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  1. A friend really galvanised my interest in astronomy in the late 90's thanks in no small part to his 4" Vixen on a SP mount. One like it is still at the top of my wish list. I suppose the A105M is the current equivalent but whether it is just the change in colour scheme (gone is the grey/green hammered finish), the appearance of quality in the acros seems to have fallen. Don't know if that's true, after all it's just my visual perception. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  2. I'm also in Cornwall and this is exactly my plan. I love my 200p dob but a frac would be lovely when the weather is marginal. I'm only 8 miles from Land's End and right on the coast and when the weather plays ball a nice frac would really shine as we fall within the dark sky area and they can be breathtaking. But in the meantime I'm enjoying the dob and my new pair of 10x50 bins.Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  3. That's the idea! And to keep the dust generated by 3 kids and other assorted furry creatures off of my nice shiny mirror. One of my best investments for the princely sum of £1 for 2, it works a treat.Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  4. New post!Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  5. Apparently the Frac crew reckon its getting a bit quiet here so here's my 200p. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  6. Nah! Just put the scope on a taller stool [emoji3]
  7. I think they're great. Definately the best way to geta youngster started with a cheap real telescope. Much better than anything else in this sort of price range. Mine's a Skyliner 200p and we all know what they look like so I haven't bothered to post a photo, besides the little heritage is much prettier and more interesting to look at. Also it's one of an elite group of dobs that are educational to look at as well as look through.
  8. My son's Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dob International Year of Astronomy special edition.
  9. I don't know how much truth there is in it, but an experienced astronomer friend, who also happened to be a telescope designer, once told me that a refractor was roughly equivalent to a reflector 2" greater in diameter, so in this case 6". So you could probably push the magnification to the same levels as on the reflector.
  10. That's a total of 8 eps which are of a quality I am likely never going to need to better.
  11. I'd complete my set of My 68° and a part set of shower focal length Es 82° from 14mm down. A Made/Es/Bresser 2" 2x Telextender a Telrad and riser a RACI finder and a 1-10 conversion for the focuser and still have change to take the family out for KFC.
  12. Looking good. The more I see this little mount the more I become convinced I NEED one
  13. Looking forward to the review. I really fancy one of these. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  14. 'Without doubt' even. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  15. Without the SR 4mm that came with my old Tasco reflector. I haven't got rid of it because nobody would want it and I'm a bit of a hoarder. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  16. Well Ripley can now ad Saturn and Mars to his list of Solar System objects viewed through the little Heritage. Very impressed with the views using a MaxVision 16mm 68 degree ep with a Skies the Limit 3x Ed Barlow giving 56x. Saturn was well defined and Mars was clearly a red disc. Even though he had seen Saturn through my 200p dob, I will never forget the excitement on his face when he saw it for the first time in his own little 'scope.
  17. I'm happy with what I have; MV 40mm and 16mm 68° and Skies the Limit 3xED barlow. This is but the beginning though the final goal is to complete the set of MV 68° before they go and complement them with the 3 shortest ES 82° and a 2" 2x ES/Meade/Bresser telextender (the 3x barlow will go to my son for his heritage 76). This will give from 2.3mm through to 40mm; a high quality, comprehensive set that will be more than a match to any 'scope I am likely to own. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  18. Favourite: I'm loving my 200p dob, the more I learn the more I want to see and the SE 8" lets me do it. What to buy next? Probably a CPC 1100. Fantasy scope: A Moonraker Teslar series built around an Istar 150 F12 R35 objective on an EQ8. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  19. For the same money I think I would go for one of these. http://www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Telescopes-Ascension.asp?p=0_10_1_6_52 Same as an Explore Scientific (but a bit cheaper) I'm told, which gets good reviews. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  20. That's great thanks. I got my plans through that site and have browsed it often but have not found that before. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  21. That's a good solution. What is your method for aligning the platform to Polaris? Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  22. Just hoping the price is competative or else an eq3 pro might be a better bet. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  23. Yes I really fancy one too. It would mean I could have a bash at some dslr ap with my existing kit for the cost of the mount. All my astro gear is purely visual (read dob). Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  24. Is the TS one adjustable for latitude somehow then? 10° seems a lot to be covered by one profile. The plans I have have different profiles for each change of 2°. I like the idea of making one and financial constraints make a commercial platform a no go at the moment. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  25. I can only talk from experience but I have the MaxVision 40mm 68° which I use in my 200p f6 dob. It is on the limit of usability in this scope in most respects; exit pupil, size and weight (it's a monster), many would say it's too much, but the views are fantastic and I love it and fully recommend it. I think you will be hard pushed to find better bang for your buck. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
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