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Everything posted by kev100

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. I'm afraid not. Closest I got to there is the carpark overlooking Creech. Sounds promising, though :)
  6. Hiya. I'm sure that if you search the site you'll find plenty of recommendations for this scope. In short, though, it very much depends on what you want to view, how able you are coping with the weight and size, and what your budget is for eyepieces ... Perhaps if you offered a little more information ... ? Kev
  7. Hiya, Have a look at the Awesome Astronomy party here: https://astrocamp.awesomeastronomy.com ... talks, quizzes, a common area for setting up scopes, a pub and cafe nearby ... Kev
  8. Cheers Nigel, and I really have to hand it to Celestron for their customer care. Extraordinary!
  9. Hi all, Although I've owned a pair of Celestron Skymaster 20x80s for over six years now, but because they went badly out of collimation, I haven't used them for ages. I sent them back to Celestron, but, apparently, they couldn't be repaired. Amazingly, though, they gave me a brand new pair (!), and these arrived yesterday. Once mounted on the tripod I took a look at the 69% waxing Moon. Absolutely incredible view! Sharp, bright, big, three-dimensional, and only the very slightest hint of chromatic aberration. Kept coming back to this over the course of the evening. Next up M31 and M33. Although quite washed out by the moonlight (as was everything I looked at), I was amazed at the brightness, the size, and the hint of detail in M31. Again, the three-dimensionality was obvious. M33 was only just visible. Open clusters: Double cluster, Owl cluster, Coathanger – all were fantastic, with a variety of star colours obvious, and only a hint of distortion around the edge of the fov (really had to drag my eyes away from the objects in the middle of the fov to experience it). The Coathanger pretty much filled the fov, and was pin sharp and bright. Double stars: Epsilon Lyrae, a very easy split, as was Albireo (again, the different colours were obvious). Mesarthim was just too tight to split. In passing, one of the things that amazed me the most last night was star colour. Mirach, Algol, Vega and many others were all pin sharp, bright, and their colours were very obvious. Globulars: M15 and 92 were small and dense fuzzy balls, M13 bigger, brighter, and with just a hint of granulation to it (like the Moon, I kept coming back to M13). Ring nebula: The ring shape was obvious, even at x20, though small. Being a work night, I was back indoors by about 10, but although just a brief session, it was hugely enjoyable, and a real buzz to be using 20x80 bins again. Cheers, Kev.
  10. Hi all, just reporting back. I went for the 50mm Revelation item, and it's streets ahead of the standard item. So much better! Thanks for the tip! Kev
  11. Carrying on with the research, I think I'll have to measure how much of an extension I actually need. I may be able to get away with a 35mm extension like this one: https://www.365astronomy.com/TS-2-Extension-Tube-with-35mm-Optical-Length.html ) thus reducing the overall distance the EP will extend from the focuser ...
  12. I only do visual, but, because the focuser is a low profile thing, albeit with a built in extension tube, I need the extra length to achieve focus. Kev
  13. Hi Charic, Whilst I agree it should be safe enough, and I've been using if for a while now ... I've had a couple of near misses (one last night in fact), and now just won't risk it Kev.
  14. Hi there, I need a new eyepiece adapter for use with my Myriad 20mm and 250PX. The one I'm currently using (left) just doesn't extend far enough into the focuser to be safe with such a heavy EP. Any recommendations? Cheers, Kev
  15. Hiya. I've had a pair of these for nearly six years now, and absolutely love them. Currently they're with Celestron to be recollimated, and I can't wait to get them back! Kev
  16. Hi Ade, Ordinarily I'd jump at this, but I'm afraid I'm busy on Saturday. Next time! Kev
  17. Hi. With the darker evenings on their way, I'll be restarting the regular Sunday evening session at the New Inn's beer garden in Cerne (from about 7-7.30 till whenever). First one's on Sunday the 7th of October (weather permitting). Sometimes it's just me and one or two others, on other occasions as many as 10-12 people have turned up! There's the odd stray light from a window, and probably unsuitable for an imaging session, but for a bit of a social, get together, and a pint of cider, it's fun Kev
  18. Ah yes, observing at zenith on any scope is going to be difficult
  19. Hi Andy, I'm really sorry. I went with the Myriad 20 in the end, got a great deal on a second hand one here on SGL. Really love the Ep. Huge wide field, minimal pincushioning, great contrast. Can go whole sessions without swapping it out. Kev
  20. Just a thought, are you using a stool when observing?
  21. Hi, I had a very similar experience with Mars last night (10 Sept), with my 250PX. Only had about an hour, so the scope was nowhere near cool enough, and it was from about 8 till 9pm. Still saw the southern polar cap very clearly, with darker patches on the surface. Best view yet Kev
  22. I'm afraid I can offer only rather boring answers to this question, and try not to regard what I do with the scope as any different to what others do when appreciating the scenery, or art, or a poem, or an insect, etc. What I get out of stargazing is probably similar to what I get out of looking out the window, or at the mountains, or a forest, etc, and I guess it comes down to losing myself somewhat, and resetting what's important. Kev
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