepieces: Andrew
  12. Too tired!  Too much work!

  13. Do you have a finder scope? When I started my Mak came with a (terrible) red-dot finder. My skies were bright and it was of no use finding guide stars. Among my first upgrades were a Rigel Quikfinder and a 9x50 finderscope. The Quikfinder got me in the rough area (eg Mirach in this example) but it was the 9x50 which enabled me to find the guide stars (as shown in Turn Left at Orion). Now I'm spoilt with GOTO. Andrew
  14. Thanks John, I'll have a look at these (hoping the weekend is clear). An O-III is next on my shopping list. Is the Lumicon the one to go for? Andrew
  15. The Pleiades are brilliant aren't they! From my light polluted skies (I'm going to assume that your Manchester views are no darker than my London ones) I can make out the central core of Andromeda but none of the extended outer region of the galaxy but that's in my 11" scope! I never could see it in my 5" Mak and I always found it hard to find in my dob (except when I traveled to a dark site and then it was easy). If you can identify µ Andromeda, then M31 is about the same distance again from Mirach. Andrew
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