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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.

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  2. That's a heck of a scope but I still love my little 10" to bits. Going by this month's weather though even a 280" would be a complete waste of time in sunny (hmmmm) Cornwall.

    I have several scopes but I keep a SW ST 102 refractor on an EQ1 mount (legs extended) so that if I see a gap in the clouds it is the ultimate grab and go. I literally plonk it down facing north and remove the dust caps and start observing, takes about 20 seconds from deciding to go looking to actually be peering down the ep. My minute count for November so far is a whopping 20 minutes.

    Think I might move to Australia if the YouTube clip is anything to go by

    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.

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  3. That cap looks vaugely medical. Should stop the spiders setting up home anyway.


    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.

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  4. Love these scopes. Mine is the Celestron version. Picked a few up on Amazon for $20 each a few years back. Of course had to replace the plastic eyepieces with glass plossls before pointing it at the Sun. Much better than those Galileoscopes.

    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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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