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About paulastro

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  1. Of course, if you follow the paulastro number 1 rule of telescope ownership: - NEVER take any telescope apart if you're not confident you can put it back together properly afterwards - or you have a good friend who can do it for you. - you'll never have this problem in the first place .
  2. Well, I can honestly say, starting from the first post in this thread, I hadn't a clue what it was on about until Mikes contribution! (unkind colleagues might say this is the norm for me ) I was too stubborn to click on the link in the first post - and all those numbers really put me off. I hope I haven't missed anything of value?!
  3. Anyone want to buy an Equinox 80 for £1000?
  4. Mike, did I hear you right, you say your tablet has limited ability? - Still, it would be too much to be so artistic and technical
  5. A good friend of mine is after one of these in excellent condition, if you have one you are not using anymore. If you could let me know the condition and price you are after, I can liase between you, or put you directly in contact with my friend - whatever you wish. There's a pic on the link below. You can't see it in the picture, but it has 'ERECTING PRISM' written in big letters below the eyepiece holder . Many thanks.
  6. Yes Mike, it's good to show how your finished drawings represent the information gleaned after some minutes of careful observations. I think many inexperienced observers may assume that your final drawings represent a view you had showing all the detail at the same time, which clearly does not happen. (except of course on those rare moments of extremely steady and transparent nights with no turbulence, which you may see every five years if you're lucky, at least around where I live!) This can lead some people to wander why their telescopes wont show what yours seems to show if they are assuming you see what is in your finished drawing all in one brief view. On top of good technique for observing and sketching of course, experience, patience, a good eye and lots of artistic skill also help! . I your skill and ability Mike.
  7. Many thanks for your post Dave, I found some of your experiences, regarding the seeing, mirror many of mine. My Takahashi FC 100 DL had first light on April 4th last when I took it to mikeDnight (who has a DC version). We were also joined for the evening by a friend of ours who is a very experienced visual observer and has his own excellent telescope review site - he was keen to evaluate the DL and DC together. As it happened it was an excellent night, far exceeding any seeing I have had since. Our guest cried out 'WOW' when he looked through the DL, stating that it was the best view of Jupiter he has seen through any four inch scope. Of course, I kidded myself at the time that I'd often get views like we had that night through the DL. Of course this has not been the case! After nearly fifty years observing I should and do know better, but in my enthusiasm I was rather carried away by the occasion. Since this night I've had some great views with the DL, but none anywhere near as good as the three of us experienced this first night. And of course, the reason is the seeing. The seeing I generally get is just no-where near as good. Generally, using two Baader MK111 zooms in my binoviewer, on most nights the best results are using equivalent magnifications of between x150 to x180. Of course, I have used much more mag at times, but these are the most useful most of the time. The reason I'm relating this, is because when you have such a night of seeing with your FS128, I'm confident your smile will be as broad as mine was on April 4th. You will then smile confidently when the seeing isn't so good, knowing full well when it cooperates your scope will once again produce the goods, being the same quality optic it was when you had your first eureka view. Of course, I was lucky in that I had an exceptional night on the very first night of using the DL, so whenever the seeing is poor, I'm still happy and content with the scope, knowing that when the time comes it will perform as wonderfully as it can. I predict that with time, patience and you've had your first eureka night, you will be a very happy bunny!
  8. I have an Equinox 80 and it certainly fulfils the role of a high quality grab and go. The Mak 127 does have more light grasp (and resolution when the seeing allows), but the Equinox 80 is more compact, more robust for moving around and with it's shorter focal length is more useful for wide field views as well as high power views of the planets. I have used mine at around x160 with no problems at all. The Equinox is also less prone to poor seeing - one advantage of it's smaller aperture. Of course, if possible, it would be useful for you to be able to use the two side by side and see which meets your requirements best. They are both excellent telescopes. I can carry out my Equinox on an AZ4 and it can literally go anywhere with me.
  9. A good post John. It seems strange to me when bits of kit are suddenly unavailable, common sense seems to go out of the window and some folks seem to think they are worth silly money. I'm certainly going to hang on to my SW 32mm PanaView, if it goes out of production it might be worth what, £300?
  10. OK, let's put this in perspective, £750 is more than a 1/3 the price of a Tak FC100 (), about the same price as a SW180mm Maksutov, the same as X 3.5 SW 6 inch f8 Newts, .75X the price of a SW ED120, etc etc. Is it me, or is someone having a laugh here?
  11. This is an Helix Hercules fork mount, made by Tim Hagen in the USA some years ago. Tim made a series of heavy duty fork mounts in sizes (distance between the forks) from 8 inches to 12 inches. Whilst made mainly for large refractors and giant binoculars, they will take anything you can fit between the forks. This one has carried a 180mm Maksutov and a six inch f10 ISTAR refractor, 120mm Equinox refractor and many smaller instruments. They are extremely strong, and far more substantial than any other commercial fork I have seen, the metal side pieces are 9mm thick. The knobs on the end of the forks are 6cm across, and could probably be operated using wicket-keeping gloves! As you can see it's mounted up top of a 16 inch half pillar but this could be removed if necessary. It comes with a very nice Vixen fitting saddle, but you could remove this easily and replace it with a losmandy fitting saddle, or just bolt anything else onto it. The holes in the saddle are 4cm apart. It isn't supplied with a tripod, but I have a tatty looking EQ6 tripod you can have for free, though it would need a bit of TLC. The mount must be collected from West Yorkshire, BD22. The price is £175 - very good value when you look at the prices of some of the 'tiny' forks available from other makers .
  12. This is a 5 inch diameter aluminium pillar for your mount, I've used it with my Vixen GP mount and also with a Sky-Tee Mount. The pillar is 49.5 inch high and has removable feet (each 15 inches long). They should be adjustable but the pillar has been stood in the corner in my observatory for a while and they are seized up. They will probably need some WD-40 and brute strength to set them free. It's usable as it is but without freeing the levellers you'd need to pack one of them if the ground was uneven. It could do with a wipe down and there are one or two minor scratches in the paint work, but it still looks good as it is. Perfectly usable as is. The item must be collected from West Yorkshire, BD22. Price £60. blimey, that's cheap, it must be worth more in scrap value . ** NOW SOLD **
  13. Thanks for posting Paul, and excellent image. I love the colours, just right and not overdone. I was out observing visually myself, and as you say, some lovely detail, though I had to contend with very varying seeing. All the more beautiful as it was so close to the Moon, 1.25 to 1.5 degrees away I estimated. Thanks again.
  14. This is in excellent condition with caps and comes in a foam filled box. More information can be found about it here: The price is £48 plus £4 postage if not collected. Thanks for reading my ad.
  15. This item is in excellent condition and comes with end-caps and original foam-filled box. More information can be found via the link below. Mine is identical except that the nosepiece end is a slightly different shape, being straight rather than fluted as it looks in the above picture. Also one of the screws (the one that goes in the 1.25 compression insert) is a replacement as I lost the original one. The price is £110 plus £7 postage. Sorry for the postage cost but it is quite heavy (well made!) and comes in a big box. Collection is available of course. Thanks for reading my ad. ** SALE PENDING **