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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Dewbuster arrived.  Now I just need the clouds to clear off so I can test it properly.

  5. 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 adjust the finder. Repeat with a higher power EP if you have one. Andrew
  6. 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 to spend much more than the price of your scope on eyepieces if you wish! I dislike red-dot finders but again wait until you've tried yours - it might be good (there are plenty of folks on here who think they're fine). Lastly, welcome to SGL! Scotland? Andrew
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. A simple answer first: No, don't buy the eyepiece kit. This is a great article on eyepieces: Andrew
  10. Too tired!  Too much work!

  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. I've just taken delivery of a DGM Optics NPB filter. I have an 11" scope and light polluted skies. What targets should I go for to put it through it's paces? Many thanks for your suggestions, Andrew
  15. Waiting to try my NPB filter - what to see?

  16. After reading many good reviews, I decided to buy a NPB filter for use in my CPC1100. I ordered directly from Daniel McShane (DGM Optics) at npbfilters.com in the US. I ordered on Wednesday 17th, paid by paypal and the filter turned up today (the 23rd). That's a pretty quick turnaround! There is now a European supplier (Okularum) but it is cheaper to buy from the US: $165 vs €188 (for the 2" NPB, both including shipping). Andrew
  17. I love my CPC1100. It is a truly wonderful piece of equipment. Andrew
  18. I think you've hit the nail on the head. I do have a toilet tent too! Andrew
  19. The problem is more the layout of the garden than actual space. The lower half of my garden is dominated by trees. Go too far down the garden and the trees are in the way, Too near the top and then the house is in the way. The only place where a pier or obsy could work is slap bang in the middle of the lawn. My chance of getting planning permission for that is less than zero. At least on the tripod I can move around a bit, finding gaps depending on what I want to see. I'm also planning to take it into school with me (I'm a teacher) and maybe attend some of the Baker St events in Regents Park. You're right, my main reason for looking at outdoor storage is cool-down time (which is quite a lot for a big SCT). If the pros do not outway the cons then I won't bother. However, the thought in my head now is run a power line out and have a small dehumidifier and a dedicated outdoor socket. In for a penny, in for a pound. Andrew
  20. What I meant to say was that the Baader Newtonian Focuser fits to the Lunt once you remove the base plate (I THINK!). The Baader focuser should be cheaper than the Moonlite. If you want to use the Moonlite focuser, you need the Moonlite Lunt flange. HTH Andrew
  21. Also I'm 99% certain that the Lunt flange is the same as the flange on the Baader Newtonian version (holding the focuser to the mounting plate) but I'd love someone to confirm that! Andrew
  22. I can live with the price if it does what I want. Temperature: This is a worry. I have shade but will that be enough? It's waterproof and ventilated (they recommend it for storing cushions etc). Do most people who store in a shed or obsy use some type of dehumidifier? Andrew
  23. Hi Paul, I bought the Moonlite from FLO. It wasn't on their website but they ordered it for me. The spec is: CS Orange Lunt flange 1.5" Dual rate Obviously you can have whichever colour you like (as long as you accept that orange is the best!). It was really easy to swap with the original! Andrew
  24. It's the summer temperature which has me worried.
  25. This my 60mm Lunt LS60THa-1200 with a Moonlite focuser on a Vixen Porta II. I use my TS 9mm planetary most of the time. Andrew
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