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  1. Aaaaarrrggggghhhhhh - help please !!

    I share your despair regarding the viewing conditions, as for the software, hope you find a solution. I used to have many USB issues with W7 with several USB devices connected, no power hubs, but it was mainly down to the Saitek driver's alone, creating many annoying issue's ( nothing to do with astronomy ) but the fix for me was better third party drivers.......fixed everything! But since owning a Mac, W7 seems antiquated and my old Dual Core CPU has definitely aged, time I think for an I7 overclocked system to get all my systems up and flying again?
  2. Fully enlarged, theres a couple of clear blue dots, again possibly pixels, almost a line of them running from the one you mention to lower left of the moon,so maybe not what you were suggesting, but don't be too disheartened, there'll always be another opportunity!
  3. Finally found m81/m82

    Don't forget Jeans, coat and gloves, makes a huge difference to your comfort level I find it hard to locate M81/M82 from my garden due to direct street lighting, but on good seeing nights, I can see them with averted vision though binoculars not 500 feet away from the garden inside the wooded area of the footy pitch! M31 is easier, but not worth the expense of this scope to see such a mediocre target from my garden? its just a measly wispy bit of not much.....................................................................but away at the dark site, I need/use my Panaview to get the image in, its so large!!
  4. Learning every day

    Ive been looking at the same things for the last 4 Years? My views to the South are obliterated by a single street light, and limited all round due to structures and trees, so the only way is UP! I can lay on my back and look straight up at the Pole, in-fact the Pole Star was placed for my benefit directly above my corner fence post, just sight the post, and look straight-up, there it is, cant get any easier, and its there every night when the seeing allows, so anything between Cassiopeia and Ursa Major are my regular targets, but there is a downside here too! street lights and more of them Due to my local limitations, I can never go out and just look at everything! Its always planned and I could spend up to one, maybe two hours, just looking for one target, as its quite hard to see the galaxies around Ursa Major from my garden, but one night ( hopefully during a power failure of the street lights ) I'll see one if not most of the galaxies that can be viewed. One other major issue I have, fast approaching, is the Summer twilight. The Skyliner gets little, if any use during the Summer season.
  5. An old duvet (or buy one specific) will cushion the rear of your car, offering plenty of support for the OTA (Optical Tube Assembly ). If you re- fit the tension handles its almost impossible for the OTA to roll or move about. @Mikey2000 mentioned the high power associated with an 8mm? I view the Moon well in excess of 200x sometimes over 300x power, and no issues, except keeping up with a moving target, which soon becomes second nature to operate. If you note the focal ratio of this scope f/6, taking a similar sized eyepiece will provide a 1mm exit pupil and 200x power, this scope easily manages this level of performance / magnification and some! The only limitation here is the seeing conditions and your level of darkness provided from your viewing site. The darker the better. As for eyepieces, looking at my signature, I only really need the Starguiders to get the best for my needs, that said, they do not have a 6mm in their lineup, so I incorporated the William Optics SPL 6mm, and the Panaview was bought to provide more field of view when observing M31 - Andromeda at the darker site. The rest are surplus to be honest, but having always wanted a Plössl set, I found the Revelations really affordable and for my needs, better than the Plössl's listed in the 'sold' line. The only extra thing you need just now is some good weather.
  6. It fits across the back seat packed with a Duvet for protection and the base sits on the front seat, just don't drop the OTA when passing the OTA behind either seat? I'm sure it will fit in the boot with the rear seats folded, though haven't tried loading that way. Not sure you needed a collimation cap and a Cheshire, the Cheshire alone will be the main tool. Everything else seems in good order, although there's a few more Starguiders to choose from Ive noticed my 8 and 12 get the most use, not that their far better than the others, its just that I regularly use between 100 - 150 x magnification, the other eyepieces all have a role to play.
  7. Although I have seen this list before, I did not recall that Steve Tonkin added that there might not be an industry standard after all ?http://binocularsky.com/binoc_abbreviations.php
  8. Planning your ideal eyepiece collection

    I had aspirations of owning the larger 10" and opted for some Delos Eps to line my eyepiece case. As you can see from my signature, some 'good' eyepieces have all gone to better homes, but they were no better (present scope f/6 ) than what remains, which is all down to personal choice, conditions, and patience as an observer. You wont know whats best for your needs until you have tried them, and that can be expensive, and as you mention, could take some time. If funds are good, don't wait, just spend, spend, spend, but will the goods provide any better than what you have already, go spend and find out. If I change my mind again and went for a 10" or larger and the images were inferior using my present eyepieces, which I doubt they would be, as many other folk have used similar eyepieces to good effect on their 10" scope, then possibly my next eyepiece of choice would be to try the DeLite EP's from TeleView, if I needed to fantasize.
  9. Welcome to the SGL ronan. A Cheshire tool has become my favourite tool for collimation, I chose a long version, would appear to provide me a tighter tolerance. I also have a cheap laser, which I use with a Barlow lens. I like using the standard 9x50 finder scope, keeping both eyes open when finding? when the image from both eyes align, Im on target, but remember to align your finder scope to the telescope during daylight hours, then tweak it at night for better accuracy. I have used a Telrad but need glasses to see the reticules correctly at infinity? I also like using my my 32mm two inch fitting Panaview, that makes for a good eyepiece finder rather than using the external finder itself. Precise finding? by the time you have got the coordinate your target will have moved, just look learn and practice on the targets you would like to see. Books or Stellarium are great for this, especially Stellarium, so many options, settings, and great if the weather fails you? My scope is covered with a cotton sheet and a plastic cover and stored inside a tall floor standing cupboard.I can lift the scope out and into the garden. For a Moon filter, use sun glasses, or look through thin cloud or use just view with only the 2" cap removed from the telescopes end cap. All methods work for me if you feel the Moon is too bright. You wont go blind looking at the Moon, although one eye will get disorientated due to the brightness when you want to go back inside for a coffee, just don't trip over!! As for the scope itself, give it a good check over. It should be good to go once built! just the Dobsonian base needs constructing. Setup and align the finder and if you need too, check by eye or use a dust cap or 35mm old film container to make a collimation tool. Check out one of the guides on collimation, the one supplied by Astro Baby was the one that helped me most. Hope for the best regarding the weather, and on the night, go out and have some fun. It all comes down to practice and more practice when it comes to using the scope, but sooner than later, it al becomes second nature and easy to operate. I very quickly changed the supplied 10 mm eyepiece for the BST 8mm on advice received here, and no regrets, in fact had to buy the set, great value and great images. Ive used so called 'better' eyepieces, but you wont know unless you try better eyepieces, only then can you draw your own conclusion? The best you cn do is observe from the darkest of sites, try to avoid any manmade light pollution, if its local like street lights, avert your eyes from them, hide behind your fence line or behind a shed, the darker the site and the more dark adapted your eyes become, the better the views, but the seeing conditions have to be good. This might all be vey new, and such a rush of information, but whatever happens, just enjoy the situation, you never know, you might get hooked!
  10. 2.5Kg about the same as the Apollo's. I think Steve favours the Lunt 15x70 over the Apollo's, but I'll check to see if there's more.
  11. I've heard this referenced a few times already. I had the briefest play with the Helios Apollo BA8, but not long enough to fully evaluate if they will suit me? but now my interest lies with the Oberwerk Brand, specifically the 15x70 Ultra, although this time, I would like to try them first before I buy them ( if they suit ). Not sure their easily obtainable over here! There's a very good report on the model by Ed Zarenski, over on the Cloudy Nights forum. Just like my BST eyepieces, there are many BA8 brands to choose from, effectively providing the same product, I just feel the need for an Oberwerk model.
  12. Often you'll see reference to binoculars like Kunming Optical BA8 Series Is there a chart or data sheet explaining the various codes in use, I've not been able to locate one yet! Its my understanding that BA8 merely refers to the fact that these particular optics have an overall body protective rubber coating with eyecups designed to be more suitable for spectacle wearers, oh! and the 8? just the version number! Is it really that simple or does BA8 have any more significance.
  13. Dengineers kids observatory program

    What a lucky girl, a complete package in just a few days.
  14. 7x80 binoculars

    Assuming your wanting to use these for astronomy, if you divide the aperture 80 by the magnification 8 you'll end up with something like 11mm of exit pupil? Holding the binoculars at arms length and looking at something bright the small dots of light that you see in the eyepieces are the exit pupils! For low light levels or astronomy, having an exit pupil far wider than what your own eyes can achieve is not constructive to best practice, and the extra light gathered will be wasted? My eyes average 5mm dilated, so in effect they would reduce the aperture of this binocular to something similar to an 8 x 40.
  15. My last Planetarium visit was inside the Science Centre in Glasgow last December. Show lasted about 35 -40 mins, but quite impressive.