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Everything posted by kev100

  1. Hiya, I just got back yesterday from Astrocamp in the Brecons, where I was lucky enough to have a look through a SkyWatcher 10in Dob. Definitely now thinking that that's my upgrade path (from a 5in newt on an EQ2). Doing a bit of early research today, I was wondering if anyone could help me decide on whether to go for an 8in or a 10in, and whether to go Skywatcher, Revelation, or Orion (the Orion XT8 looks pretty cool). Cheers, Kev.
  2. Thank you. I suspected as much. I'll have a go at cleaning it.
  3. Hiya, I've been out shooting the sun and the moon lately, just with my Canon 400D connected to the scope (Skywatcher 130p) via the 2x Skywatcher barlow. Anyway, I've noticed lots of little circles appear on the images. All about the same size, randomly dotted throughout the image. Any idea what's causing these? I've marked some on the pic of the moon form last night, but you can see them all over the image. Cheers, kev.
  4. Thanks Charic, That's been very helpful. I had been thinking that the (presumably) better optics would count for something, but I do understand that the scope itself is the limiting factor. As I mentioned, I'd kist like to get the best out of it until I can upgrade. Cheers, Kev
  5. Hi Charic, Whilst I do feel I'm reaching the end with my scope, I can't justify upgrading just yet. I was hoping the better optics in the 2.5x Revelation (and they do have good reviews) might give a little more planetary detail at higher mag than the standard barlow, and so be a worthy upgrade. Because of the (albeit relatively minor) hassle of getting the scope out and set up, I've found that because the scope doesn't resolve much in the way of detail at hi mag, I usually just use my 20x80 bins for wide field viewing. What with Mars, Jupiter and (soon) Saturn being/coming up in the early night sky I'd like to be able to zoom in a bit more, but without losing sharpness. I don't think the scope can take smaller EPs than the 9mm I've already got, so I figured the only thing to do was go for a reasonably decent barlow – but the subject of barlows does seem to divide opinion. Kev
  6. Hello, Although I'd love to upgrade from the 130p (to perhaps a 200p newtonian), finances don't permit that just yet, so I'm making do with what I've got. I have already replaced the standard SW EPs with Revelation items (9mm, 20mm and 32mm Plossls), and have a Celestron moon filter and an Antares No 82A. I'm thinking about getting a Revelation 2.5x barlow to replace the 2x item that came with the scope (widely regarded as rubbish), and I just wondered whether it's worth doing. Will it be that much of an improvement over the standard SW item? Mars and Jupiter last night through the SW barlow lacked detail and were very fuzzy (although bright and sharp – but small – with just the EPs). Can anyone suggest other items that will improve the 130p? I feel I've got decent enough EPs, and I'm planning to strip and grease the focuser in the coming days (along the lines of Astro Baby's tutorial). Any thoughts/ideas most welcome. Cheers, Kev.
  7. Hi Ange, I've got a Skywatcher 130P (same as the one you're looking at but without the motor). Whilst I've enjoyed having it, I'm finding that the 5in diameter isn't so good for viewing faint objects (DSOs). Also, I've had to upgrade the eyepieces as the ones that came with it were pretty poor. I reckon you'd find the motor pretty much a hassle to set up and use, too (I find the red dot finder pretty good for finding objects, and it encourages me to better find my way around the sky). All in all, I'd go for the 6in scope you pointed to (the one on ebay). It's got better light gathering, better eye pieces, and you're not paying for a motor that's a hassle to use. Just my 2 cents worth. Kev.
  8. Hiya, I made one of these: http://www.baader-planetarium.com/sofifolie/bauanleitung_e.htmYou have to be careful with it, obviously, but it's a pretty good way to start. Kev
  9. H. Phil, Thanks for the reminder. I'd forgotten to write up my diary. Cheers, Kev. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Hi all, just saw your replies. It was definitely around 9:15 last night, and yes, I could just make out the whirlpool with the bins, it was a faint, dark smudge? Andromeda was a bit brighter, though of course only the centre most area was visible. I feel pretty certain it was a meteor, though space junk is also a possibility. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Hiya, Just got in from a viewing session with my 20x80 binoculars. Although the moon's really bright ( and looked amazing through the bins), I was able to 'see' the whirlpool galaxy, Andromeda, M52, the Plieades - all very faint - the Orion Nebula, and Jupiter. Quite amazing really, given how bright it is. Anyway, when I realised I could see Andromeda, I though I'd have a look for the Triangulum Galaxy, so I was looking to the northwest from here, when, with - I think, Mirach in the fov - suddenly, something began falling vertically down through the fov. It was orangey red, falling quite slowly, and with what looked like bits falling off the back of it. It really looked 'molten' ... It was all over in a couple of seconds, if that. Any ideas? Cheers, Kev. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. It looks closer to what I actually saw through the eyepieces without colour. I might play around with it again, but not tonight. Off now to watch Top Gear and have a glass of wine! Cheers all, Kev.
  13. Thanks for all the reassurance. I was just a bit concerned by the purple tint. Cheers, Kev.
  14. Here it is again, this time desaturated and sharpened in Photoshop. Much better.
  15. Hiya, and thanks for the feedback. I'll try without the barlow next time, ran out of time today, and it was just amazing to be looking at the sun. The kids were amazed too. The photo does look better when I completely desaturate it (the white balance was set to normal bright sunlight, and I tried several ISO settings, but the results were the same). I was just concerned the colour was down to some misalignment or something in the scope. Cheers, Kev.
  16. Hi, I spent a great afternoon looking at the sun today (home-made solar filter - baader film - on my Skywatcher 130p). It was my first time, saw some lovely sun spots - awesome! I decided to try and get some photos, so I hooked up my Canon 400D on the SW 2x barlow and too a few snaps. It was very difficult to get it in focus, and next time I'll probably try it without the barlow. Anyway, the thing it, although the sun was white, the photos I tool all had a purple cast to them, and so I wondered if it indicates that something's not right with my scope. Here's a sample image from today. I'd appreciate your thoughts. Cheers, Kev.
  17. I was out with my bins last night at about that time, and saw it streak across my field of vision ... ! looked very big and bright.
  18. Hiya, I love my Celestron 20x80s (http://goo.gl/bYLwqZ), though you do need a tripod to keep them steady. They given fantastically clear views of the moon, star clusters, the orion nebula, the Plieades, and Jupiter, Andromeda, etc. Kev
  19. Hi all, and thanks for the welcome. As I mentioned, I've had the Skywatcher for a couple of years now, and have been checking into the forum for advice/research on a regular basis. Felt it was about time to say hello. With a wife, a young family and a day job, staying up into the early hours when the sky's at its darkest is usually out of the question, so I've not been seeing the best contrast. Really looking forward to the darker evenings when I can sit on top of Giant Hill with the binoculars (bit of a trek with the scope, though!). Cheers, Kev.
  20. Hello, I thought it was about time I stepped out of the darkness and said hello. I've had a Skywatcher 130P for a couple of years now, until recently making do with the standard eyepieces, but I recently got a 32mm Revelation Astro eyepiece, and am considering replacing the 10 and 25mm Skywatcher EPs with Revelation ones. I read a lot of good reviews of my scope, but it has to be said, I feel it's a little disappointing, and feel it may soon be time to upgrade. Whilst I've been awe struck by the experience of seeing Jupiter and Saturn, both lacked detail (apart from two fuzzy bands on the former). Detail in the moon is awesome, of course, but more distant objects, like Andromeda and the great cluster in Hercules, are both just fuzzy blobs. The Plieades and Orion Nebula are both awesome, though. Hopefully some better eyepieces will improve viewing/ picking up on detail. Oh, I spent the other evening collimating the scope with a Cheshire and Astrobaby's guide, (and much head scratching). I think I got it! I've also got a pair of Celestron 20x80 binoculars, which I love, and use the most. They seem to give the best views of Andromeda, incidentally, and make finding my way around the sky easier. Im pretty lucky not to have much light pollution, and to have a playing field across the road for viewing. Anyway, next on my list of things to find are the whirlpool galaxy, pacman nebula, and the ring nebula. Kev.
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