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Everything posted by kev100

  1. Google translate did a fair job of translating Ernest's reviews, and the conclusion re the Nirvana is : "Eyepiece looks very personable. It has a huge 82-degree field of view, which, combined with a 16 mm focal length, makes it an excellent candidate for a viewing eyepiece for a 1.25 "eyepiece tube. But ... the image quality at the edge of the field of view of this eyepiece is poor. I think the best application is could be found in telescopes with a relative aperture of 1: 12-1: 15, such as the compact Maksutov-Cassegren. The high-aperture optics is contraindicated for him." I feel this rules it out for me and my scope, and I think I'll hang on to the MaxVision for a while. Cheers all, Kev
  2. yes or perhaps holding off for a second hand SKywatcher branded one ... Essentially, I'm looking for something to fill the gap between the 20mm myriad, and the 8.8 explore scientific ... but without breaking the bank.
  3. Thanks Paul (and everyone else). The 16mm maxvision is indeed a top eyepiece, but the 68 degree fov does seem a bit tight to me these days. Also, using it is similar to using a monocle as the eye relief is so tight.
  4. Thanks Andrew, that's very interesting (I hadn't considered that the view would be less sharp in the Nirvana). Several reviews I've read of the Nirvana range have compared them favourably to TV Naglers ... even in faster scopes. I guess I'm just wondering whether the additional 0.2 degree in afov and slightly better eye relief will make a worthwhile difference (the Maxvision is already very good). Kev
  5. Hi, As much as I love my 16mm Maxvision, I'm starting to find the 68 degree fov and eye relief a little restrictive, and wondered about replacing it with a 16mm Nirvana. I've read good things about these, and they seem to fare well in fast scopes. Just wondered if anyone had any direct comparisons with the Maxvision. Cheers, Kev.
  6. Hiya. I'm quite happy just nudging. 82 &100 degree EPs help, though ?
  7. Hi all, Very difficult one, this. Been mulling it over since I first saw the original post. Gave up several times thinking 'nope, can't do it'. Every time I think of a particular observation, I think 'Ah, yes, but what about this ...', or 'oh yeah, that time' ... However, here's my current top three: 1. February 2015, the first time I saw a shadow transit on Jupiter, with my 250PX. I remember being amazed at the sight. It was a couple of weeks before the partial solar eclipse a few years ago (UK), and I remember being awestruck about seeing the same phenomenon on another planet. 2. Feb 2018, all four of the Leo quartet (Hickson 44), again with the 250PX, but from my back garden! Still chuffed about this. 3. March 2018, while scanning through the open clusters in Auriga and then down to Gemini, again with the 250PX, I stopped at M35. A lovely sight in itself, and one I'd seen many times before. But then, a small smudge appeared. I initially thought it was a smear of something on the eyepiece, but swapping to the ES 8.8 showed it was another small open cluster (NGC 2158). The experience of having looked at something on so many occasions, and then seeing something completely new blew me away. So there you have it, three experiences out of so many possibles (I'm sure I'll change my mind if I don't post this soon, so here goes). Kev
  8. The only time I can be confident of seeing the nebulosity was when using my 20x80 binoculars.
  9. I too recommend the collimating cap. Sometimes us a laser just as a double check/fine tuner, but mostly it's just the cap: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/other-collimation-tools/rigel-aline-collimation-cap.html
  10. Pretty poor year here. I recorded only 39 outings in my log, ranging from brief sessions with the bins to a few more lengthy scope nights. Although outings were few in number, I recorded some great sights, including two comets (Giacobini-Zinner and Wirtanen), all the planets, and managed the Leo quartet (Hickson 44) galaxies from the back garden. Also, 2018 was the year I completed the Messier catalogue. Some top nights, and occasionally some great company, but, at least towards the end of the year, a great deal of cloud induced frustration. Looking forward to (hopefully) clear skies in 2019! Kev
  11. Happy Xmas all, and fingers crossed for some great skies in the New year ?
  12. Hiya, I'm very fortunate, living and observing in a dark rural location, and can find the cluster quite readily (even with binos). It's not ever so bright, though (Stellarium has it at mag 6.7, which is considerably dimmer than, say, the Double Cluster in Perseus) so would present a problem when viewing's hampered by light pollution. Kev
  13. I use one of these: https://www.gear4music.com/Drums-and-Percussion/Drum-Throne-Stool-by-Gear4music/8BT
  14. I've seen it using my 70ED Starwave scope, and my 10x50s, but it was bigger, brighter and a better view in the Celestron 20x80s. In the 10x50s it was just a homogeneous fuzzy ball, but with the 20x80s, with their 3.7deg fov, the brighter core could easily be seen, distinct from the coma (if that's the right word). The big bins even out performed my 70ED scope! Kev
  15. I managed a couple of sessions with my 20x80s on Sunday and Monday evenings. Couldn't miss 46P. Big, bright and quite possibly greenish (though I'm prepared to admit to a certain amount of imagination on that). Couldn't make it out naked eye, but the bins picked it up with no issue. Kev
  16. That's a cracking image, Peter. I really enjoyed the evening, and it was great to meet you, @AdeKing and Martin. Looking forward to next time. Kev
  17. Shall we make it the carpark on top of the hill? I'm thinking about getting there for nine ... ish
  18. Hi Ade, Just wondered if you (and anyone else, for that matter) are still on for Saturday? Weather's looking promising, and although the moon will be bright, I'm still up for giving it a go. Planning to bring the 250PX and possibly my 20x80s. Kev
  19. Hi there. They'll work fine in the 8 inch, but the longer focal length BSTs will struggle in the 10. I have a 5mm BST, and use it regularly with my 10-inch no problem (but then the fov is smaller, and I'm focussing only on the very centre of the view. I have looked through longer focal length BSTs in a 250PX and found the view to be poor (to my eyes): pincushioning and distorted stars around the periphery. However, I know others aren't bothered too much by these things. I would suggest you get the scope you want first (for all the right reasons), and then get the EPs to suit. You should get a good price for the BSTs to fund further purchases. Kev
  20. Hiya, you can definitely do better than the stock EPs, but don't have to spend crazy money to get great results. BST starguiders are relatively cheap, and are highly regarded, but there are lots of great EPs available second hand too. For what it's worth, my advice would be don't rush it, see if you can try different EPs at a club meeting or star party, just to get an idea of what will be best for you.
  21. Hiya, Much of what makes for a great eyepiece is very personal to the user. In general spending more will get 'technically' better EPs, but whether they will be equally appreciated by all users and in all scopes is debatable. Can you tell us more about your setup? What scope do you have, and what you enjoy looking at most? A reasonable quality EP in a good scope will give tremendous views, and spending more on EPs may be a case of chasing ever diminishing returns. Kev
  22. I'm afraid not. Closest I got to there is the carpark overlooking Creech. Sounds promising, though :)
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