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  1. Why not have the best of both worlds. A dob with baseboard setting circles, a Wixey and an equatorial platform. Fully manual operation for star hopping, alt/az coordinates available and tracking. A good compromise I would have thought. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  2. Anyone seen one of these yet? Looks like an interesting bit ok kit. http://www.teleskop-austria.at/shop/index.php?lng=eng&m=2&kod=mont-adv-ent-01&skod=%2013&om=Mounts Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  3. Thank you for the explanation. That has sated my curiosity; for now. I can barely afford one avenue of photography being in the process of setting up my own landscape and location portraiture business, so as much as it calls to me I will enjoy the efforts of other astrophotographers instead. I love visual observation anyway, but there is the new camera mount from SkyWatcher http://www.teleskop-austria.at/shop/index.php?lng=de&m=2&kod=mont-adv-ent-01 ....... Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  4. I have also have a 200p dob and I use the MaxVision 68° EPs. I currently have the 40mm and the 16mm. I think that they are fantastic and cannot personally fault them at all. Much more experienced astronomers than I mention them in the same breath as Televue and Pentax so if that is not recommendation enough I don't know what is, and at a fraction of the price. With a decent quality 3x barlow the 16mm also makes a very good planetry eyepiece on the 200p dob. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks for a great explanation, I thought it must be something to do with noise reduction but couldn't quite get my head around why. I assume dark exposures are also to aid with noise reduction, hot pixels ans software calibration, but what about flats. I know, so many questions from a non imager, but it was this curiosity that led me to asking for a telescope for my 8th birthday many years ago. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  6. I have no experience of astrophorography other than some dslr shots of the Moon but do have a lifetime of experience in terestrial photography. Something has had me puzzled for a while; I can understand taking a number of exposures at different lengths and stacking them, similar idea to HDR imaging, but why spend hours taking multiple exposures of the same length. Surely once you have one image of an acceptable quality you could just stack multiple layers of the same image. Wouldn't a stack of 30 second subs of a dso just be a stack of 30 second subs whether it came from one image or many. I don't have any plans to get into AP anytime soon, I am a visual dob user, I am obviously missing something here but I must admit it leaves me more than a little perplexed.
  7. Here is my latest aquisition, no not the 200p dob, but a newtonian telelescope primary mirror flexible dust shield. Otherwise known as a shower cap. I live in a house with 3 kids and a number of othe furry creatures and I was forever having to blow off the primary mirror. Not any more, this works perfectly and all for the princely sum of 50 pence from Asda. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  8. A first for me tonight, three major planets in one short session. I have had great views of Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. I was using a MV 16mm 68° ep with a Skies the Limit 3X ED barlow in my SW 200p dob. Jupiter was only so so being quite low and directly over some houses and was better just using the nosepiece of the barlow screwed onto the ep. Mars was great, plenty of detail in the dark areas and polar caps were very clear with nicely defined edges. Finally Saturn, this is the first time I have had the chance to use the new MV ep on Saturn and this was that Saturn WOW moment all over again. Cassini division was clearly visible as was the banding on the planet itself. The planet seemed to float in front of everything else, a real 3D experience. What a difference a great eyepiece can make
  9. Mine is my MaxVision 40mm 68°. This is right on the limits of just about everything on my SW 200p dob but mainly exit pupil (6.6mm) and weight (this thing is huuuuge). The views are outstanding and it is wonderful for a dobs forte of just cruising the sky. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  10. My son also has the SW Heritage version. A little more expensive but has a finder scope and better supplied EPs, SW's usual 25 and 10mm Super MAs. A search will turn up my review. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks for the review. On the ever increasing 'to buy' list. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  12. I can have my Skyliner 200p set up in the garden or loaded in the car in less than 5 minutes, however cool down negates it from being a true grab and go. Spur of the moment sessions see me using my Hawke Nature Trek 20-60 x 80 spotting scope on a Slik 700DX Pro tripod. Very nice on lunar and considering the limited magnification Jupiter as well. Wide field is resonable and less CA than you might expect. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  13. A CPC 1100 is on my to buy list, won't be for a good while yet though
  14. I don't mind the short eye relief, the MV 16mm pretty tight. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  15. Another vote for the MaxVision from me. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  16. I have one of the Skies the Limit 3x ed barlows and it is not bad at all. I have only had a chance to try it briefly on the Moon but it seems to hold up pretty well with my MV 16mm 68° giving 225x in my SW 8" dob. For £24 I say give it a go. If you find it useful you can always get something better in the future if you feel you need it. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  17. We must be careful here not to confuse Olivon with Olivion. Olivon being discussed here is a respected Canadian manufacturer/importer who founded their business on spotting scopes, whereas Olivion is a budget brand normally found for sale on that auction site. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  18. Yes thanks John. I was looking at these to carry on from my MV 68°s for the shorter focal lengths. Do you think they're up to it, or should I stick with my original plan of going with the ES 82°s? Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  19. I have one of the 3x ed barlows like skies the limit sell. Suprisingly good for the money; £24. The lens unit also unscrews to give about 1.5x when screwed directly to the ep. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  20. My Skyliner 200p is called "Dobby" as in the house elf. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  21. Had the chance to give the 40mm a whirl last night, just amazing. Hundreds of pin point stars right to the edge as far as I could tell. Eye positioning is pretty critical but the large flat screw up eyepiece sorts this out. Once the height is right you can get perfect eye position everytime, because it's so large you have 3 points of contact: your brow bone, cheek bone and the side of your nose and it's really comfortable. I found M81 and M82 with it last night for the first time, doddle. Here's a photo of the moon taken with my LG-G2 phone, handheld through the 40mm ep. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  22. Not so much sold as lent. I lent my Prinz Astro 60mm varipower to my Dad and he doesn't know what he's done with it. Not the best of 'scopes I know but it was my first proper 'scope and has such has sentimental value. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  23. Oh yes he's still interested and has been nearly as frustrated with the last 5 months continuous cloud cover as I have. Jupiter is his favourite object, mind you he hasn't seen Saturn through his own 'scope yet. Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
  24. These were taken last Easter and I seem to remember the objects viewed were the Moon, Jupiter, M42, M31 and the Pleiades. Not a bad first night's viewing for a 5 year old (he's just 6 now). Sent from my LG-D802 using Tapatalk
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