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Everything posted by kev100

  1. Hi Andy, yes, I'll definitely give mine a go before deciding to pass them on or not. I do agree, though, it would be lovely to have some definitive info on eyepieces, but I guess it's just too subjective a topic, and people's setups/scopes/particular observing interests are so varied. Cheers, Kev.
  2. Hi all, and thanks again for the feedback. The Orion scope comes with only 1 EP (a 25mm Sirius Plossl), whereas the Revelation scope comes with 2 (a 1.25in 9mm premium Plossl and a 2in 30mm widefield superview). I'm pretty certain now, though, that I'll be selling on the EPs I already have (at least once I've tried them in the new scope. Cheers, Kev.
  3. Hi Guys, Yep, the fact that the Revelation scope comes with the EPs already is likely to be the influencing factor, and it means that I can bundle my current EPs with my current scope. I can't tell you how much the excitement is building! Cheers, Kev.
  4. Hello, I'm on the verge of getting a new scope (current thoughts are either a Revelation or Orion Optics 10in Dob). I'm still saving up at the moment, so the actual purchase is a little way off for now, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any thoughts on whether my EPs will be suitable. I recently bought 1.25in Revelation 9mm, 20mm and 32mm Plossls (which are a great improvement over the standard EPs that came with my current scope – a skywatcher 5 inch newtonian). Will they be okay with a 10 inch Dob? I've read a lot about these being 'harder' on EPs ... Here's a link to the 20mm EP on Telescope house: http://goo.gl/NbreoJ Obviously, if no good for the Dob I'll need to bundle them for sale with my current scope, and budget for replacements (I've heard lots of good things about BST items). Cheers, Kev.
  5. Hi Sandraj, Yep, Cerne Abbas is a nice place, with reasonably decent dark skies, but yes, no chippy. Three pubs, tho! Kev.
  6. Hey all, thanks for the feedback an input. I've definitely got no excuses now for not going out with the scope when the opportunity presents!
  7. Cheers Ian! And good luck with the retirement plans! I'd totally discounted moonlit nights as opportunities, but definitely won't from now on. Some things may well be washed out, but it's still worth having a go.
  8. "A country sky with a high full moon is comparable with a suburban moonless one" ... I do find that proper shocking. It truly is astounding that so many people miss out on the night sky. I'm certainly very lucky to have pretty dark skies here in Dorset. It's also good to know that there are things to look for, even on the brightest of nights. Cheers, Kev.
  9. "Got to give these things a try." Absolutely! I had a look on Star Walk on my iPad when I got home, but couldn't be sure which of the galaxies it was. Couldn't see any of the others in that area at all.
  10. Hello, I just thought I'd mention a 'discovery' I made whilst out with the scope last night. Because of the full moon I figured that all I'd get to see would be the moon itself, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Had great views off all of them, though the moon was actually too bright, even with the Celestron moon filter fitted. Just before I packed up I thought, 'I know, I'll just have a quick look and see if I can find any DSOs'. First thought was M13, but no luck ... the moon was just too bright. Then I thought I'd have a look in the region of M81/M82 (for no particular reason) ... I have to say I was amazed to find I could actually see something. Not sure which of the galaxies in that area it was, but there was definitely a faint fuzzy with a bright centre there! Can't wait now for a moonless night to see what else I can pick up that part of the sky. It must have been a pretty bright galaxy to have been visible in full moonlight! Cheers, Kev.
  11. Hi. I wouldn't bother with the Barlow. Make sure your eyes are dark adapted and, once you've found Saturn using the 25mm ep, swap on the 10mm one. That'll give the sharpest view. The Barlow will make it bigger but at the expense of clarity and sharpness. Spend a good half an hour at least observing the planet, looking directly and with averted vision. By all means try the Barlow then, but don't expect too much. Kev Sent from my HTC Desire S using Tapatalk 2
  12. Hiya, I've got the same scope as you. I was also out on Saturday and saw Saturn very clearly – it's unmistakeable, really, and the rings are very obvious. I even spotted one of Saturn's moons! Finding things will be much easier if your red dot finder scope (assuming that's what you've got) is aligned correctly, and that your scope is collimated (sounds complicated, but it's actually fairly easy). Kev.
  13. Hi again, Well, my wife has tentatively agreed to the dob, so I'm just doing some final research. So far the favourite is the revelation 10 inch, purely because the roller bearing base seems to be very highly thought of. However, I had a look on telescope house (which has the dob at £399 at the moment!), and the description refers to a Crayford style focuser. I've heard a lot of good things about Crayford items, but I'm a bit unsure about this one. Any thoughts/experience? Cheers, Kev. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Hi everyone! Gotta say, the advice and pointers here have been awesome! Hi Andy! Yep, it was your dob that started this. All I have to do now is persuade my wife! Cheers! Kev. Sent from my HTC Wildfire S A510e using Tapatalk 2
  15. You're right Dreadz, they are the same!
  16. Hello all, and thanks for the info; much appreciated. All in all I think I'll have to go for a 10in (like Myopicus says (and hello, by the way), 'biggest you can afford'). I don't want to be upgrading again in a year or two's time. I've been reading several reviews online, on Amazon, etc., and someone suggested having a look at a GSO GSD 880. Although a little bit more expensive than the Revelation/SW variety, it does seem very well made: http://www.apm-telescopes.de/en/product.html?info=3164&xcab0a=76okss6u95nneptg7j4q07f0m7 Cheers for all your help, Kev.
  17. Cheers guys. I was thinking of going for the 10, but wanted to sure there was enough of a difference over the 8 to justify the price hike. Just gotta get saving now! Kev. Sent from my HTC Wildfire S A510e using Tapatalk 2
  18. 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.
  19. Thank you. I suspected as much. I'll have a go at cleaning it.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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